Post surgery recovery

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Post surgery recovery

Postby johnmeissner » Sun Oct 01, 2006 9:31 am

It is now 36 days after my colon resection surgery. To refresh: I was diagnosed July 13th at stage 1, with a single cancerous polyp in the sigmoid colon. What was expected to be a simple, straightforward resection (If there is such a thing)lasted 5 1/2 hours. Besides taking two feet of my colon, the surgeons also took care of some adhesions I had from a 1968 appendectomy and also put my colon where it actually belongs, after finding it tucked behind my spleen and ribs. (Surgeon said it was probably there from birth.) I spent 10 days in the hospital, then another 3 weeks recovering at home, before my wife, our two dogs and I moved to Kearney, Nebraska.

Here's what I am experiencing now: I still get pretty sore in the small of my back if I stand too long, or walk too much on really hard surfaces. And although I feel like I am getting my strength and endurance back close to normal levels, there are times where things don't seem "quite right." Last night I fell asleep without my binder on. I woke up in the middle of the night and my abdomen felt like it was sliding towards my toes, so I put it on and felt a lot better. This weekend was also the first one traveling with my hockey team and things went pretty well. I do get help taking my stuff off the bus and getting it to where it needs to go, so that was a big help. (The surgeon told me in our last visit before my move, that I should wait about a month more before doing any heavy lifting.)

I'd love to hear your thoughts/experiences about and related to mine, regarding heavy lifting, traveling, wearing an abdominal binder or anything else you think I might expect.

Thanks for listening, thanks for sharing.
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Postby Bryan S » Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:50 am

I had a lot of back pain also, it was actually the reason I took the pain pills they gave me when I was released from the hospital. I don't think I was used to laying on my back for that long. But I think I didn't really start to move a lot until the first month was over. When I finally could get out and move around I did a lot of walking (More than I do now) Hopefully it will get better for you with time. As for lifting I was banned on lifting anything ove 25 pounds from January until April, I guess the Dr didn't want any strain on his work. I did squeeze a vacation in during that time and my son wouldn't let me carry anything. Hope you feel better soon. But if your pain persists or if it is really bad I would see a Dr or contact your surgeon and ask him about it. That is a time in my life I would gladly forget and I am sure others would too and my memory of that period may be clouded.


stage 2

Postby Leann » Sun Oct 01, 2006 11:27 am

I have been reading the posts and I have also posted a few times. I had surgery 7/3, a ft and a half of colon removed along with a polyp in the cecum area. 23 nodes were removed, none were positive. I also had scar tissue from a previous appendectomy. My surgeon told me to take it easy, healing takes a long time. I have strained myself twice doing what I shouldn't!! Senior moments!! The pain was mild to severe at times. I can do most things but will not lift anything heavy ever again!! I have had pains in the area of my incision and dr said keloid scar. It happens. But all in all, I feel fine, chemo is going well, no side effects, just seeing so many hairs in brush is a bummer. I still have a long way to go with my treatments, had only 3 so far. I had to postpone 2 appts. due to a cold and a tropical storm. Hope we don't get anymore hurricanes this year. But in Florida you can never tell. We've been lucky this year.
Good luck with your recovery, John.

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Postby northern lights » Mon Oct 02, 2006 10:38 am

Hi John,

I had a sigmoid resection in January. I had the pain in the small of my back too, but over time, maybe 3 months it got better. I have small children so I was always lifting them, nothing else though. Even now I am a bit paranoid about lifting.

I started chemo in March, so I have not been working at building up strength. 2 more treatments and then it will be off to the gym to start feeling normal.

Everything "works" fine. I find that I need to "go" a few times a day instead of once a day, but I guess there is not as much room for things to accumulate.

I find now that I don't think much about the surgery anymore. It is starting to fade in my memory as life is returning to normal.

I hope you too, find and enjoy a new normal.



Resection and back pain

Postby cw » Tue Oct 17, 2006 1:02 pm

I had a sigmoid resection on 9.22.06 as a result of scar tissue blockage from diverticulitis. I am 38, so a little young for this procedure compared to what is typical. I had about a foot taken out. I had a post-operative hematoma that got infected and had to be drained by CT guided catheter and had an incision site infection as well, so I spent a total of over two weeks in the hospital. My biggest complaint has been low back pain and it continues, especially if I walk much. I am back at work for the first days this week, and seem to feel okay until late afternoon. I have hydrocodone, but am relying on ibuprofen, which seems to work as well. I'm very hopeful that the low back pain is transitory.

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