Surgery - Drainage Holes and Recovery Q's

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Date Joined Sep 2004
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   Posted 12/12/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   

I just had my first surgery. I had a perforation and required emergency resection about 12 days ago. I was in the hospital for about 9 days and I've been recovering at home since. Internally, I think the surgery went well. I wasn't aware of these "drainage holes" that are above and below my incision site. Is anyone familiar with these? I've been bleeding from them since the surgery 12 days ago and continue to bleed fresh blood. The surgeon has me 'packing' the two holes daily, but there seems like there is no end! What is the "normal" time-frame for the blood to stop?

Also, I'm trying to determine what would be a fair date to go back to work would be. My job is pretty much a 12-hour day, stressful, desk job and I want to be sure that I'll be 100% when I return. I've looking at various websites and there are huge ranges of time for "recovery." I feel horrible missing so much work as it is, but I don't want to go back too soon and do too much damage. I feel better every day, but I'm weak, tired, and surely can't sit in an upright position for 12 hours! Is 4 weeks from the date of surgery reasonable?

Thanks so much.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 12/12/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I was out at least 6-8 weeks after both my surgeries. I got infections in my incision, so had to do wet to dry packings all the time and that extended my recoveries by about 2 weeks. I would say 6 weeks is the norm. The thing to remember is you just had major surgery and it will take the most time to build your strength up. I would try to rest up as much as you can. Some folks have gone back in 4 weeks, but I personally think thats pushing it. By the way it took about 7-8 weeks for my incisions to close, but they had been fully reopened. I think yours should be a little shorter.

Good luck!!!
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