Surgery – What Is It Like To Have A Bowel Resection?
I have had two Crohn's Disease surgeries or bowel resections
over the 15 years I have had Crohn’s, where I have had pieces of my large
bowel removed due to scar tissue that my body was unable to heal from being inflamed for long periods of
My first bowel surgery was when I was around 14 year old. I had been quite sick for some time and was
missing a lot of school because of it.
It eventually turned out that I needed surgery and would have to
have about 10-12inches of my large bowel removed due to scarring and it wouldn’t heal.
So the decision was made to give me surgery, I had to wait for 6 weeks to be able to get in to be able to have it
done, that was a very long time being as sick as I was.
Eventually the day came round when it was time to go in to hospital and have the
operation that was supposed to fix my bowel.
Before I got to the hospital I was put on a restricted diet (clear liquids) as well as given a couple of
doses of laxatives to clean my bowel out completely so there was no food in there and they were able to perform the
I arrived at the hospital with my parents ready for the Crohn's Disease surgery to take
place, I was getting a bit nervous and unsure about was going to happen at this stage, but did my best to just go
with it and not stress out too much.
I had to scrub myself down with this kind of soap that seemed to be more like a chemical cleaner of some kind, I
guess that was to make sure that there was no bugs and things on my skin that could cause infection during the
I got changed in to one of those funky hospital gowns and they wheeled me down to the operating theatre. I was
lucky to have a great surgeon that not only made a good job of the surgery, but made me feel at ease and
seemed to understand what I was going through.
One of the nurses put a lure in my arm so they could put me to sleep and
As they were injecting the anaesthetic to put me to sleep they were telling me to slowly count to
ten and that I would be asleep before I got to ten.
This I did 1,2,3 etc and I got to ten and started counting slowing again, I said
to them that it isn’t working and a couple of seconds after that it kicked in and I was out to it.
When I woke up I was in the recovery room but I didn’t know that at the time as I was still really doped up from
the drugs, I can’t really tell you too much about that as it is rather hazy.
My family was there and eventually I was taken to a room where I was going to
spend the next week or so getting well enough to go home.
I was on morphine to help with the pain and I had a button to push that gave me a dose of the
drug. While the pain was tolerable in some regards if I had to move or do anything else it was quite
I had been given other tablets as well but I don’t remember what they were off
hand, they were also to help with the pain.
While I was in hospital I had a few of my friends and other
people to come and see me, but often I really didn’t want to see anyone other than my family a lot of the
The doctors and nurses said that I would be able to go home after about a week or so, which I did. My recovery
still took a couple of months to be pretty much back to normal again.
After about 6 weeks I was able to get out and do a bit more stuff without having much pain and start to do
some of the things that I liked doing at the time, but I still needed to take it easy and my energy levels were
pretty low due to all the healing my body was doing.
Crohn's Disease surgery is
something that you want to avoid like the plague if you can because it is not a pleasant experience by any stretch
of the imagination.
If it is necessary that you need surgery due to a blockage or scarring of the
bowel then may be the best choice for you to be able to get back to health as quickly as possible.