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I went to see a specialist yesterday to follow up after being hospitalized with complicated diverticulities with a 45 mm abscess that could not be drained. He said that I needed surgery and there was no other option. Although I have only been out of hospital a week and a half, he scheduled my surgery for next week. After thinking it over, I went to get a second opinion today. The surgeon that I saw today did agree that I will need to have surgery although she did not feel it was safe or in any way optimal to have surgery so soon after an attack. In addition, she felt that the next step would be to have a repeat ct scan to see how I'm healing in about 3 weeks or so and follow up with a colonoscopy. I am very confused as to how two highly reputable surgeons differ on their recommendations. I am going to a third opinion next week and needless to say I canceled my surgery for the time being. Does anyone have any experience with when to have elective surgery for colon resection?
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