Colon surgery....long in the hospital?

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Colon surgery....long in the hospital?

by HIGH_STRUNG_DAUGHTER on Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:00 AM

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It is looking as if my Dad (54 yrs old diag with stage 4 colon cancer in March 08') will be possibly having surgery as soon as next week.  A colonoscopy and meeting with surgeon afterwards will be the deciding factor.  The question I have (and I realize everyone is different) is how long will he probably be in the hospital?  It would be a colon resection to remove what's left of his residual tumor in his sigmoid colon and hopefully also to reverse his colostomy while they're in there.  We live two hours from this hospital so it would mean the five of us kids (and my Mom) all last minute being gone from our young children/husbands or wives/and jobs for some of that time.  That part of it is fine, we're thrilled if he gets to have surgery no matter what dumb little details need to be worked out but I just don't have an idea of what his recovery will be like?  When he had the surgery to find the cancer they gave him a colostomy and couldn't remove the actual main colon tumor and he was in the hospital to recover for 7 days.  I think this seems much more evasive so I'm just wondering what others have went through and if you have any advise or insight as to what it will be like for him after surgery?  Thanks everyone! 

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by 2ndtimer on Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:00 AM

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The length of his hospital stay is hard to predict because of the many factors involved.  The surgeon should be able to give you a range of days better than anyone else.  I would guess anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks.

Lynn

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by 2ndtimer on Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hi again,

The way he recovered from the previous surgery is probably a good indicator of how he will recover from this one.  A lot depends on age, his physical condition going into the surgery, etc.  There are meds to help relieve the pain and nausea, and the meds often induce sleep.  After the first few days it should not be a problem for him to stay alone, unless the doctor recommends someone stay with him at all times.  Early on it is good to have someone there to monitor what is going on since he might be groggy and not communicate well with the nurses or remember what is going on.  He will probably sleep a lot and tire easily from having visitors.  They will want him to start walking and if he needs assistance the hospital staff will help him in the absence of a family member.  With several family members involved, rotating "hospital duty" should prevent any great burden on any one person.  I live alone and when I came home from the hospital I did not need any assistance.  These are just my experiences as a patient. I recommend discussing his needs with the surgeon and nursing staff so the family can decide how to handle his recovery process.

Good luck and keep us posted.

Lynn 

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by Super01Mom on Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:00 AM

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I had a colon resection in June 2008. I was told at my pre-op appointment I could expect to stay in the hospital 7-10 days unfortunently I had complications to the resection and ended up in the hospital for five weeks. I too had to have a colostomy due to complications, I will not be able to reverse mine. So to answer your question everyone is different on how long your stayi n the hospital will be. You always have to consider that everything is not going to go as planned and prepare yourself for anything. I did not expect to spend this much time in the hospital nor did I think I would have such a difficult time healing. I went home with a wound vac, tons of medications, a walker, a colostomy nurse and a full time nursing staff for two months. My case is not the norm but it could happen. Most people have it a lot easier, a week in the hospital and 6-8 weeks to recover. You should expect your Dad to have a wound vac if they do the resection abdominal and not laproscopic. The wound vac is difficult to care for but you ususally will have a visiting nurse to help you care for your wound. Good luck with your Dad and I will say a prayer that everything goes accordingly to plans.

 

God Bless,

Sheryl

 

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by Debbie2 on Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:00 AM

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my husband had his colostomy reversed july 07- he was told he would not leave the hospital until he passed gas (around day 4) and had a bowel movement (around day 7),  he  was on liquid diet for the first two days- when he tried soft foods he became nausia so back on liquids for another day-  he ended up being in the hospital for 10 days.  the first two or three were the worst- some pain and difficult doing things for himself-  they did keep him on a pain pump for the  first four days which did help.

i don't know if they warned your dad about the possibilty of diahrea after a colostomy reversal-  my husband didn't have that problem- but from what i have heard it is a problem for most people-  the only complaint my husband has it that he has 3-5 bowel movements daily.

 i hope all goes well with your dad's surgery.

 

 

RE: Colon surgery....long in the hospital?

by maxie on Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 1/22/2009 HIGH STRUNG DAUGHTER wrote:

It is looking as if my Dad (54 yrs old diag with stage 4 colon cancer in March 08') will be possibly having surgery as soon as next week.  A colonoscopy and meeting with surgeon afterwards will be the deciding factor.  The question I have (and I realize everyone is different) is how long will he probably be in the hospital?  It would be a colon resection to remove what's left of his residual tumor in his sigmoid colon and hopefully also to reverse his colostomy while they're in there.  We live two hours from this hospital so it would mean the five of us kids (and my Mom) all last minute being gone from our young children/husbands or wives/and jobs for some of that time.  That part of it is fine, we're thrilled if he gets to have surgery no matter what dumb little details need to be worked out but I just don't have an idea of what his recovery will be like?  When he had the surgery to find the cancer they gave him a colostomy and couldn't remove the actual main colon tumor and he was in the hospital to recover for 7 days.  I think this seems much more evasive so I'm just wondering what others have went through and if you have any advise or insight as to what it will be like for him after surgery?  Thanks everyone! 


Hello, i had laparoscopic surgery after being diagnosed with colon cancer of the sigmoid colon; in November 06.      The surgeon removed all my colon exept for about 5-6 ins. in the rectum.  He thought it was better to remove the colon altogether to help prevent the cancer from coming back in another section of it; also, because when i was finally diagnosed, the cancer had gone through all the layers of the colon and had begun to enter my lympth node.       Anyway it was skilfully done, so that i wouldnt need a colostomy bag.       After surgery, my pain was controlled by morphine, for a few  days.  I  was in hospital for about 10 days.  MY biggest problem was diarrohea; i would go to the loo up to 5-6 times per day , as i body was unaccustomed its new processing regime.   THat usually continues for about 2 yrs the settles down, esp. after chemo which doesnt help the diarrohea issue.      For me, i found that eating  plain RICE  CAKES, help to mop up some of the excess fluid in the intestine, therefore helping to control the diarrohea.   But , do ensure that way too much is not eaten, has one should empty the bowels up to twice daily.

hope this helps and best of luck.  bye

 

RE: Colon surgery....long in the hospital?

by Cashmere on Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:00 AM

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I had a bowel resection and ostomy install surgery in Sept'07. That hospital stay was 5 days and about 6 week recovery at home. When they reversed my ostomy in May'08, I was in the hospital for 11 days due to a complication and recovery at home was minimal because when my surgeon performed the reversal he did not open me back up, he simply reversed the ostomy through the existing opening. Everyone reacts differently to surgeries and it is hard to predict. It looks like the responses here are varied and will give you a good idea of what to expect. Your Dad is pretty young and if in fairly good health, he should do well. Attitude is extremely important also. Best of luck, Cashmere

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by bamaboy on Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:00 AM

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I had the first resection I was in the hospital for 17 days.   I had a blockage and other complications.    Then I had the reversal and only stayed 3 days, which was a lot shorter than they expected, unlike the first operation which was way longer than expected.    You do leave that reversal with an open wound, and it will freak most people out when they first see it.    That and he can expect to log a lot of bathroom time after that reversal.   I still have days when I do  almost 5 years later
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