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Round 3 in J-Pouch Surgery – What to expect next.

round-3-jpouchI am a J-Poucher, father, husband, Christian, soldier and former UC sufferer. I am from the East Coast in Canada, but currently live in Ontario, Canada.

More about Me:

I love hunting, fishing, baseball, hockey, fitness etc. I would include where I am from like Adam has asked in this section, but I already used up that space trying to fulfill my 25 word commitment in the above paragraph.

I don’t always have formed poops, but when I do, they are beautiful.

I no longer have symptoms of UC, and that is Awesome!

J Pouch Surgery

I just finished Round 3 of 3 in J-Pouch surgeries. I no longer have an ileostomy bag, and it is wonderful. But it didn’t feel that way at first…

I was scheduled to have my final surgery sometime in July. I was at the hospital, hooked up to the IV, had the gown on , the whole deal. And the surgeon came out, telling me that they couldn’t do my surgery because the fella before me had complications. This may have been a devastating blow to some people, but I was starving (having fasted for the surgery) and was more than happy to go eat. Not to mention that the surgeon was not the one that I had for my previous two surgeries, so it was kinda good, because I really liked the guy that had been doing the others.

I ended up having the final surgery a couple of weeks late with my original surgeon, so that was awesome. I got out of the hospital the next day after surgery, which seemed awesome, until 5 days later when I ended up in the emergency room with an abscess. I was in the hospital for 5 days and released on oral antibiotics. This would have been nice if it was the end of it, but nope…One week later I was back in the hospital as the oral antibiotics didn’t work. I spent another 5 days in the hospital and was sent home with a PICC line in my arm and on IV antibiotics for 10 days or so. This cleared things up and I have now been on nothing for about 4 weeks or so. I am going about 6 times a day to the bathroom with some butt burn every now and then and mostly formed poops.

So now why I got the abscess…

My J-Pouch had dilated and caused things to back up and cause a leak where my intestine was sewn back to together, resulting in the abscess. They were unable to drain it, the reason for the antibiotics. I don’t wish this on anyone…because of the dilation, it was very painful and felt like I was gonna die. It was probably the worst I had felt since before my first surgery. Pretty brutal.

To fix the dilated J-Pouch, the surgery puts me near out cold and uses some sort of instrument to open it up. Thank God I was out because I may have needed counselling afterwards if not. After he did this, things started moving along again and that’s when I was sent home on the antibiotics after a few days of monitoring me.

Now for the good part that I am home…

I now feel really good for the most part and am well on my way to being “normal.” I feel that I can do everything I could before I ever was sick.

I drink a shake with protein, peanut butter, skim (lactose free) milk, and a banana in the morning with 2 Imodium, and will not go to the bathroom until supper time usually. I eat whatever my wife makes for supper; which is usually meat and potatoes or something similar. I drink another shake before bed with 2 more Imodium and get up once during the night to go to the bathroom again. I feel the shake at night keeps me from getting up a lot, believe it or not. If I don’t do this, I am up 4 or 5 times a night with liquid, burning poop (if you want to call it that) coming out. The shake slows down the show. So I go when I wake up, before and after supper, sometime during the evening, before bed and during the night. That’s an average day, 6 times. Give or take.

I am still figuring everything out with this new setup but am so glad that doctors are able to perform this procedure and give people their lives back. I am very happy with the overall results. Its definitely a journey, but not too bad.


I take Imodium for the J-Pouch.

I take a multivitamin, whey protein and fish oil. I took this before I had a J-Pouch too. I also will take other supplements from time to time, but these are pretty much staples.

written by Lewis G

3 thoughts on “Round 3 in J-Pouch Surgery – What to expect next.”

  1. Great job bud,im going on 4 1/2 years and it always gets better. I do it all no med what’s so ever.eating everything in sight.totally normal great control.i could wait longer than some normal people to take a crap.well good luck!!

  2. Lewis G

    Well it has been almost a year since I posted a reply on here and quite a bit has happened. I am being released from the military now and starting an off grid homestead. There is not enough space here to fill everyone in but you can follow my new journey here on YouTube. The link below is to a video of me giving a quick overview of my UC journey.

    Here it is

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