Frequent question: How long does it take to recover from colon cancer surgery?

What can I expect after colon surgery?

Your Recovery

You are likely to have pain that comes and goes for the next few days after bowel surgery. You may have bowel cramps, and your cut (incision) may hurt. You may also feel like you have influenza (flu). You may have a low fever and feel tired and nauseated.

When can I go back to work after colon cancer surgery?

For laparoscopic surgery, 2-4 weeks may be required before full return to work, though some people may return earlier. After open procedures, this time may be slightly longer (4-6 weeks). You should avoid heavy lifting for at least a month after abdominal surgery, regardless of type.

How many hours does colon surgery take?

Colectomy surgery may take as little as one hour or longer than four hours. Much depends on what the surgery entails, including how much colon tissue your provider needs to remove.

What foods should you avoid after colon surgery?

Avoid gummy foods such as bread and tough meats, as well as spicy, fried, or gas-producing foods. To prevent swallowing air, which produces excess gas, avoid drinking through a straw and don’t chew gum or tobacco. Take small bites, chew your food well, and avoid gulping.

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Do you lose weight after colon surgery?

It is normal to lose some weight after this surgery. Soon it will level off and slowly you will start to regain some of the weight you lost. Try to have a good calorie intake to keep up your energy. Your bowel actions may change after your surgery.

What are the side effects of colon surgery?

The side effects of colon resection may include:

  • Anesthetic side effects such as. Headache. Nausea. Confusion.
  • Abdominal pain from the surgery. Fatigue. Constipation and/or diarrhea.
  • Inconvenience of the attached ostomy bag.

Can I sleep on my side after colon surgery?

comfortable. After 48 hours you may sleep flat on your back, you may not sleep on your stomach or sides for four weeks. Fluids: Fluids are critical following surgery.

How long do you have to stay on a low fiber diet after colon surgery?

It is recommended that you follow a Low-Fiber diet for one month following surgery. After one month, reintroduce fibrous foods back into your diet, one at a time and GRADUALLY. Note: If a particular food makes you feel unwell, stop eating it and try it again 2 to 3 weeks later.

Is chemo necessary after colon cancer surgery?

Chemo might be given again after surgery. For tumors in the liver, another option may be to destroy them with ablation or embolization. If the cancer has spread too much to try to cure it with surgery, chemo is the main treatment. Surgery might still be needed if the cancer is blocking the colon or is likely to do so.

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How long after colon surgery can you drive?

Most insurance policies state that you are not covered by your policy to drive for 6 weeks after major abdominal surgery. After this period of time, if you can safely perform an emergency stop without the pain of the operation preventing you from doing so, you should be safe to drive.