Small intestine surgery - discharge; Bowel resection - small intestine - discharge; Resection of part of the small intestine - discharge; Enterectomy - discharge
You had surgery to remove all or part of your small intestine (small bowel). You may also have had an ileostomy.
During and after surgery, you received intravenous (IV) fluids. You also may have had a tube placed through your nose and into your stomach. You may have received antibiotics.
You may have these problems after you return home from the hospital:
Follow your health care provider's instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
Your provider will prescribe pain medicines for you to take at home.
Press a pillow over your incision when you need to cough or sneeze. This helps ease the pain.
Ask your surgeon when you should begin taking your regular medicines again after surgery.
If your staples have been removed, you will probably have small pieces of tape placed across your incision. These pieces of tape will fall off on their own. If your incision was closed with a dissolving suture, you may have had glue covering the incision. This glue will loosen and will come off on its own. Or, it can be peeled off after a few weeks.
Ask your provider when you can shower or soak in a bathtub.
If you have a dressing, your provider will tell you how often to change it and when you can stop using it.
Do not wear tight clothing that rubs against your wound while it is healing. Use a thin gauze pad over it to protect it if needed.
If you have an ileostomy, follow care instructions from your provider.
Eat small amounts of food several times a day. Avoid eating 3 big meals. You should:
Some foods may cause gas, loose stools, or constipation as you recover. Avoid foods that cause problems.
If you become sick to your stomach or have diarrhea, call your provider.
If you have hard stools:
Talk to your provider if you have questions about ileostomy and your diet.
Return to work only when you feel ready to. These tips may help:
Contact your provider if you have any of the following:
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Review Date: 8/22/2022
Reviewed By: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, General Surgery Practice Specializing in Breast Cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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