I had foot surgery 12/19/11, having been prescribed Oxycodone for pain (which I definitely needed), I didn't realize that I'd need a stool softener to go along with it, and I wasn't given any instructions stating this. Subsequently, I developed an external hemorrhoid a month later (very painful), because I was constipated from the Oxycodone. Toward the beginning of Feb, I noticed a squishy lump in my perineum. I guessed it was a cyst, so I went to my doctor. She prescribed me some meds for the hemorrhoid, and referred me to general surgery to get all checked out. In mid-March, I was seen by (2) surgeons, who determined that the hemorrhoid was going away on its own, but the cyst could be removed, since it wasn't going away.
Fast forward to May, when I finally got the cyst (non- malignant) removed under general anesthia. I was happy for a few moments, until I got home and noticed that the surgeon did NOT close the wound completely. I notified him of this and he said 'it's better to heal this way, drainage is better if left partially open'. I wasn't convinced, yet I followed the after care instructions to a T and was hopeful this was over. Well, it never fully healed. Several tiny holes in the scar (which would leave tiny blood droplets, periodically) did not close. (3) trip back to the doctors office, to include: a urologist (It looks like it's healing ok), the Chief of Surgery who was going to do a sigmoidoscopy on me, (well i cannot see anything wrong down there), to finally going to my surgeon with a baggy of tissue that had blood on them as proof that my scar hadn't healed correctly.
He stated that initally while he was taking out the cyst, he had not seen a fistula, but now he suspected there was one present. Anyway, I had surgery again (8/13) to clean out any remaining cyst remnants and scar tissue. I woke up from the anesthesia feeling much different then I had from my surgery in May. The nurses couldn't tell me what had been performed because apparently my surgeon had to do another surgery immediately after mine, and didn't log it (my info) into the computer. They discharged me w/o telling me what had happened. I didn't know that I had a fistulotomy/seton drain until I got home, pulled this heavy bleeding pad out from between my ass and saw these yellow bands hanging down. To say 'I freaked out' would be an understatement.
It's been (7) days, my scar from the cyst clean up busted wide open. Went to the emergency room, they decided that leaving it WIDE open would be best for drainage/infection control (???). It is quite painful to have that sitting there open. I didn't take the pain meds (Norco) initially, because I thought my procedure was the same I had (3) months ago, in which I skipped the meds. I am behind on the pain, have major bowel movement problems, not to mention that when I try to go, that scar opens up wide, so I'm sure there's more infection going in/then coming out. Don't even want to go into the seton/drain issue. Don't even know how I'm going to manage another day much less a few weeks/months with this contraption installed inside me.
My apologies for my early morning tirade. I cannot sleep. I've been investigating (abcesses, fistulas, fistulotomies, setons, etc) for a week now. I guess I should try to accept this and relax. I feel like I should have had a full explanation to what I might expect before I had this done. I had no other medical issues, active, healthy, just turned 50. To all you others out there; I know it could be much better/worse. As I said before, I apologize if I offend anyone who is going through something far more difficult then what I am presently. I'm just frustrated.
God speed to ALL with a healthy recovery.