No problem, glad my replies are helpful.
That 23% figure comes from an article from 1999. I don't know of any studies that are newer. I guess I am just getting a sense from talking to my surgeon and nurse and from others on this list..... not reliable data, I know.
Infection doesn't mean seriously delayed wound healing, though. A lot of people get abscesses/infections soon after surgery, but then heal up fine. I had an abscess that put me back in the hospital a week after I got out -- it was much worse because I'd been on so many immune compromising drugs (could have been an outpatient thing w/out the pred).
In my case, the wound does not hurt. It's a bit annoying to have to deal with whatever the treatment du jour is, and I need to sit on a waffle pillow, and not to sit much. Biggest issues now are a) I can't swim and b) I use the laptop on the couch because I can't sit long in a chair, and that gives me other aches and pains.
But yes, these things are so MINOR compared to how sick I used to be.
It is possible to have worse issues w/the wound, of course..... one person on the list now that I know of does..... seems like a lot of folks heal up just fine, though. Since my nurse and surgeon seem surprised at how long my wound is taking to heal, well, I guess I'm going w/that.... which is not a study.
It's not like anyone who was perfectly healthy would choose to go through this surgery..... but my frame is that in so many times in history and places in the world today, I'd be dead from how sick I was..... and I am just so, so grateful that this surgery exists -- and beyond keeping me alive, it's given me an enormously better quality of life. Just amazing! But if you'd have told me 20 years ago that I'd feel that way about pooping in a bag for the rest of my life, well, I'd have thought you were nuts, no question about it.
49 years old, female. Sick for way too long with Crohn's (or possibly UC) Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in Feb 2011. Perineal wound taking its time healing, but otherwise feel better than I have in years. I only take vitamins now, no drugs at all!