Re: Six months after resection, what are recovery expectations ?
I also had a colon resection last year when they removed my entire ascending colon. I too had complications such as infection, malnutrition, and dehydration that ended me up in the hospital for a total of about 3 weeks. So I fully understand. To be honest with you, at 28 years old it still took me a good 3 to 4 months to get feeling good. As you know, when we age our healing abilities will fall behind. I know the surgery I just had definetly seemed harder than just two years ago, but I also have diabetes recently diagnosed in Dec. which slows my healing even more. So I would say a good bit of yours is likely related to age. Although, it is always good to go over anything symptoms that are worrying you with your doctor. A year later I feel quite well even after a repeat colonoscopy. The fatigue is making you edgy, but remember fatigue can be signs of other things so keep that in mind. Your bowel habits will never ever be the same I am afraid. Mine are different and so are other friends that had similar surgery performed. Over time things improve. Certain medications help with side effects of the surgery. I know that my IBS plays a part in how I still function. It is amazing I can be constipated with only 2/3 of a colon now. I wish you the best with your recovery.