You might want to talk to your doctor or to your pharmacist. Obviously my surgeon has to be one of the best especially since I just came home from the hospital where he removed my gallbladder and repaired a hernia around my stoma and I was home by 4:00 PM went in at 7:00AM and he removed a gallstone in February at 10:30 PM. Dr. Igor Goussev is my guy just fantastic.
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As for timescales for healing I don't know but if I do find out I'll post it.
I actually had a colectomy done in Oct 2011 (resulting in permanent iliostomy) and then a second procedure to remove the rectal stump the following summer. The closing of the rectum healed very, very well and I have had no problems at all. Prior to having the rectum closed I had a lot of leakage and subsequent skin irritation so quality of life is much better now that the rectum has been closed (at least in my case!)
Best of luck
One more question, did you all have pain sitting the entire time the area was open?
sorry to hear things are tough for you.
I had a colostomy in March 2010 after 28 years of colitis, followed by Proctectomy in June the same year. It took at least two months for the wound to heal but is now fine. I just remember sitting on chairs as little as possible and allowing as much air to the wound as possible. As someone else said, keeping the wound dry and clean seems crucial, so dressing gown with no underwear for weeks, or nothing on at all from the waist down if no-one else is around!
It all takes a long time and I know I wanted to get back to normal busy life as soon as possible but I think you have to give yourself permission to lie around for as long as it takes.
I had a lot of pain from sitting and used a 'doughnut' cushion for over a year, and still do on long drives. I had nerve damage from steroid enema use in my rectum for years so that took a long time to settle down.
I hope it works out for you
Interesting posts. I also had a big hole in my ass after APR surgery, rectum, sphincter muscle and anus all gone. Have a permanent colostomy in October 2017. Then had abscess, I had to do sitzbaths, and now the wound is finally getting smaller, as first I had home nurses coming to change the dressing, now I learned how to do it myself and go to the hospital for woundcare twice a week. This sure takes long but at first the hole was 12 cm long - now I have to cut the gauze to put it in. And interesting enough, they say the gauze always needs to be wet otherwise it would not heal. And it does heal nicely now and I change the gauze daily with sterile water which they gave me. It is 4 cm now and I hope it will be closed soon as I am sick and tired of wearing pads down there. Looking after irrigation and stoma is work enough.