Robotic laparoscopic surgery for diverticulitis

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Has anyone had experience with the newer robotic laparoscopic surgery to address chronic diverticulitis? Please share.

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    Hi,

    I had robotic left hemi colectomy 4/2018 for several episodes of diverticulitis over 18 months. I had 12-18 " removed. I had surgery on MON went home on Weds. I thought the surgery was easy! I was so sick I couldn't wait! I had an abd block along with general anesthesia. Ask your DR if they do the block. I believe that was why I had so little pain . The surgery was 3 hours long . I had a catheter for 24 hours. N o colostomy. I did have pain meds for the first week and then switched to Tylenol. I was up walking the first night in the halls. Once I got home I would walk around the block after every meal.

    I had four 2" incisions and 1 -4" incision in the lower abd . Honestly the most annoying thing was the bandaids over the small incisions. One just itched from the adhesive!

    Make sure you get up and move for mind and body! Drink a lot of fluids! Dont panic if the first BM is bloody pretty normal.

    I'm so glad to be rid of the pain! I still have episodes of diarrhea. Trying to get that figured out. But again happy I had it done!

    Good luck! Feel free to ask any questions

    KATE

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      I know this is old, but perhaps you'll reply. I'm three days post op LAR with DiVinci Xi robot. The day of surgery I had 2 to 3 BM's with blood covered fecal matter along with quite a bit of blood in the water. Day 2 was similar. 3rd day...yesterday (Friday) blood covered red/maroon covered poop with no blood in the water. Today Saturday no blood in the water, but 6 or 7 pieces of poo covered in red/brown/maroon blood. Red/Maroon/Brown blood on the toliet paper. My surgeon says this is totally normal. Is it?? How did you lot fair? I've heard many folk that have gone through this have blood in their stools for weeks. Thoughts?

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      Hi Jacob,

      I also had a large BM the day after surgery that seemed to be all blood ! I was scared by that but a friend who had a resection a week before had warned me.

      My surgeon had also said that was normal.

      My surgery was also done robotically. I had very little pain. Did you have an abdominal block as part of anesthesia?

      I know you had a lot of shoulder pain from the gas they use in the abdomen. My suggestion for that is to walk as much as you can. I went home on the third day after. I walked after every meal about 2 blocks that helped me a lot. Drink a lot of water!

      Good luck! Its scary at first but so worth it

      Kate

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      I did have a block mate. However, the pain from the robot punching through my abdominal muscles hurts quite a bit. Example: Turning over in bed, sitting down, getting up, etc. I'm mostly freaked out at the blood after going to the loo. At the moment it's mostly on the toliet paper. I feel like I have a mild flu if that makes sense. The feeling is different when needing to poo as well. My stomach is just so sore tbh. Im passing loads of gas, and my bowels are very vocal. Anyway thanks for the reply. This is slightly scary imho. Cheers, Jacob

      PS: I couldn't wee after surgery. They pulled the catheter out whilst I was under, but later that night I told them to Cath me as I needed to p**s badly. I filled up 2 bags in record time. The most embarrassing part was the pretty 25 year old nurse who had to place it😱. Anyway, the next day I was able to wee on my own. Weird thing here I have a black and blue ring around my shaft obviously bruising. Bloody nightmare. Atm I'm just gassy. I'm on Norco so I think I better take a little miralax tonight so I can go tomorrow. I wear the abdominal brace when going poo because my abs are knackered.

      I'm glad the bloody poo is normal because it scares the £h*te out of me tbh.

      The incision above my pubic bone which is pulled my worthless sigmoid and two inches of my descending colon out hurts the most. Did they do this for you? Or, did they pull it out your anus? I almost wish they pulled mine out my arse. The pain is real!!!

      Thank you so much for your reply!

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