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