Hernia after colorectal cancer surgery: Anyone else?

Posted by lisag03 @lisag03, Sat, Apr 4 9:50am

I was diagnosed in April2019, and had my first surgery on 5/6 (opensurgery), with a second one 10 days later due to an anastomotic leak. The second surgery left me with a wound vac for a month. I had a third surgery (laparoscopic) in 8/19 for an obstruction, developed a fistula in 9/19 and had a bowel perforation on 11:6/19 requiring another open surgery. I developed sepsis at that time and was in ICU for 10 days and hospitalized for 5 weeks. I’ve been recovering nicely but having a bulge near my belly button. I met with the surgeon yesterday and it is a hernia. He said it needs repaired but wants me to wait at least a year from last surgery. How common is this and what did you do to eliminate the discomfort? I’m an active person and like to workout

Hi Lisa. And I was crying the blues when I came home with c-diff! Although, getting something that impedes your healing is unacceptable in my world. Especially, if if’s not a condition you are already diagnosed with or have a history. I had open surgery, colon re-section, cancer related. Very healthy, no underlined medical conditions and came with a friend🤬. There are several medical professionals in the member list. I’m sure you will get great advice. It seems like if you did not have a weakness before, you may be smart to know all you can around infection, there origin and strain/agitation. I feel after having c-diff (and cancer) I need to understand and educate myself around what happened to me. I’m still not able to wrap my head around all you went through. I don't hear any blame or “giving up”. You’re a trooper. Love my activity too; and won’t give it up, just have to be smart . Take care virgo1952

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Hi Lisa. And I was crying the blues when I came home with c-diff! Although, getting something that impedes your healing is unacceptable in my world. Especially, if if’s not a condition you are already diagnosed with or have a history. I had open surgery, colon re-section, cancer related. Very healthy, no underlined medical conditions and came with a friend🤬. There are several medical professionals in the member list. I’m sure you will get great advice. It seems like if you did not have a weakness before, you may be smart to know all you can around infection, there origin and strain/agitation. I feel after having c-diff (and cancer) I need to understand and educate myself around what happened to me. I’m still not able to wrap my head around all you went through. I don't hear any blame or “giving up”. You’re a trooper. Love my activity too; and won’t give it up, just have to be smart . Take care virgo1952

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I’ve read about c diff and it is a nightmare! We’ve all had our struggles and it’s just part of the process. My doctors, nurses and surgeons have been amazing!! I’m just thankful the sepsis didn’t happen during current times. I would be devastated without my kids and husband and sister. I never spent a single night alone!!

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