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Kidney vs Colon surgery

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Canadian Sandy
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Has anyone here had both and if so which was the most difficult to recover from?

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I've had both and I can tell you it was much more difficult to recover from the surgery on my colon.  I've had two operations related to my colon.  The first was caused by one part of my colon flopping over another part of my colon and choking it.  That was relatively simple surgery.  The second was much more involved.  My sigmoid colon had twited 540 degrees and shut itself down.  The surgeon had to go in there and cut 18 inches of my colon out.  I wore an ostomy back for about ten weeks before the inflammation went down enough to reconnect the two ends of the colon.

My kidney surgery was a robotic partial, so that's "easier" to begin with.  I don't know about an open nephrectomy, but in colon, and any abdominal surgery for that matter, the surgeon has to cut through pretty major muscle masses.  When those muscles start to knt back together, it's pretty painful.  You don't want to move, much less laugh, cough or, God forbid, sneeze.

My dad had to endure all kinds of surgeries over his lifetime.  He never had a kidney operation (thank goodness), but he did have numerous abdmonial surgeries and also had one of the first quintuple bypass surgeries ever performed.  He told me it was much easier for him to recover from the heart operation than it was from the abdominal ones due to the muscle issue.

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That is interesting.

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My husband had colon resectioning for diverticulitis and while it wasn't me who had it I can tell by comparing the two that his was much more difficult and painful. And mine was an open partial. He was in the hospital a week, I was dismissed on the third day. He was on IV for a long time, I had food by the second day. He was absolutely dreading seeing me after the surgery because of the shape he was in but was pleasantly surprised that I was fine. 

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Canadian Sandy
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Thanks for the info. I have had colon surgery and will be having kidney surgery in March For a complex cyst. I’ve recovered quite well from the colon surgery. Hopefully this will be the end of surgeries. I turn 77 this year which makes it harder to recover. Praying a lot and  I have found that miracles do happen.

repaid
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My prayers go out to you. Yes miracles do happen.My mother has survived stage 4 non hodgekin lymphoma and breast cancer in her mid to late seventies and is still in remission. She is  82 now and doing pretty good for age. Keep your head up we are pulling for you.

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Wishing you only the best. 

Stub

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Canadian Sandy
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Well...thank you both so much. Your comments warmed my heart. The cyst was discovered on a ct scan for my colon.....it has been there since February 2016 but couldn’t do anything until the colon cancer was treated. I have been Ned for over a year now so oncologist said time now to take care of the kidney. 

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All the best to you! Compared to your colon surgery I think you'll find the kidney surgery much easier on you.

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Prayers daily for you.  

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Canadian Sandy
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Thanks for replying. APny that is good to know.

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