I'm so sorry your husband was diagnosed with cancer, but am relieved that it was found before it spread and that it's operable. I had my rectum and colon removed 5 years ago due to a bad case of Crohn's Disease and have a permanent ileostomy. The surgery was not as bad as I was expecting. Usually, as with any surgery, he can expect to be in the hospital for about
a week and have 6 or more weeks of healing before he gets all of his energy back.
During and after surgery, they will give him excellent pain medicine through an IV, which will keep him comfortable. He will wake up with an ostomy, which will be temporary if he's planning to have a j-pouch formed at a later date. The hospital will most likely have an Ostomy Nurse, who will teach him everything he needs to know. We're here to help, too!
If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask.
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.