I am glad he is recovering so well. How big and where are the scars if you don't mind me asking?
He's got four incisions, plus the ileostomy of course! The biggest one is right about
at the 'bikini line' and about
4 inches maybe? They said it's very similar to an incision for a c-section in length and
location. The others are small, maybe an inch each, one on the left side, one right at his bellybutton, and one on the right - these were used for a camera and tools during the operation, and the big one is where they removed the colon. tbraz
- so far so good with the ostomy - he is supposed to change the bag himself today with nurse supervision. He's empties it on his own, but hasn't done a change just yet. Thanks for the info on he ostomy board - I have been over there a few times already. I'm sure there's lots of good info there just like here - and I know what you mean about
getting info that the doctors don't tell you! That;'s what I love about
this place - you find people going through the same things you are, and it helps you to know you're not crazy! LOLsuebear
- thanks! I agree - this place has been great all the way around. We are very pleased with the doctors and nurses - everyone has been great. As much as we hoped to have the jpouch set up this time around, we are glad that he was careful and considered my hubby's situation and what was best for him - not just assembly line,
cookie cutter type stuff. Even though it means more time with the bag and possibly two more surgeries, we're happy that his goal was to do what was best for hubby's situation.
Husband diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2003(?)
Hospitalized 4 times
, probiotics, fish oil, Vit D, Librax, Zoloft, Metamucil
Started Digestive Advantage Colitis formula 7/16 - hoping for some relief!
1/11 - some of the meds are hit and miss at this point. Back on Prednisone for the 4th time - can't stay in remission without it now. Think he has stopped the fish oil, Digestive Advantage (although he said he thought it helped)
Consult with a surgeon this week, surgery recommended
Surgery scheduled for Feb. 11
Colon removed! Jpouch surgery will come later - tapering off pred, healing from surgery, and shedding those pounds gained during all the pred induced snacking!