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Unread 01-12-2012, 12:28 PM
Colon did yours go? Update--Surgery on Monday

Haven't been here in almost 2 years because I've been loving life after my partial Da Vinci hysterectomy (right ovary remains) due to "severe endometriosis." At the time of the surgery, I begged the surgeon to leave my colon alone unless the endo was really bad. Adhesions and endo had adhered my sigmoid colon to my pelvic wall so severely that I have had two failed colonoscopies. Symptoms were much better after surgery, at least for 10 months.

Well, my lovely GI symptoms are back. I will feel great for weeks and then on any given day I will start having horrible abdominal pain and cramps, not passing anything and eventually start vomiting in the afternoon. CT scan showed a "spiculated mass that is suspicious for a cancerous process." I have, fortunately found an amaing GI specialist who feels this is really endometriosis and not cancer. He is going to attempt a colonoscopy for a biopsy and then I will need a resection.

If you have had a resection, what was your surgery like ? Expected recovery? When I had my hyst I wasn't working and enjoyed an amazing stress free recovery of 2 months. I am now working part-time. I have a great boss and coworkers so I won't be rushed back, but was wondering what to expect...weeks?
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Unread 01-12-2012, 02:02 PM
Re: Colon did yours go?

It will depend a lot on how much you have removed, how much other "work" they need to do while they are in there, and the reason for the surgery. Mine was not for endo but for recurring diverticulitis, and I had most of my colon removed (over 3 feet) plus some adhesions taken down.

My surgery was done open, with a 12 inch vertical incision. Sometimes resections are done laparascopically depending on the circumstances and the surgeon.

I was in the hospital for 5 days. I was in a substantial amount of pain for at least a month, and full recovery took about a year. I'm not trying to discourage you but realistically that is what it was like. It made my hysterectomy feel like a cake walk.

Do not think that if you are able to have it laparascopically it will be easier or less painful. I have a close friend who had a similar resection to mine just recently. She had it done laparascopically. She was in the hospital for three weeks (vs my 5 days) and on morphine for most of that time (I was off the narcotics by the time I went home at 5 days). It's too early to tell whether or not her recovery will be easier or faster than mine but I'm kind of doubting it based on the progress thus far.

If you have a large amount of your colon removed, as I did, there will be some profound effects on your daily life that you will need to adjust to afterwards. I had to change my diet and my bowel habits are different. Not terrible, I just had to rethink my daily routine and have to watch what I eat when.

Good luck with your colonoscopy and upcoming resection.

Unread 01-12-2012, 03:28 PM
Re: Colon did yours go?

Hi SurgsoonTX!

I had just a few inches of my colon removed five years ago due to stage III colon cancer. Like (((Linda))) I had a 12-inch vertical incision. I was hospitalized 6 days, and had no complications or recovery issues.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that I bounced back physically after my colon resection much quicker than after my TAH/BSO four years earlier. I have no idea why; both the gyn who performed the TAH/BSO and the colon-rectal surgeon who performed the resection are exceptional doctors. I guess it's just one of those "individual results will vary" type of situations that can't be predicted.

Best wishes,
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Unread 01-13-2012, 07:46 AM
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Thanks ladies ! My doctor (although he is not the surgeon) does not anticipate more than a few inches right now. The anticipated length of stay for the surgery is really what I wanted to know...barring any complications of course. I am going to the best of the best and am even paying out of network costs in order to facilitate all of this.
Unread 01-20-2012, 09:04 PM
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Hi something I can help out on!! I had one many years ago but can remember it very well. I am now 33 and had to have 2 ft removed at age 19. I have a nice 8.5 in incision that curves around my belly button. Not bad considering orginally was suppose to have a 12 inch but as they came out and explained they were trying to make it as small as possible as they "hated to mess up a belly like that" lol I had a nice six pack (the cute kind for girls). Sigh it never did rebuild right tho Anyways...

