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|Poor him! Is this discharge due to
(1) the healing process (the rectum was removed as well as the colon)?
(2) Or is it discharge coming from a still-intact (but sew off where it would have met the large colon) rectum that is still in place?
I've researched this quite a bit and spoken to Drs. What you can expect is different for everyone (don't you hate that answer - even if it's true).
Re (1) most people will experience discharge for usually 8 weeks post op. It can all go smoothly (slowly reduce in volume and is not infected) or it can be bloody, infected. Many people use the larger mentrual pads with wings instead of diapers
Re (2) When the rectum is sewn off 'at the top where it had met the large color) but left in the body, most people will experience some dishcharge and sometime "full" feeling probably always to some degree. This is because the rectum is a moist organ and it does produce dishcharge which as to 'go' somewhere. Once the op is fully healed, this dishcharge should be non-smelly (not infected), have no blood and be of of a manageable amount. If the color changes, the smell changes or there is blood, see your doc.
I'm in the #2 scenario -- with UC in my rectum complicating my Ileo recovery. I use Always brand extra long liners with wings. They are not bulky, very absorbent and do the trick.
When on the toilet, I make a point of separating my cheeks to allow the fluid to drain easier. Have never had a mess/accident because of the anal discharge - but it's a d*mn nuisance.
Hope this helps a bit.
|it definitely is not easy to stay with him but i do love him. his ostomy is temporary. we were told that it can be reversed about 2-4 weeks from now. its just that i am a nurse and i used to work in surgery. i have been in contact with my surgeon friends and they say that he should have been in diapers for no more than 2 weeks after surgery. and that he should be going to the bathroom to pass the mucus normally now. so i dont know what the deal is. he has had a lot of issues with the bag leaking numeroius times and he has had 4 blockages so far. he also currenyly has a really bad case of gastritis but i am a little embarassed that he is still in the diapers. i dont know if he is just scared of leaking and so he keeps them on or what. we are supposed to go on a cruise in august and i am hoping that after the reversal he ditches the diapers. i dont know though becuase i was told by my friends that the discharge continues even after reversal. i just hopemy boyfriend is not going to be walking down the aisle in depends. that might sound rude but that is my biggest concern right now
i just hopemy boyfriend is not going to be walking down the aisle in depends. that might sound rude but that is my biggest concern right now