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Rectum removal

Posted by Frenchie55, on Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:23 am
Hi,
I was wondering if there was anyone out there who has had their rectum removed and closed up.  I had the surgery done in November 2008 and there are times when I'm still showing blood on my panties and stuff.  Has this happened to any of you?

Janice Joyce
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Reply by Past Member, on Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:56 pm
I've had it done. I can tell you that it takes quite some time to heal. After all, it is an area that gets no sunlight and can stay damp. I still have some issues, but it is my body producing mucus in that area. Odd, especially when my allergies act up, it produces more.
Nurse
Reply by Whoa, on Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:21 pm
Janice
I don't know your disease that caused you to have your rectum removed; it is a hard place to heal for some.  If you had radiation in the past and the rectum removed,  are on steroids, or have some other disease state, the  area can be even slower to heal  .  I have had some folks take a year to heal in these cases.

I'd advise you to see your surgeon and have it checked to see how deep the wound goes; and to get proper wound care to  assist in healing.  You should not have frank blood or dark blood; pinkish yellow or  a little blood stain may be normal, but do get it checked.

Meanwhile, if you can increase your protein intake and take a multiple vitamin with minerals, that also would be helpful in healing.

Let us know how it goes.

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Reply by Frenchie55, on Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:34 pm
Hi,
Thank you both for replying so promptly.  I've had crohns for the past 25 years.  In 99 they performed a colostomy because my bowel perforated.  In 2002, they were going to try and reverse but ended up removing my colon and did an ileostomy and removed the colostomy.  The crohns was very active in my rectum so in Nov gone by, they removed the rectum and closed it all up.  I don't take any steroids or medication that has to do with the crohns because the crohns is now gone.  The blood is sometimes very red, it doesn't run or anything like that.  When I wipe there, there is some and there's usually always on the panties.  It always feels like I have a huge cork where the anus was.  Its probably because of where its sewn together.

Janice
Past Member
Reply by Past Member, on Fri May 01, 2009 6:51 am
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It always feels like I have a huge cork where the anus was"

Mine doesn't feel like that at all. It just feels like it did before and I don't even think about it. If that's the case, coupled with blood, I'd see my doctor. I had to have mine re-done about 8 to 9 months after the original removal surgery because it opened back up and had a small infection.
Reply by Frenchie55, on Fri May 01, 2009 1:22 pm
How long have you had it done, the original?  

                                 
elzie wrote:
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It always feels like I have a huge cork where the anus was"

Mine doesn't feel like that at all. It just feels like it did before and I don't even think about it. If that's the case, coupled with blood, I'd see my doctor. I had to have mine re-done about 8 to 9 months after the original removal surgery because it opened back up and had a small infection.
Past Member
Reply by Past Member, on Fri May 01, 2009 7:55 pm
September of 2006 was the original. I have never had it feel the way you describe. I would speak to your doctor about that. Write all of your concerns down so when you go to the doctor you don't forget anything

On a side note, having the rectum removed and stitched up is called having a Barbie Butt, or a Ken Butt for a guy because, well, you know why;) So now you can go around and brag about your Barbie Butt!
Reply by Frenchie55, on Fri May 01, 2009 11:10 pm
                                 
elzie wrote:
September of 2006 was the original. I have never had it feel the way you describe. I would speak to your doctor about that. Write all of your concerns down so when you go to the doctor you don't forget anything

On a side note, having the rectum removed and stitched up is called having a Barbie Butt, or a Ken Butt for a guy because, well, you know why;) So now you can go around and brag about your Barbie Butt!




I'll keep that one in mind, never heard that saying before.  
Reply by eddie, on Sun May 03, 2009 12:04 am
I have had my rectum removed for 6 years (cancer ) i have never had that feeling or any bleeding, i agree have the doc check it out
Eddie
Reply by Frenchie55, on Sun May 03, 2009 8:58 am
Thanks Eddie, my surgeon tells me its common.  He hasn't seen it but I described it to him on the phone.

