Upcoming Colon Resection - Diverticulitis and DVTs - advice?

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   Posted 2/23/2006 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
I am a 37 yr old male and have experienced two bouts of diverticulitis over the past 6 months.  I am scheduled for a colon resection in early April.  I also have a history of deep vein thrombosis (legs and lungs) which has resulted in me being on Coumadin for life.  Because of the fact that I will have to go off of my blood thinner for the resection, they are also doing an appendectomy to reduce the chance of an emergency appendectomy later in life.  Anyway, I'm just searching for information about the procedure, recovery, etc.  I will be having an "open" surgery (I spose meaning - not laproscopic).  Painful? Long recovery? Anybody have issues with bleeding (a concern of mine due to the coumadin issue).
Thanks in advance for any help/advice....any details would be very helpful.
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