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Rectum Removal

Posted by Shelly2011, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:07 am
I had permanent ileostomy surgery in 06/2011. Things have went well, but I have spoke with the surgeon and will probably have to have my rectum removed this next summer. I have some hesitations since I was told that I would only be in the hospital 3 to 5 days before and I wound up being there for 14. If anyone has had the surgery, could you please let me know about how long you had to stay in the hospital, how long it took to recover, and any other information you feel like providing. I'm just curious.
Reply by DH, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:23 am
Hi Shelly,  I had my rectum and anus removed along with a permanent colostomy due to cancer.I was in the hospital for  1 week and it took me about seven weeks to recover.It depends on who your surgeon is and how you are doing while you are still in the hospital.As long as there are no complications , you will not be in the hospital for more than a week. Happy Holidays
Reply by bluejamiesmom, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:16 am
I just had my rectum removed and colostomy surgery on 11/14 because of cancer.  I also was told I would only be in hospital 4 - 5 days, but was in for 7.  I just had my backside stitches removed yesterday (2 weeks after surgery) and so far, no problems.  Only problem I had after surgery was a general discomfort in sitting.  Did a lot of slouching and lying around.  Seems to feel 100% better after removal of stitches.  I am hoping things will be only looking up.
Reply by SallyWillard, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:14 pm
I had mine done September 2010. I was in the hospital for 8 days and couldn't sit for 4 weeks. Had to lay on my side and sleep in a special air bed. Then at 4 weeks I had to use a special cushion. I was told I'd only miss 4-6 weeks of work but was out for 12. And went back to work with my cushion. It's been over a year and I can sit normally now. It only causes issues if I sit for extended periods of time in a car. Best of luck to you! It was a tough one, but worth it.
Reply by DH, on Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:44 pm
There right, Your backside will feel sore for a few weeks.Had to lay on my side or stand up.Plus take pain meds. I tried to use the donut cushion but it didn't help. You just have to be patient and you will eventually heal.My surgeon told me that it takes longer for the backside to heal because air doesn't reach that area.But the pain should go away in a few weeks.     Donna
Reply by CY, on Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:10 am
Reply by row boat, on Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:33 am
Good Day Shelly:

I has been 10 years since my surgury.  Everything was removed including 1/2 of the sigmoid colon.  I was in for a 3 hour to 5 hour surgery and from the time I left my room until I returned it was 13 hours.  Drugs are wonderfull. I had no discomfort at all.  My 5 day stay in the hospitial was closer to 3 weeks + .

I found that hot showers running down the back was a grate relief. I was certain that the stitches were copulating and taking over the whole area. Itching was the only problem . The end result was that I have no discomfort, can sit and drive several hours at a time with out any issue.

I was Quite board sitting around the house so I starting building a row boat to keep my self occupied. I now work 8 to 12 hours a day depending on construction challanges and I still put in a full 5 days a week in our shop. I am 70 years old, in great health, and have no problems with the results of the surgery.  In fact the bag is quite convienient due to allowing me to work with out inturuptions..
Reply by Bosco, on Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:57 pm

I had my colon/rectum removed due to Crohn's in Dec 2009 and was in the hospital 5 days, 1 month recovery at home, then returned to work gradually.  HOWEVER, I have had less radical surgeries and been hospitalized much longer.  It all depends on your particular situation and your body's response.  Just know there is hope in recovery.  I now work a full schedule and am more active than I have ever been in my life.  Yes, I still have moments that I don't feel well or have frustrations with the ostomy, but life is so much better.  Hang in there!  There is hope.
Reply by vanessavy, on Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:08 pm
I had my rectum removed in December when I got the BCIR done. No big deal. I actually think that was the easiest part. I had a drain for a week down there , didn't bother me, then it was removed. I get pressure sometimes when my pouch is full like I have to go to the bathroom the good old fashion way. I sometimes have waves of sensations like I want to fart but otherwise it is not that bad.
Reply by lexus1, on Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:00 pm
Hi, I had my rectum colon and part of small intestine removed over 3 years ago...I was an unfortunate one that got MRSA while in the hospital so I was in hospital for over 4 months. I am very glad to be alive and honestly dont remember any issues post-surgery (except for the MRSA) I has a stoma-nurse that visited me at home for a few weeks and things fell into place because I was so happy to have made it thru. I wish you the best and like most, It should only be about a week in hospital.
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