total rectum removal

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   Posted 6/12/2010 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband is having a total rectum removal done at the Cleveland Clinic on June 28th.  He will be having this done laproscopically.  The doctor said his stay in the hospital will be five days.  Is this about right?  How long will he be recovering--six weeks?  eight weeks?  How long before my husband should be able to drive a car?  Is there any other advice that you can give about what to take to the hospital or what to have on hand when he returns home.  Thank you.

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   Posted 6/12/2010 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
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

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   Posted 6/12/2010 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
it does hurt, and it will be probably 2 weeks before he can drive, partially because he will just be too tired,but mainly cause of the pain meds.
With the bottom coming out, the worst part to me was the itching! i dont know if he would be willing,but i found the best way was to wear a maxi pad and change it a whole lot! LIke once an hour or something
He needs to get a soft pillow NOT a donut pillow to sit on if he is gonna be on a hard chair.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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