Last Tuesday I underwent laparoscopic surgery including ULAR, TME, and temporary ileostomy. The tumor was very low (3 cm from anal verge) and due to my anatomy, the surgeon had to make a straight anastomosis rather than a pouch. He transanally hand sutured the connection, and the surgery took about 4.5 hours. Recovery was pretty unremarkable - I only took Tylenol for the pain. I was standing/shuffling the evening of the surgery and walked a mile the next day. I was in the hospital for 4 nights with the last night added so that I could get one more session with the WOCN on the following day. Starting on Saturday, I seem to have developed a very itchy rash/hives around the incisions as well as underneath my breasts and on random areas of my torso. It seems to be spreading, and it's itchy enough that it kept me awake last night. I sent photos to the nurse who recommended Benadryl and wait to see what it looks like tomorrow. I'm not on any medication; I have no known food/skin allergies. Has anyone had a similar experience? I'm hoping I'm not developing a reaction to the ostomy pouching system/skin adhesive. Thanks!
52 y at dx, mom to 4
DX: RC on 2/22/2016
Stage I, T2N0M0, 0/32 LN
23 mm x 7 mm moderately differentiated invasive adenocarcinoma
3 cm from anal verge
4/12/16: ULAR, TME, & temp ileostomy
6/14/16: ileo reversal