Colon Resection week 4

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worriedhubby
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Colon Resection week 4

Postby worriedhubby » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:14 am

My wife, 55, had 8cm of sigmoid colon removed 4 weeks ago. Surgeon he attached to rectum that was very inflamed. She is still experiencing a great amount of discomfort but has had no problems with BM's Occassional slight fever but nothing over 100 degrees. She had a couple days where she felt great, but now has seemed to take a step back. I guess I'm looking for those that experienced a colon resection to see what is normal. Are we expecting too much after 4 weeks? Is a lot of her pain/discomfort from the open surgery or just the bowels healing? Surgeon said eat what you want one week after surgery, but we have been going back and forth with low fiber and liquids. A lot of Ensure. Thoughts?

Deb m
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Re: Colon Resection week 4

Postby Deb m » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:00 pm

My husband was feeling pretty good after 4 weeks and was back to his normal diet and exercise with really no major problems to speak of., but he had his ascending colon removed, I'm not sure if the different location location in the colon heals differently. Are you currently doing chemo? If so perhaps that's whats causing the problem? Maybe somebody who also had a resection in the sigmoid colon will chime in.

Hope all resolves soon,

deb

jep
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Re: Colon Resection week 4

Postby jep » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:05 pm

My husband had LAR (sigmoid) surgery, and he had many, many, many setbacks. Everyone is different, but honestly, it's been more than 10 months since his surgery and he's finally almost totally healed. He had a surgical drain for 9 months, so keep that in mind. My advice would be sticking with a smoother diet (liquids, smoothies, etc). Our docs told him to eat whatever, and that didn't really work out for us...I wouldn't rush the healing process, but of course reach out to your docs if you feel something just isn't right....
Jep
Husband DX Stage IV CC on May 16, 2017
47 years old
Tumor Location: recto-sigmoid
Tumor type: Adenocarcinoma
Tumor size: 7.4 cm
Tumor grade: G3
TNM code: T3N2M1
Positive lymph nodes: 8 out of 20
Baseline CEA value: .9
LVI: present
Perineural invasion: present
Surgical margins: clear (w/in microns)
Primary surgery type: LAR
Folfox (August 2017-January 2018)

Teddybear
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Re: Colon Resection week 4

Postby Teddybear » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:06 pm

I will be 4 weeks post surgery on Thursday. I felt pretty good the first two weeks but only ate small amounts of soft low fiber foods. Last 10 days or so I have been very tired and sore. I have had the best results taking 1 tbs of suger free citrucil every morning and sticking to small amounts of food 5 or 6 times a day. Breakfast is usually eggs and buttered toast. Lunch and dinners are protien like salmon or chicken with white rice, potatoes or pasta. I am avoiding vegetables and fruits until week 6. Doctors say they are harder to digest. I have also not had a problem with ritz crackers, applesauce, smooth peanut butter and soups. From your post it looks like we are going through the same recovery. Best of luck to you both.
DX CC Feb 2018
Feb 2018 Lap sigmoind resection
2A
T3N0M0/G2
0/14 nodes
no invasion
Margins clear
MSS
April 2018 Xeloda

Lee
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Re: Colon Resection week 4

Postby Lee » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:32 pm

Go with a "low fiber" diet for while. I'm surprised the surgeon suggested eating normal food so early following the surgery.

Was she cut open like me or was her surgery lapro. People who are cut open, healing takes longer. At 4 weeks I was just starting to feel good. It would be 6 weeks when I started feeling something normal. Also if she is not walking, I would highly recommend it. It really does help with the healing process.

Also keep a food diary and see if certain foods effect her. Greens give me the runs. Cheese can bulk me up.

Good luck,

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

Utwo
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Re: Colon Resection week 4

Postby Utwo » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:56 pm

worriedhubby wrote:Occassional slight fever but nothing over 100 degrees.
Fluctuating fever may be a sign of an infection or a leak.
Don't tolerate it. Push them to properly diagnose a cause of this fever.
58 yo male at diagnosis - T1bN0, 0/15 lymph nodes, low grade/moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma
03/2016 colonoscopy #1: 2 small polyps removed in left colon; CEA = 1.3
04/2016 colonoscopy #2: caecum sessile 3.5 cm polyp piecemeal removed with kind of clear margins
05/2016 CT scan, blood test ...
05/2016 "prophylactic" laparoscopic right hemicolectomy with a few complications (bleeding, leak, infection)
06/2017 CT scan (lower body), colonoscopy OK; CEA = 1.6


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