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pat48ont
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/29/2006 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.   just wondering about staples.  I will be having them soon with my surgery.  I have never had them before and was wondering if it hurts when they remove them.  I am a coward when it comes to things like that and just would like to hear from those of you that have had them.
Having protocoletomy with permanant ilostomy on Aug 18th.  I have had UC for 34 yrs and drs think I have crohns too as I have developed fishulas and in Jan had a rectal abscess.  Talk about pain..   it was horrible.   Looking forward to this surgery and living again without UC.   thank you .......pat

earthgirl
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   Posted 7/29/2006 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   

It does not hurt to get your staples out, in fact you will probably feel better when they are gone.  I found that they tugged on my skin and made sitting in a car very uncomfortable because of all the bumps in the roads.  Once I had them removed I felt quite a bit of relief.  A word of warning though: make sure they are in for at least 10 days if you have been taking prednisone.  I had been on prednisone for 9 months when I had my surgery and even though my surgeon thought they looked ready to come out after 7 days she was VERY wrong!  My stomach opened up and it was horror and chaos as the surgeon was called immediately back up to my room.  She had to freeze my stomach with local anesthetic and then staple it closed again while I was awake.  I do not mean to scare you, only to make you aware of what can happen if you've been on steroids for a while.  They weaken your skin and slow down the healing process.  The second time mine were kept in for 2 weeks and everything was fine.  Good luck with your surgery and I hope you feel better soon.

 

earthgirl


pat48ont
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   Posted 7/29/2006 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
hello earthgirl...  thank you for the heads up.  That sounds like a nightmare for sure.  Sure hope you are doing better.  I haven't been on pred since late April.  Right now I am not on any "colon" meds.  I was taking iron for about a week but had to stop that as it was not absorbing, along with my asacol.  Reason I was taking iron was I am donating my own blood for my surgery and my iron was low so was told to take liquid iron.  Found out the hard way that UC patients shouldn't take it.  Grrrr  Thanks again..   hope to talk to you again.  I will keep everyone posted how my surgery goes and if I can help anyone with my experience, I will.  Pat 

wmnak
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   Posted 7/29/2006 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   

I was released from the hospital on day 4 after APR surgery - saw surgeon on day 10 for follow up and staple removal.  He checked me, front and back, and left the room.  The nurse got ready to remove my 17 belly staples ... I closed my eyes, clinched my fists, and bit my lip.  Nothing was happening, so I looked around to see about the delay.  Staples were OUT, I hadn't felt anything at all, the nurse was giggling.  Don't worry about staple removal!

Earthgirl's post was an eyeopener - that must have been awful - something to consider if you've been on meds.  I had no symptoms at all, was only taking meds for blood pressure and diabetes.  My rectal cancer was found during routine colonscopy

Good Luck!

:-)   Martha 


pat48ont
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   Posted 7/29/2006 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Martha,   Thanks for the info.  I had to chuckle about you not feeling a thing when staples were removed.  That's how I want it to be for me, too!   I am on blood pressure meds, chlorestrol med and thyroid.  I was taking a lot of vitamins and supplements but stopped them when the problem developed from the iron.  I won't bother taking them anymore now that my surgery is 20 days and I have to stop them a week before.  Wishing you good health.  Pat

margyt
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   Posted 7/30/2006 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Pat-

I am 17 days post (permanent) ileostomy surgery.  I just got my staples taken out Friday.  That was 15 days post op, and I had called my surgeon's office because the staples were itching so much I wanted to know if I could put something topical on them.  The nurse told me to just come in and have the staples removed.  (I had an appointment for tomorrow to have them out.)  When I got to the docs office she looked at my tummy and said, "Oh yeah, those need to come out today while I can still get them out."  So evidently you don't want them in too long either!  I have to admit that I felt each one come out, but it was not much more than a pin prick each time.  I think mine hurt coming out because they had been there too long.  That's my guess anyway.  The nurse then put betadine all over my incision and covered it with steri strips of tape.  She said to leave the strips on until they fall off.  She said that would happen in 4-5 days.  I am able to shower as normal.  It is so much more comfortable now that the staples are gone.  I have been able to wear more "normal" clothing because those things aren't poking!

Margy
total permanent ileostomy due to UC on July 13
trying to get it all figured out


pat48ont
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   Posted 7/31/2006 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Margy.....   WOW, maybe that's why they were itching .....time for them to be removed.  I figured there would be a little pinch of some kind.  I am sure I will manage ok but just the thought of it gives me the "willy's".  It will probably be the least of my worries at that time, too.  I am over weight so they might have to put mine in deeper?  not sure on that.  How are you doing now?  Are things coming together for you?  Thanks for your infomation.  Take care.  Pat

margyt
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   Posted 7/31/2006 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for asking, Pat.  Things are coming along for me.  The last few days I have felt very good!  I think that it tempts me to overdo, so I have to be careful.  I lifted my little one year old today, and immediately realized it was too soon for that.  I just felt a twinge, nothing too bad, but when I saw the doc today he said wait 2 more weeks to lift.  So I need to be careful still.  But I am getting accustomed to the ileostomy.  I am even feeling like it's ok that mine is permanent.  I made that choice with my surgeon, and it was the right thing for me.  But I think it is normal to still grieve this whole thing as a "loss."  For a little while...  I am thinking of and praying for you in your surgery coming up.  This discussion board is a great place to be at a time like this, isn't it?  So many supportive people here.

 

Margy


total permanent ileostomy due to UC on July 13
trying to get it all figured out


pat48ont
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   Posted 8/1/2006 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
hi margy....   so happy to hear you are healing and adjusting to your new lifestyle.  Yes, be very careful  when lifting.  It has to be very hard for your little one who doesn't understand why mommy can't hold or lift yet.  I think you made the right decision.  I too made the same decision to have this surgery.  I don't feel I have a choice really.  I went to donate my second unit of blood yesterday and I can't give now.  In fact, they will be giving it right back to me now.  I tried taking iron but it wasn't helping me at all and it caused me to have a flare up.  So had to stop it.  My body is not absorbing anything but calories. ha   Yes, I wish I had discovered this message board yrs ago.  So many on here with knowledge and very helpful.  Thank you for your prayers.  I will say prayers for you too, Margy.  Hope to keep in touch.    take care ...slowly...take your time and make sure you are healing.   Pat
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