1.) well, me I was out on day 3 post take down, but given the nature of your surgery I'd say 5 days is more likely. That's how long I was in after my J-pouch formation. But don't be surprised if its up to a week either.
2.)I had my take down 8 weeks ago and based on what I experience from my second and third surgeries, 3 weeks may not be enough time to recover to go through a whole class, but you may be able to get by. Here's my suggestion. talk to each professor on the first day of class and let them know you had surgery 3 weeks ago. You don't need to go into details if you aren't comfortable with it. Just tell them that you are in a position to need to use the restroom frequently because of the nature of the surgery, and so you may need to leave class to go, but it will get better with time, and shouldn't affect your ability to preform in the class. I've learned from lots of bad experience that you just need to be up front with your issues when it comes to school. If in doubt (like you have a butt for a professor like i did) go to the office of disabilities since you are a registered student already, with a letter from your surgeon or GI doctor explaining that you may need extra bathroom trips because of surgery. I did this at two colleges and had no trouble with any professors, but at my at my first college (I have 2 degrees) I didn't and I had a hell of a time with one particular professor. He failed me for things when i was in the hospital saying it wasn't an excuse and crap like that, so better to be safe than sorry. My experience with the pouch straight out of the hospital was the first 3 weeks were the hardest, but since you are also having yours formed at the same time, it may be a little longer. However, when sitting down, I was able to hold my bowels for 3-4 hours like 3 days after surgery. Its walking and standing that made me feel like I needed to go. SOOOOO, Provided you are sitting in your classes, you probably will be fine most of the time, but it doesn't hurt to let your profs know that you may need to dash out of class.
3.) I lost only 5 pounds from the liquid diet in the hospital after both my second and 3rd surgeries and promptly put it back on once I was eating again. Weight loss wasn't an issue for me with any of my surgeries really, just my flares. I actually would have liked to lose more weight since I am 30 pounds over weight so I was kinda bummed about
that. In general though I've read that after take downs and such weight loss is minimal and you'll gain it back quickly with regular eating.
Good luck with both your surgeries and your last year of college!!
-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
I <3 my J-pouch!
Post Edited (betsaronie) : 8/7/2011 12:04:12 PM (GMT-6)