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Christine1946
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   Posted 11/9/2010 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
     Having a problem with discomfort in the anus.  The surgeon had another look see up the ole anus...that wasn't bad...I asked him if he were done...he said no rolleyes ...then the drainage tube was whipped out and stuck up my butt smhair .  I asked the nurse beforehand if there was something they could give me to deaden the pain of that procedure a bit but they cannot give me anything at the office.  They would have to take me down to the OR and give me anesthesia.  Oh well...squash that.   He drained some mucus and blood out but he said it looked a lot better than it did in September but he doesn't have a clue why I should be bothered like this.  He ordered an MRI and as soon as I get the clear from my insurance company I will have it done.  Tonight I am bleeding but he said that was to be expected.   Gosh I'll be glad when these kinks get worked out!  He also said to try to leave my wafer (one piece Coloplast) on for five days if I could instead of changing every other day.  I have irritation under the wafer.  Apparently, changing too often makes it worse.

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   Posted 11/10/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you feeling better this morning? And the bleeding has stopped/slowed? I am sorry you had to hurt for this procedure. I'd think a more humane approach would have been to apply some kind of numbing medicine like Dibucaine and then a local injection of Lidocaine? Certainly that could be done in an office?
 
My ostomy nurse told me the same thing about changing too.  She said 3 to 5 days would be a good changing schedule for the ileostomy, more often will cause skin irritations.

Post Edited (nurse with ileostomy) : 11/10/2010 7:15:57 AM (GMT-7)


Christine1946
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   Posted 11/10/2010 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
     Yes, I am feeling better this morning.  Just a bit sore.  I would think they could give me something too.  Oh well, I was at least braced for this as I had it done in September and at that time I had a hematoma.  For some reason or other, this surgeon does not like to sew the anus closed, he said it allows for post op drainage that would otherwise be building up inside the pelvis.  Guess that makes sense.  He served his residency at the Cleveland Clinic, and has been head of colorectal surgery at University of Pa. Hospital for some time.
'     I was on prednisone for a loooong time before my operation, maybe that factors in to why it is taking me longer to heal.
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