Mar 09, 2013 - 11:29 pm
I am looking to hear from anyone who has been in my current shoes. I am one week post op after having a radical hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy for what ended up staging as 1b cervical adenocarcinoma (found only by the grace of a routine annual pap smear). I have a JP drain and have been recovering at home for 5 days now. I am having nearly a liter (1000ml) of drainage from my JP drain per 24 hours. My doctor's office has checked my labs to see if it could be urine from a nicked bladder but it is not. I am told the JP drain has to be draining less than 100ml/24 hours to be able to be removed. My drainage amount has not been tapering, has actually increased since hospital discharge! I am very uncomfortable with alot of leakage around the tube, difficulty wearing normal clothes vs nightgowns, recovering from surgery. I have a 3yo and a 4yo and am a stay-at-home mom whose out-of-state family help will be drying up in a week. What could be the cause of this problem? What can I do to fix myself? What should I be asking or telling my doctor?
Thanks for your experiences and ideas,