Lost a staple - what does it mean?

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   Posted 1/22/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay, you know how you lose that mucousy stuff? Well, I was having a terrible time with that over the weekend and along the way a tiny staple came out with it.  There was also some waste in the mucous which doesn't normally happen.  My colectomy was in October (3 months tomorrow) and they removed the whole colon, most of the rectum and created the j-pouch. I have a temporary ileostomy and I've been chicken about scheduling the takedown. I had a pouchagram on 12/4 and supposedly everything was healing fine at that time. I'm wondering if the staple came out of the pouch and how much would that matter? Is that normal?
Also, started having pain around the incision area.  This is new.  I haven't had pain in probably 4-5 weeks and that was just soreness.  This is different and it's hard to tell if it's external or internal because I'm still numb in that area.  It hurts in the pelvic area to bend forward, sit, stand.  Sometimes worse than others.  Does anyone know anything about this?    -Laura

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   Posted 1/22/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Losing staples is normal, don't worry about it.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 1/22/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Sue.  I was only slightly freaked....  :-)

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   Posted 1/22/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
After my surgery, I passed a bunch of staples through a fistula that I developed after an abcess. The Dr. told me that a staples fall into your body during the surgery. If they are"closed", that means they are not actually staples from the incision, but just extra cast-offs. i was freaked when I saw them , but I felt a lot better after she explained it.

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   Posted 1/24/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Donut.  The staple was closed.  It looked like a tiny little capital B.  I guess it just surprised me showing up 3 months later - lol

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   Posted 1/24/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
whew!!!  good news  -  I hate surprises....!
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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