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    Any of you guys ever had abdominal surgery? At the end of the month they're going to remove a section of colon to get rid of a pre-cancerous polyp and I'm wondering what to expect. I know what the doc told me but I'm hoping one of you might know what it's REALLY like. They're doing it laparoscopically so the incisions shouldn't be too bad but they ARE taking out a hunk of my guts. Will I still have the guts to race? Any input is welcome - and thanks. This gettin' old is not for sissies......

    Dan

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    Re: Health Question

    Any of you guys ever had abdominal surgery? At the end of the month they're going to remove a section of colon to get rid of a pre-cancerous polyp and I'm wondering what to expect. I know what the doc told me but I'm hoping one of you might know what it's REALLY like. They're doing it laparoscopically so the incisions shouldn't be too bad but they ARE taking out a hunk of my guts. Will I still have the guts to race? Any input is welcome - and thanks. This gettin' old is not for sissies......

    Dan
    Dan
    No serious help for your questions BUT I always have comments
    As to racing - yes you will still be able to race - however you may soil yourself quicker with a shorter track

    Wishing you all the best outcomes.

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    • #3

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      Closest I have to that Dan was an Appendectomy at 19. 3 inch incision, felt like they sewed my leg to my chest, but that was simply the stitches pulling.

      Dad-in-law was emergency scheduled for a large resection, but when opened up the damaged tissue was more extensive than expected. So I am unable to share the after part of that surgery.

      Our best thoughts and an extra large serving of positive energy is going your ( and MEs) way.
      Last edited by STINEY; September 20th, 2019, 12:36 PM.
      Of all the paths you take in life - make sure a few of them are dirt.

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      • #4

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        I blew a lower radiator hose about 4 years ago when on vacation in Colorado and they took out 13" of my colon Dan. I will PM you my work 800# and we can chat if you want. I'm only here for another 30 minutes or so but you can call me next week if you wish.Not to worry, everything will be fine.
        Phil / Omaha

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        • #5

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          Thanks all. Phil - I'd appreciate that. I'll look for your PM.

          Turns out that Dick (the Volvo owner) had an appendectomy a couple of years back using pretty much the same process so he was able to provide some insight. Just an FYI for all you non-medical types - the appendix is at the end of a book....oops - I mean at the end on the ascending colon, the piece they'll take out of me so the process is pretty much the same except they'll take more. He says it isn't too bad after the first week but that you just have to take it easy. They'll probably do a TAP block (a nerve blocking process) and my doc says that'll keep the heavy pain away for several days and reduce or eliminate the need for heavy drugs. I'm in favor of that as I HATE opiods and can't figure out how anyone would take them recreationally.

          Dan

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          • #6

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            you are brave, faith in the medicine.

            I was coincidentally reading up on Crohns disease...not even an hour ago.
            I would be an industrial version (my family is bulletproof in all subjects - I am boasting)

            I have every symptom, including mouth cysts I thought were absesses.

            I am terrified for you.

            I quit smoking, so my monster has to go in its direction. I am scared of myself.
            IBD or IBS gulf war version is my best guess. I do catch up on the conversations in the veterans groups as they talk.. not many do.

            hope it all goes well. I'll keep my faith with you too.
            Last edited by Barry Donovan; September 20th, 2019, 08:51 PM.
            Previously boxer3main
            the death rate and fairy tales cannot kill the nature left behind.

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            • #7

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              Yes, you'll be down for 10 or so days. The biggest issue is whether or not your surgeon is competent - I know this sounds odd but the plastic surgeon did a better job then the 3 other before.... I had a section removed, and the surgery/condition reversal was a success - however, I also had a colostomy bag for 6 weeks - the disconnection/reconnection caused me 3 more surgeries due to scar tissue on the inside of the colon.... thus the plastic surgeon success - they are good at keeping the scar tissue down, which reduces/eliminates future blockages.... which if you have them, I've been burned, bones broken, and full frontal assault on my colon stuff.... blockages hurt worse then all the above.
              Doing it all wrong since 1966

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              • #8

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                I'm slightly concerned about the doc just because I've never before had the need of a surgeon working deep inside my bod (other than my stent placement but they fish those up thru a leg vein and don't dive deep to do those) so I don't have any experience with anyone digging around in there. The guy who will do it was recommended by the gastroenterologist who did the colonoscopy and this surgical practice does a lot of gastric bypass surgery so at least I know he's had lots of practice. So far I haven't heard any negative feedback on him. I'd like for my vet to do it but evidently there's some issue with licenses, etc.

                Dan
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                • #9

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                  What are the risks of just not doing it? They claim they can detect cancer anywhere with just a blood test. I often feel Doctors just like going up there, probes, surgery, anything.
                  My hobby is needing a hobby.

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                  • #10

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                    What are the risks of just not doing it? They claim they can detect cancer anywhere with just a blood test. I often feel Doctors just like going up there, probes, surgery, anything.
                    Thought about that but there's a HIGH probability of cancer and sooner rather than later. The biopsy of the polyp that they got out showed "high-grade dysplasia" which translates to "this is going to be cancer in the near future". If I thought I only had - say - 5 years left I'd opt for letting it go but I seem to have a high probability of hangin' around for a while so it seems to be worth doing. I can't die for at least 10 years as I have too many projects to finish and more coming all the time. I may have to go for immortality.

                    Dan

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                    • #11

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                      Well... My Mom is 102 and she had it done so you can't be far off.
                      My hobby is needing a hobby.

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                      • #12

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                        Well... My Mom is 102 and she had it done so you can't be far off.
                        Good for your Mom! Hope she's well and content.

                        Dan

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                        • #13

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                          I'm slightly concerned about the doc just because I've never before had the need of a surgeon working deep inside my bod (other than my stent placement but they fish those up thru a leg vein and don't dive deep to do those) so I don't have any experience with anyone digging around in there. The guy who will do it was recommended by the gastroenterologist who did the colonoscopy and this surgical practice does a lot of gastric bypass surgery so at least I know he's had lots of practice. So far I haven't heard any negative feedback on him. I'd like for my vet to do it but evidently there's some issue with licenses, etc.

                          Dan
                          I learned the bit about plastic surgeons when I had my gall bladder removed (emergency), - the first two surgeons were both gastro surgeons, both were highly recommended in their field (and because of them I didn't have a colostomy bag for life). The next surgery 5 years later (because of scarring) was as well but he also was a plastic surgeon. He and the gall bladder surgeon both did repairs that didn't need revisions. Also the scars from the last two surgeries disappeared - not so much the first, surgery.....
                          Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                          • #14

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                            Hi Dan. I sure don't have any answers or advice for you, just a question. I thought polyps could be removed during a colonoscopy. Does that apply only to benign polyps, or maybe the size or location of polyp(s) ? Know that we here at weeville will be pullling for you as always! Safe surgery and complication free recovery is our wish for you.

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                            • #15

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                              Thanks Sue! Hope you're feeling better and DOING better!

                              As far as the polyps, the answer is "usually". They remove them by looping a sort of snare around them and cutting them off with the snare. They usually can get the whole deal that way but depending on location, shape, etc. sometimes they can't get the whole deal. In this case it wouldn't have mattered much as the part they DID get proved to be just this side of cancer and it's ugly little feet (the part they could NEVER get out) were bound to turn into cancer. After checking around both on the Interwebs and with others in the health community (my youngest daughter is a Nurse Practioner - almost a Doc - and she's not the only one I asked) there's nothing for it but to chop it out. Not looking forward to this one but the doc is competent and has done a ton of them and the success rate is really high so it's time to put off procrastinating.

                              Rock On!

                              Dan

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