Question to everyone who had 3-Step Prolectomy and Pouch Procedure

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   Posted 5/29/2011 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Here's my second question of the day:
My colon was removed by laproscopy on April 5th. The plan is to have the second operation six months later, for forming the pouch. So while that could happen in October, I will probably wait until December for reasons purely related to my work.
 The first time I had a long talk with my surgeon, he told me six months between the first and second operation, and then the third operation could happen as early as 4 weeks after that. Based on all the reading I've been doing, it sounds a bit early.
Does it sound possible that the third step could be taken so early as 4 weeks after the second step, or do most people have to wait at least three months?
BTW, my surgeon is great. The main inscision is only 6 centimeters long, and just 7-8 weeks after surgery, it's thread-thin.
Best to all,

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   Posted 5/30/2011 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it just depends on the surgeon. Mine absolutely will not do the takedown (3rd step) until 3 months have passed. I asked if I could get it done at 2 months since I've been having issues with eakin breakdown and only get 2 days wear time and she was shocked that I even suggested it. I told her I knew of several people that get it done at 2 months Which seems to be fairly common, and she was like "what?!" lol so it varies from surgeon to surgeon. I have never heard of only 4 weeks though. I mean you'll just barely be back to your old self at 4 weeks. 2 months seems best to me based on my experience, I have my take down in 2 weeks. But everyone's different! :)
-diagnosed with UC Dec 2006 at 22
-allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp
-emergency transverse colostomy on 9/13/10 from perforated colon
-J-pouch surgery step 1 of 2 3/21/11

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   Posted 5/31/2011 2:14 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you for writing.
My surgeon put six months between first and second OP's, so I'm wondering why he though 4 weeks between 2nd and 3rd. I can't imaigne he was just saying that to keep me calm, because at the time I was upset about it being 3 operations when I expected only 2, and even the 2 operations seemed like dramatic torture.
And I know what you mean about getting back to yourself. I'm two months past the first surgery, am starting a new job tomorrow, and only in the last couple of days did I start to feel like myself again.

I am using one-a-day bags, maybe that would be an alternative for you because they only have to hold out 24 hours.
Sending you all the best thoughts for your take-down! I'd be really excited and looking forward to completing this long, long, difficult proccess!
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