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[B]Hi All[/B]

I was not going to post here, but because this site helped me so much with my questions and fears before surgery, I thought I would document my own experience so others would have some idea of what to expect. My experiences and symptoms may not be what you are experiencing but the surgery may be quite similiar. I may post a few times to break the story up. Feel free to comment or ask questions!

[B]About me[/B]

I am a 56 year old single male in pretty good health. I have been a vegetarian for the past 23 years, not a vegan. I love pizza, cheese, panckes etc.. I just do not eat any meat, poultry or fish! Have no health problems and had not been in a hospital for over 30 years,the last being cartlidge removal in my knee from playing high school football that was done in 1970. I take no medications and aside from some arthritis, have had no other major health problems. I am 5'10 195lbs. For exercise I lift free weights, stretch and ride both a mountain bike and stationary bike. My occupation has me on my feet and moving constantly.

[B]What I Had Done[/B]

On February 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm I had a laproscopic hand assisted sigmoid colectomy due to diverticulitis which caused a fistula to form between my colon and my bladder. Twelve inches of my Sigmoid colon was removed. I had 3 incisions.....1 right through my belly button.approximately 4" long and 2 smaller incisions, one about an inch below the 4" cut and one about 3 inches to the the right side of my stomach. Both of the smaller incisions are about 2 inches long. All incisions were stapled shut. I was hospitalized for 6 days which included surgery

[B]My Story[/B]

In November of 2000 at age 46, I had my first colonoscopy due to some rectal bleeding I was having. Results of the tests were I had mild bleeding of hemmoroids and there were diverticula pouches found in my sigmoid intestine. I also had 9 small polyps that were removed and biopsied and found to be harmless or benign. When I met with my primary care doctor he briefly explained to me about what diverticula was, but not to worry, it doesnt usually flare up. Because of the polyps I was advised to have another colonoscopy done in 4-5years.

In December of 2004 at age 50, because of the earlier discovery of polyps, I had my second follow up colonoscopy done. Aside from having some very mild discomfort on the lower left of my stomach a few times I had no real problems. This procedure came up with 1 polyp and again the pouches of diverticula. The polyp was removed and found to be benign. I never changed my diet and continued on with my life.

In October of 2007 at age 53 I had my first attack of diverticulitis, although at the time I had no idea that was what it was. I was in a hotel on a business trip, it was about 2:00 am and I started to have SEVERE stomach pains and cramps. I actually thought I was having an appendix attack. Being the macho man that I think I am, I gritted it out for about an hour and a half and it finally subsided. It was pure hell!! The next day I felt somewhat better and wrote it off as something I must have ate! I never saw a doctor nor did I take any medication.

In June of 2009 at age 55 I had my second attack of diverticulitis. It was about 3:30am and again I woke up with SEVERE stomach pain and cramps. As I did before, I decided to grit it out and wait until it passed. (yes I am an idiot!) This time the pain did not stop so I got up and drove myself to the nearest emergency room at about 5:30am. While in the emergency room my pain started to subside somewhat and by the time they were ready to admit me I decided to leave the hospital after being given some medication for stomach spasms. The attending physician wanted to start me on IV and take some x-rays, but because I was not sure what was covered by my insurance and not wanting to get a $10,000.00 medical bill after it was all said and done, I decide not to let them admit me. I went home and laid in bed until I saw my primary care doctor later that day who started me on the Flagyl/Cipro medication for 2 weeks and ordered a cat scan. He also sent me to a Gastrologist who looked at the cat-scan and said I had a bout of diverticulitis. After about a week of suffering I went back to work and eventually life as normal. My diet was basically unchanged except for thae fact I stopped eating popcorn. I didn't mention this before, but I LOVE popcorn and would eat it almost nightly. Some say seeds,nuts popcorn etc.. do not cause attacks while others say avoid them. I decided to avoid them since both attacks occurred while I had been eating popcorn.

On December 24 2009 I was feeling a little tenderness on my left side but nothing that caused me to be alarmed or panic. Actually I had the tenderness for a few days prior. That evening as I was urinating and just as I was about to finish a flow of air came out of my penis at the end. It sounded like my penis had actually flatuated? I was freaked out! I immediately went online and googled "air while urinating" and every explanation came up with only 3 causes for this!
1. Bacteria in bladder that causes gas. Related to Diabetics only and you are usually very ill.
2. Having a foley catheter or cystoscopy done recently.
3.Fistula between colon and bladder, due to diverticultis infection/abcesses.
This causes your intestine to leak into your bladder. Fortunately for me, I had only a tiny perforation and was only having small amounts of gas passing into my bladder.

Well quess which one I figured it was since I did not have the first 2 symptoms?

The next day I was visiting family who lived 2 hours away from my home, so I went to an urgent care center there and saw a doctor who told me after taking a urine sample that I had quite a bit of e-coli traces in my urine and prescribed 500mg of cipro for 10 days. I still had not had a bout of diverticulitis so I ate my X-mas dinner and went home the next day. I scheduled an appointment with my physician that week and when I saw him he seemed to think it was a bacterial infection and to finish the medication. I knew it could only be one of the three things I had previously mentioned and told him so. He said lets wait and see. Screw that, I should have insisted on going to a gastrologist, because it took another month of passing air in my urine, constant 24/7 doses of Flagyl-Cipro-Bactrim and pain in my left side before they finally sent me for another cat scan, colonoscopy and to a Urologist to finally come up with a diagnosis of Colovesical Fistula as a result of Diverticulitis. Wow, I told them that 6 weeks earlier, but did anyone listen?

On February 14 I met with my Surgeon and was scheduled for surgery on Feb 25.
[B]The Surgery[/B]

[B]Pre-op Day Tuesday Feb 23[/B]

On Feb 22 I reported to the hospital for a pre-op. For those of you who are new to surgery like I was, I will explain what happened this day. After going over all the paper work about insurance,liabilities the procedure and what to expect before and after surgery, you will be given some tests. I had blood drawn, a EKG heart check and a chest x-ray. All in all in took about an hour and a half and I was gone.

[B]Day before Surgery Wednesday Feb 24[/B]

On Feb 24 this was the fun bowel cleaning day. After drinking the prep mix and sitting on the toilet for most of the day, I almost couldn't wait for this to be done and over

[B]Surgery Day Thursday Feb 25[/B]

I arrived at the hospital at 11:15, went to the front desk and was taken to the pre-surgery area. This is where you remove all your clothes, put on a gown and then they put you on a gurney/rolling bed and place you in a room with others waiting to go to surgery. Here they put in your Intravenous and run some tests,blood pressure,temp etc.. Also your Surgeon and the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist will talk with you. Your family or friends can come and sit with you until your surgery time. I was fortunate that my surgery which was scheduled for 12:30 was only delayed for an additional 20 minutes. I have heard of other people having to wait for hours because of some complications either with the surgery before them or doctors being late or whatever else can pop up.

At !2:50 I was taken to the surgery room. There was my Surgeon, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, the surgeons assistant and a nurse. I remember them helping me to slide off the gurney onto the opertaing table and that was the last thing I remember.

My operation took 2.5 hours and I woke up in the recovery room. I was still too out of it too feel much pain. After they felt I was awake enough they took me to my room where my family was waiting. I had a private room which was nice too! I got to the room about 5:00pm and was hooked up to IV's and a foley catheter to relieve my bladder. I was allowed to sip some ice chips because my mouth was so dry, but within an hour or so I started to become very nauseated and wanted to vomit. I was told that this was probably the result of the anathesia and they gave me a shot in my IV for the nausea. I was still nauseated an hour later so this time they gave me a shot in my a** and that helped. Believe it or not I asked if I could get up and walk and they let me walk the hall at 9:30 that night with help from the nurse. I had read here that the sooner you get up and move the better off you will heal, thats why I wanted to move as soon as possible. It was painful but not as bad as I thought it would be. I was receiving pain medication by iv every 6 hours. I never had a pain pump. Couldn't sleep much that night but it wasn't from pain, just couldn't sleep.

