drains after surgery

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sammies
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   Posted 2/1/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
protocolectomy with ileostomy on 2/24---thanking God for this board every day. Been doing a lot of research but need some help with this:

-surgeon says after removing rectum, he won't/can't sew up anus completely and there will be some drains that will fall out before I leave the hospital. Said should heal fine--sounds painful. What do you all know?

-please tell me a little about the abdominal drain. I know it has to be there for the incision. for how long? What is it draining?

-and what type of plastic/sheets/coverings should I have ready at the house for my return? Will I be draining/leaking and from where?


THANK YOU!!!!!!
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa; started humira 7/1/08;codeine for D; sometimes supplements: MSM, e, selenium, C, B complex, multi, iron; recent meds to get through til surgery include propranolol and xanax


Teebs
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   Posted 2/1/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I had the butt drain-not a problem came out super easy, but feels very strange when you're in teh hospital.
The ab drains, at least for me, drained into these plastic holders. They left mine in for too long (too long apparently is when they stop draining for more than 4 hours) so I had a few problems. They drain the fluid that builds up in your abdomen so your healing is much faster.

I had a little drainage from my big incision, but I just covered it with some gauz and a little paper tape and I was good to go. I didn't have much butt drainage, and the little that I did have didn't go anywhere, just made my butt ichy.

Good luck and let us know how it all goes.
UC diagnosed in 2002
total collectomy in 8/2008
j-pouch 11/2008
awaiting reconnection


Chasblah
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   Posted 2/1/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I also had a butt drain. I barely noticed it. It was in until right b4 I left the hospital. It didn't hurt coming out, it felt like I was pooping!
They may put drains in your abdomen to prevent the fluid from building up and causing inf. All of the inflammation from the surgery will cause fluid to build up and it's best if it goes out. I had 2 after my 2nd surgery (maybe my first would've gone better if I had them then)
They were sewn in and not painful at all. Well, mostly not. One was irritating my uterus and bladder a bit, but we didn't know that's what was causing the discomfort. It wasn't bad. I actually left the hospital with the abdominal drains and had to empty them once a day. Then stayed in until they drained less than 50mls a day. Which was about a week later. BUT that was b/c of inf. I had. You probably won't have them in that long.
It didn't hurt when they were removed, it just felt really weird. I could actually feel where they were laying in my abdomen as they were pulled out.

I wouldn't worry about the drains AT ALL!!! Absolutely no bid deal.

Chassity
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/29/08 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, zofran, immodium, lovonox, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


RobinByrd
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   Posted 2/1/2009 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Very interesting this conversation is...I had no idea we had drains. New info!!!

I am having everything removed and it is my understanding that I will be stitched up. I guess there will still be a drain there?

Hmm...this is just so intriguing...I had no idea I would have drains in me.

: ) Robin
Dx-May 2007  Asacol-2400mg bid  Prednisone-20mg  Remicade-5 Tx
Paxil-40mg  Prilosec-bid  Multivitamin  Moderate/Severe Pancolitis
28 year old Mommy of a 1 year old and a Wife for almost 2 years!
Life has never been so sweet!  I appreciate the small things in life...the little joys that occur every second of every day.  Though we struggle and have crazy complications, nothing can over ride our love and happiness.
Surgery is scheduled for February 6th!!!  : )   Yea!!!!!!!!!!


finallyfree
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   Posted 2/1/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Robinbyrd,

I just had abdominal drains and they really weren't any problem at all.  The dr usually takes them out before you come home unless you have a lot of output.  I ffeels like a pulling sensation when they take them out but it takes about 2-3 sec. to do it so it doesn't last long.  Don't worry it's really not a big thind so try not to worry :)

Blessings, peace and prayers


 
 
Judy
 
spleen/appendix/gall bladder  removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
 
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
 
There's always hope and things will get better :)


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 2/2/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
the abdominal drain looks like a grenade with a long tube and just pins to your gown. It has a stitch to hold it in place to your body...doesn't hurt...and it's job is to remove bad fluid that may be in your abdomen. They are usually removed before you go home, but I've gone home with them, too. Just depends on your situation and recovery.

You will probably have to pack your bottom with gauze until it heals. Not a biggie either, doesn't hurt, and I was able to do it myself with a mirror on the toilet!!!

You shouldn't be "leaking" from anywhere...any open area will either be packed and covered with gauze or just covered with gauze that you'll change once or twice a day. The nurse will give you a lesson before you leave the hospital on how to take care of everything. If your incision leaks, there is a problem, and call your doc! After the staples are removed it is really just a scab...they will probably put steri-strips on it...whatever you do DON'T PULL THEM OFF...they will fall off in their own time. If you pull them off, they leave SCARS!

I had a couple different sizes of feminine pads (small/med/large) in the event I needed them for the bottom protection. I did use them as my "plastic cover" for that area and never had any issues.

You can go to the baby department and get waterproof crib pads that aren't fitted...they are great for under your side of the bed...they protect and can be washed, too. My hospital had nice cloth butt thingies...to keep your bed clean if you have an accident...if yours does, take one (on the sly) for your "spot" at home!!! It looks better than plastic if you are worried...

Chasblah
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   Posted 2/2/2009 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
The hospital GAVE the sheet protectors to me. They said they'd just throw them away any way. I've used them, but never needed them.
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/29/08 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, zofran, immodium, lovonox, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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