I wont lie it is a tough surgery. I was told 14 day hospital stay afterwards but they sent me home in 6 b/c they said I was going to hurt myself trying to prove I was ready to go home. I had already been in the hospital for 22 days on tpn prior to surgery, was a teenager who missed my bf (now husband) and my friends so what more motivation is there than a love struck teen lol. It hurts BUT moving helps. I really does help!! The first time you go to get up 24 hours afterwards be prepared. Take it slow and push through it. If like me, you will not beable to go but about 2 steps b/c I was hooked to the wall with tubes that went down my nose into my stomach. I also had another tube that was sewed into my right side with like a bulb on the end that got stuff in it and well as a cathered. Plus oxgyen (that made my nose bleed) So your kinda tied up so to speak. I had them take me off pain meds at 23 hrs and only took about 8 pills the rest of the time b/c I wanted to go home. Now that I'm older I think I would have used my pain medicine a few more days Also if your throat is sore I sprayed cloraspetic (sp) a bunch of it on a couple pieces of ice and sucked slowly since I wasn't suppose to drink. That was very helpful

Surgery for me last 4.5 hrs. Perhaps it is faster now as that has been several years. Hold a pillow on your incision if you are going to sneeze cough etc. If you have a large incision expect 4 to 6 weeks to get to feeling pretty good. I remember racing two of my friends across a grocery store parking lot at 5 weeks. It hurt, but felt so good to beable to run and have energy that I did not care...and I won haha

I am about to under go my 6th abdominal surgery (bso and hyster (abdominal incision)). They are all scary to take on! I will be in tears the night before and most likely will ask for a sleeping pill tohelp me sleep. If you can think of any thing specific just let me know!!
Unread 02-06-2012, 08:37 PM
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I had a bowel resection along with my hysterectomy 2 years ago. They removed 5-6 inches of my colon laparoscopicly. I went in for my surgery Monday and left the hospital Thursday. When I woke up from surgery I did not have any tubes down my throat, nor did I have a sore throat. They had put a patch behind my ear that dried out my mouth and was to help with me being sick at my stomach which I found out later was from the morphine. I cant handle that stuff.

I didn't have any problems. I didn't eat RAW veggies or meat for a month after since those are the hardest for your body to process. I tried to take it easy. All went well.
Unread 02-07-2012, 05:53 PM
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I would advise you to have an endo specialist in on your surgery, or at least a doc with more experience willing to excise the endo whole they are in there. I had a colon resection (before I knew the cause was endo) and six months later had an endo doc spend 5 plus hours removing more that was left behind (that was after ten inches removed). I had a small bowel obstruction the month before that surgery, as there was endo up there (I had never had any symptoms that would have suggested that, it was a total shock!).

It would be a shame to have such a major surgery only to have more issues. I know it is not easy to find an endo doc but it has made a huge difference. My colon is quite a bit happier!

I took a month off, i really thought the recovery was not too bad. 5 days in hospital, small meals and lots of water. I was running again by six or seven weeks (slowly!), and did a 5k race three months after.
Unread 02-22-2012, 06:14 AM
Colon resection is Monday....anyone with a recent resection?

My sigmoid colon resection (scarring and obstruction related to endo probably) is on Monday. It will be done by a colorectal surgeon since I don't have anything gynecological left in there anyway! I am fit and in shape and I have a normal body weight so this is supposed to be done laparoscopically. I would love to hear from others who had a resection via lap..especially if done in the last few years. No offense, but you ladies who had it done 5-8 years ago with a huge stem to sternum incision kind of freak me out and I don't think our experiences are similar!
Unread 02-24-2012, 07:24 AM
Re: Colon did yours go? Update--Surgery on Monday

Hi Sweetie,
I had 28 inches removed Via Lap for perforated Diverticuli. I sarted walking the halls about 12 hours after surgery ,I had fred the IV pole to drag around and the ENT tube for a little while when I woke up (removed before walking). The more you walk in the Hosp. the better you feel and the faster you go home I left in 4 days with only Vicodan for pain. Soft foods for a week and High fiber diet with stool softners for about a year. I had a small cut about 3 inches long above my pubic bone closer to my hip and a couple of tiny incisions on my abdomen. A pillow for your tummy is a must it will help when you cough a feather pillow is the best for me it was heavier. Follow Docs orders and you will breeze through this, I have total faith in you!!! Hugs and prayers coming your way......Letta p.s. sorry for the spelling I'm still half asleep..LOL
Unread 03-02-2012, 09:08 PM
Re: Colon did yours go? Update--Surgery on Monday

Hi there,

I just had my mid-upper rectal resection due to endo and am back home after 6 days. I guess the length of stay is due to whatever your procedure is and your doctors approach. My doc sent me to ICU for first 24 hours with IV, urine catheter, wound drain and rectal tube. Luckily no naso-gastric tube was needed. My diet was slowly progressed from clear fluids only for about 4 days, then custard yogurt etc and onto solids last 24 hours or so. The tubes were removed slowly one by one. When bowel motions were successful, I was allowed to go home. They advised frequent short walks during my stay to help keep blood clots away.

I was advised to take 4-6 weeks off work to recover.

I hope yours goes well.

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