Home again, and ahead of schedule. I have been thrilled at how things have worked out.
The four to five hour surgery took two hours! Â While in recovery one of the nurses commented that it was “almost too perfect”.
I had an epidural line in for the first few days plus IV drips for food and pain. They were all gone by day four. Unfortunately the removal of the in-line catheter did not go as planned so that was re-inserted and will stay there a couple more weeks. I had a mild fever for a couple of days that slowed things down a little, but overall the experience was not too bad ( if one overlooks the sharp pains of mending muscles when coughing and the tugging of stitches in the perineal wound)
I was discharged on day nine. I am finding it a little uncomfortable sitting down. That should ease over the next days and weeks. I am getting used to the Stoma Bag – it is quite a lifestyle change and has this embarrassing way of noisily venting gas at inappropriate times. At least the bag filter removes any odour!