Hot tub after surgery??

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   Posted 4/23/2010 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I had an open colon resection three weeks ago.  My staples have been out for a week and I wanted to get in the hot tub tonight.  Anyone know if that would be a problem?
Crohn's Disease for 18 years.. 1st Resection June 2009 still having trouble-anastomostic leak and now fistula.  Currently on Flagyl, Entocort.  Will have a "redo" resection on April 6.

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   Posted 4/23/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Ask your surgeon...I know mine didn't want me in a bath, hot tub, or swimming for at least 3 months...It could be due to where I had my surgery(in my bum)...but still, your surgeon would know the risks a bit better...
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   Posted 4/23/2010 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I took my first bath one month after surgery (laproscopic).
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR, Zyrtec
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SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods

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   Posted 4/24/2010 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
you gotta be very sure there is no open skin anytime you hot tub.. darn bacteria factories.

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   Posted 4/24/2010 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Agree with randy.. I wouldn't go in a hot tub.. I'd just take a warm bath. Way too much bacteria in a hot tub that could cause infection; which is the last thing you need right now.
28 Y/O Male DXed Crohns in 2000.
Fistulotomy/Fistulectomy 2001
Been on many meds including Remicade.
Asacol and Pentasa on a when-needed basis as of recent
Current regimen: Diet and Exercise.

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   Posted 4/24/2010 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   

My doc told me 6 weeks. I waited about 2 months because my belly button was giving me grief.


Dx'd with Crohns 1984
Polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, Endocort, Prednisone, Imuran, Folic acid, and Enalapril.

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   Posted 4/24/2010 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had 2 open resections, I think you need to wait at least 6 weeks before the hot tub. As stated above lots of germs in those hot tubs and you don't want to create any more problems. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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