Congrat on your wedding. My husband is 4 weeks out from having his surgery. They did give him something to calm his nerves right before they took him in for surgery, it really helped him a lot. His surgery was 6 hours long, because of being overweight and he carries it in the stomach so surgeon said that they needed to go slowly. He was in the hospital for 8 days. He did have an ng tube for a few days.
My husband had his colon removed because it was found that he carries the gene for hnpcc (heridtary non-polyposiss colorectal cancer) which is a cancer gene that puts you at a very high risk of getting colon cancer. He had already had 5 pre-cancerous polyps, one was 4cm. Three Dr.s adviced that he have his colon removed. Our youngest daughter (she is 32) is also positive, but doing very well at this point.
We have been very happy with the outcome of his surgery. He has tops 7 bowel movements a day. He has control and can even hold for a while if he needs to. He is able to eat whatever he wants and for the most part has not had any real problems with anything he has tryed. The surgeon said to keep immodium and gatorade in the house incase he has bad days where he is going more. High chance of becoming dehydrated without the colon so he would need to use these if he finds himself going more. So far he has been lucky with the amount of times he is going , Dr. said hopefully after 9-12 months he will be down to 4-5 bowel movements a day. We were very blessed with a good outcome.
I will say a prayer that your surgery goes well and that you have a very good outcome.
You will certainly be in my prayers. You'll do fine.
I hope I didn't scare you about the number of bm's I'm having. I do have very short transit time, often as soon as I eat I need to run to the bathroom, several times over the next hour or so. After dinner seems to be the worst. Today I didn't eat until lunch around 1:30, and I've gone 3 times since then....only a little each time. I'm going alot, but there are some (grammy's husband) who are going less than 1/2 of what I'm going. Diet also plays a part. I've eaten some ice cream several days, which makes me go more. Can't help it, I love sweets, and they're just not good for me right now!
Yes, my rear can be raw, but zinc oxide lotion is wonderful...be sure to pick some up to take the hospital with you. Also be sure to take a roll of soft toilet paper, as well as some flushable wipes. I took my own gowns, undies, etc, but only wore my gowns the last 2 days. Before that, I just didn't care! LOL The soft tp will come in handy once you start having bm's, and the wipes are wonderful. Then you'll want to put the cream on right away each time you go. Also, if you don't have complete control the first day or so after you start going, don't panic. I had NO control for about 24 hours, and had to get some depends to wear. I thought my life was over!!! Then the next day I started on solid food, and although I go often, I have complete control and haven't had any accidents!
Best of luck...I'm sure you'll be just fine. And you'll finally have some relief!
Oh--my doctor sent me home with 60 pain pills, and in 3 weeks I've only used 4, and those were the first few nights at bedtime. My pain hasn't been very bad at all. Hope you don't have much pain either!
Be sure to come back and report as soon as you can!
Hi Miracle and welcome,
First off I'd like to say don't worry, you'll be amazed at how much better you will feel once you are finally having bms. I had a subtotal - I have 2 in. of my colon left. I had an open surgery and was only in the hospital for 5 days. My surgery took 3 hours; I too had a lot of scar tissue even though I'd had previous surgery to have it removed. My dr wouldn't attempt a laparoscopy due to my scar tissue issues so I know I was having an open surgery. I had the NG tube for 1 1/2 days but it was only supposed to be 1, the interns didn't take it out when he told them so he took it out the next morning. I was given an epidural only for pain - it was the very best - it really didn't have too much pain but I have a very high pain tolerance. Once I went home I was given vicodin prn - but I usually just used it at night to sleep. My dr had me take MOM the next day after surgery, soon after the bms started then I started eating solid foods. I never have had an accident or have even come close. In the beginning I had 20+ bms but by the 6th week I was having 8-10 a day and I went back to work full time.
Get flushable wipes, they will become your very best friend . I NEVER use TP, even to this day; I also use A & D ointment. I pretty much use these routinely and should probably by stock in each one, lol, but it is much better than the alternative. I am down to 3-8 bms a day and I continue to be on a low residue/low fiber diet. There are some foods that will make you have more frequent bms than others, you will learn all of this through trial and error.
Some of the things I took with me to the hospital were: an ipod - a must - to drowned out all the hospital sounds especially at night, I took one size bigger pj pants, slippers you can just slip on without bending over, a bathrobe, some magazines.
I didn't really feel like doing a lot, I listened to my ipod the most and walked, walked, walked - this really helps with the healing.
Continue to ask any questions as they arise. Congratulations on your marriage!!!! Tell your husband to be very patient and that he will need to do everything in the beginning so that you can heal. I didn't do anything to risk getting a hernia or scar tissue.
You are in my prayers.
Blessings, peace and prayers,