Surgery tomorrow.....frightened!

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 8/5/2007 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone.....
Just need some virtual hand-holding here as I face a sigmoid colectomy tomorrow for diverticulitis.  I had an abcess perforate in May and somehow escaped emergency surgery.  Was on IV antibiotics for 5 days and then another 2 weeks of oral Cipro/Flagyl.  There's a section of colon that looks like a worn tire ready to blow.
I have had surgeries.....2 total hip replacements, abdominal surgery in the 80's (gynie problems), but am scared silly of this one.  I suppose it's the fear of the unknown.
My surgeon is 90% sure he'll be able to do it laparoscopically..and that's what" I'm praying for.
What did most of you have for pain control afterwards?  I think I might opt for the epidural but won't know until I talk with anesthesia tomorrow.  Did you all have an NG tube?  I realize that's a surgeon's decision....
Anyway, any input and words of comfort will be sooooooo appreciated.
Thanks much,

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   Posted 8/5/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   

I had a full colectomy with a j-pouch (standard incision) and did not have an NG tube.  I think the surgeon makes that decision, based on need, during surgery.  I used the morphine pump for pain and was totally off of it 12 hours after surgery. 

I am sure you will feel better after this is over with!


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 8/5/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Best of Luck to you and I certainly hope that you will be able to have the lap. Just be sure to follow doc's orders and not push your recovery time too much.

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   Posted 8/5/2007 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
    My husband had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his upper rectom...they also did exploratory at the same time to scan his other organs.....the surgeon said he had the option to have the epidural for pain.....he chose it......they left it on for 4 days and he was mostly pain free for that time.   Afterwards they put him on morphine.....he experienced quite a bit of pain till they got the dose regulated?  he then went to codeine. but we both were so glad that he chose that epi for the first few days after this took him through the worst and allowed him to move, to rest and to begin healing.  
    try not to be afraid.....I am sure you will be fine......we were full of apprehension about hubby's surgery.....he came through it with flying colors....I am sure you will do the same....what the doctors can do today is nothing short of miraculous......I will keep you in prayer tonight and in the morning.  my name is Linda that a good sign or what?  :-)   keep the will be fine

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   Posted 8/6/2007 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   


I know this is too late since your surgery is today, but I wanted to wish you the best. I had the same surgery done almost two years ago for the same reason. Mine was also done laparoscopically. It was a very easy surgery and I just used oral meds for pain relief. I had a three-day hospital stay and even went shopping the day I was discharged.

Breast Cancer at 36. Diagnosed in 2000. Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Status post colon resection, but now heading towards a subtotal colectomy in September.
Son diagnosed with Crohn's at 17 (now 20). Taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups.

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