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Brian84
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   Posted 7/20/2010 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a proctocolectomy done on June 11th.
about a 2 weeks ago I noticed some mucas leaking from where my anus was. There are 2 holes. One is 5cm and one is 1.5cm. I went to the Dr. today for my scheduled visit and told them. They packed it with gauze and now I have a nurse thats supposed to come out and change it till it stops I guess. First, is it supposed to hurt a lot with all of this gauze? I can't even really sit. Second, where the heck does it come from. I thought eveything is supposed to be sewed tight. 3rd, how long will this last?
Any answers or experiences would help.
I just want to be able to take a really nice enjoyable shower and be able to ride my motorcycle.

cleo35
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   Posted 7/20/2010 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be coming from a part of the incision that didn't heal all the way (internal incision). Hang in there - when's your next appt? Make sure they check it every time you go to the doctor.

not creative
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   Posted 7/23/2010 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery in March and there is still a tiny piece of the incision where my rectum was that oozes a bit. I wear little pieces of gauze to help it close too. My advice would be to pack it yourself. I always had to re-pack after the nurse because it was just wasn't comfortable. You should probably avoid the motorcycle for a while- the bounce and vibration might not be the best.
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
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Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 7/24/2010 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
It depends are your disease as to how long it takes:( I think I packed mine for about 2 months and that was after I had a wound vac for a month.
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


Brian84
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   Posted 7/25/2010 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
So I should count on not going to work for a few more months? :( I'm just kinda upset cause my doctor never told me this was supposed to happen or could happen. I thought once its sewed, that's it. I was doing great a few weeks after surgery and going out almost being normal and now i'm supposed to stay home and not be active. Every time they change the dressing, it bleeds through right away to my clothing. And they put A LOT of gauze there. Anyone know how long it should or may take for these things to close up?

Brian84
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   Posted 7/25/2010 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Does it usually bleed MORE after they pack it?

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 7/26/2010 4:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Can you pack it yourself? With a hand mirror (placed on the toilet or a stool or chair) you could do it...many of us on here have!

Is it wet to dry packing? Is it completely dried out when they remove it? If it is, I'm guessing it's probably sticking to your skin, and when they remove it the bleeding starts sad Ask them to wet it before they take the old out and see what happens.

Unfortunately, with such major surgeries, complications can happen... shakehead
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


Brian84
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   Posted 7/26/2010 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think I can pack it myself. It's too dark in there and it's deep. Plus the pain is so bad. I talked to the nurse about this and she asked me if I sat a lot. She just told me I am not supposed to sit because it will cause bleeding. I wish she would have told me this last week.
Ohio, I think the packing is dry when she takes it out. It doesn't hurt that bad, just feels weird cause it's stuck for a second. The part that hurts the most is putting the q tip in. It's like I am being stabbed with a knife.
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