Reply to "How Long Between Your Surgery's?"

Coffee, everyone’s situation is unique.

I recently heard a surgeon explain to a patient that the body needs a minimum of six weeks to heal anything serious.  Break a bone:  6 week of healing.  Gall bladder removal:  6 weeks of healing.  That is if things go well and you are starting from a healthy baseline.

You are post colectomy, yes?  How is your ostomy working?  We got my end ostomy dialed in pretty quickly after my colectomy.  Things weren’t perfect, but it was much better than when I was in a flare.  And I could eat the things I couldn’t eat for 20 years of UC!

But I was pretty sick when they took out my colon and I dehisced (https://medical-dictionary.the...onary.com/dehiscence) a week post op.  That led to a five month wait to form my J pouch.

Step 2 puts you into a loop or diverting ostomy.  Mine was the bane of my existence for four months.  I could not keep a reliable seal.  It was a miserable time. 

I was obese going into the process.  That was part of the problem with my loop ostomy.  Get as healthy as you can while you are waiting for your next surgery to include getting to the healthiest weight you can achieve.  If your current ostomy is working well, maybe you should discuss with your surgeon any health goals which will make the rest of the process go smoother.

 

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