This is a very long message, but I felt I needed to let anyone know that has had gastric bypass about this and to make sure they talk more in depth to their doctor before having the resection.
I am 53 yrs old and had my first colonoscopy 9 months ago, Dr. found one small polyp sent it in and said it was suspicious. Ok I'm cool with that so I had another colonoscopy in 3 months he didn't see anything! Great. So I had another follow up appointment and had ANOTHER colonoscopy on 2-8-08. Enough already. He found two new spots and took biopsies and said he thought it would turn out to be nothing. He called me in 3 days and said it was bad.
What was he talking about. Things moved so fast my head was spinning. I had an appointment with the surgeon and making arrangements at works to be off for a month or so.
I had my surgery on 3-3-08, that went fine. I had no real problems or pain. Got up walking around the next day. My problem I couldn't pass gas much less have a bm... What to do. I was given a suppository (how much fun is that!) and was able to do both about 6 hours later. That was Thursday 3-6-08. Ice water never tasted so good. The next morning they let me have full liquid diet, I got cream of wheat, pudding etc. That was awesome. Lunch he said I could have regular food whatever I wanted, okay so I had some mashed potatoes and chicken. This went on until Saturday and they said I can go home today. Great I was so excited! I got home and was so tired I went to bed. That is when it all started. I started throwing up. Finally Monday I went to the ER and was admitted again. Back to NPO and all that jazz. So we went through the whole process again, but this time I was not going to eat regular food I was going to stick with full liquids and not push my luck. I was given clear liquids on Wednesday. Still only having bm's when I got a suppository. They were going to release me Thursday but I was still throwing up so they kept me one more day. Finally they took an ex-ray with that junk you drink and it showed my opening in my intestine was swollen and so was my colon. So it was just like having two surgeries in one.
I didn't now until today they had to redo my whole gastric bypass because the other doctor put my small intestine that they attached to the top of my stomach OVER my colon. I don't know if that is SOP to put the intestine on top of the colon when doing the gastric bypass but I would sure let your doctor know, or just take it upon yourself to do clear liquids for a couple days and then move on to full liquids and if you tolerate that then move from there just like when we had the bypass surgery originally.
I hope this helps anyone out there they may be in my same situation.