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xcxcxc
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   Posted 4/14/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys, I have questions which I would like to know regarding the 2nd surgery of j-pouch, removing stoma and then attaching it to the j-pouch.

How long do you have to stay in the hospital after the 2nd surgery? To learn bowel movement and etc?

And how long do you have to stay at home to rest after being discharged of hospital before you went back to your normal life? Did anyone just went back to their normal life, working and etc right away? I have school and I might have to defer it if I have to stay at home for too long or something, yucks.

PSA
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   Posted 4/15/2009 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
The stay in hospital for take down surgery (attaching the J pouch) takes lesser time compared to the first surgery. The stay can be from 4 to 5 days, depending upon when you pass wind and stool from the normal passage down below. I had stayed for 5 days, but some people are discharged after 3 days depending upon your recovery. In so far as learning bowel movement etc. is concerned, you don't have to learn much. The doc will guide you about the initial stools, which are like D, greenish in colour and have a very bad smell. Normally you will have to go to wash room a number of times. It takes a while, some people take about six months when they are able to get on to 5 to 6 motions a day.

You start getting formed stool after 7 to 10 days depending upon the food you eat. You need to take rest for at least 3 to 4 weeks, depending upon your recovery and advice given by the doctor. Please consult your doc and go as per his advice. You don't have to rush through driving, swimming, lifting weights, gym, etc. without his advice.

Take care and keep us posted. Please chew your diet properly and have lots of water to avoid dehydration and blockages.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
"Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark."
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracl: Albert Einstein
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 


suebear
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   Posted 4/15/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
5 day hospital stay for me too. I went immediately back to walking daily and this was encouraged by my surgeon. I went back to work and to hiking at 3 weeks post surgery. I would limit your activity to walking, biking, or swimming but stay away from weights for 6 weeks. Ask your surgeon for advice.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


PSA
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   Posted 4/15/2009 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Oops I just forgot. Even I had started attending office (though for lesser number of hours) after four weeks. So far I remember I had the reversal surgery on 13th march and discharged on 17th. Even though I had a burst out (the joint of intestines at stoma), still I did drive on 12th April and went to court.

Lot depends upon your healing power. So far as walking is concerned, I had started walking in the hospital on the 3rd day itself, and thereafter was having morning walks of about 1 to 2 miles per day, under medical advice.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
"Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark."
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracl: Albert Einstein
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 

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