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Old 04-30-2012, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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My husband had a 2nd attack in March and the Gastro doctor would like the diseased part of his sigmoid colon removed as a preventative measure. The doctor also said it's done laproscopic and he could be reconnected without needing a colostomy bag. We are seriously considering this and he said down time is minimal maye 2- 3 days at most.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:10 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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My husband had his entire colon removed due to Crohns, no colostomy and no complications. He couldn't have it done laparoscopicly, but he was back at work in about 4 weeks even with the major surgery. Best thing he ever did, but it was a long hard decision prompted by far too many hospital stays and no quality of life at all. It's a tough decision, a good Gastro doesn't take it lightly, though it's always good to talk to the surgeon and get another perspective.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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My husband had a 2nd attack in March and the Gastro doctor would like the diseased part of his sigmoid colon removed as a preventative measure. The doctor also said it's done laproscopic and he could be reconnected without needing a colostomy bag. We are seriously considering this and he said down time is minimal maye 2- 3 days at most.
I am not doubting your husband's doctor, god only knows I am certainly not an athority on much of anything, certainly not this, but I too have had attacks and my father, who lived to be 93 had trouble for about 30 years. He did have some surgery but nothing like what you are saying. I would get a second opinion if he has any doubts.

Nita
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I am not doubting your husband's doctor, god only knows I am certainly not an athority on much of anything, certainly not this, but I too have had attacks and my father, who lived to be 93 had trouble for about 30 years. He did have some surgery but nothing like what you are saying. I would get a second opinion if he has any doubts.

Nita
We don't have doubts because he is the best Gastro Dr. in my area. The surgeon that did my husband's vein surgery is top notch on LI where I live. He's a general surgeon too. He's still recovering from this surgery so we will have to wait at least until the fall to consider the other.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:34 PM
 
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I too struggle with diverticulitis attacks. I had several in 2008, all landed me in the ER, and once in the hospital for 4 days. Almost had an emergency colon resection. I was told to get surgery, but at the time I had no health insurance and put it off.

Here I am 4 years later. I've had no severe attacks. Mostly twinges. When I feel the twinges, I immediately go into changing my diet to soft, easy digesting foods for a couple days. I believe I should have the surgery. I have not discussed it with a surgeon since 2008. The best time to do it is when you are feeling well and not having any problems.

But then in 2010 I was diagnosed with leukemia (CML). My immune system is compromised. The medication I take is harsh and it causes problems with the digestive system. It only makes me worry more.

I would get a second opinion if I were you. There are those who have a couple of attacks and never again have any. But the other side of the coin is an attack can be life threatening. Even though the doctor feels it can be done laproscopic, there are times that once they get in there, it can not be done laproscopic. It's a difficult decision and not without potential problems after surgery also. Sometimes additional surgeries are necessary.

Best of luck whatever you decide.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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I had a total colectomy in 2000. It worked pretty well until 2004 when I began to have more problems- so they started taking more and more of my small bowel.

My quality of life was atrocious when I had yet another round of complications; this time(2006) I ended up with an ileostomy (bag). At that point I was told that THIS one would be the lifetime answer to my issues.

More small bowel resections in 2007,'08 and '09. All of the surgeries have be excruciatingly painful and the healing was very slow.

My last surgery was in 2010- again I was reassured that there could never be another issue since everything was 'corrected'. Guess what? The impossible has happened yet again. The Docs are always shocked when "their" solution fails to bring about a decent quality of life. All of the surgeries have caused deep scarring in my abdomen that is made worse overtime they have to go back in- do the pain is immense.

This all began when I was 34 (the original symptoms) and I am now 46. I have a permanent ostomy bag (which plunges me into a deep depression at times). My life is irrevocably changed and I am so happy that my DH has stayed by my side through all of this (this is NOT a pretty nor romantic set of circumstances).

I urge anyone who is considering bowel surgery to get second and indeed, third opinions. I wish your husband well.
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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My friend just had about a foot of his colon removed because of div.....it wasn't done laproscopically, tho.....but he had no colostomy bag. Took about 2 weeks to recoup, to the point where he felt "normal"...and abouut 4 more weeks until he felt really good.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I am reading some of these reponses and hope that when and if my husband get this surgery he does not have any of the complications that others have had. I was told "NO" by the doctor because he is in reasonably good health aside from that. I am sorry that some people have had complications and I wish you well
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