Abscess after Surgery

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MAG102886
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   Posted 10/27/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my 2nd resection on Sept 19th, all went well..they decided to leave the staples in for 5 weeks to make sure it was good and healed because I was on a high dose of prednisone. Everything was going good, it healed up fine then about 2 days before I was to go have my staples taken out my scar started getting really hard and irratated, the next day when I woke up I looked like I was pregnant and about to give birth to an alien baby. I had a grapefruit sized raised bump, itchy, and hot to the touch, a fever of 102, very sore ect ect...I called my dr he told me to go to the ER, so I did, while I was there they loaded me up with pain killers, and sent me off for a CT scan, while I was sitting in the hallway waiting for a room to open up my alien baby decided to gush out (lovely!!) ...Got me a room pretty quick though haha, well anyways, I had developed an abcess, I had a 3 day hospital stay, I just got back home today, and tomorrow they are having a nurse come to my house to put me on a pump drain (not sure of the techinal term) and its my birthday woo hoo happy 22nd birthday to me! Anyways, the doctors said I would probably have to have it in for 3 weeks maybe more to let it heal from the inside out, has anyone ever had one of these?  and how long did yours take to heal?
Dianogsed with Crohns at 16, 21 yrs old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly), 25mg Pred, Levbid, Nexium, B12 injections.
 

gachrons
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   Posted 10/27/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Mag Glad you got rid of the alien 5 weeks does seem a long time to leave the staples in. Happy B-Day to you..I don't know about the pump so will move along in hopes someone who has had one will come along. Get better soon. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


GL
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   Posted 10/27/2008 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm going through a similar recovery right now, although my abscess "popped" before it was large enough to be compared to a grapefruit, so your mileage may vary...

I had surgery on Sept.13, abscess began draining on the 20th. They didn't put a pump in me, but it sounds like mine was quite a bit smaller than yours. Anyway, I was released from the hospital on the following Friday, the 26th, and I had to go to a clinic every day until last Saturday to have the wound flushed and packed. My wound tunneled up underneath the incision about 4 inches and since has healed back closed. The nurses stopped packing my wound this past Saturday, and now we're waiting for the skin to grow back over, which they expect will take a week or two. In the meantime, I just have a dry dressing that I can apply myself after I shower. I've avoided any subsequent infections, so all is going fairly smoothly (if slowly). If all goes according to schedule, then it will have been about 6-8 weeks from the time the abscess "popped" until the time that new skin finally grew over. I don't know anyone who has had a similar thing, so I can't say whether my recovery is typical.

Downside of all this was the daily trips to get the new dressing. Thankfully I was off work for most of the time, and these trips got me out of the house. Upside was no pain, just some skin irritation and discomfort from the bandage - nothing serious. On most days, I couldn't even feel it when they were packing and flushing the wound.

Best of luck with your recovery. Very interested to hear how it goes.
26 Year Old Male. Dx September 2006, Surgery September 2008. Currently taking Imuran, Mesalamine, Cholestyramine.


gachrons
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   Posted 10/28/2008 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I had gotten infection after staples were removed at 10 days, and did antibotics and had a small hole that had to be cared for like GL's took about 2 weeks to heal.For the abcess surgery I had a couple years ago that took a long time as it was open wound.How big a area is it opened? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


Nanners
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   Posted 10/28/2008 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I have gotten infections in my incision after both my resections. I didn't have a pump, but had wet/dry packings that had to be changed daily. It took about 8 weeks to heal shut. Dragonfly had a pump but she hasn't posted in a long time. Guess she got on with living her life.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


MAG102886
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   Posted 10/28/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
My abscess is about 4 inches long and 2 inches deep, they just completely re-opened my scar to make sure it wasnt any deeper then what they could see.
Dianogsed with Crohns at 16, 21 yrs old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly), 25mg Pred, Levbid, Nexium, B12 injections.
 
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