I had my j-pouch surgery on Nov 13 08; I got out of the hospital Nov 21 08 so I thought I'd post an update.
First off, some background: I’m a 30 yr old guy from Canada. I had 4 yrs of severe UC (2002 - 2006); nothing could tame it and my life was in shambles. If you look back on my previous posts (from a few years ago) you will see the whole gory UC story. I got a colectomy with ileostomy in Aug 2006 - this surgery turned my life around and was well worth it. I highly recommend it to someone who is at their wits end with UC. But 2 yrs + with the ileostomy was enough, so I opted for the j-pouch. Note that my doc did the pouch creation and take down all in one step.
My hospital stay was relatively short (compared with my last surgery). I attribute that partially to being in good health going in, and also knowing what to do post-surgery (i.e. walking a lot, gradually introducing fluids, food etc…) Hospitals are no fun, so I was really glad to get out in only 8 days.
Thus far things seem to be going smoothly post surgery, all things considered, thank God. Everything appears to be “working” as expected. My primary complaints right now are the bloating (sometimes severe), number of bowel movements (15+ per day), butt burn, and urgency. My understanding is that the j pouch is adapting and expanding, and these problems will hopefully disappear within a few weeks. It is slightly discouraging dealing with this stuff because I was in such good health with the ostomy, and now its like I’m fighting an uphill battle to health again. But hey, who said it was going to be easy right? Anyway, any tips you want to pass my way feel free.
I’m taking this time off to grow a beard for the first time in my life, and the surgery weight loss plus the scruffy beard makes me look like a real bum haha but hopefully that’ll turn around too.