My partner has just undergone major bowel surgery, had numerous setbacks which lead to 26 days in hospital and the wound opening up and leaking up to 300 ml of fluid daily. He had a scan two days ago and was told there was a small fistula which the surgeon would prefer not to operate on but leave it in the hope it would rectify itself. The only way the leak can be contained is by having two stoma bags over the openings and emptying regularly. He has also a temporary stoma bag fitted.
I feel very helpless seeing him in such distress and wonder if anybody else has had a similar experience.
He will have to undergo chemotherapy later but obviously is in no condition to do this at present. Should I be urging him to get a second opinion or do we just have to hope for the best. It seems such a negative attitude given that he went into hospital initially on 16th January and was told 6 to 7 days max to get this sorted. Any advice or thoughts would be appreciated.