[B]Post-op-Day 1-Friday Feb 26[/B]

I was put on a liquid diet this morning. Water, jello, broth juices etc... I got up 3 times and walked today. Very painful trying to sit up but once I was up and walking I felt much better. Not much happenned today although I did ask my doctor for some sleep medication which he prescribed (Ambien/injected).

I still did not sleep for more than 2-3 hours at a time. I was really suprised at the lack of intense pain I was experiencing. It really wasnt that bad. The most annoying part of it all was the catheter they kept in me. Normally this would have been removed after surgery,but because of the fistula I had, my doctor did not want any pressure on my bladder so they kept the catheter in.

Oh, get ready for the nurses to wake you up at 4;30 in the morning to draw blood..??? No kidding, I would sometimes just be getting back to sleep and boom, there was the nurse!
[B]Post-Op-Day 2-Saturday Feb 27[/B]

Still did not get a good nights sleep even with the shot of Ambien. I am now having some extra pain as I think things are waking up down there. I am allowed shots of Dilaudid every 2 hours as needed. I am currently getting shots of Toridal every 6 hours but found that the shot of Dilaudid helps me go back to sleep in the middle of the night.

I am still on a liquid diet. Food is delivered at 7:00am breakfast-12:00pm lunch and 5:00pm dinner. As of 2:00pm this afternoon I still had not passed any gas or had a bowel movement and my stomach was now distending and I was getting super bloated and it was getting painful. My doctor visited soon after, checked out my stomach and canceled my liquid diet and put me back on IV. He ordered X-rays for the next morning to be sure nothing was going on and they gave me a shot of medication to stimulate my bowels. The rest of the night I still did not pass any gas and my stomach was stilled bloated. Needless to say sleep wasn't great either! Although in pain I still got up and walked the halls of the ward 2 times that day. Slow as a turtle! Oh, I had that damn catheter still in, had to drag that with me.

[B]Post-op-Day 3-Sunday Feb 28[/B]

At about 7:30 this morning I finally passed a little gas. Time to celebrate!! They brought a gurney in about 8:00 am and took me to x-ray which eventually showed nothing wrong except for a lot of gas build up. I continued to hear rumblings and movement in my stomach and started to pass enough gas that by 3:00 pm later that day they took me back off IV and started me on liquids again. I walked the halls every few hours and this time I walked the ward twice each time, I cannot stress enough how this helps you heal quicker and although you may hurt a bit walking, you feel so much better when you get back to your bed. I did my normal Toridal injections and continued with the Ambien and Dilaudid at night to sleep. Getting in and out of bed was still painful but I have to tell you, it wasn't that bad and it was getting better everyday. I had not passed any more gas since earlier in the day and had some concern about that.

[B]Post-op-Day 4-Monday March 1[/B]

Started a soft food diet at lunch today and also for dinner. Walked the halls again today and was actually feeling better. By 6:00 pm that evening and shortly after dinner I started to bloat up again and had not passed gas or anything since yesterday. My doctor, who always made night visits came in again, listened to what was happenning and he ordered an injection to help my bowels move. Throughout the night I could feel rumblings and action going on down there and started feeling better. Ahhh...they finally removed the catheter today. I did the usual Ambien/Dilaudid combo and still really never slept well.
[B]Post-op-Day 5-Tuesday March 2-Going Home[/B]

Turned out to be a good night after all. Had a bowel movement early in the morning which made me feel great. Nothing but diahrea but passing anything at this point was reason for joy and comfort in my mind. I stayed on a soft diet that day and was later released that night around 7:00 pm. Very tired by the time I got time home.

[B]To Sum it up[/B]

I wrote this from a log I kept while in the hospital. I have been home now for 5 days and approximately 10 days since my surgery. I have not taken any pain medication at all since I have gotten home. I drove my car, did some shopping and cleaned up some small stuff I had around the house 2 days after I got home. I cannot tell you how great it feels to feel good again. I eat small meals and take care to rest when I tire. I am having fairly good bowel movements and am taking some stool softeners to keep my system moving.

When I was first told that I needed to have surgery this is where I came to get my answers. I was fearful of having surgery and had no idea what to expect. If you are having bad bouts of Diverticulitis and are facing surgery, I understand how you feel, but I am here to tell you that for me it wasn't that bad at all. Sure there were the times of pain, sleepless nights and other unpleasant episodes but once its done and over and you start to heal it's amazing how glad you are that you did it and you forget all the bad times.

I will post an update in a few days. Good luck to you all!!
Hi Marilyn,

I am sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I know how your feeling because it took 2 months for me to go from attack to actual surgery and I went through a lot of pain,weakness and nausea from the constant barrage of antibiotics and bland diet. The bladder pain you mention is something I had during my second attack of diverticulis even before I was diagnosed with the fistula. My gastrologist stated the bladder sometimes gets irritated as a result of the divert attacks. I never had any burning while urinating but my bladder would just hurt and feel sore when I did urinate. I was given the prescription Bactrim to combat that.

It has now been 16 days post op for me. I went to my surgeon 2 days ago and had my staples taken out.

Since my surgery and after arriving home I have been feeling pretty good. I have since realized that you have to take it easy and not do too much although you feel better. I over did it when I first got home and paid for it with a lot of soreness in the sutured area. I have also had some cramping one day and it put a scare into me but my surgeon said that was to be expected as my intestines are still healing. I also still have pain in my bladder when I urinate but I did have the fistula and the catheter was in for 5 days so I expect that to be sore for a while. It seems to be getting better as the days go by.

All in all I am eating well, feeling good and each day feels better than the one before.

Marilyn..try and stay positive and not worry about the operation should you have to have one. I spent so many nights fearing this surgery and thinking of all the worst things that could happen that I wasted a lot of precious time and stress for nothing. It really wasn't that bad! :-) This is a common surgery done daily and hopefully you can get it done by the laproscopic procedure. I will be updating this post every few months so others can see my progression and give them some idea what to expect. Take care and post an update here if you like after your colonoscopy. If there is anything else I can answer for you, just post here. In the meantime, I wish you the best!!
Ray
Jenj770,

After 4 attacks I would say you definitely should get the surgery done before you have a major perforation and end up in the Er.

As you can see by my other posts, don't worry about the surgery and stay positive. I know that it's hard to do but take it from me, I just went through the worry and anxiety you are going through now and it was not warranted. The surgery went well and all in all I am glad I did it and will you be glad you did too!

I wish the best for you and don't worry, it will be ok!

Ray
Hi Marilyn,

I had no trouble with the CT so I didn't have to have the barium drink. Hopefully someone else has had to go this route and can help you with some more info on where you can go from here. Are you on anti-biotics while this is all going on? You said you had a recent CT scan how long ago was that? While my system was infected I did have a CT and it showed everthing including the fistula, just curious as to why your CT did not show that area down there in more detail. They kept me on antibiotics until they decided it had died down enough for me to have the colonoscopy which was about 2 weeks after the scat. I never did a barium test at all. It must be tough to have to wait so long to get this issued resolved. I think for me the worst part was waiting to get the surgery over with and after 2 months of antibiotics I was ready for it!

Hopefully someone can get back to you here with some info. In the interim, I hope this gets resolved for you soon.

my best, Ray
[QUOTE=Marilyn711;4230375]Hello,

It has been a while since I posted. The CT actually did show another flare up and have been on antibiotics for a while but not off. I had the barium with air which was the worst test I have ever done I would gladly take 2 colonoscopies instead. Anyhow I see my surgeon on the 27th as he is on vacation. The barium E was just to tell give him info about how much to remove or something like that.

