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June 11, 2019 10:59 pm  

Hi guys. 

I am curious--for those of you who had their colons removed, how long did it take your wound to heal?

I have some tunneling under my wound. My surgery was June 18, 2018. In December they opened it back up to clean things up hoping it would stimulate healing. I had a negative pressure wound pump from the time of the original surgery until about a month ago. The dr started thinking the pump was keeping the tunnels from closing. Now we are doing dressing changes 2-3 times a day, packing with Aquacel. The wound is still 4x6 cm and 8 cm deep. 

Also, the wound is pretty close to the ostomy, which makes things a little dicey trying not to have them overlap.

Have any of you had such a long healing time?


Ileostomy 6/18/2018
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Joined: 2 years ago
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June 12, 2019 7:57 am  

The aquacel is great stuff.  I had pressure sores last year that just wouldn't heal until the WOC tried it - it was amazing.  Dried the wound right up and it began to heal. 


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June 12, 2019 11:28 am  

I do recall having my abdominal incision open up and I needed to be treated for infection, so that delayed my healing time, but I honestly don't believe it took much longer than a month or two to fully heal. 

My rectal wound actually took years to heal up completely - my wound vac wasn't working right, then I developed a tunnel.

I hope your healing is swift and trouble-free!

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June 12, 2019 11:36 am  

Liza, it can take some time to heal from the inside out. You should be seen on a regular basis during this time. You can ask to be referred to a wound care team or nurse to help in the process. Vit. E is good to take in a tablet form to help with healing. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids.