Xtreme - I'm sorry if you've posted here before I've just fogotten (which isn't unusual for me LOL) WELCOME!! As you've seen on the many posts - each person has dealt differently with the immediate outcome, as well as, changes within the first year post-op.
I think honesty is the best policy and there is NO sugarcoating this surgery. It's a HUGE surgery and each person is different in their recovery process. It's easy to think that because we suffer with the same problems pre-op that our post-op will be similar but unfortunately that's not the case. There are those that recovery was not as hard and long as others and they were back on their feet and back to work within a minimal period of time (four to six weeks).
I don't want to say anything to scare you, it's not my intention, but I felt like I was ran over by a truck and it was a good 12 weeks before I felt better but 16 weeks before I really felt back to normal. I was told that it take our body a year to really heal and for the small intestine to fully realize it's our new way of transit.
Yes, there are those of us who've had some "issues" or "set backs" along the road of recovery, HOWEVER, I'm thankful that I had the surgery and would do it all over again in a heartbeat!! I think there are others here that feel the exact same way I do. I gained a life that I never knew existed because I suffered with constipation my ENTIRE life (43 years). I knew going into this that there are no promises but was willing to take the risk, which has paid off regardless of a few problems.
Prior to surgery I looked nine months pregnant and was miserable. My surgery was done laparoscopic and took eight and a half hours with five and a half feet of colon removed. It's usually a three to four hour surgery - I just had to be difficult LOL! I was in the hospital for four days and up and moving within 12 hours of surgery. It's important that you get up and moving as soon as you can and as often as you can. Oh, it wasn't real easy by any means, but it will shorten your hospital stay and get things moving sooner. For the life of me I couldn't sleep during my hospital stay so I was up at all hours of the night and day walking the halls (slowly but surely).
I hope I was able to shed "some" light for you, hopefully without scaring you as it's not my intention - just honest!! As a nurse you know they have great medications for pain and will keep you as comfortable as they possibly can.
Please keep us posted!!!!
God is SO good - His blessings are endless!
Trust in Him with all your heart!
Know He's in control over every situation you face!!
Post Edited (Stuck42Long) : 11/21/2007 3:07:39 PM (GMT-7)