I am about three weeks out of my surgery - large intestine removed and rectum sewn shut. I am gradually getting used to the bag, but have not totally changed it by myself yet. I find myself emptying it six to eight times a day, including during the night. I was told that Bob Hope had worn a bag for many years, and find that very hopeful, as he certainly didn't seem to lead a restrictive life style. My main problems right now, aside frome some pain still from surgical site, is total lack of any energy, and trying to find a comfortable way to sit I don't even want to think about going back to work, but know it will have to come eventually. How long does it take the rectum area to heal, anyone know?