Husband due to have colon reconnection in May. Would like to know as much as possible on what to expect immediately following surgery. I am leaning toward ICU after the reconnection surgery for a couple of days as we had many blunders performed by hospital staff following initial diveritculitis surgery in November which lead to an emergency surgery and the bag 3 days later. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
i had emergency colon resection surgery on 9/11/03 due to bouts of diverticulitis and resulted in a preforation, i had a colostomy bag for 3 months and had the reconnection on 12/18/03, i was in the hospital for 9 days the first time and 8 the 2nd,i was in icu after the first time due to complications but was then ok after a few days, but to get to your question, i wasnt allowed to have any food,water,anything at all by mouth for the first 4 to 5 days, i had an iv and also a morphine drip but it didnt help much so i got shots of touradal,basically they said i could leave as soon as i passed gas and had a bowel movement, of course i was perplexed at the idea of having either since i hadnt eaten in almost a week between the 2 day prep b4 surgery and the 5 days following,i finally had gas and a bm and then i was put on a soft liquid diet and then slowly to solid food, it was painful since they had to go bad in threw the incision made from the first surgery, and my doc didnt completely close my wounds up and they had to pack them everyday until they healed from the inside out, i dont wanna write you a long book here so if theres anything more specific youd like to know feel free to ask and ill try to help
My resection sounds similar to ken's . . . it ended up being 2 surgeries 10 days apart and a total of 21 days in the hospital.
The reconnection was a breeze . . . and not just that it was better than the first operation(s), just about anything would have to be . . . but I was only in the hospital 5 days.
ICU is a tough call. Many surgeons in my area are ordering it for a day or two fairly routinely because of cuts in staff. But it is a funny environment, too. The regular room can be more comfortable and conducive to healing. If it makes you and your husband more comfortable, though, do it.
Everyone has their different levels of pain, so that is difficult to predict. Mine wasn't too bad and I deliberately attempted to use as little morphine as possible after a couple of day because it does interfere with bowel functions. And I never even filled my post-hospital pain prescription. I got started on clear liquids at about day 4, also. My first solid food was the night before I left the hospital (they do push you out quickly around here . . . I mean they hadn't even seen whether things were going to come through okay, but they did).
My GI track was quite temperamental for a couple of months afterward. Vegetables and fruits were fine. But in the protein department, I had to work my stay up from eggs and dairy products to light fish after some weeks then to heavier fish and poultry, then to meat, which I still don't eat all that often (even four years later).
Post surgery is no time for machismo. Your husband needs to take it easy and let through lower abdominal muscles heal (which take three months minimum, but more like six for a thorough healing).