Hi there.....I had a resection done around 3.5 years ago and ended up having it Laproscopically with the surgeon informing me exactly what you have been told. I woke up and the first thing I did was look at my bandage and saw that I had it lap and then went back to sleep!!
I have frequented this board and must tell you that whether it is done lap or open the recuperation period is pretty much the same. As far as the handiwork done internally there are the same amount of muscles and layers cut and resutured and so the pain and recuperation is pretty much around 4-6 weeks. In fact, my doctor told me that having it done lap poses somewhat more of a risk since the surgery takes longer and you are under general anesthesia for a longer period of time. However, I must say that I was much relieved to see that I had it done lap.
Good thing is that since I have had my resection I have had no further episodes of infection or problems. I can eat EVERYTHING, nuts, seeds, popcorn, and my favorite EVERYTHING bagels!! Not having to be hospitalized for 5-7 days or on those nasty meds for 10 days is such a relief!!
When you go for the surgery the most important thing to remember is to get out of bed ASAP....the faster you are walking around the faster your bowels will wake up and things will get moving and you will go home. I was in the hospital for 3 or 4 days and had a PCP pump of morphine which took care of the pain and after that a med called toridol which was an injection that lasted a good 6 hours and didn't zonk me out as much so I could get up and about during the day. I saved the morphine for at night which allowed me to sleep.
When you come out of the surgery some surgeons will have a nasogastric tube in your nose to your stomach but I didn' have that....it was removed in the recovery room before I even woke up. You will also have a foley catheter to collect your urine which you will welcome not having to get up to go to the bathroom until you are up to it. That only stayed in for a day.
As far as when you get home have loose fitting clothes such as sweats without a tight elastic band. You will probably be able to eat a regular diet except avoiding anything hard to digest such as the seeds and nuts, beef, raw veggies or fruits, potatoe skins or skins of veggies and fruits and the like. Otherwise everything is okay.
If you have any other questions feel free to ask. There are still a few of us resecties around to help alleviate any anxiety you may have.