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TE Marie, thanks for thinking of me.  I had the surgery Mon. morning, and was out Friday afternoon.  It went fairly well, although complicated by low blood pressure (normal for me) which cascaded into an AFIB situation, which sent me to ICU for a 1/2 day. 

My stoma was revised, unexpectedly, due to kinking underneath.  I'm OK with that so far, as the new one is round and should be easier to work with.  Surgeon was able to "scoop" out the shell of the big abscess, so that's gone.  The fistulas are still draining a bit - she stitched the backside muscles inside, and left the skin open for drainage.  Not much is coming out at all.  They took an ovary and tube out as everything was too stuck to mess around with for any length of time, and I am fine with that.  I currently still have my staples and a JP drain, they're coming out on Friday.   

Pain levels are pretty outrageous in the abdominal area, especially when up and about.  The backside isn't as bad as I expected, but bad enough.  But it is really early and I know from all your advice and others, that it's going to be a long haul.  This surgery is definitely not for the faint of heart.

I got a picture of the excised pouch - the pouch itself was actually not in bad shape, but the cuff was totally ulcerated and messed up - that's where the fistulas/abscesses arose from.  I'm willing to share the picture if anybody wants a look-see at an excised pouch!

I can provide more detailed information for anybody considering going through this as well, just let me know.  I'll also update how the recovery goes. 

 

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