Did you have an NG tube following surgery? (nasogastric). I am hoping that wont be necessary.

Hope all is well w everyone[/QUOTE]

Hello to whomever,I hope all is going well.

I'm due to have a resection on May 21st. I have had to go and give blood twice now for my upcomming surgery, I have also had all my pretesting done. As I sit here now I am in pain. My fear is,when I'm in pain, I will wait too long. And then the pain eases up for a day or so and I think ,do I need it at all. I was in the hospital for 14 days in July 2009, then again this april for another 5 with an attact of extreme pain on my lower left side.
While I'm reading all these posts I am somewhat relieved at the same time scared out of my wits. I have had several surgeries and with every one of them I have had a bad outcome. Maybe I am going thru the worst of it now. Although I am really scared I am looking forward to being pain free and going out to dinner with my family without the fear of having to race to the bathroom.

This may sound a little crass and maybe mean of me but I sure glad somone else is having the same problems I have. I guess it ain't all in my head after all.

Marilyn, While the CT you had was not pleasent I know,I'm not sure I know what this NG tube is all about.I have never heard of it. I surly hope you do well.
An NG (nasogastric) tube is placed while you're asleep (down your nose and into your stomach) and is pretty much normal protocol for any sort of colon surgery. It's done to prevent severe nausea post-op. I think they pulled mine (I woke up with it in) early morning the day after my re-section.

I did feel somewhat nauseated after it was removed...but took long, deep breaths until it passed. No big deal...it's tolerable. What you don't want is to have it removed too soon and then placed again while awake. Not very comfortable, I understand.

Good luck with your upcoming surgery!
Linda
Well, had the surgery on 5/3, removed about 10 inches of sigmoid /left sided colon laparoscopically. Had some scar tissue from a prior surgery that was the only complication. Have 4 incisions with largest about 3 inches on left side with staples. So far kinda like a roller coaster as feeling good then pain/nausea, chills aches etc. The pain wasnt as bad as I expected immediately after surgery. Currently 5th post op day with a good amount of pain and taking Norco regularly. Came home yesterday and it was great to get home but really felt bad last night.
[QUOTE=Marilyn711;4242034]Well, had the surgery on 5/3, removed about 10 inches of sigmoid /left sided colon laparoscopically. Had some scar tissue from a prior surgery that was the only complication. Have 4 incisions with largest about 3 inches on left side with staples. So far kinda like a roller coaster as feeling good then pain/nausea, chills aches etc. The pain wasnt as bad as I expected immediately after surgery. Currently 5th post op day with a good amount of pain and taking Norco regularly. Came home yesterday and it was great to get home but really felt bad last night.[/QUOTE]

Marilyn, Great to hear from you and that you are doing well. I have gotten more info from this site than anywhere I've been. So far my mind is a little more at ease. I hope you continue to progress. I will let you know how things go with me as well. God Bless you, Mizz.
[QUOTE=thecla;4242077]Marilyn and everybody on this thread, I hope everyone is doing better. I was just diagnosed with diverticulitis after a trip to the emergency room in severe pain. 3 emergency room visits in less than a month. Once they said it was hemorrhoids, then hemorrhoids with diverticulitis (they did a CT scan). I do have a bad case of hemorrhoids inside and out. The last time in another emergency room, the Dr. said I had an anal fissure. I went to a DO who treated me for the anal fissure. Now lots of pain later, my family Dr. is treating me for the diverticulitis with Cipro. I am getting up with severe pain every morning and I don't think I can take much more of this. When he was examining me rectally this week, one of the diverticula emptied and he said he had never seen that before. I am eating soup and jello and protein drinks, trying to give my colon a rest. I don't understand why the pain is so bad in the mornings. I feel like my insides are coming out. It is like being in labor! I take a Roxicet (I had to beg for it) for the pain but it takes about an hour to really kick in. The first attacks started in March and then I was ok for about 2 weeks and then boom, I get sick again. I don't have a fever but I feel pretty bad. I am thinking about trying to see a colon Dr. in a larger town about 100 miles from here just to be sure the right things are being done. My Dr. is ordering a upper GI here. ( I had a colonoscopy done in 2008 and there were no problems.) He is a very good man and I think he is doing all he can. I am just so sick and scared. When I was in the emergency room at our local hospital, the Dr. on call was examining me rectally and it hurt so bad, I was moaning and he told me to shut up! I am almost afraid to go out here anymore. Any advice would be welcome. Thank you![/QUOTE]

Thecka, Is your Dr giving you the Cipro/Flagle combo meds? That seems to be the antbiotics everyong is getting, With each new prescription I also ask for something for my yeast infection I know I'm gonna get.
Thanks Mizz, it is Thecla and hard to spell. lol He is doing fine. He had a return of cancer around his stoma after losing his voice box to cancer in 2008. At least it was all on the outside this time. He had a 8 1/2 hour surgery. They pulled up the pectoral muscle from the chest and made him a new stoma.
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Marilyn, I hope you are feeling better by now. Maybe since you had the surgery, the worst is behind you now. It does take time to heal after surgery and maybe you just need a little more time to be without pain. I certainly would mention it to the Dr. on Thursday. My pain seems to be in my rectum where I supposedly had an anal fissure last month but it always happens in the early morning. The pain is so severe and it builds and builds like a labor pain. I try to take my anti nausea pill, drink some Slim Fast or Ensure and take a Roxicet for pain before it becomes so severe I think I am dying. It takes about an hour to subside. Now on Thursday, my Dr. has ordered an upper GI to rule out an obstruction. It seems to me it should be a lower GI since that is where the pain is. I don't know how in the world I am going to be able to bear it since I am not supposed to eat after midnight or take any of my medicine. If they can't give me a shot for pain and nausea, I will not be able to do it. I am beginning to think I should just call this colon rectal specialist who is 100 miles away and make an appointment with him. I am soo desperate people. What do you think?
Thank you ray for the wonderful thing you did, sharing your experience to help others and bostonandparis, I wish a successful surgery for you. It seems most people who have the surgery are pleased with the results and remember, most of the things we worry about never happen anyway. Pray, I do a lot of that and it saves my sanity
Hi Everyone,

I thought it was time to write an update on my resection surgery. It has been almost 2 1/2 months since my surgery and I have never felt better! Like I wrote earlier, I stopped all pain pills 1 week after my operation, the first day I got home. The past few weeks I feel a little better everyday day. There were a few mornings I woke up with pain on my left side similar to the pain I had before surgery(about 3 weeks after surgery) and thought "OH NO its back" but after a week or so it was gone and hasn't returned. All in all I feel really good.

[B]Bostonandparis[/B] I know how your feeling. I was a nervous wreck thinking about the surgery and the pain, but I have to tell you, it really wasn't that bad! I had it done with a Laproscopic procedure and I hope that is the way you will go. They did tell me before the surgery that there was the possibility I would have the longer incision if problems occurred during surgery but luckily there were no problems. I did not have a "nose tube" when I woke up either. I was told one was in during surgery but I never knew it. The only things attached to me when I woke up was the IV and the catheter, and the catheter was because of the fistula and the bladder being affected which is what you probably have. As far as any "embarrassing" or painful problems, nope, don't have any. I do have some numbness down my leg where I think a nerve may have been touched during surgery, but it is not painful at all, just annoying.

