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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/13/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I want to introduce myself, looks like I'll be here for awhile. Background info... had a Colonoscopy done on 9/21 and they found a 4cm mass in the ascending colon, took some biopsys. Before I left he refered me to a surgeon. Long story short saw surgeon yesterday and was told the bio showed some high grade dysplasia that could turn into cancer down the road and told me I needed have a rt Hemicolectomy done, he's doing it as a Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic. Am having it done 11/3, any advise on how to prepare for this and what to expect afterward as far as recover time, diet, bm's. One of my main concern is that I'm type 2 diabetic (pretty well controlled with metformin) and only weight 115 5'7 and can't afford to loose any weight.

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 10/13/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I had a right hemicolectomy about 16 years ago but had open surgery the recovery wasn't to bad and should be a lot better seeing that you are having it done lapo and things have come along way since i had it done.i had to have this done due to crohn's disease the only thing is that i have D all the time ever since that op but am able to control it by taking lomotil so it was a small price to pay!when you have had your op try to keep on WALKING WALKING WALKING this will help with the recovery process. wishing you well with the op you will be fine Bev x  smilewinkgrin   smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma.  reversal sheduled for Nov09 Meds:Pentasa 500mg 3x day,  B12 shots, every 3 months, iron syrup,loperimide,folic acid, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety.)

New Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 10/13/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
My twin sister just had the open surgery due to all ready having a pain pump for back problems and TG I won't have to go thru what she did. So can't really compare things with her. I do walk a lot now and am very active. And my intentions are be up and going if they let me by that afternoon and hope I can be out of the hosp by at least day 3 (hate hospitals and want to be home)

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 10/13/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess that's good as long as you can rest and recover at home. Even help would be good.
This heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
H.W. Longfellow
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009

New Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 10/19/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Help will not be a problem when I come home, hubby will be here and both of my sisters can come over if I need them. I just want this done and over with LOL

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 10/19/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   

waiting for the surgery was worse than the surgery and recovery itself.  I had a total and my rectum removed.  It was the rectum healing that took a long time for me.  Really just closed recently six months out from surgery  -  but it sounds like that your not having that done.  It took me about 3 months to feel back to complete "normal" or the new normal for the ostomy surgery.  Hope yours goes faster.

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