Rectum removal--How soon to go out to eat at a restaurant comfortably

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Nancy1
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   Posted 7/11/2010 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband is two weeks post rectum removal/anus closing surgery. He is making slow progress. What he wants to know is how long was it before any of you went out to eat at a restaurant where you sat down for the dinner. He's having difficulty sitting in a chair for meals at home. He's been eating standing up. Many of his friends have called and asked him to meet them for lunch when he is up to it. He's wondering how long that might be. What is your experience?

  • Equestrian Mom
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       Posted 7/11/2010 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
    Nancy1~please have your husband be patient!! He did just have surgery and two weeks really isn't that long ago shakehead

    For me, I didn't go out to eat for about two months after my proctocolectomy...maybe his friends could bring in lunch and your hubby could sit on the couch?

    That area is tender and it takes a while for the area to heal, especially when you think of the reasons we have to have it removed!!
    Crohn’s dx 1989
    some terrible years before my
    Proctocolectomy in 2008


    burnabygirl
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       Posted 7/11/2010 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
    The surgeon who removed my rectum and sewn up my anus must have done a spectacular job. I could sit up the next day after my surgery without any problem at my bottom. I ate my clear food breakfast at 8am that day, sitting on my bed.
    My bottom did feel funny. Gas passed out of it very 'gently' and intermittently for a few days. But it didn't hurt when I sat down.
    I was discharged 10 days post surgery. On the following day my husband took me out for lunch. He was tired of having cooked for 3 weeks during which I was hospitalized.

    BTW, the surgeon who operated on my rectum is a lady. Maybe she is good at sewing. There was another surgeon who did the 'main' part---removing my colon and created the stoma. He also did a good job. I got a nice stoma, perfectly round in shape.

    Good luck to your husband.
    Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly. Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare for 1 year till Nov 2008.
    Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Previous medications: Salofalk enema, Salofalk suppositories, Salofalk tablets 1000mg x 4/day, Entocort enema

    Supplements: Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Omega 3, Vitamin C, psyllium capsules (Metamucil), iron pills.

    Flared since July 2009. Hospitalized from Nov 22 to Dec 14, 2009. Discharged with Prednisone and Cyclosporine. Hospitalized again on March 15, 2010. Had surgery on March 26, opted for permanent ileostomy and now live a new life.


    80sChick
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       Posted 7/14/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
    I was in the hospital for 5 days, and went out to eat 2 days after i got out. I wasn't exactly pain-free, but it was do-able.
    Stephanie, 28 years old
    Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
    Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
    Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
    Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
     
    Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
     
    Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 


    suebear
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       Posted 7/14/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
    Nancy,

    I agree with Ohio76, you need to give your husband's recovery much more time! We all heal differently. Some of us had very bad pain that took weeks to subside; others had no pain from the get-go. You both need to come to terms with the complexity and trauma of the surgery. This surgery is a huge shock to the system and although you probably think he should be better due to no longer having the disease there is a recovery period. Recovery should be measured in 6 week increments. You should see minor improvement every 6 weeeks in the next several months. This covers everything from pain reduction to fatigue, and transit time of food.

    Sue
    dx proctitis in 1987
    dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

    1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

    2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

    2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


    burnabygirl
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       Posted 7/14/2010 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
    That's true. Recovery takes time. Having said I didn't feel pain at my bottom, I felt it very tiring to climb the stairs at home in the first few weeks and I needed a nap in the afternoon everyday.
    Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly. Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare for 1 year till Nov 2008.
    Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Previous medications: Salofalk enema, Salofalk suppositories, Salofalk tablets 1000mg x 4/day, Entocort enema

    Supplements: Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Omega 3, Vitamin C, psyllium capsules (Metamucil), iron pills.

    Flared since July 2009. Hospitalized from Nov 22 to Dec 14, 2009. Discharged with Prednisone and Cyclosporine. Hospitalized again on March 15, 2010. Had surgery on March 26, opted for permanent ileostomy and now live a new life.


    Allison77
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       Posted 7/14/2010 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
    I was in the hospital for 9 days, 4 days after leaving I went to a Christmas pub party. Healing time is different for everyone! Give it time.

    -Allie
    RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
     
    "The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


    sno92c
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       Posted 7/14/2010 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
    My bum is still tender after a month post op but I was able to sit a couple days after the surgery. My doctor said it will take at least 4 months to fully recover that area.
    Diagnosed in 2004 with Crohn's disease. Resection in 2009. Have tried almost every medication and nothing has worked. Next step permanent ostomie.


    Christine1946
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       Posted 7/18/2010 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
    My rectum and colon were both removed. I consider myself extremely fortunate as I had no pain post op nor do I have pain now. Fatigue is my main problem but that is to be expected. I spent eleven days in the hospital due to a few complications. Not having any problems with eating, just staying away from high fiber foods and remembering to chew, chew chew!

    not creative
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       Posted 7/23/2010 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
    It didn't take me too long, maybe a month and a half before harder seats were ok for me. I was able to sit of softer seats within days but I had an epidural for the surgery so that really helped.
     
    Just have to be patient and give himself time to heal!
    Laurenne, 25 Graduate from University of California, Davis. BA-Anthropology
    Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002. Was in flare from 2006-2010 with almost no relief from any meds I tried.
    Three abscesses that are now fistulas, with three setons! All gone as of March 9
    Tried: LDN- Did nothing good, Remicade- allergic, Humira- no reaction
    On: Zoloft, Abilify, folic acid, b12, vitamin c, multivitamin

    3-9-10: Total protectomy and Sigmoid colostomy installed. Haven't spent more than 3 minutes on the toilet since- it's fantastic! Now I'm just waiting to get regulated so I can irrigate.

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