I once read on here that most of the people that write here after surgery with pain issues are the minority, compared to the amount of people that have it done with no problems and never come back to the board. I felt that way too. Before my surgery, I lived on these boards trying to soak in as much as I could so I would know what to expect, just as you are doing now, but after the surgery and everything was fine, life went on and I almost forgot about this forum and how it answered a lot of my questions and fears!

I sympathize with the people that are having pain and problems after their surgery because it does happen. I sincerely hope that they all feel better soon! All I can say is that I don't feel bad at all and the whole surgery was no big deal now that I look back at it. Sure there will be some pain, but with the meds they give you in the hospital you are not going to feel that bad. When you first get up to move around after surgery you will feel sore, like working out for the first time and feeling the muscles really sore, but it really isn't that bad!!!

The only thing I will warn people about is not to over-do it because you feel good! I went back to work 3 weeks after my surgery and was lifting small objects and moving around more than I should have. I felt pain,was sore and tired for days after that. Just take it easy until you heal and listen to your doctor.

I will keep up with this post and if anyone wants to ask me anything feel free to write and I will get back as soon as I can.

Good luck to you all and for those of you that are not feeling well you are in my prayers!!!!
Ray: thanks for the info. I am doing just what you did--researching everything to get all the details. One question: what kind of anasthesia did you have? some people get a nerve block or something and some people had a pain pump when they woke up. can you describe that? My doctor has proposed a laparascopic sigmoid colonectomy because of diverticulosis and a fistula. There is no choice but to have the surgery as NOT having it is more dangerous than having it. I appreciate your checking in. My surgery date is in late June so I'll be online regularly before and after that to see if I can gather more information and then provide information on follow-up and to see if I can help others. Please check regularly to see what's going on as you have provided the most detailed description and the best advice. bostonandparis
Hi,
I had colon resection surgery on April 19 2010. I am still having quite a bit of pain. I am nauseated after eating any kind of food and also get pains on my sides. I am trying to cut back on pain pills because they are binding me up.
I had some of my 26 staples removed last wednesday. I also have an infection:( so i am taking 2 different antibiotics for 2 weeks. How long does this pain last is almost as bad as diverticulitis pain....
thanks
Hi rayvalde. thank you for answering with a reply yesterday. I am bostonandparis scheduled for surgery the last week in june: laparascopic sigmoid colonectomy and I am still frightened. It was good to hear you had the surgery laparascopically and they will do that to me also but wont know for sure until the surgery starts. My next doctors appt is june 8 when i meet with the surgeon one more time before THE BIG DAY of surgery. so if you could keep checking in, that would be great. thank you very much for your advice.

I agree many people who write back after surgery have bad stories but it is good to be aware of what might happen in advance.
[QUOTE=bostonandparis;4244507]eeyore: sorry about the pain and infection. I hope you heal quicker. Thank you for telling me where the stitches were. Certainly is better having them on the incision than inside! I sure do wish neither of us had these problems. bostonandparis[/QUOTE]

Hi The doctors visit went okay. I still have some staples, the incision is still NOT closed all the way.He said he has to leave them in yet because he does not want the incision to open more. Drainage is still coming out. I am hoping by next weeks appointment the incision will be closed... THis scares me. The doctor gave me stronger pain pills which he should have done to begin with....
If I had this to do over again as an elective surgery I would never do it!!
The tube to the stomach was horrible,ended up in ICU cause of horrible head pains, that made me throw up. That did not feel real good 1 day after surgery:(. I don't mean to scare you,everyone is different.I wish you the best of luck. Are you having open surgery or lap.?
Just a footnote here:
My recovery wasn't all without discomfort here and there. I am not trying to say I was a super hero and felt nothing at all. There were a couple of weeks after surgery where my rectum was sore, my bladder sometimes ached when I urinated and I would feel aches and pains here and there, but all in all it didn't warrant all the worry I had before the surgery. I never regret having the surgery because it could have been a lot worse had I not had it done.


again I wish you all good health!~
Ray
surgery was not bad
unfortunatly i am still in pain
6 months after surgery
think i have a section that has gotten small
when it healed....
I agree that the colon resection was not as bad as the hysterectomy. I had an open hysterectomy and lap colon resection. I had terrrible painful gas w the hysterectomy and tremendous pain immediately after surgery, neither of which I had w the colon resection but I was expecting and pleasantly surprised that it wasnt that bad.
[QUOTE=eeyore57;4248977]Good Morning*** i am doing lots better;) Pain is still hanging in there but not as severe! Some sharp every so often. Eating is still tough,pooping pretty many times a day. Today is the last day of antibiotics..hopefully. I see the doc this afternoon. Hopefully the remainder of my staples will come out:D and no more antibiotics.Still get very tired. went for a short walk yesterday...not to bad,some pulling at times. I am now using an abdominal binder. It's a little tight on the incision causing some pain. I am taking less of the oxycodone too! Good luck to all who are nearing your surgery dates!:angel:
If you sleep upstairs make sure if you can, get a bed for in your livingroom. That's where i have been sleeping since coming home from the hospital. Hoping soon I will be able to go and sleep in my own bed upstairs.[/QUOTE]
Well the doc's visit went okay! The all the staples are out after a month. I still have an infection..soo more antibiotics for 10 more days:dizzy:
I see the doc again in 4 weeks by then I hope the infection is gone!!! As far as pooping..he wants my bm's more formed so I don't get a narrowing in the resectioned area! So crossing my fingers I will start having BIGGER poops:D
Take care all
[QUOTE=eeyore57;4251044]Good afternoon,
I am doing better:) Not as much pain, some very sharp pains off and on throughout the day. I am not taking as many pain pills. The most I take is 2 a day. Food is starting to settle better in my stomach;) The poops are not to good, very small to very watery. The doc said if I don't start going a bigger size the resection could narrow***yikes! Yes, even the redness around the incision is going down and also from the hole from the poop bag! My bag was temporary it was connected to the cecum by a tube.Before I came home the tube was pulled out.So I was left with the hole on my belly with the bag over the hole. The hole finally closed up.:D I was sewn back together inside on the same day as my surgery.So I did not have to go back for a reconnection!
I hope by the time I am done with this round of antibiotics the infection is gone!! The visiting nurse said, they would have to make a small incision to drain the infection if this round did not work...crossing my fingers and whatever else I can cross!
Have a good day all!
Mizz how you doing????Thinking of you:angel:[/QUOTE]
hello eeyore: so glad you are feeling better; it gives encouragement and lessens fear for me who is scheduled for 6/28. how many nights were you in the hospital? did you have a fistula or cancer or diverticulosis? how long were you on the catheter? did you have a breathing tube? how long did it take after surgery to poop? did it hurt? what kinds of foods were you allowed to eat? what do you expect your recovery to be like at home: bedridden, able to walk in a limited way, able to drive, etc. You are a hero in that you survived it well despite the pain and discomfort. bostonandparis
[QUOTE=bostonandparis;4251416]hello eeyore: so glad you are feeling better; it gives encouragement and lessens fear for me who is scheduled for 6/28. how many nights were you in the hospital? did you have a fistula or cancer or diverticulosis? how long were you on the catheter? did you have a breathing tube? how long did it take after surgery to poop? did it hurt? what kinds of foods were you allowed to eat? what do you expect your recovery to be like at home: bedridden, able to walk in a limited way, able to drive, etc. You are a hero in that you survived it well despite the pain and discomfort. bostonandparis[/QUOTE]

