Jan 17, 2013 - 1:08 pm
I was wondering if anyonhe would be able to answer some questions. My boyfriend was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in October of last year, he had a malignant tumor located in his rectum. He underwent cemotherapy and radiation and last week he had colon resectio surgery. The doctor said it was a total sucess, he removed all of his rectum and part of the colon, leaving just enough tissue so he would still be able to have normal bowel movements. He has an ilesotomy until the colon heals. Once he came out of the surgery he was feeling as well as can be expected, but the ileostomy was working, in the following days he developed ileo (his intestines stopped working due to the shock of the surgery...or so we thought) he was throwing up constantly and could not tolerate any food, his stomach was distended. The doctor did a colonoscopy to make sure that everything was ok and that there was no necrosis, as it turns out part of the colon that was connected didn't heal properly (i.e. it was still open) this was the cause of the ileo and him having very very foul smelling bowel movements. Fortuneately, he didn't have an infection or any necrosis and the doctor said that he would need to clean and irrigate the wound about 2-3 times a day so it could heal and close properly. This is the 10th day he's been in the hospital...they had him on a liquid diet but yesterday they started giving him solid foods, he hasn't thrown up in 48 hours and the ileostomy is working again, but he still feels pain (on and off) and discomfort and is still having bowel movemens which are less foul smelling and less frequent. The doctor tells him its normal, but doesnt indicate when the pain will go away, he is supposed to get discharged tomorrow. I want to know if all that he is feeling is normal, or we should be conerned?? Please share your opinions or experiences with me. He's only 30 and it breaks my heart that he is going through all this, it is draining him emotionally. On the plus side, it looks like the cancer is gone, there are no traces of cancer in the area that they removed. Please Help!!