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You have had surgery to remove adhesions. Adhesions are scar tissue that forms between two structures or organs inside the body that aren't normally connected to each other. You may also have had part of your small or large intestine taken out.
You're likely to feel weak and tired, and you may feel sick to your stomach. It's common to have some pain in your belly and around your incision. The pain should steadily get better over the next few weeks. You may be able to return to normal activities after 2 to 4 weeks. Your bowel movements may not be regular for several weeks. And you may have some blood in your stool.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: November 30, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth Bark MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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