You have had part of your small or large intestine taken out. You are likely to have pain that comes and goes for the next few days. You may feel like you have the flu. You also may have a low fever and feel tired and nauseated. This is common. You should feel better after 1 to 2 weeks and will probably be back to normal in 2 to 4 weeks.
Your bowel movements may not be regular for several weeks. Also, 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 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 if:
Call your doctor or nurse call 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 call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: March 28, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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