This is not a contest! I'm just curious as to how long some of us have had to stay in the hospital as a result of IBD and related surgeries and/or complications.
I've had 4 hospitalizations for my UC and related surgeries.
My longest stay was 5 weeks. I was initially admitted for hypokalemia and a course of IV steroids, shortly after my initial dx. After about 8 days (stuck on a neuro ward of all places, because they had a shortage of beds!) I had showed no improvement at all, and a CT scan revealed "air bubbles" in the colon wall. The decision was made that evening to do emergency surgery. Following that, I developed ileus and a total obstruction, winding up completely NPO for 10 days and on TPN for total bowel rest, until the obstruction cleared. I then had to prove that I could eat normally before they sent me home.
Prior to that, I had been admitted for 4 days when I was first dx'd. I was in 13 days for my Step 2 and an obstruction, then finally 6 days for my takedown.