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   Posted 12/12/2010 6:36 AM (GMT -6)   

I know I mentioned this another forum, but its been nearly 5 weeks since my operation which incuded the closure of my anus apart for 5cm. Apparently that was there to let it drain.

It didnt start draining until  about 2 weeks after surgery, there was a build up which all of a sudden gushed out, then after that it was just constint dripping like a tap so I have to put protection there to catch it, which im having to change every 2-3 hours.VIEW IMAGEVIEW IMAGE

Its not as bad if im laid down or not moving but when im walking about it comes out more, this is preventing me from doing simple things like going shopping or getting out the house to a friends. It feels really sore at the moment too because I went to my cousins last night to watch x factor haha.

My stoma nurse said they left the gap there for a reason and that it will stop soon, I am to take regular baths with a shower gel called Badedas, has anyone else been avised to do this.

I just wish it would heal, stop leaking and stop feeling sore. This is bothering more than the bag at the moment, no wonder im feeling depressed :-(
God knows how long it takes to stop. Anyone else has same problem with this?

Sorry to go on but the nurses dont have their butt sewn up so they can only go on other peoples experience, but on here least I might get some clearer answers.

Thank You Guys VIEW IMAGE

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   Posted 12/12/2010 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
     I didn't view the image but my surgeon left my anus intact.  I had my entire colon and rectum removed due to ulcerative proctitis.  They wouldn't just remove the rectum, as I am certain you are aware, because of the possiblity of the ulcerations moving into the colon.
     The day I returned from the hospital, 11 days post op, the same thing happened to me as did you.  I felt like I had to urinate and all this gunk came pouring out. Let me tell smelled like someone had died!  I thought it was coming out my vagina but my surgeon told me it must have come through the anus.  This was the first time I learned that he left the anus and did not sew it closed.  Since then, I have had constant elimination of mucus and twice the surgeon had to stick an anuscope up my butt and suction out blood and pus shocked   because I had a hematoma.  Not the most comfortable thing to go through.  I asked him why he didn't sew the anus closed, as most of the people I have spoken to who have had this operation did have theirs sewn shut.  In his professional opinion, there are more complications when the anus is sewn closed.  I have a lot of faith in this guy.  He is head of colorectal surgery at Univ of Pa Hospital in Philly and trained at the Cleveland Clinic.  He also has been in practice since 1978.
     By the way, I had my surgery on June 28th of this year and I am no youngster.  I was 64 in August.  He wouldn't do a j-pouch on me because of the high risk.  I suppose my age and extended use of prednisone.
     I can understand your discomfort.  I have to wear a kotex pad every day.  However, my surgeon explained it is better this stuff comes out than lying inside you where there would be a cause for infection.  Guess it makes sense.  The discharge is diminishing somewhat, but it has been almost 6 months.
     I never heard of that shower soap.  It was never brought to my attention.  I still have soreness in the anus.  I was sent for a CT scan AND MRI.  They were not able to find a vein to do the MRI with contrast but the CT scan was negative.
     Sorry this is so long.  My advise to you would be just to be patient.  The drainage will diminish.  If you have other issues, notify your surgeon.  Another thing...I found that the antibiotic Flagyl helped me and I do have to resort to it from time to time for a few days.  Good luck!!!!

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   Posted 12/12/2010 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Do they have you pact the area? You need to call your doctor to have them take a look at it. Yes, it will drain but you don't want the outside to close while there is still healing going on farther inside...if an infections forms you'll have a whole bunch of issues.

I was sewn closed, had an abscess and had to pack after they cleaned it out. It is just better to have it looked at and know than to wonder!

Best wishes and welcome!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!
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