Not having the surgery done laproscopically

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   Posted 6/25/2010 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
    I asked the surgeon if he was going to do my total colectomy with end ileo laproscopically and he said no sad .  Although he said the incision would not be much larger.  He also said an NG tube will be inserted during the surgery.  Why do they do that?  My mind was in such a tither.  Since he said that I don't need to prep....only clear liquids the day before....just to be safe, I think I will do clear liquids tomorrow too.  Man I am sooo nervous, especially since I am feeling so much better.
Ulcerative Proctitis since Sept of 1998. Hospitalized for eight days.  Prednisone, Asacol, Rowasa enemas.  Two year remission. Flare..switched from Asacol to Colazal.  Two year remission.  Started 6MP in 2002.  Flared yearly from 2003 to May of 08.  Hospitalized for ten days in May of 08.  Flaring more often since.  Off 6MP. Remicade failed.  Humira failed.   Meds: 20 mgm prednisone, Colazal, Benicar, zolpidem for sleep, Calcium with D, Multivitamin.  Surgery scheduled for June 28th.


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   Posted 6/25/2010 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I would assume maybe so nothing passes from the stomach into your intestines? Just my thought on it. I would venture to guess that your recovery time might be a little longer since it is not laparoscopic ... though I don't think it will be too bad. Wow, I can't believe only 3 more days. Geeeez, Christine ... of course you are feeling better ... you are still on prednisone! You have all my well wishes and speedy recovery in my prayers and heart!

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   Posted 6/25/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an NG tube during at least one of the surgeries...I think 2 of them. I know they kept it in for a day after the surgery. I was only allowed ice chips. I remember being so angry because I just wanted to drink water. After waking up from surgery, your mouth is SO dry. I think it just gives everything a chance to wake up without having to work at getting things out of the stomach and stuff. Having it in wasn't really a big deal, but when they pulled it out I remember being like "jesus, that thing is long" :D. I think I was on clear liquids for another day or so after they took it out and then I had full liquids for another day and then a low residue diet.
My surgeon doesn't even attempt anything laproscopically. It wouldn't have been an option for me anyway. My surgeries were all at least double the length of time and more difficult and I even had to have the big incision cut back open for my takedowns when usually they can just drop the intestine back in.
27/F Diagnosed with unspecified UC 11/08 (symptoms for over a year before)
Asacol, Prednisone, Remicade with no success--no remission for over 2 years
8/09 colonoscopy shows that the whole colon is affected
12/18/09 Removal of colon, creation of J-Pouch and ostomy; recessed stoma; 12/30/09 Takedown too soon; RV fistula;1/9/10 Second Ileostomy Surgery;
1/25/10 Stoma Revision Surgery; 3/30/10 Takedown again; 6/9/10 Scope and Biopsy--Diagnosed with Crohns Disease (maybe...)
Tried gluten free and dairy free with no noticeable improvement; Was on TPN and IV fluids 2/10-6/10. Currently: Flagyl, Prednisone 40 mg, Culturelle, D, B12, Iron, Prenatal vitamin, Lomotil, Lortab, Starting Humira 6/28

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   Posted 6/25/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I asked my surgeon about lapro surgery and he said no. He said I was so skinny anyways and that it would help him if he was able to have more room to remove my colon. He also mentioned that the scar from lapro is about an inch shorter than open surgery.

It didn't care that much anyway, i just wanted my colon out.

Also I didn't have an NG tube after surgery, and I'm not sure if they placed one in me during surgery.
21 y/o male livin' in Georgia. Diagnosed with Left-Sided Colitis in 2002; re-diagnosed with Pancolitis in Nov. 2009.
June 2010 I beat UC by having surgery.
Drugs tried: Just about every 5ASA medicine, enemas, prednisone, turmeric, fish oil, Remicade, psyllium seed powder, Metamucil.
Unable to take 6MP.
Step one of Jpouch surgery - 6/2/2010
Readmitted back to hospital because of blockage (my fault cause I ate Steak n Shake 3 days after being released from surgery) - 6/10/2010
Step two of Jpouch surgery - 9/?/2010

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   Posted 6/25/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
lapro surgery is easier to heal from but harder to do, and esp with your problem with your parts on the other side (i cant remember the name, lol) they may want to be able to see everything better.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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   Posted 6/25/2010 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery open and yes it took much longer. Plus, my incision opened back up so I had to pack it with gauze until it finally healed. It was so gross.

As far as the NG, better to have one put in during surgery rather then after. At least if they put it in during surgery you won't feel it. And unfortunately, an ileus is fairly common with abdominal surgeries.

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   Posted 6/25/2010 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, well I had to do no prep, whatever was in there went out with my colon and I had not gone to the bathroom in 25 days when I had mine.  Plus don't let them fool you its a big incision.  When are you having it done and are they going to reconnect you?
Leslie King
  1984 Tubligation  1992 Diagnosed with Thyroid tumor    
1993 Gallbladder Removed  1997 Hysterectomy  1998 Carpol Tunnel 
 1999 Spinal Cord Surgery for a Anacroid Syst
2001 Lower Lumbar Fusion L4-5  
2003 Sigmoid Colon Resection
 2006 Right Knee Replacement 2005 Breast Reduction
 2008 RE-did the Lower Lumbar Fusion/ lamanoctomy
2010 DX: colonic Inertia/ Pelvic Floor Disorder
2010 Total Colectomy ABD W/O proctectomy; w/Ileosto

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