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   Posted 4/8/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, it's the mom again.  My son is a senior and would like to go away to college in the fall.  If he finishes out high school (end of May) before surgery, would he be in any shape to start college at the end of August?  Would he even be in any shape if he had the surgery now?
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   Posted 4/8/2008 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I had surgery August 24th, and was back at work Oct 15th. I could've went back at least a week before that. And I had a rather long recovery in the hospital, compared to others (10 days, I think). But what surgery is he having again?
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   Posted 4/8/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
i had my surgery jan 29th and was feeling like going back to work around the end of february early march. everyone's recovery time is different. HOwever, its important to keep in mind that mental stress has alot to do with things as well. if he does decide to go back sooner rather than later, try to make sure all of his ducks are in a row as far as disability rights and things of that nature. But don't encourage him to sit around either, he'll know when he's ready
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   Posted 4/8/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
If your son is having a permanent ostomy he could recover in time for school, but if he is having a jpouch there could be more than 1 surgery involved and there is a span of 2-3 months in between surgeries.

When I had my first surgery of removing the colon it took me a good 3 months before I started feeling like myself again. But I had also lost 30 lbs and was very weak when I went in for surgery and mine was an open surgery. If they can do his surgery laproscopic, he can recover much faster, and the healthier he goes in, the quicker as well.

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   Posted 4/8/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
i had my surgery 4-17-2007 and was in the hospital for 6 days, a little longer than normal. anyway i was doing pretty good by the middle of May and was perfectly fine for my son's b-day party in mid June, i don't work, well not a real job, lol. But i was out workign in the garden and stuff, with in six weeks. I see no reason why he oculdnt' go to school. even if he does want to have the j-pouch he could have the osotmy step this summer, then wait until next summer to have the takedown

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   Posted 4/8/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   

It also depends upon the surgeon's schedule.  I think a consult would answer these questions.  I had a 2-step with 8 weeks between surgery.  I would have been fine to go to school.  I also had a complication-free surgery.  If he has a 2-step it might be better for him to enter college at winter quarter instead of stressing on getting well.  He can get his start date deferred.


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 4/9/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I took 3 months off work after my proctocolectomy, so if he has all summer to recover, he should be feeling fine by the time school starts in the fall.

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
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   Posted 4/11/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
i took 6 months off work after my procto....which is double what flchurchlady took off. so you can see, everyone's recovery is different. i was 25 at the time. it depends too on other issues too--my time was definitely extended--i had absesses and fistulas so the surgeon had to do a lot of extra cutting. so there are some variables.

if he's finishing school at the end of may, that means surgery in june, right?...i would really doubt that he'd be ready to go back to school in august already...less than 2 months recovery, that's a pretty tight schedule..! can he start his courses in january instead? that's what i'd be aiming for. i think it took me more than 2 months just to come to terms with what got done to my bod :)

Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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   Posted 4/14/2008 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
i a have a question on the rcovery time also I had my first operation abou 2 months ago for a ileostmy j pouch thing how long does the pain usually last for does anyone know?
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