I was in for 5 days. When he is able to walk while at the hospital, he needs to do so. It speeds up recovery and help wakes up the colon.
6 to 8 weeks before you are completely better, although he will be able to take care of himself.
As for driving, I am able to drive just not long distances because my back hurts. Mostly because of the pain medication is the reason he wouldn't be able to drive. But in my case when I take the medicine I don't get the "loopy" effect, I'm able to function somewhat as a normal person until it starts to wear off.
Also, gasx. Remember to take that. The gas pain for me was horrible and I didn't have any gasx.
Oh and gatorade or some other electrolite drink at the house after surgery. He will need to stay hydrated and water isn't as good as gatorate when the colon is gone.
21 y/o male livin' in Georgia. Diagnosed with Left-Sided Colitis in 2002; re-diagnosed with Pancolitis in Nov. 2009.
June 2010 I beat UC by having surgery.
Drugs tried: Just about every 5ASA medicine, enemas, prednisone, turmeric, fish oil, Remicade, psyllium seed powder, Metamucil.
Unable to take 6MP.
Step one of Jpouch surgery scheduled - 6/2/2010