Yes, I had the NG tube this time, I wish I never this was never invented ! I've had NG tubes 15 years ago, different surgeons and hospitals, maybe your surgeon does not use them...
Nasogastric aspiration (suction) is the process of draining the stomach's contents via the tube. Nasogastric aspiration is mainly used to remove gastric secretions and swallowed air in patients with gastrointestinal obstructions. I was not fed with this NG tube. There are other tubes used for feeding, but that is a different purpose that did not apply to me.
There is another recent post regarding NG tubes and bile aspiration:
In the last small bowel resection I also had part of the colon resected because of Crohns. This had its effects on the nerve endings all the way to the rectum. If your surgery does not involve the colon, then the incontinence does not apply...my previous surgery with only the small bowel did not create incontinence.
My problem with incontinence occurred only in the early morning for about
5 days when I was home. The Depends helped me out. Then it gradually became under control by the third week.
I hope that this does not create unnecessary worries, I am only relating my personal experience.
So if you have incontinence or not...well...it Depends !
The main message I wanted to convey is that pain, for me, was for a few days. The longer running problem was cramps, these lasted for 4 more weeks, and for others I have also heard the same.
Post Edited (yohimbe) : 11/21/2010 10:50:51 PM (GMT-7)