Post Edited (Marsky) : 5/10/2008 12:31:51 PM (GMT-6)
This frequency is a little high for 11 weeks post op but it will get better. First, for relief of his butt get some calmoseptine ointment. It's an OTC product but not widely available. If you have a drug store that sells ostomy supplies they will have it. If not you can order it online at www.calmoseptineointment.com Another terrific product is Ilex which is also available online. I would give the calmoseptine a shot first before resorting to the bigger gun of Ilex. Second, he needs to keep a food journal and track his input and output. I discovered that I had higher frequency when eating anything with wheat in it. I developed a temporary intolerance to wheat but after six weeks of a no-wheat diet I could eat it again. According to my surgeon a temp wheat intolerance can be a problem after abdominal surgery. I am not suggesting your husband has this but tracking his diet will help. Stick to foods like protein, rice, canned vegetables and fruits. Completely eliminate sugar and carbonated beverages. Sugar makes stool looser and will increase frequency. Carbonated beverages will increase burn and cause excessive gas. Finally I recommend your husband check in at www.j-pouch.org That website saved my life post surgery. With over 6000 jpouch members he is sure to get some good advice from seasoned pouchers and meet others who are going through what he is. If you can get his butt in the bath several times a day that will help too. I found bathing to be very soothing on a sore butt.
It will get better but he needs to measure his improvement in months, not days. The first year of recovery is challenging, two steps forward and one step backward. As long as he learns what to expect it will make both of your lives easier.
Post Edited (Marsky) : 5/11/2008 5:54:11 PM (GMT-6)