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Colon Surgery Diverticulitis
How much quicker is the recovery time for laparoscopic colon surgery over open surgery? I have diverticulitis and my doctor mentioned that surgery is a very real possibility for me. I was researching surgeries and couldn't figure out what the recovery tim
Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm still in a lot of pain after having laproscopic sigmoid colon surgery, then a hematoma. Why, and how long could this go on? I had the surgery for diverticulitis, it's been 2 weeks after surgery and 4 days ago he drained the hematoma, I am in a lot of
Standard : Standard recommendations for the performance of laparoscopic sigmoidectomy in patients with diverticulitis include patients who have complications of the disease or have had numerous, severe disease episodes. Laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy for diverticulitis has demonstrated benefits with regard to operative blood loss, postoperative pain, length of hospital stay, morbidity and mortality compared with open surgical techniques. In either open or laparoscopic sigmoidectomy, the major complications include: leakage and/or stricture at the anastomosis (connecting the two ends of the colon), abscess, and bleeding (hematoma). The symptoms associated with the hematoma depend on its size and location. It is possible that the hematoma is compressing surrounding tissues or organs causing pressure symptoms, or if pressing on a nerve, can also cause neuralgias or pain. If you are still having symptoms after drainage of the hematoma, you may want to see your surgeon again to have a ct scan done to make sure that the hematoma has been drained and that there are not other reasons (such as infection) for presistent pain or gastrointestinal symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Follow up Sigmoid coscopy after diverticulitis showed stricture in the colon.Is it possible to be treated with out surgery if it's not bothering me?
Was given a scope test in colon area. It showed a stricture from earlier surgery 4 diver. Do I need another test to find diverticulitis in same area?
Don't know: I am not sure i understand, but maybe you had colon resection surgery for diverticulitis, and later you had a colonoscopy showing a stricture or narrowing at the surgical site. Unless you are having painful constipation issues, the stricture can be left alone. If the stricture is very narrow, likely your gastroenterologist can dilate it open. I do not know of needing any other tests for this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mom has had diverticulitis since february, 2012. She is 85 and the gostrologist is suggesting surgery on her colon. Is she to old? She is healthy
No: There is no age that is too old. I have done much larger and more serious operations on patients her elder and they have done fine. It all has to do with her overall health status. And .... It depend on how much your mom wants it. Maybe she's tired and doesn't want to deal with it. It's ultimately up to her - but her age does not preclude her from surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a colon resection because of several bouts of diverticulitis.. 5 yrs later I have another infection ... Thought surgery was a cure?
I have diverticulitis.Was hospitalized for a week. After 2 weeks I see white mucus in my stool.I also have narrowing in my colon.do I require surgery?
Diverticulitis: usually gets managed with anitibiotics, as you have been. Ciprofloxacin and flagyl are drugs of choice and patietns do get better with antibiotics and supportive care. When it doesn't get better than surgery is indicated. At 58 yo maybe its time for a follow up colonoscopy if you havent had one already. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a colonoscopy and ct a few months ago,struggling w diverticulitis don't want to do surgery.My question is thickening of the colon reversible ?
Appx what percentage develop a stricture after surgery 4 colon/bladder fistula & diverticulitis? Is the balloon treatment (dillation?)very successful?
May need help: Not sure if 5 mm is the size of the restriction ('stricture') or the lumen thru the stricture. 5 mm is not much if this is all the stricture represents. If the lumen is narrowed to 5 mm - you may need therapy and a GI doctor or surgeon might try balloon dilation to widen this area. If this does not work, another surgery may be necessary to prevent obstruction. I am sorry this happened. ...Read more
Possible: It is possible for nerves to grow and for cut ends of a nerve to 'find each other.' but, this is a slow process. The pain should abate with time after a surgical incision and the work done inside. Sometimes scar tissue or 'adhesions' may develop which can also be a cause of pain and discomfort. I am sorry you are having pain issues after your surgery. ...Read more
Establish continuity: The second part of a colectomy usually refers to re establishing continuity when resection is not followed by re anastomosis. By establishing continuity there should be normal bowel movement but this could be hampered by the healing process of the anastomosis. If low down with inadequate blood supply occasionally a leak can develop or if inflammation sets in there can be a stricture. ...Read more
Could u recommend some body having redundant colon to have colon surgery by fearing that some day it could happen colon twisting?
Volvulus is...: ...Colon obstruction brought about by twisting of the colon. While having "redundant colon" may be a common factor in people who develop volvulus, we never recommend surgery for this condition unless they have had a documented episode of obstruction. Stated another way, many people have redundant colon (esp in the elderly and/or chronic constipation) but few develop volvulus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I take 4mg medrol/d, since, a small wound takes long weeks to heal completely (one week before) should I be concerned in case of colon surgery ?
Steroids: It is always preferable to not have steroids on board prior to surgery. If your surgery is elective and youre only on steroids temporarily, then it would be preferable to wait until you were off. However, if surgery is needed non-electively and/or you are on steroids indefinitely, then its ok to proceed. ...Read more
See his doctor: Sounds like you need to return to the surgeon and possibly to family doctor to assess the reasons for this. Without knowing his history and doing an exam it would be difficult to answer your question. What type of surgery did he have, why was it done, what are his other health issues? ...Read more
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