Cytoreductive Surgery and HIPEC

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Hi, I’m 6 weeks post op. Primary sigmoid colon, mets ovary, liver, peritoneum. I’m struggling to go to the toilet, I’m using senokot and lactulose. Sometimes I go once a day, but then I constantly feel I want to go the toilet and it nothing except extreme pain as though something is blocking poop coming out. Other days I can go every 30mins for 7 hours. 
I’m so pleased that I’m alive, but I’m not living constantly worrying how my bowels are going to be on any given day. Is there anyone out there who has had a similar op and issues who can share their experiences? 

  • Hi  and a very warm welcome to the online community which I hope you'll find is both an informative and supportive place to be.

    I'm sorry to read how you're struggling at the moment.

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  • Hi, I've just  read your post and and I know it was a couple of months ago but thought ide still reply. I hope your situation has got better since your post.

    I'm 5 weeks post Hipec, removing two tumours and having two re sections. Everything went we the said. 

    I too ha e proble.s with my bowels, some days having a bowel movement as soon as I get up and some times 10 times in a day. Sometimes I have diarrhea, and other times I struggle to poop. I have severe pain when I need to go for a poo and sometimes pain when I need to pee. With both the pain goes as soon as I've pooped or peed. I only have half a bowel left from previous surgery which affects things too. 

    I was told it could take months for my bowels to get back to normal so I presume all this is normal.

    Have things improved any for you? 

    Take care and stay safe. 

  • Hi, I’m now 4 months post op and things are working a lot better. I think I have to accept there’s a new normal now. I’m also less anxious which had helped a lot. Thank you for asking and good luck with your recovery