lisacc123 wrote:All good advice, thank you
I am a very well behaved patient (apart from any attempts to escape! haha!) so hopefully the nurses will be nice to me.
Kim, here in the UK we now have what is called an 'enhanced recovery programme'. This wasn't in place when I had my hysterectomy so I'm curious to see how things will compare. Apart from having my resection done keyhole, I believe that there is no bowel prep, no NG tube and no drain. You are also allowed to eat up until 6 hours before the op and drink until 4 hours before. Afterwards, they have you drinking and eating asap. They also have you up and about asap! All this sounds like good news to me. I was very dehydrated when I had my hysterectomy and felt horrible for days afterwards (although I was only in hospital 4 days) so I am tentatively hopeful that this will be easier on the body. I plan to be outta there at the first opportunity! Also, I believe my surgeon doesn't use staples, either inside or out. I'm very prone to skin allergies so Kim, your problem with the metal clips did catch my attention. I'm sorry you have had to go through so much for such an avoidable complication.
I shall let you know how things go. Thanks again.
Congratulations with the outcome of your surgery!lisaCC123 wrote: Can any of you guys who've had this op give me any reassurance that life will return to normal afterwards? I've never had any trouble with my bowels and I'm fearful about that changing.
lisaCC123 wrote:Hello everyone,
I posted on here a few weeks ago with a question regarding right-hemicolectomy vs subtotal colectomy for Lynch syndrome. I had a lot of helpful replies and after much research and soul searching I decided to opt for the right hemicolectomy and continue with yearly scopes. I supposed it's important for me to clarify that I don't have colon cancer at this time, just a small pre cancerous polyp. I have, however, had endometrial and ovarian cancer, both which were successfully treated over 6 years ago.
I'm now 41, in good health, slim, fit etc etc. I'm truly dreading having this surgery, particularly as I don't feel unwell, but at the same time I realise I am fortunate to have the choice, such as it is!
My surgery is scheduled in 2 weeks and will be done laparoscopically. My question is simply this ... Can any of you guys who've had this op give me any reassurance that life will return to normal afterwards? I've never had any trouble with my bowels and I'm fearful about that changing. My surgeon is dismissive of my worries and I believe he is an excellent surgeon, but still I'm having palpatations just thinking about it! It took me a year to recover from my hysterectomy (although that was a massive open incision followed by chemo) and I have fought hard to put all that behind me. I've recently started a new romance with a gorgeous sweet man and I'm planning on applying to do an MA in art next year in Cornwall in the UK (where I live). Life is on the brink of being so good again. Don't want to mess it up!
Hope everyone is good. Some of your posts have given me much inspiration. I guess we're all just normal(ish) people in abnormal situations!
Cheers all Lisa
Utwo wrote:Congratulations with the outcome of your surgery!lisaCC123 wrote: Can any of you guys who've had this op give me any reassurance that life will return to normal afterwards? I've never had any trouble with my bowels and I'm fearful about that changing.
Lisa, could you provide an update on your current life?
How different is your current bowel movements pattern from pre-surgery one?
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