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Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:53 pm

Hi Sasquatch, Thanks for the valuable info. They said robot assisted surgery is less invasive than he traditional open surgery. The surgeon said also about the bladder not fully emptying for a while (urinary retention). 

How about your rectal wound (drain), did it heal in 8 weeks? Let me know if you have any issues. Thanks.

Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:12 am

I'm close to 8 weeks out now, my rectal drainage stopped a couple weeks ago.  I just wore a woman's menstral pad until it stopped.  I honestly feel pretty close to normal at this point.

Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:30 pm

You healed pretty well.

I’m wondering how you are adapting to your stoma pouch. What type of pouch are you using (one or two piece). 

What about your diet after surgery?

 Thanks for reply.

Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:31 am

I've had the ileostomy for two years now, those challenges are long behind me.  I use a Hollister 2 piece appliance.  As far as diet goes, easy does it for a little while, Anything new, or anything you suspect might cause an issue, try a little at first to see how it does.

Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:04 am
Hi Jabari, I had my surgery in 2014 it was robotacly so recovery was pretty quick. Up walking next day in hospital five days. My rectum was stitched closed and for me that was the real source of discomfort especially as they dried out. Itchy and tender. They were in about 3 weeks. A gel filled pillow that my hubby got in Costco was a godsend. I still use it on long car trips and international flights. As far as dietary restrictions I pretty much eat anything but do shy away from nuts,corn and eat high fiber in moderation. The products I use are 2 piece convatec with Velcro closure my doc writes a letter of necessity to my insurance co. So that I recieve 40 pouches a month instead of the 20 they recommend. You will find invaluable info and support on this site. We have all walked in your shoes. Colostomy is our new normal but it allows us to get on with living.attitude is everything a positive one will make all the difference. Good luck and God bless if I can be of any heir answering questions I will be happy to. Sincerely Gail aka Rosiesmom
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:29 am

What does a gay man do that used to be a "bottom" in sexual relations? I have permanent colostomy and I've been in a long term relationship for 16 years. We're solid, but I feel so sad for my husband. There is no answer for this question. Sorry for asking.

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