Hi boston, I was in the hospital 6 days. I had diverticulitis, i have had diver since 1993, had many flare ups over the years. The doc said it was time to stop messing around and get surgery!! Mine never perforated,just badly infected each time it flared up. I probably was hospitalizied about 10 times or more over the years. They started coming closer each time. I even watched what I ate!!! My family doc said even feces can go in the pouches.
I had the catheter in for 5 days,I was very sore down there:eek: I think it took me about 3 days to poop from my a-hole!! If not it was going into the poop bag from the tube connected to my cecum. No it did not hurt to poop:)
However it did hurt to wipe myself because of incision. I was allowed to eat a "soft diet" example,eggs,toast,broth, and that good ole jello;) I did stay in bed quite abit, it hurt like Hell to move:( I am first now been given the okay to drive. I tried and it was not to bad!!! Monday 5/24 will be 5 weeks since surgery....feels alot longer:dizzy: I still have an infection but is slowly getting better. :confused: I am introducing more foods and it has not been to bad!!! I started taking Align for my digestive system and seems to be helping;) My GI doc recommended Align during antibiotics helps bring back the good bacteria too! Oh yeah I still get very tired easily!
You will be OKAY***it's just a very scary thing to go through!
Will keep you updated and if you have any more questions feel free to ask!
[QUOTE=andieopie;4252701]thank you. i am going to have the surgery on 6-29.-10. i have had about 7 attacks and put it off as long as i could.
reading your blog made me a little less nervous.
thanks again.
andie[/QUOTE]

Andie you are welcome... I ventured to the grocery store yesterday:),after going through the store had some pain and was very tired. But I did it!!
The road to recovery is long but you have to remember everyone is different.
G:angel:ood luck on your upcoming surgery!
[QUOTE=bostonandparis;4250816]Ray: hello. it is now may 22. how do you feel and how are your bowels working without all of your colon? any problems? is your diverticulosis all over your colon or was it just on the part that was removed? thanks. bostonandparis[/QUOTE]

hi bostonandparis

It is now almost 3 months since my surgery and I feel really good actually. I really haven't notice any change/problems with bowel movements. Once and awhile I still get a little tenderness on my left side but I think it could be where i was sewn together inside. The scar tissue/skin is really hard under the areas where the incisions where. As for where the divertic was, it may have been all removed but there is always the chance that there still is some pockets in the colon. When and if they become infected or abcessed is when you find out, or if they see it in your next colonoscopy. I have read here that some people do get attacks again even after this surgery, because sometimes they don't get it all out. I am hoping I am not one of those that do!! I am watching my diet and drinking lots of water !! it is better to eat lots of fiber and take stool softeners than to get constipated and try to force a bowel movement which alot of times causes these pouches/pockets to form again.

Ray :cool:
has anyone ever needed to be open again
my pain in the same area as surgery is still very painfull
all tests neg..
went to see the surgeon..she is opposed to surgery
but no one knows what is happening
it is extremely dibilitating..
hate eatting/this is 6 months after surgery

need feed back really....please..dont know what to do
i have had every test..pet/cat/ultrasound
barium enema....help guys
[QUOTE=barb050;4253949]has anyone ever needed to be open again
my pain in the same area as surgery is still very painfull
all tests neg..
went to see the surgeon..she is opposed to surgery
but no one knows what is happening
it is extremely dibilitating..
hate eatting/this is 6 months after surgery

need feed back really....please..dont know what to do
i have had every test..pet/cat/ultrasound
barium enema....help guys[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=Marilyn711;4253946]How's everyone doing? I am now 3 1/2 wks out from my surgery and not pain free. It seems that I wake up at night in pain and then it hurts to change positions and the mornings and if I do any extended walking like through a grocery store. I guess this is to be expected but my surgeon lead ne to believe I would be fine by a month out. Guess he lied. :cool:[/QUOTE]

Hi, I am a little over 5weeks and i too am still having pain. When i get up in the am it's at it's worse. As for sleeping i also have trouble moving, I found out if you place a round pillow under your side that you sleep on helps!!
Going to the grocery store was tiring and painful after going through the store. My visiting nurse said the healing inside can take up to 6 months or longer.
Yesterday i bought a abdominal binder and it helps hold your stomach from moving when you are doing more moving around!! Good investment:) it was $27.99 at our local hospitals medical store.
Take care:wave:
Eyore,,didnt they take out your appendix ? Geez that would suck big time after all you have been through. :(

Hope everyone has a good holiday weekend. I am starting to come around I think.:cool:
[QUOTE=bostonandparis;4255862]eeyore: sorry for your pain. good luck at doctor in june..i go june 3 to meet with doctor to discuss my upcoming laparscopic sigmoid colectomy. im scared to death. surgery is 6.28. any suggestions on questions i shoud ask surgeon or anything you recommend i watch out for? I am having surgerydue to diverticulosis and a colovaginal fistula. i never thought this wouldhappen to me thats for sure. i hope your pain subsides. bostonandparis[/QUOTE]

Boston you might want to ask if you can do steps when you get home,how long before your bowels will return to normal and will you get antibiotics after you go home,will you have a temporary bag. My surgeon forgot to give me the antibiotics, this is to I think to prevent infection. Oh yeah, will you need a visiting nurse. I suppose it will depend on what type of surgery you have too, open or lap and any complications...
I wish the surgeon would have taken out my appendics, less for me to worry about:dizzy:
Have a good holiday;)
Oh does anyone have any problems with their bladder and any groin pains especially on the right side???
[QUOTE=bostonandparis;4255929]Hi Ray. I'm not quite sure how to use threads. I was wondering how you are doing. I have a surgeons appt to discuss lap sig colectomy this week and surgery June 28. Are you better? Bostonandparis[/QUOTE]

hi bostonandparis

I am feeling good! I am now 3 months post-op. I feel some pain once and awhile but I was told and have read on here that it takes months to feel anywhere near normal. I am back to eating anything I want and so far except for some soreness and pain in the incision areas and some pain in my lower left side on and off I can honestly say I am feeling good. I hope that I continue to heal without problems but I know that I am still not out of the woods yet. Healing is a slow process!
When you meet with your doctor ask about the type of anesthesia you will have during surgery and the pain meds he will be giving you after surgery. I got extremely nauseated and later found out that quite a few people also got sick after surgery. I later found out that there is a drug that they can administer with the general anesthesia that will help prevent the nausea afterwards. I wrote about this at the beginning of this thread under "Surgery Day Thursday Feb 25". I had dry heaves, which was really painful right after surgery, so try to avoid that!

Remember that some of the other people writing on here did not have the same surgery or diagnosis that you have. I had the same fistula you have except for the anatomical difference between men and women. The Surgeon makes a big difference in your outcome. I researched many surgeons before settling on mine because he had an excellent reputation and lots of references. Think of him like a car mechanic, you want the job done right the first time, this is not something you want to bring back because it broke again or your having problems with the repair. Choose the right person the first time.

I am sorry to hear that so many here are still in pain! Hopefully somehow everyone here will find a way to get the advice and help they need! It is terrible to have to live in pain without knowing when it will end.

There seems to be a lot of support and advice on this thread and thats a good thing!

my best to all!!

Ray :)
[QUOTE=rayvalde;4256288]hi bostonandparis

I am feeling good! I am now 3 months post-op. I feel some pain once and awhile but I was told and have read on here that it takes months to feel anywhere near normal. I am back to eating anything I want and so far except for some soreness and pain in the incision areas and some pain in my lower left side on and off I can honestly say I am feeling good. I hope that I continue to heal without problems but I know that I am still not out of the woods yet. Healing is a slow process!
When you meet with your doctor ask about the type of anesthesia you will have during surgery and the pain meds he will be giving you after surgery. I got extremely nauseated and later found out that quite a few people also got sick after surgery. I later found out that there is a drug that they can administer with the general anesthesia that will help prevent the nausea afterwards. I wrote about this at the beginning of this thread under "Surgery Day Thursday Feb 25". I had dry heaves, which was really painful right after surgery, so try to avoid that!

