Rectal surgery

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   Posted 3/21/2010 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband is returning to the Cleveland Clinic this week to schedule rectal surgery.  He had ostomy surgery two years ago and is now going in to have his rectum removed.  He is interested in knowing about how long he will be in the hospital and if there are any complications that might come up that we need to know about ahead of time.  Thanks for your help.

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   Posted 3/21/2010 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Can't be much help because I had the package deal of colon and rectum. Biggest advice I have is the sitz baths you should take after everyday to help healing.
Those things we keep trying to do get easier not because the feat gets easier but our ability to "do" gets better.
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
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   Posted 3/22/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
i had them both together too, so i dont know about the seperate recovery time. It was a while before i could sit down regularly without hurting, i was sittingkind of on my back bone. And the itching was the worst,lol. He may not want to do this,but i found if i wore a maxi pad and changed it about every two hours or so, it helped with the itching.
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   Posted 3/22/2010 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I had the package deal, too, but I think the biggest thing is don't rush the's a delicate area and you need to keep pressure off the area but at the same time you need to sit:( and no donut pillows allowed!

It's probably a couple days, just for that, and the only thing to know beforehand is if he'll be sewn shut or if the wound will need to be packed...I was sewn shut but ended up with packing for a few months...not a big deal, I packed it myself (creative with a hand a couple times a day.

For me that was the least painful considering all that was done!!
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   Posted 3/24/2010 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone.  We are off to the Cleveland Clinic tomorrow with lots of questions for the surgeon.

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   Posted 3/24/2010 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I had mine out on my second surgery. Recovery wasnt quite as bad as the first. I had severe inflammation in my rectum going in. It took about a month post op from the 2nd before the inflamation went away.
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