Discharge from Bottom after Rectal Surgery

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   Posted 11/2/2017 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All
I am new here - advocating for my Dad. He is 77, was diagnosed with rectal cancer, had chemo and radiation, and then surgery to remove tumor. It was very low so surgeon did permanent colostomy and we thought he was having bottom stitched shut. He has been having a discharge from his bottom ever since surgery in June. Surgeon did another surgery to stitch up bottom some more in October - said he did several layers of stitches but did from outside (not going in thru stomach laparoscopic). Dad still having discharge - surgeon told him to put gauze up there to catch the discharge - Dad VERY frustrated, very uncomfortable. We were not informed pre surgery that this could happen and he doesn't see an end in sight - Doctor said he can't guarantee it will ever stop... Anyone else have this issue? Is there anything else they can do for it? Does it really last forever???

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   Posted 11/2/2017 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   

I am sorry your Dad is going thru this.

I have not had my rectum removed. I have a colostomy and have discharge multiple times a day. I have spoken to my CRS regarding the removal of my rectum and anus and he did state that there are times when there are issues that could occur such as pain or leakage that do not go away. It does not happen often but once in a blue moon it does happen. He did act like they could probably go back in and try to fix it but there were no guarantees.

For me....I use calmoseptine...over the counter skin protectant...and those really small pads for when the leakage is really bad. I wish I could help more.

06/12-07/14 symptoms start, no diagnosis.12/14 diagnosed UC & diverticulitis. 01/15 hosp- fistulas, DX changed to Crohns, 02/15 developed new skin rashes, eye problems and painful joints 06/15 Hosp.2x again.. new specialist.Said was worse case he's seen. 7/16 hosp 5mm Stricture stricturplasty to 15 mm.09/16 colostomy. Meds: Remicade, methtrexate, prednison,folic acid, vit D, calcium, pro biotic,

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   Posted 11/3/2017 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I can’t relate totally bc mine was a temporary ileostom, but it would make sense for some small amount of discharge if there is still a portion of the anus left. I think the body is just trying to heal and it’s sril absorbing and getting rid of what it absorbs? Maybe not bc what do I know. But that would be my guess. Sorry to hear about his frustration- can’t blame him!
Moderate to severe colitis, diagnosed in 2003, hospitalization in 2006, Feb 2017, July 2017 for colitis related complications

Step 1 & 2- ilestomy and j pouch creation surgery on Aug 25
Obstruction - hospitalized early Sept
Step 3 - Nov 2

Medications: Zantac, oxycodine, Tylenol, heparin
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