Remember that some of the other people writing on here did not have the same surgery or diagnosis that you have. I had the same fistula you have except for the anatomical difference between men and women. The Surgeon makes a big difference in your outcome. I researched many surgeons before settling on mine because he had an excellent reputation and lots of references. Think of him like a car mechanic, you want the job done right the first time, this is not something you want to bring back because it broke again or your having problems with the repair. Choose the right person the first time.

I am sorry to hear that so many here are still in pain! Hopefully somehow everyone here will find a way to get the advice and help they need! It is terrible to have to live in pain without knowing when it will end.

There seems to be a lot of support and advice on this thread and thats a good thing!

my best to all!!

Ray :)[/QUOTE]
Went to Md today and everything looks good. He said to do what i am doing to get off Vicodin completely. I only took 1/2 today and no symptoms so that's good. I think tomorrow I will skip altogether. He said I still have diverticulitis in the rest of the colon that was left so no nuts or popcorn ever again. I have no problem complying with that as I NEVER want to go through this again. Also said to take Benefiber. Anyone taking any probiotics? I read on here that Align is good. Anyone ever have sharp pains in their anal area after doing more walking. Having that problem after doing more walking today than usual. Bought a big bottle of Advil!
I hope everyone is doing ok.
[QUOTE=Marilyn711;4258985]Went to Md today and everything looks good. He said to do what i am doing to get off Vicodin completely. I only took 1/2 today and no symptoms so that's good. I think tomorrow I will skip altogether. He said I still have diverticulitis in the rest of the colon that was left so no nuts or popcorn ever again. I have no problem complying with that as I NEVER want to go through this again. Also said to take Benefiber. Anyone taking any probiotics? I read on here that Align is good. Anyone ever have sharp pains in their anal area after doing more walking. Having that problem after doing more walking today than usual. Bought a big bottle of Advil!
I hope everyone is doing ok.[/QUOTE]

Glad you are doing better:) That stinks that you still have diverticulosis I hope for your sake that your pouches do NOT become infected!
I take Align and it works great, my bm's have finally become normal!
I do get pain when I walk more than usual, but the pain is more around my right side and vaginal area.:eek:
I am almost 6 weeks out and it's been a heck of a ride!!! Some foods do not sit real great yet.But I will keep trying!!!
I still take vicodin 2 times a day. The morning is bad, it's probably from not moving all night? I would think it's okay for you to take a vicodin when you are having modarate pain if Advil does not work.
I am 100% with you on NEVER wanting to go through this AGAIN!!!!
Take Care
[QUOTE=bostonandparis;4259062]hi ray. will you go in and read the reply i just wrote? the chief of colorectal surgery at BI hospital in boston told me yesterday surgery was completely optional because my fistula was "the size of a pinhead" and people lived with them for years with no problems. Now i am completely confused. my gastro told me i was a walking time bomb because bacteria from the fistula was floating in my system and could cause an attack anytime and i should have had it fixed a while ago. any advice here? bostonandparis[/QUOTE]

Hi bostonndparis,

My fistula was also pinhead size or so I was told. I had to have the surgery because I was constantly getting bladder infections from the connection. I also was passing air after the end of my urination flow which was not painful but very weird and uncomfortable. I was told unless this was corrected with surgery I would constantly have bladder infections. I was on anti-biotics 24/7 for the bladder infection and diverticulitis attack.

What are your symptoms and what made you seek help in the first place? If you have bacteria floating into your bladder you are always in danger of having bladder infections and you will always be on anti-biotics. Are you on anti-biotics now because of this?? Also, you must have had an abcess or infection in your colon for the fistula to form in the first place, which should be removed.

I have read on the internet that some (very few) fistulas sometimes close on their on, but the chance of them returning is very high. I have also read that some people do live with them and have no or very few problems.

This has to be very confusing for you. I would guess it depends on your symptoms now but most importantly your chances of the abcess bursting and ending up in the emergency room with life threatening surgery.

I would definitely get a second or even a third opinion!

keep us informed on your progress!

Ray :cool:
[QUOTE=rayvalde;4264486]bostonandparis...I did not bring my laptop with me to the hospital, but I did have family members bring it with them so I could check e-mails and respond if needed! You will be nervous until this is over with but you will be fine once it is. Try not to worry and focus on staying as healthy as you can before you have the surgery. Everyone here will all be pulling for you!!!

my best,

Ray :cool:[/QUOTE]
Hello Ray and everyong: I have the surgery scheduled for 6/28 and am going through with it. Although the surgeon said it was a completely "optional" surgery, other physicians recommended I go ahead and my symptoms have been getting worse as the days go by, so it was definitely a good decision to proceed forward. However, I won't have a lot of news or much to update you all on until probably June 30 or after as nothing will happen until the surgery.
Thanks for all your help and input and I will provide the "gory" details once I am able. bostonandparis
[QUOTE=Marilyn711;4258985]Went to Md today and everything looks good. He said to do what i am doing to get off Vicodin completely. I only took 1/2 today and no symptoms so that's good. I think tomorrow I will skip altogether. He said I still have diverticulitis in the rest of the colon that was left so no nuts or popcorn ever again. I have no problem complying with that as I NEVER want to go through this again. Also said to take Benefiber. Anyone taking any probiotics? I read on here that Align is good. Anyone ever have sharp pains in their anal area after doing more walking. Having that problem after doing more walking today than usual. Bought a big bottle of Advil!
I hope everyone is doing ok.[/QUOTE]

Mornin all, Just an update,So far so good today thanks to pain med. Got out of the house yesterday and felt free for awhile then walking and sitting became a real chore. I came home depressed because I hurt so bad. Then my son reminded me that some guy had just cut me opened and put both hands inside of me and rearanged my innards then cut them up and put parts of them back. So for all those ( including myself) who hurt so bad there is a reason. Anyway I learned that I'm not going anywhere without my pain pills.

I'm taking fiber therapy daily, I find without it I have know bowel movement at all. I think I will talk to my doc today about that. Even with a stool softener I can't get my bowels to move without this fiber therapy. Is anyone else having this problem?
[QUOTE=Mizz;4266519]Mornin all, Just an update,So far so good today thanks to pain med. Got out of the house yesterday and felt free for awhile then walking and sitting became a real chore. I came home depressed because I hurt so bad. Then my son reminded me that some guy had just cut me opened and put both hands inside of me and rearanged my innards then cut them up and put parts of them back. So for all those ( including myself) who hurt so bad there is a reason. Anyway I learned that I'm not going anywhere without my pain pills.

I'm taking fiber therapy daily, I find without it I have know bowel movement at all. I think I will talk to my doc today about that. Even with a stool softener I can't get my bowels to move without this fiber therapy. Is anyone else having this problem?[/QUOTE]

Hi Mizz,

what is it you are eating now? I did take a stool softener daily my first few weeks after surgery. I did not have a problem having a BM but I didn't want to take any chances. I have read on here that people had trouble eating beef, cheese and other "heavy" foods, so I would stay away from anything that doesn't go through you easily. Your son is right, you have just gone through a serious surgery and it will take awhile to feel better. Try not to over due it, but you are doing the right thing by getting up and moving around. Hope you feel better today!


