surgery scheduled for next week

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   Posted 2/11/2010 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled next week for an "exam under anesthesia" to see if the colorectal surgeon can repair an anal abscess and three fistulas. Possibility of a seton or fistulotomy depending on what he finds when he gets in there. It's at an outpatient procedure center and they said I would be there for 2-3 hours total, but I have to admit I am freaking out at lack of knowledge of what will be happening. Not really the surgeon's fault, he explained everything, but it's the unknown of what he will find once they do the exam. So I could wake up and be fine, or have a seton, or be told it didn't work at all and they need to do something more invasive. I've told my work I would be out on Monday and Tuesday, but I really don't know what the pain will be like afterwards so I could be completely wrong. Anyone else out there been through this before?
**32 year old female; Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2001; diagnosis changed to Crohn's disease in 2009
**Asacol (4000 mg daily), 6-MP (100 mg daily), Prednisone (30mg daily...for now), Nexium (40 mg daily), Flagyl (500 mg daily), Sulfasalazine (1000 mg daily), and getting ready to start Humira
**Thankfully only two major flare-ups...2001 and 2009. Hoping to have another 8 years in between the next one (sadly, I do know there will be a next one).

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   Posted 2/11/2010 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Not I, thank God. But I wish you the very best of luck, BookGal, and some (((hugs))) to tide you over.
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   Posted 2/11/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been through that many times:( My first question is: Is the Doc a ColoRectal Surgeon? I would only want one doing surgery in that area since there are too many chances for complications.

I always took the full week off after one...It might be painful to sit too long and you'll probably need to do Sitz Baths during the day. I found that laying on the couch was the best way to recoup. Make sure they give you good pain meds just in case you need them.

Hang in there...the surgery isn't terrible and you will feel better once those are cared for!
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