Posted 3/15/2015 6:06 PM (GMT -6)
I have just had a seton placed in via the good old NHS (UK patient) and I have no idea what is going on?
After surgery the nurse gave me 5 dressings (woven things and plastic sheet). I questioned why only 5, when if I went to the toilet is wet or mess the dressing she told me to just keep changing.
At the GP the nurse there tried to prescribe me something that didn't even fit the dressing and would have stuck to my seton, her response: "why don't you just cut it to fit"! What a joke! I was told to come back in week and see how things were going.
My surgery was on Wednesday and it's now Sunday, I have no dressings, I can't seem to have a bowel movement despite having taken senakot tablets since Thursday and I'm just everywhere.
I still have an open wound and it will be there for a while as I have a draining seton but is it ok to have the dressing off this early? I am showering daily however and letting plain water go down there and then patting it dry.
I'm just very worried about an infection and the lack of care ive been given. This is my first form of surgery and I'm clueless! I'm hoping that by being dressing free and using a sanitary towel, washing and just taking it easy- it won't get infected.
Also I can feel the seton which I guess it normal. But do I have to work about tugging it when I walk? Even that is a nightmare, go guidance on if I can go back to work or what I can or can't do. Am I meant to lie on my side until my appointment with the surgeon in May!
Any help would be amazing guys! Thank you