Perianal Abscess

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dangdonkey
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Had surgery on my left buttock on Friday.
They made a 6 inch incision to drain 2 abscess that were extremely painful.
Walking, sitting, everything was just so painful.
I've been plagued with perianal fistulas for years now. They usually break and drain on there on but these 2 required surgical attention.

The former abscess is now stuffed with wick which has to be unpacked and packed daily, again very painful. I was wondering how many sitz baths could I take per day? Currently I have 1 sitz bath 30 mins prior to the unpack and pack. But am afraid to have more.

Man this disease is cruel.

Thanks for looking and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Brian

gachrons
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   Posted 2/2/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
HI Brian Not sure about the sitz baths could you call your Dr.'s office and ask ? I know I had the darn abscess and fistula in abdomin and your right life is creul at times.. Sure hope you heal up fast and be better soon. Hopefully someone who knows about them in the retal area will come along.. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


dangdonkey
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   Posted 2/2/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Gail.
I just spoke to surgeon and her recommendation is to remove the packing (wick) and have sitzbath for 15-20 min, then repack. It's a bit much for a spouse to do I think, pack and repack that is, but thats whats expected of them here in the sticks.

Again thanks.

gachrons
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   Posted 2/2/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brian I know the incision I had did close up sooner then I thought so hang in there things will improve. I had a nurse come in 2 or 3 times a week to do mine and I had to sponge bath as I was supposed to keep it dry. Hope your spouse is a good nurse... Is it in a area that you can keep it clean ,I am hoping that it is.. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


FallColors
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   Posted 2/2/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   

My doctor said the more sitz baths the better -- but my incisions were not nearly that long.  Mine where in the perineum and the size of small-ish ice cream scoops.  I would definitely ask your doctor how many you can take.  I found them to be soothing.  Also, make sure you time your pain meds so you are at maxiumun effect when you get in the tub.  For me, percoset is in full force after about 45 minutes. 

I know this is horrible!!  I really feel for you!!  But please, please remember that every second, every minute, every day that goes by, you are getting closer and closer to being healed!  Yea!!!  You have dealt these miserable abscesses for so long and soon they will be gone!!  So be encouraged!  yeah


Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


cayer
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   Posted 2/2/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
i agree with fallcolors the more the better. I had the same thing and the surgeon said it was the biggest abscess she had seen! I remember waking up after 5 months of excruciating pain to nothing but pain free bliss...they rushed me into to ER the night before septic from infection and crying in pain and at 17 I had no idea what they where going to do or what it even was and my mum was a nurse (how much more do they now these days!)

I probably woke up smiling and the nurse said to me "let us know if the packs come out" I said okay no worries, when actually I had no idea? I knew my backside had plenty of bandages and padding so i just nodded. After a while they said "Okay we had better put you in the bath, so let us know if the packs come out" so now i'm really confused but just so happy with the pain free experience I would have said okay to anything. After the bath nothing happened so they brought in the nurse to change the packs and as my mum arrived at the hospital she explained what they where about to do and...I couldn't believe it but said okay lets do it.

My mum and I had no idea how bad it was or how big until they pulled 1.5 meters of surgical packing from the left and 2 meters from the right. They dosed me on Peth but they may as well have given me a panadol cause it did jack and i needed restraining. I think I lived in salt baths for months they where my saving grace, they soothed and that is the place I planned my great come back and set plans for the future.

Good luck, be strong and i recommend healing help like Zinc with added Manganese (Vitamin B6) (Vitamin A) to help absorption.

Keep in touch and let us know how you go, will look forward to hearing your comeback!
Tina 26yrs old Diagnosed in 2000 with Crohn's surgery for perianal abscess and fistulas
currently on Imuran 100mg used in the past Remcide, salofalc, pred.
Worst pain equal to child labor was after eating home made Granola...i can still hear the screams ha ha.

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