Sep 06, 2011 - 7:17 am
I would like to know how common are anastomosis leaks after colon resection surgery. Has anyone else had this happen? Please elaborate. My husband's first surgery for removal of a malignant colon tumor went well. However after the first few days, he got very sick with nausea and vomiting and ended up back in the hospital. The leak caused major problems including a bowel obstruction and infection. After ten days of an NG tube and other things attached, the doctor went ahead and did a five hour surgery. My husband suffered the first week post-surgery and did not think he was going to make it. He is now home after a month in the hospital and doing ok. By the way, he had to have a colostomy (temporary) during the second surgery. His experience was a disaster although the good news is that the cancer was not in any lymph nodes.