Post Edited (brampton1999) : 10/4/2007 9:08:34 PM (GMT-6)
Thank you all for the replies and the honesty!! I'm just not convinced of this procedure just yet. I have a desk job as well and am concerned about being able to return to work in a timely manner. I know that a two week recovery is much less than other recovery times, but I'm still considering the ostomy and don't want to waste time with the setons if they aren't going to work.
I have a nice list of questions for my pre-op appointment and plan on calling my GI doc if I don't get good solid answers from the pre-op.
Thanks again for the response!
Here is my fistula story.....I got my first one in Nov. of 2004. I had a HUGE abscess...the size of my surgeon's fist! I started remicade in Dec., and my fistula was closed by Feb. I am still on remicade to this day.....and I have continued to develop abscesses every few months until about a year ago when my surgeon was finally able to locate the fistula and put a seton in it.....Now to answer your ?s
1. Yes, it is outpatient. I have used general in the past, but the last couple of times, I chose the versed combo. I don't like people messing with my spinal area, and I didn't want to be awake....so no spinals or epidurals for me......With the general, I prefer not to use it. I don't like waking up from it, and the way it makes me feel for the next 24 hours.
2. My seton was placed just over a year ago. I was back to exercising within the week, and back to work in a few days. I had no pain from mine. I only use my pain meds that night of surgery, and one the next morning, and that is it. So I am definitely back to normal in a week.
3. I cannot feel it...I have never felt it....it has never hurt.
4. Mine is still there...it was a year in Sept.
5. Yes, it is healing it slowly....but I am still on remicade. One thing that the seton does an excellent job at is preventing abscesses!!!!!
6. I was all ready on remicade.
7. I still have mine....and I am in no hurry to get rid of it.....it has kept me abscess free, and it doesn't bother me, so why get rid of it?!
8. No, I haven't been pregnant while having one. I have 2 girls, 5 and 7, both born precrohns. We always wanted 3 children, but then crohns.... We have chosen not to have anymore children because of the chance of passing it on.