Ray :cool:
Hi All, June 16 went to the surgeon, I am now released from his care;)
I am doing really well except for some pain around incision site. Am only taking a couple of pain pills a day. Most food is okay:), ate burgers, fries, and even some salsa...woohooo something with seeds! Iam still nervous about seeds...i am sure someday I will get over the fear! The doc said it will take 6 months or more for complete healing. I also found out I still have some diverticulosis further up in my colon...but not to worry because the sigmoid is the worst place and the upper usually does NOT become infected. He said in his 34 years of doing surgery he NEVER had to go back in anyone:)
I still have to wear the abdominal binder for about 5 more weeks.
Good luck to all who have up coming surgeries:angel:

Mizz I was also depressed, I believe this is very normal after a MAJOR surgery.
Hang in there you will be okay!!!!:angel:
talk soon :wave:
hi ray! this is bostonand paris in a quandry. my colorectal surgeon had her nurse call me to see if I still wanted the surgery because it was completely "optional" with my symptoms and the fistula was "the size of a pinhead" and that people who had symptoms but lived without pain or infection or inconvenience did not usually have surgery, they waited and many times the symptoms stayed the same and didnt get worse. I freaked out! I got my primary care to schedule me with a chief surgeon on Tuesday at a different hospital to discuss it and I am bringing my xray. I have never had such conflicting advice--4 doctors said do it and the surgeon said it was optional! Whoever would want it if it was optional after the terrible stories I read on this thread! So Wednesday of this week i have to make up my mind about whether or not to have the surgery. And at this point I am 50/50 or as they say, on the fence. bostonandjparis
[QUOTE=bostonandparis;4269600]hi ray! this is bostonand paris in a quandry. my colorectal surgeon had her nurse call me to see if I still wanted the surgery because it was completely "optional" with my symptoms and the fistula was "the size of a pinhead" and that people who had symptoms but lived without pain or infection or inconvenience did not usually have surgery, they waited and many times the symptoms stayed the same and didnt get worse. I freaked out! I got my primary care to schedule me with a chief surgeon on Tuesday at a different hospital to discuss it and I am bringing my xray. I have never had such conflicting advice--4 doctors said do it and the surgeon said it was optional! Whoever would want it if it was optional after the terrible stories I read on this thread! So Wednesday of this week i have to make up my mind about whether or not to have the surgery. And at this point I am 50/50 or as they say, on the fence. bostonandjparis[/QUOTE]

hi bostonandparis,

this was a post by you earlier:

Hello Ray and everyong: I have the surgery scheduled for 6/28 and am going through with it. Although the surgeon said it was a completely "optional" surgery, other physicians recommended I go ahead and [U]my symptoms have been getting worse as the days go by[/U], so it was definitely a good decision to proceed forward.

bostonandparis...are your symptoms still bad and what exactly are they? I had continual bladder infection for a period of 1 1/2 months before my surgery. I was also on antibiotics for the entire time. My fistula was also diagnosed as pinhead size but big enough that gas from my colon were entering my bladder. I couldn't and wouldn't live with that so I went ahead with the surgery. I think you are making a good decision to see another surgeon and get a second opinion. See what that opinion is and let us know.

I find it strange that 4 doctors advise surgery and 1 surgeon doesn't.

keep us updated!

my best,

Ray :cool:
Hello everyone, this is bostonandparis with an update. my surgeon finally said the laparascopic sigmoid colectomy was necessary and I am having surgery 6/28 and am quite afraid. my symptons were NOT pain, infection and discomfort. My symptoms for a colovaginal fistula with diverticulosis were air in vagina, coffee colored discharge and once stool in vaginal discharge. Xray did not show a fistula but surgeon said it was strongly indicated one was there. All doctors finally agreed after two weeks that the surgery was definitely necessary so I am going in Monday morning 6/28 and will probably be ther a week. Thanks for all your support and if I live through it :-) I will write when I return home. bostonandparis
[QUOTE=bostonandparis;4271811]Hello everyone, this is bostonandparis with an update. my surgeon finally said the laparascopic sigmoid colectomy was necessary and I am having surgery 6/28 and am quite afraid. my symptons were NOT pain, infection and discomfort. My symptoms for a colovaginal fistula with diverticulosis were air in vagina, coffee colored discharge and once stool in vaginal discharge. Xray did not show a fistula but surgeon said it was strongly indicated one was there. All doctors finally agreed after two weeks that the surgery was definitely necessary so I am going in Monday morning 6/28 and will probably be ther a week. Thanks for all your support and if I live through it :-) I will write when I return home. bostonandparis[/QUOTE]

Hi bostonandparis,

Just wanted to wish you the best with your surgery and I hope you have a speedy recovery! I am sure you will be fine.;)

Let us know how your doing when you can.

I will keep you in my prayers :angel:

my best,

Ray :cool:
bostonandparis - I'm so glad to find your post. I have been trying to find someone with colovaginal fistula. If you don't mind me asking, how did yours developed? Mine was developed after hysterectomy and there were endometriosis on my small intestine. I guess the small intestine muscles got weakened after the surgery and I developed a fistula.

How long did you have the fistula before the surgery? My colorectal surgeon wants to wait for the inflammation inside to go down before doing the surgery. I really want to have the surgery done and get back to my normal life but my surgeon wants to see if it will heal on its own.

Best wishes to you for a speedy recovery.
Hi Ray, I am a 56 yr old women. I had my first infection from diverticulitis 11/08. Since then I have had 6 infections. I just finished cipro again. I have never had a tear or perforation. Thank God for that. I am seeing a surgeon on 7/22. I am preparing myself for him to say i need the bowel resection. I also had a hysterictomy in 07 and my gall balder out in 1997. i am hoping he will say i can have the lap surgery rather than the open one. But I have been told there maybe to much scar tissue for the lap. I am so scared to have this done. I did breeze through the other 2 operation. I really did not have any pain from them after the first day. The hysterectomy was open and the other was a lap. What scares me the most is the NG tube down my throat. I know I will be better off once it is done. Sometimes reading all this information helps, but sometimes it make me feel worse. I keep telling myself everyone is different in the way these things effect them. I kept thinking of the 2 past surgeries and how well I did with them.

Thank you to everyone for all the information you posted.
Terry
reinatj,

Welcome aboard!! Sorry to hear you are here joining us because of surgery but that's how most of us get to these boards anyway. Because of your previous surgeries and the fact that one of them is feminine related hopefully some of the other posters here can help you out with your concerns about past scarring. I didn't have any other surgeries before this but I am aware that scarring can sometimes be an issue. As far as how you will be after your surgery, yes everyone is different, but as you can see from bostonandparis's post and eeyore57's they are both doing well and you seem to have gotten through your others pretty good so I hope this works out well also! I am feeling pretty good myself after almost 5 months post surgery except for very minor pain sometimes around the incisions.

stay positive and keep us posted!

my best,

Ray :cool:
hi terry. i had the surgery because i had diverticulosis and a fistula. i did not have the cuff or open surgery i had the laparascopic sigmoid colectomy. in the beginning i was terrified. however, i am now two weeks to the day after surgery and i feel great. i cannot walk too far or exercise yet but i feel just fine. looking back, i was way to scared for what the operation was. i can only speak for the laparascopic type but i am glad it is over and have no regrets. it was really quite easy--only 3 nights in the hospital with excellent care. i do know if you have surgery with the cuff or open, the recovery is a bit longer and more tender than laparascopic. but lets face it--you need the surgery so adjust to that and think of the people who write in this column who basically had a good experience! best wishes. bostonandparis
hi bostonandparis,

Its so great to hear that you are doing well, even better than I did! If you remember reading my first posts i had some minor problems right after surgery!
I am near 5 months post surgery and only have some pain around the incisions once and awhile. What a difference from the uncomfortable and sick feeling of having a fistula. Keep doing what your doing with your diet, you need time for the incision and connection to heal, so stay away from heavy foods for awhile. I was doing the smoothie thing before the surgery and still do. I eat almost anything now and haven't had any problems although I have heard that meat is hard to pass.