                                 
eddie wrote:
I have had my rectum removed for 6 years (cancer ) i have never had that feeling or any bleeding, i agree have the doc check it out
Eddie
Nurse
Reply by Whoa, on Sun May 03, 2009 1:27 pm
It is common to have delayed healing for many reasons, but not to be having fresh blood.   I don't think it is something to be taken that lightlly, even delyaed healing should be monitored and new wound modalities/nutrition should be addressed to get the wound closed.    

I would still recommend having the wound inspected by either your surgeon or a wound/ostomy nurse; it IS important that it is checked, and very simple to check (Qtip!)  You didn't mention how large an opening, or what type of wound care you are doing.  What did they recommend?  when was the last time the doctor looked at it?

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Reply by cagabolsa, on Sun May 03, 2009 8:17 pm
Bad luck is my middle name.
I had my rectum removed because I insisted after very severe attacks of symptomatic arthritis.
This was caused by a nasty and chronic proctitis (rectum inflammation) ever since my large intestine was removed (after a toxic megacolon).
Dont get jealous please if you like bad luck, but after the proctectomy (rectum amputation) the wound infected, burst open and released blood and pus for one whole year.
I had to put XXL pads to absorb the liquids, which was uncomfortable and visible.
Nobody ever checked my wound (Dutch health system).
And guess what, I survived, and I just learned that I have been upgraded to "Ken".

Its always good to see a specialist if you can.
In my experience with open wounds and infections, I would say: if liquids look clear and fresh, theres no reason to panic. Just give it the time it needs to heal.
Only if colours change its recomendable to see a medic.

Keep us posted, good luck,

Richard
Reply by MrBillYTO, on Mon May 04, 2009 12:27 am
Hi Janice,
I had my rectum removed (Oct 06) because of complications due to the radiation treatment.  Basically, I was burned/blistered internally from the radiation and the resulting scarring caused the area to stop working...couldn't go at all.  Only solution was a colostomy and rectum removal.  Because of the large area around the rectum that they also had to remove, the plastic surgeon took a section of my chest and sewed it in where my rectum was.  The result is (for lack of a better term) looks like I have a something stuck between my cheeks.  Sorry for being so graphic but the bottom line is, it took me a very long time to heal.  The incision where the colostomy was put and where they removed the skin from on my chest healed much faster than the rectal area.  It probably took 4-5 months for it to completely heal.  I had regular checkups with my surgeons and they all thought this progress was great...better than they expected actually.  Anyhow, 2.5 years out now, just had my annual checkup and they are still happy with the results. The area does feel weird now when they are doing the exam though.
I think someone earlier on this string gave the best advise...keep in contact with your doctor and if anything unusual develops, get in to see them soonest!
Best of luck,
Bill
Reply by Frenchie55, on Mon May 04, 2009 9:13 am
Thanks for all your comments.   I really appreciate them.  I'm wondering if its because it was crohns and the fact that I'm a diabetic that's slowing down the process.  I can't get over that no one is having that feeling that there's something between the two cheeks.  (lol)  I always feel there's something there.  Maybe I was sewn a different way and it sticks out more, I don't know.  Keep the comments coming, I really appreciate them.   When I went to see the doctor who is a surgeon, but not the one who performed the surgery, he always does GP which is what he does now.  He mentioned some fistulas ??????
Reply by Winston, on Mon May 04, 2009 10:55 am
I had my rectum, anus and sphincter removed in '05 due to rectal cancer and I've never had any problems like the ones you are talking about.  For the first year of check-ups after my surgery, doctors would always check my rear and would make comments like "Very well done", etc.  When I asked them about it, they would invariably say that this kind of surgery often has complications.  
Apparently, you are not alone in facing such problems and, as others have suggested, you need to see your doctor/surgeon.  The blood is not normal and you are not healing properly.

I hope the best for you.

Winston
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