The stay in hospital for take down surgery (attaching the J pouch) takes lesser time compared to the first surgery. The stay can be from 4 to 5 days, depending upon when you pass wind and stool from the normal passage down below. I had stayed for 5 days, but some people are discharged after 3 days depending upon your recovery. In so far as learning bowel movement etc. is concerned, you don't have to learn much. The doc will guide you about the initial stools, which are like D, greenish in colour and have a very bad smell. Normally you will have to go to wash room a number of times. It takes a while, some people take about six months when they are able to get on to 5 to 6 motions a day.
You start getting formed stool after 7 to 10 days depending upon the food you eat. You need to take rest for at least 3 to 4 weeks, depending upon your recovery and advice given by the doctor. Please consult your doc and go as per his advice. You don't have to rush through driving, swimming, lifting weights, gym, etc. without his advice.
Take care and keep us posted. Please chew your diet properly and have lots of water to avoid dehydration and blockages.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
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