What can I expect after abdominal surgery?
May 20, 2009 5:49 PM Subscribe
I just found out I need major surgery, and I've got some questions...
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (21 answers total)
So I just found out I need to have abdominal surgery. Basically, I need to have a few inches (they think about 3, but won't know for sure till they're in there) of my terminal ileum resected. The issue is that I'd previously been told they could do it laparoscopically, which would mean two days in the hospital, teeny scar, and a week's recuperation time. But now, based on some new tests, they're saying that it'll have to be full-on surgery, using something called a "hand helper", I think. It'll mean about 3-4 hours under anesthesia, a 4+ inch incision, and up to three weeks of recovery time. So I'm freaking out.
My concern is this: my surgeon is painting a pretty rosy picture of what I can expect in terms of postop pain, both immediately after and over the next couple of weeks. He keeps saying "it won't be that bad"- I think he is attempting to be reassuring and he doesn't seem to believe that I'd prefer honesty, and also his English isn't spectacular. When I search online for firsthand accounts of what to expect, all I'm seeing is horror stories, and long lists of complications and things that have caused people horrible discomfort.
I don't want this to be chatfilter, but can anyone with experience of a similar operation let me know how it was for them? To all of a sudden find out that they're going to be slicing my guts open rather than making a tiny incision is really creeping me out, and I don't feel mentally prepared for this. Any information would be hugely appreciated.