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    Procedure or Surgery (Laparascopic colon surgery): Surgery went great, out in 2 two days. Belly really sore and swollen and trying to get use to a stoma and taking care of it is the pits.

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      JaneA

      Did they send you home with a home health nurse to visit a couple of times a week? They helped me learn how to take care of my stoma. Adjusting to a stoma at first is challenging, both mentally and physically. But it does get better. The best Ostomy group is on Inspire. They post pictures and how to take care of every problem that comes up. And you can vent there about your frustrations. I highly recommend that. I am almost 5 years out from that surgery, and I'm doing fine. Honestly, I'm doing fine. I'm active and exercise and go on day trips where I'm on a bus with people going to botanical gardens, etc. and I manage just fine. You will be okay, I promise. Message me anytime that you need to talk.

      18 days ago
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    Well in 3 days I will be having my surgery, robotic-assisted laparoscopic low anterior resection with creation of a diverting loop ileostomy, Jan. 28th the same day as Greg. Will be thinking of him. Good luck Greg! Yes I am having a ileostomy, have to keep saying this as never thought I would be going through anything like this in my life. At least I will only have this till I am healed and done with chemo. Then another operation to reattach me. I just hope my stay in the hospital doesn't follow my stay when I had lung surgery. I never thought they were going to let me come home. My body took awhile to recover.

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      I've been where you are, except that I had APR surgery (removal of sigmoid colon, rectum and anus with permanent colostomy). I was so scared. But I was Stage IV and this surgery was potentially curative. So I just had myself a good cry a couple of days before the surgery and then was ready to get this thing done.

      I had my surgery robotically and was discharged in 2 1/2 days. The pain was controllable with Norco (tylenol and codeine). Walking really helps, even tho it does hurt to get up out of bed.

      Please feel free to reach out to me with questions. Best wishes for a complication-free surgery.

      26 days ago
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    Gizz asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Port or not?

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      Bengal

      I would think of it's only 3 infusions you might forego the port. If you read some of the comments to the question on port pain, sometimes they can hit a nerve during the insertion surgery which can set off a whole new set of problems.

      about 1 month ago
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      cllinda

      It really depends on how you feel about a port. But it can be used for blood draws, dye for tests, and other things.
      In my case, I was a hard stick, and had chemo for a whole year. So it was a good choice.

      about 1 month ago
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      PattyF

      If you are going to have only 3 infusions, then I would not get the port. I had a port inserted because I had 12 rounds of Folfox and it was good to have. I will say that whenever the port was accessed, it was a more painful XXX than using a vein in my arm.

      about 1 month ago
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    Gizz asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Can anyone ease my mind

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      CrazyHarry

      I had the same. Surgeon and her team of medical students and interns all got a chance to look.

      2 months ago
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      BugsBunny

      I have had that done without being put asleep. It's not a bad procedure.

      2 months ago
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      JaneA

      I've had that done twice in the office. It was uncomfortable but not that bad.

      2 months ago