I had mine sewed shut with my initial surgery. It hurt, but not severely. I had no trouble sitting on it right away... even when the staples were in. The pain, though mild for me, has taken a while to go away. Even at three months it is still a little tender, but my surgeon said everything looks great and that it is nothing to worry about. Just takes a while to heal... the stitches he used deep within the muscle layer down there also take 6 months to fully dissolve.
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 infusion of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010