Posted 11/14/2014 1:24 PM (GMT -6)
I always sleep on my side, so that didn't change much- I'd find if I woke up after being on my back for a fairly long amount of time, my butt would be sore. For cleaning, I just used soap & water, & was super gentle, rinsed really well... I did take sitz baths 2-3x a day the first week or so I was home. More out of boredom, really! One thing my surgeon neglected to tell me about- you can expect a decent amount of drainage, yellowish, greenish, bloody- none of that is unusual or bad. Signs of infection or abscess to look out for are incrased pain, redness, swelling. I did go see the WOCN at the Wound Ctr. 2-3 times, but that was of my own doing- I personally was unable to see much healing going on, since it's so slow. And I wanted her to take a look, check the progress, etc. I made the appt, got the referrals from my PCP.. if you want/need reassurance, I'd go that route as opposed to your surgeon. Most surgeons tend to be a bit brusque once the procedures are all over! Sitting is ok, shift around when your butt is sore. Kneeling.. well, unless you really have to kneel, why would you? I squat down to clean the litter boxes- didn't do that for the first week or so. I started walking for exercise around week 3, but this was the entire surgery in one, not just the rectum removal, etc. Do you have any sutures or stitches down there, or is it open? I had 2 f/u appt's with the surgeon, one at week 2, one at week 3. It takes a loooong time to heal, but keep it clean, move carefully, & you should be fine.