With the enema, you squirt it up your bottom, there's quite alot of it, hold on to it as long as you can (best to lay on your left side with a towel under you), deep breathing, it will feel like you are about to have the worst bout of diarrhoea ever, make sure your near the loo and when you can hold no no longer (I managed 4 minutes) brace yourself, it's like and explosion! It's not pleasent but it is quick and effective.
I had a seton placed 3 weeks ago (only there for a week as it fell out), the day of surgery was fine, lots of lovely local anaesthetic. The next few days were very painful, they give you painkillers for a reason, make sure you use them!
It's quite a small thing like a very small thin elastic band.
I had alot of bleeding from wound when going to the toilet for the first 5-7 days, it was extruciatingly painful, I would jump in the shower and use the showerhead to wash the area as soon as I was done, the spasming would continue for a while after, I was in tears a number of times, but I was also not as strict with the painkillers as I should have been so that was partially my fault. Make sure you don't get constipated.
As I said my seton fell out after a week, so I don't know how this would have affected things long term, I now have a big hole to contend with which is a challenge to keep clean, I always have wet wipes in my bag at the moment and if I'm at home I still get straight in the shower in an attempt to keep it all clean.
I think most of the lovely folk on here that have them do not find them to be too much of a problem, but I'll let them share...I know FallColours has had numerous.
Good luck, they may do it all at once, but at least then you know you're all done. xx
30 year old, female.
Finally diagnosed with severe ulcerative proctitis, Mar 2009. (Doc unsure if it's Crohn's).
?2 fistulas, seton fistulotomy july 2009, 2nd fistula ?currently dormant.
Currently taking, 1200mg asacol TDS, 1g Pentasa supp at night, Probiotics, zinc supplements, Cod liver oil.
Past meds: prednisolone, colifoam ememas.