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Old 11-27-2007, 01:53 PM   #1
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One Month Post-Op and Doing Fine

I had my laproscopic colon resection just over a month ago. My small incision has healed along with the three little holes. I feel fine and haven't had any trouble eating anything. Last night I got brave enough to eat something that was probably responsible for setting off my diverticulitis attack a year ago----popcorn. I ate a small bag of microwave popcorn and had no effects what so ever. Other than the two uncomfortable days I had in the hospital when they removed the Epidural Pain Block, I have been pretty much pain free. All my friends can't believe how quickly I recovered. So---if you are facing a colon resection, the advice I would give is to find a competent surgeon who does lots of resections and try to have it laproscopically. Another important thing is to WALK in the hospital after surgery as much as possible.

 
Old 11-27-2007, 08:40 PM   #2
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Re: One Month Post-Op and Doing Fine

Clover, glad to hear you are doing so well. I am a little over 3 weeks past my open resection and I am still swollen like I have an orange under my shirt on the left side, still have some mild to moderate pain, and my incision has been oozing steadily since the surgery, first from one section and now from another. I have indigestion causing chest pains from the pain medication. I still can't fit into my regular clothes so I still am wearing pajamas at home and yoga pants or sweat pants outside. So I'm guessing that the open surgery requires a much longer recovery time than the laser. I'm supposed to go back to work in 2 1/2 weeks and since I am a construction secretary I am required to wear jeans or work pants and boots. Not sure how yoga pants or sweat pants are going to work with that. I am hoping that I have a miraculous sudden quick recovery in the next week or so, or things will be very difficult. I know I'm whining, but I feel really good & would like to get back to normal! And also not have to bandage myself up like crazy or else I'll stain my clothes. But it's great to hear you are doing so well!

 
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