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Hello all,

I just had an open colon resection on July 19 and thought I'd share my experience. I am female, age 47, and was diagnosed with diverticulosis about five years ago. Due to 3-4 recurring attacks and the last one not resolving after four rounds of antibiotics, surgery was recommended..planned, not emergency. I now weigh 120 lbs, lost about 20 lbs in the last couple months with this last persistent flare-up, other then that I am in pretty good health.

So far, I have no regrets re: surgery. I was in the hospital 8 days. Pain was managed very well with a morphine PCA, both auto drip and patient control. In fact I had my days in the hospital when I was feeling "quite good" and became quite the "social belle" of the hallways while strolling!! Although the nasal-gastric tube was not painful, I found it irritating, it caused a gurgle in my throat and made it hard to talk. I complained so much they pulled it out on the third day, and that did not hurt at all, a little tickle.

Like some of the others I have read, my most uncomfortable time was probably the first three days at home due to extreme nausea and hot flashes. I am convinced that I was experiencing mild morphine withdrawal as it seemed to improve a little after taking a vicodin. By the fourth day home the nausea was gone.

BM's the first few days home were purely liquid, not painful then gradually became more formed. I am now experiencing stools that are closer to normal size and frequency 2-3 times per day then I have had for years....that's the best part, and I expect it to keep on improving as the healing completes, especially if I can keep dicsiplined enough to drink lots of water, eat small amounts and the right things etc.

I am aiming to start back to work by the end of the month, still working on rebuilding strength, walking, vitamins, lots of rest etc. My only concern now is there still seems to be a hard lumpy area beneath the incicision that doesn't seem to be going down. I hope it's not an incisional hernia, I know I made the big mistake of trying to move a water filled vase while in the hospital and had to put it down real quick when I felt a sharp stabbing pain. I go to see the surgeon this week, so we'll see what he says. Would love to hear if anyone else has any comments on swelling or lumps under incision area and length of time for this to go away. God Bless you all, Sara in California
Hello all,

I just had an open colon resection on July 19 and thought I'd share my experience. I am female, age 47, and was diagnosed with diverticulosis about five years ago. Due to 3-4 recurring attacks and the last one not resolving after four rounds of antibiotics, surgery was recommended..planned, not emergency. I now weigh 120 lbs, lost about 20 lbs in the last couple months with this last persistent flare-up, other then that I am in pretty good health.

So far, I have no regrets re: surgery. I was in the hospital 8 days. Pain was managed very well with a morphine PCA, both auto drip and patient control. In fact I had my days in the hospital when I was feeling "quite good" and became quite the "social belle" of the hallways while strolling!! Although the nasal-gastric tube was not painful, I found it irritating, it caused a gurgle in my throat and made it hard to talk. I complained so much they pulled it out on the third day, and that did not hurt at all, a little tickle.

Like some of the others I have read, my most uncomfortable time was probably the first three days at home due to extreme nausea and hot flashes. I am convinced that I was experiencing mild morphine withdrawal as it seemed to improve a little after taking a vicodin. By the fourth day home the nausea was gone.

BM's the first few days home were purely liquid, not painful then gradually became more formed. I am now experiencing stools that are closer to normal size and frequency 2-3 times per day then I have had for years....that's the best part, and I expect it to keep on improving as the healing completes, especially if I can keep dicsiplined enough to drink lots of water, eat small amounts and the right things etc.

I am aiming to start back to work by the end of the month, still working on rebuilding strength, walking, vitamins, lots of rest etc. My only concern now is there still seems to be a hard lumpy area beneath the incicision that doesn't seem to be going down. I hope it's not an incisional hernia, I know I made the big mistake of trying to move a water filled vase while in the hospital and had to put it down real quick when I felt a sharp stabbing pain. I go to see the surgeon this week, so we'll see what he says. Would love to hear if anyone else has any comments on swelling or lumps under incision area and length of time for this to go away. God Bless you all, Sara in California
I'm not sure if I've figured out how to keep on these various threads, I've posted on a couple but they don't always show up, any advice?? Anyway, my open resection, no colostomy, nine inches removed was done on July 19. I am hoping to get back to work approx. August 30.

RE: pain meds, 8 days on the morphine drip managed pain adequately but seemed to contribute to some mild withdrawal after going home. I used Vicodin for approx. 2 weeks, and seemed to experience some mild withdrawal with that also. I am now using Naprosyn, since Ibuprofen did nothing for me but make me tired.

RE: BM's, seem to be steadily improving, never painful. Walking, water, right foods seem to be paramount. We did a 3 day get away to the coast four weeks after surgery, and although the trip was enjoyable, I felt my recovery backslide for a few days after returning, I think due to the long hours in the car. I agree that recovery has it's ups, downs and plateaus.

Question: When does everyone feel it's okay to start eating raw fruits and veggies, what about Metamucil following open resection?? any thoughts?? It is so helpful to hear everybodies stories, keep them coming, Sara in California