Six week update and advice requested
I had ELAPE surgery for lower rectal cancer on 28th March. I was discharged from hospital on 4th April by which time I could change my stoma bag without a problem. Sitting down was extremely difficult and the most painful part was the taxi journey home from hospital. Urinating was very painful and my Stoma Nurse suggested self catheterising which I have done for about three weeks which has helped but I now manage without. Initially the plaster on my surgical wound would fall off after a couple of hours due to the heavy discharge and I used sanitary pads (heavy) for two weeks and eventually moved to a “normal” and now just about five weeks on I have stopped using them. There is still some leakage but I cope with changing underpants twice a day. I have washed the area with a salt water solution twice a day and that has helped to keep the wound clean. The lingering issue is the tenderness in my scrotum which seems to have been bashed about a bit with signs of bruising and I am a little surprised that it is taking time to recover. Has anyone else experienced this discomfort? Any advice on managing the issue?