I had a 4 hour surgery that turned into 5 hours. I had an excellent surgeon. I had a bad case of diverticulosis. I was diagnosed 10 years prior when I had my first attack. Between those ten years leading up to my surgery I had several attacks which required two weeks of taking cipro and flagyl. It was not a fun time and my quality of life was declining despite my attempts to exercise and stay healthy. In the year leading up to my surgery, I had a serous attack which landed me in the hospital for 8 days with an e-coli abcess which had to be pierced with very little anesthesia. It was at that time that the team of surgeons suggested I consider having surgery to resolve the area that was plaguing me.
Anyway, at the time (and I still do), I was working as a paralegal for an insurance company and completely overwhelmed with an overload of work - it was ridiculous and only served to make my situation worse. I was scheduled for surgery 3 times, missing the first two in July and October because I came down with diverticulitis attacks one week before surgery.
My doctor asked me to lose as much weight as possible before the surgery. I started at 240 lbs in April and by my last scheduled surgery date I was 186, which looked lean for me. I lost 54 llbs by using a treadmill for an hour a day and watching my portions. I was in good form. I was in such good shape that the day after my surgery, and I kid you not, my doctor cleared me to walk. I walked 7 miles in the hospital (had my fitbit). I was discharged the day after that and set a record for being the fastest person discharged from having half of my colon and some intestines removed. Admitted on a Wednesday, gone by Friday.
I recovered quickly without much discomfort. Only used pain pills for about a week. My surgery was in November of 2018. It is October of 2019 at the time I write this. I have not had a single attack. I eat popcorn and pretty much whatever I wish. However, now I eat much cleaner and still get at least 10000 steps a day and started resistance band training too. Life if great now. I am forever grateful to my surgeon.