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supernova
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   Posted 9/30/2011 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, wondering when this butt wound is going to heal up. For those of you who had your backside sewn up, how long did it take to heal? I'm really getting tired of not being able to sit. I've been out of the hospital for four days now and it feels like the pain is getting worse. How do you know of there is infection? Th
anks!
29 year old female
Ulcerative colitis- 13 years
Current meds- None anymore!! Just a multivitamin
Meds tried- suppositories, enemas, asacol, prednisone, lialda, immuran, sulfa, remicade
End ileostomy surgery- March 1, 2011

summerstorm
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   Posted 9/30/2011 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
its gonna take a while, i think it was probably a week at least before i could sit comfortably, and then it was a few weeks before it didn't hurt at all. the pain may be getting worse sometimes that happens. can you see if there is anything leaking from the wound?
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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andorable
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   Posted 10/1/2011 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't remember exactly how long before I felt good but you are still very early days and it does take time. I'm pretty sure I was a few weeks before I felt good. It will get better, hang in there and you will be great soon.
Doreen

supernova
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   Posted 10/1/2011 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
There is some blood still. It just really stings and sometimes itches. I'm worried because my doc wants to take the stitches out next Thursday. I don't know if he will still take them out even though it is still bleeding and hurting.
29 year old female
Ulcerative colitis- 13 years
Current meds- None anymore!! Just a multivitamin
Meds tried- suppositories, enemas, asacol, prednisone, lialda, immuran, sulfa, remicade
End ileostomy surgery- March 1, 2011

blueglass
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   Posted 10/1/2011 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
It bleeds and drains for a while; that's normal. When you get the stitches out, you will probably pack it w/a dressing so it can heal from the inside out.

Itching is supposed to be a good sign of healing, even though it's uncomfortable. Do you have a nurse coming to check it? Also my surgeon said healthy new tissue bleeds.

It does feel pretty miserable at first though. Try not to make it worse w/worry. Check w/your medical people, but know that it does hurt a lot at first. Are you taking tylenol? A pain med?

If you get a fever, call the surgeon immediately, as that can be an abscess.

Hang in..... the butt wound is hard, even in the best case...seems like many of us didn't realize how hard....
49 years old, female. Sick for way too long with Crohn's (or possibly UC) Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in Feb 2011. Surgery for lingering perineal wound on Sept 26. Other than the wound, been feeling healthier than I have in years.

Blueheron
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   Posted 10/1/2011 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I am lucky in that my butt wound healed beautifully (wish I could have said the same for my abdominal incision which was nothing but trouble for a while). However, the butt wound hurt pretty bad for about a week (I had staples instead of sutures). I do remember the pain level fluctuating a bit. Actually, even with the wonderful healing, I had some pain in the deeper layers for months. Not a bad pain... but it hurt when I rode a bike or sat down hard in a chair. My surgeon said there are many nerves and muscles in that area, so it can be sensitive. He said the pain should eventually go away. He was right. It slowly dissipated and at around 10 months, I have no pain at all down there.

Signs of infection are: wound gets red, swollen, drains pus, and feels hot. You can also develop a fever.

I think there gets to be a point where the surgeon must remove the sutures because otherwise they can get infected if left in too long.

Try not to worry... you are still very early out of the procedure. Your surgeon will know what to do if any problems arise.

Blueglass is exactly right... a little bleeding and drainage is a good thing. What you don't want is a situation where drainage is trying to come out, but the skin closes around it and traps bacteria etc. That can result in an abscess. The body is pretty miraculous in that it knows when it wants to keep a wound open to let the drainage out.
-39 years old
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010

blueglass
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   Posted 10/1/2011 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Blueheron reminded me of one thing I forgot --if you don't take the stitches out the wound starts to grow around them.....started to happen w/me, and one or two hurt more coming out.

When I had my abscess, first thing they did was take some of the stitches out....problems are more likely to lead to taking out early rather than late.
49 years old, female. Sick for way too long with Crohn's (or possibly UC) Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in Feb 2011. Surgery for lingering perineal wound on Sept 26. Other than the wound, been feeling healthier than I have in years.

supernova
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   Posted 10/8/2011 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
wink  Thanks everyone for the info!! Just wanted to give an update. Got the stitches taken out two days ago.. doc said everything looks fine. Getting those stitches out was very painful, I actually cried and I never do! Anyway.. the pain is practically nothing now that the stitches are out. I'm feeling much better! The only thing that hurts now is where the Drain tube was; still very sore and swollen. Thanks again!!
29 year old female
Ulcerative colitis- 13 years
Current meds- None anymore!! Just a multivitamin
Meds tried- suppositories, enemas, asacol, prednisone, lialda, immuran, sulfa, remicade
End ileostomy surgery- March 1, 2011
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