Since a piece of your intestine is removed by making large cuts in your belly, you’re likely to experience pain for the next few days after the surgery. You may also have bowel cramps and feel like you have influenza (flu).
You may feel tired most of the time because of a low-grade fever that lasts for approximately 2 to 3 weeks. Though each person recovers differently, you need to have a general idea about post-operative care. Ahmad Alsughayer provides a complete guide following a bowel resection surgery.
Care at Home
- Take more rest because you are likely to feel tired even after doing a small activity. Get enough sleep for a quick recovery.
- Try walking every day. Walk a bit more than you did the day before and gradually increase your duration of activity. Walking improves blood flow and prevents constipation and pneumonia.
- Avoid activities that require excessive physical exertion like biking, jogging, aerobic exercise, or weight lifting until your doctor allows it.
- Ask your doctor when to start driving. Do as he says.
- You may have to take an off from work for 3-4 weeks. If, however, your work involves strenuous activities, it’s better to stay home for 4-6 weeks.
- Take a shower after 24-48 hours of surgery and pat dry the incision. Don’t take a bath for the first two weeks if your healthcare specialist asks you not to.
- Avoid sexual intercourse until your doctor says it’s okay.
It’s normal to lose your appetite after the surgery, so you can have small meals many times a day. It’s important to eat healthy food to speed up the recovery. For several weeks, it’s better to take a low-fiber diet – a high-fiber diet can be introduced little at a time.
Since yogurt puts good bacteria in your colon, eat more of it to prevent diarrhea. Moreover, avoid eating nuts and seeds because they’re harder to digest.
Take your vitamins that contain sodium and potassium to prevent fatigue and post-surgical infections. In addition, taking fluids will also keep you hydrated at all times.
You can restart your medications after a week or two. There will also be new medicines to take after the surgery. Take anti-biotic, medication for pain relief, and stool softener exactly as prescribed by your physician.
Once you receive a prescription, follow it as it says. Don’t take more than one pain medicine because too many can be harmful.
In case of any side effects, consult your doctor, who may recommend discontinuing some medications.