surgery recovery time??

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   Posted 12/8/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I am supposed to have the first surgery for the j pouch in early Jan and I was wondering how long I should expect my mom to be here to help with the kids?  My Dr says you can go back to somewhat normal activity after 3 weeks; but what is considered normal??  I have a 2 year old and a 7 year old.  When can I pick up my 2 yr old?  What are the restrictions post op? What can I do and what can't I do?  I will have the minimally invasive surgery so I won't have the big incision to recover from also.  My Dr was GREAT about answering any questions I have, but I just wanted to hear from someone who had actually had the surgery as to what I should really expect.  I know everyones recovery is different, but I need to plan on the amount of time I will need help.  My husband will be here the whole time too, but my mom will come for extra help with cooking and cleaning and watching the kids.  Sorry this got a little long.  You guys are always so informative, so I love asking my questions here!!  :-)    Thanks
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   Posted 12/8/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Lifting is limited to 10lbs for the first six weeks post surgery.  You won't be able to lift your 2 year old for at least that amount of time.  The risk is in developing a hernia.

I was back to work 3 weeks from the date of surgery and I had the traditional cut.  Everyone's recovery is different but with young kids around the house you might want to count on very limited activity for at least 6 weeks.


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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