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After your surgery, you will likely feel weak and tired for several days after you return home. Your belly may be swollen. If you had laparoscopic surgery, it's normal to also have some shoulder pain. This is caused by the air that your doctor put in your belly to help see your organs better.
You may have gas or need to burp a lot at first. A few people get diarrhea. The diarrhea usually goes away in 2 to 4 weeks, but it may last longer.
How quickly you recover depends on whether you had a laparoscopic or open surgery.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. However, 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 any 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:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Brent Shoji MD - General Surgery
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