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MorganKane

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Hey,

Went into the hospital 10 days ago with an abscess on my colon.
I have diverticulitis and it turned into an abscess. They drained it and I was put on antibiotics.
I also have a small umbilical hernia.

Just got back from seeing the surgeon.

They recommend to take out a part of the colon.
Its on the lower end, on the way out.
Can't recall the name of that particular part.

Says I will stay about 3 days in the hospital and be out of work for 3 weeks.
But since I am working from home thats probably not the case.

Will have to say on a clear liquid diet, etc for a while and no gym for at least 6 weeks.

Anyone have any experience with something like this?
I am trying to learn more about it before I make a decision.
 
FlyingDragon

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I would listen to the recommendation....As we age problems will surface and tough decisions will have to be made....Hope for the best for you
 
rawdeal

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maybe an inconvenience, maybe an added expense, but would getting a 2nd opinion make sense?
 
parttimer

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My step dad just had a similar issue. He had several abscesses months ago with diverticulitis. They put a drain in which he had for a few weeks along with antibiotics. After the free weeks they removed the drain, he just had a foot or so removed that was dead tissue. He did not need a colostomy bag post op. Since the removal it's been a few weeks and he is able to resume normal activity. He is in his 70's if that helps.

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Morgan,
I watched my son go through colon cancer last year, had to have the bag, a drain, and a chemo port.
It was a rough year but our family came together for him, and after a year, he has his body back completely, and is cancer free.
My daughters bf has diverticulitis and is facing surgery in February. His surgery has a 97% success rate.
My best advice is get the surgeon who is absolutely the best in your area.
Keep us informed, buddy.
 
MorganKane

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maybe an inconvenience, maybe an added expense, but would getting a 2nd opinion make sense?
I will probably do that but first I want to learn as much as possible.
A few good things is that my doctor (not the surgeon) is the doc my wife works for.
His friend is a GI doc that I have seen before and the GI doc knows the surgeon well.


My step dad just had a similar issue. He had several abscesses months ago with diverticulitis. They put a drain in which he had for a few weeks along with antibiotics. After the free weeks they removed the drain, he just had a foot or so removed that was dead tissue. He did not need a colostomy bag post op. Since the removal it's been a few weeks and he is able to resume normal activity. He is in his 70's if that helps.

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This really helps. Thanks you for posting.

Morgan,
I watched my son go through colon cancer last year, had to have the bag, a drain, and a chemo port.
It was a rough year but our family came together for him, and after a year, he has his body back completely, and is cancer free.
My daughters bf has diverticulitis and is facing surgery in February. His surgery has a 97% success rate.
My best advice is get the surgeon who is absolutely the best in your area.
Keep us informed, buddy.
I really happy to read your son is cancer free. My wife has been an oncology nurse for over 20 years.
The surgeon told me pretty much the same numbers.
I liked the guy. He spoke to me with numbers and facts no promises of it going perfect.
he also tract is own patients stats like how long in the hospital, etc. Stuff I can relate too.

My gut feeling (pun intended) is to have the surgery.
The little research so far shows its not getting better and I will have more problems so surgery is probably the easiest way to go.
Not sure if I will do it now or in the fall. I think I rather just get it done and over with.
 
OldManStrength

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Get it taken care of, before it to a point they cant help you.
 
rawdeal

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My gut feeling (pun intended) is to have the surgery :
The little research so far shows its not getting better and I will have more problems so surgery is probably the easiest way to go :
Not sure if I will do it now or in the fall. I think I rather just get it done and over with.
Goddamit, I try not to go OT occasionally, and esp. on serious threads, but I really like puns and those who create them. THIS one mighta been better if you'd used a colon or two.

fixed
 
monsoon

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I had a couple feet of intestine removed because of diverticulitis when I was 15 or 16. That was a long time ago and I don't have any advice but wanted to show solidarity
 
ITAWOLF

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I've got diverticulitis and the best u can do is get it done
For me it was drinking a lot more liquids
25 surgeries
Had hot lead nick my colon also but it was patched
Def get a second opinion
Different hospital if possible

But if your young do it
Heal a lot faster

Best to you
 
MorganKane

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I've got diverticulitis and the best u can do is get it done
For me it was drinking a lot more liquids
25 surgeries
Had hot lead nick my colon also but it was patched
Def get a second opinion
Different hospital if possible

But if your young do it
Heal a lot faster

Best to you
I am 51.
Got off antibiotics on Wednesday and already back on them today.
So I am sure this is not going to go away without surgery.

Thanks for the responses.
 
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