Since June 1st this thread has over 4500 added vviews. You can bet a lot of people saw your concerns and fears in your first posts and now have seen how great your doing and you have definitely inspired alot of people to be more positive about the outcome and to not spend as much time stressing over it. (like thats easy not to do, we both know it is a stressful and worrisome time! ) :-)

Keep us posted on your progress and feel feel to ask any other questions as you heal. Hopefully you'll keep on feeling better everyday


sincere regards,

Ray :cool:
[QUOTE=rayvalde;4285805]hi bostonandparis,

Its so great to hear that you are doing well, even better than I did! If you remember reading my first posts i had some minor problems right after surgery!
I am near 5 months post surgery and only have some pain around the incisions once and awhile. What a difference from the uncomfortable and sick feeling of having a fistula. Keep doing what your doing with your diet, you need time for the incision and connection to heal, so stay away from heavy foods for awhile. I was doing the smoothie thing before the surgery and still do. I eat almost anything now and haven't had any problems although I have heard that meat is hard to pass.

Since June 1st this thread has over 4500 added vviews. You can bet a lot of people saw your concerns and fears in your first posts and now have seen how great your doing and you have definitely inspired alot of people to be more positive about the outcome and to not spend as much time stressing over it. (like thats easy not to do, we both know it is a stressful and worrisome time! ) :-)

Keep us posted on your progress and feel feel to ask any other questions as you heal. Hopefully you'll keep on feeling better everyday


sincere regards,

Ray :cool:[/QUOTE]
Hi Ray - I did have a fistula to my bladder and the infection had adhered itself to lining of my body cavity. I had a colonoscopy but it never showed this mess because it was on the outside of the colon. I only had minor discomfort for about 3 years prior to surgery and bouts of what I though were some kind of intestinal flu. Finally my gyno had to do some surgery on my ovaries and when he opened me up he found this mess. Long story short, antibiotic therapy for a few weeks and it got worse, then they removed a hunk of my colon. There was infection in my body cavity so I ended up with the colostomy. Had it reversed 3 months later then two months after that my colon suddenly ruptured because my body rejected the sutures that they used - thank goodness it didn't rupture until I got to the hospital. Anyway, more colon removed, another colostomy, and on 7/30 I just had my reversal. Whew! I just wondered what determines the need for the colostomy. My doctor was adamant about them. I'm feeling okay now just tire easily and still have some pain. I'm almost 50 and I really have never been sick. I rarely even got a cold. I'm a vegetarian and fairly active so I can't figure out why this happened.

Susan
Hello All,

This thread has been very helpful to me as I was just diagnosed in November 2009. I was having a sharp pain in the my lower left abdomen. I called my PCP and he recommended I go to the ER because as it was late in the day. I had a CT scan and was given Cipro and Flagyl went on liquid diet. That Cipro is bad stuff but the combination of antibiotics cleared my infection. I changed my diet to a lot of veggies and took fiber supplement every day. Fast forward to the end of June 2010 when I got a similar pain, not stabbing, but still intense and in the same area. I was scared of rupture. Went to ER again and had CT scan and they diagnose the same antibiotics. Can't pinpoint what caused it and that is frustrating. Two weeks later I saw the dr. who reviewed my CT scan and he said "two attacks in one year, that means surgery." He has me scheduled for a colonoscopy next week. I have my first visit with that dr. tomorrow to discuss the prep. I have never had surgery before and it makes me very nervous. I will know more after the scope, but feat it is inevitable. Your stories of coming through it have made me less nervous. - thank you!
Hello Susan. I am bostonandparis who has a laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy on 6/28. i came out feeling great but then tenderness set in and being tired. I had a fistula which caused me to have the surgery. The surgery went well. However, it is now 3 weeks after surgery and i am have great difficulty going to the bathroom! I had one constipation session that was painful and exhausting. So the doc told me to take benefiber and miralax and 30 grams of fiber a day. I think that must be 25 pounds of spinach and kale, a huge amount. I feel well but not normal yet but its only been 3 weeks. I am sure glad i don't have the fistula problems anymore as that was an unpleasant experience. bostonandparis
Hi bostonandparis
Good to hear from you! I can't understand why you are making all those bathroom trips and being constipated, hopefully that will get better as time goes by. I never had problems with needing to go to the bathroom in a hurry so I can't relate to that.

You sure are eating as healthy as can be so I would think maybe thats why your going to the bathroom constantly, but the fact you are constipated too doesn't make much sense???

Funny about the repairman though... :D when ya gotta go...ya gotta go!!!

I am doing well, except I am now having surgery next thursday for 2 polyps that were discovered on my vocal cords right after I had this resection surgery. It's an inpatient one day surgery so I should be fine, except for the fact I won't be able to speak for 2 weeks. (Some friends will be loving that situation!)

I will be starting a new thread in the nose and throat section since I haven't been able to find any good info there. Here I go again..;)

my best to you and keep us updated on your progress!

Ray :cool:
Hi renati. I had my surgery 6/28. You can do stairs after. No red or purple drinks before. Follow their directions perfectly. No nose tube with laparascopic. I was out in 3 days. Later I became uncomfortable going to bathroom where the staples are way up inside. And I take codeine because motrin didn't work. Considering the seriousness of the operation, recovery is easy. It does take 4-8 weeks to get your new bowel situation working the right way. Do not get constipated. Hospital care was excellent. I'm glad surgery is over and I have about one more month of recovery. Bostonandparis
Hi Susan. How are your bowels working after two surgeries? Any pain? Bostonandparis
[QUOTE=bostonandparis;4294180]Hi renati. I had my surgery 6/28. You can do stairs after. No red or purple drinks before. Follow their directions perfectly. No nose tube with laparascopic. I was out in 3 days. Later I became uncomfortable going to bathroom where the staples are way up inside. And I take codeine because motrin didn't work. Considering the seriousness of the operation, recovery is easy. It does take 4-8 weeks to get your new bowel situation working the right way. Do not get constipated. Hospital care was excellent. I'm glad surgery is over and I have about one more month of recovery. Bostonandparis[/QUOTE]

Hi Bostonandparis, Thank you for getting back to me. This is so helpful to me. What were you able to eat when you got home form the hospital? I have to take 6 fiber con tablet a day now so I can go. And sometime that does not work, so I also drink metausil. Did you loose weight? i have read where you could loose up 20% of body weight.

Terry
[QUOTE=bostonandparis;4294184]Hi Susan. How are your bowels working after two surgeries? Any pain? Bostonandparis[/QUOTE]

After my first bowel resection and reversal things worked fine and pain was minimal. However the second one is a different story since they had to open me up. Bowels were sluggish for awhile and things never quite got back to normal. At first, after they reversed the colostomy, I was going all the time. Things are slowing down but I still go more frequently that I used to. Never had any constipation problems. I guess my colon has to get used to being smaller. I've had a good bit of pain with the second surgery and reversal. I have percocet and nuycnta but I usually only need them at night now.

I was sent home both times with cipro and flagyl and they make me deathly ill. I couldn't eat much until I was done with them. All in all I lost about 25 pounds so that's not too bad. I take vitamins, drink vitamin water, and 1 ensure or boost everyday. I think it has really helped in my recovery.

Oh and I had a lot of nausea with all my surgeries - i don't deal with general anesthetic very well. Apple sauce is great for you digestion and it helped my nausea and appetite. Lots of popsicles too! :-)

~Susan
Hi reinatj,

Welcome aboard! I didn't see your earlier posts until now, but I am glad to see you are here and getting some info from the veterans :)

As you will see for some its been easy and for others a little more harder, but almost all come around to feeling fine after awhile.

We all know what a worrisome time this is for you now, but just get yourself as healthy as you can before surgery, stay positive and you will be fine! Don't hesitate to ask questions, usually someone here has been there and done that and can answer them for you.

my best,

Ray :cool:





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