You can expect to feel better and stronger each day, although you
may need pain medicine for a week or two. You may get tired easily or have less
energy than usual. This may last for several weeks after surgery. You will
probably notice that your belly is swollen and puffy. This is common. The
swelling will take several weeks to go down. It may take about 4 to 6 weeks to fully
It is important to avoid lifting while you are recovering
so that you can heal.
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
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 call line 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
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to
contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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