3 step j-pouch - how different is 2nd step recovery from 1st step?

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   Posted 4/2/2011 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My goodness I'm posting a lot lately. Hope I'm not getting toooo annoying! smilewinkgrin
My second step of three for j-pouch is coming up in just over two weeks. I know that the first two surgeries are considered the "big ones" and that the second step is the most complex for the surgeon, and I believe a bit more painful to heal from. From your experiences, how different is the second step from the first, recovery-wise? Was your hospitalization longer for the second step?
Sorry for all the questions lately. I just don't like surprises! You all are extremely helpful, thank you. <3

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   Posted 4/3/2011 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on soon being done with this disease and getting on with your life! I'm a 21 year old J poucher as of January of this year. I went the 2 step route but my first surgery was basically an emergency surgery while I was very very sick. So my first surgery went well, but was a HORRIBLE recovery. Especially since I was on a heavy dose of prednisone, and 118 pounds going into surgery (I'm 6 foot tall) it was just a bad bad bad, very hard recovery.

My second step, which was January 6th, went textbook according to my surgeon. wasn't in much pain at all besides my dang hiccup fit for 2 days straight, that was not fun right after having your entire abdomen opened up. It was an exact 10 day hospital stay like scheduled.... All I have to say is after surgery WALK WALK WALK WALK! I was basically forced to walk and couldn't thank the nurse enough. It just speeds up the recovery 100 times then if you don't walk and just lay in bed.

Anyways, I'm sure your recovery should be even better since you won't be "using" your new insides yet! Wishing you all the best and again, congrats....

By the way I'm now living a completely normal life, working 6 days a week, going out, no problems, Actually feeling very close to PRE-UC just 3 months out of surgery..... check out my started threads if you want to hear my story! I went basically from not wanting to live anymore... to being very happy and just getting my old life back
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Diagnosed with Moderate/Severe Ulcerative Colitis May 2008
3 Flair ups (first flair- 2 months/Second Flair- 2 months/ Third flair- One week, then surgery)

Full Ileostomy surgery done on july 22!

Living with an ostomy bag right now and loving feeling healthy again! Finally have gotten this horrible disease OUT of my body!

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   Posted 4/3/2011 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm also a three stepper so I am curious about this, too! I hope you get some good answers here. If not, you better be sure to come back here and tell me how it was. :-)

I keep thinking it can't be worse than the first one and might even be a little easier since you're not having to adjust to having the ostomy at the same time.
UC dx 2/08

Done with the drugs. Step 1 (of 3) J-pouch surgery scheduled 3/22/11

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   Posted 4/3/2011 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   


   Hi, as you know my daughter had hers in two steps( which her  take down is wednesday).  She had no problem with the recovery.  At the third week I couldn't keep her home.  She is doing okay with the bag, but can't wait until wednesday.  Good luck to you on your next surgery.


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