You had surgery to remove part of your small intestine. You may also have had an ileostomy.
You will have pain for 1 to 5 days when you cough, sneeze, and make sudden movements. You may have problems with greasy or bad smelling stools or diarrhea if a large section of your small intestine was taken out.
You may have an ileostomy.
Press a pillow over your incision when you need to cough or sneeze to ease pain.
Your doctor will give you pain medicines to take at home.
Ask your doctor when you should begin taking your regular medicines again after surgery.
You may have Steri-Strips (small pieces of tape) placed across the site of your surgery after the staples have been taken out.
Take sponge baths for the first 2 days after your staples are removed. You may shower after that. Ask your doctor or nurse when you can soak in a bathtub.
Your doctor will tell you how often to change your dressing.
Do not wear tight clothing that rubs against the wound while it is healing. Use a thin gauze over the wound to protect it, if needed.
If you have an ileostomy, follow your doctor’s care instructions.
Eat small amounts of food 5 to 8 times. Do not eat 3 big meals.
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, avoid solid food and drink only clear fluids for a little while. Call your doctor.
If you have hard stools:
Ask your doctor if you have questions about ileostomy and your diet
Call your doctor if
Small intestine surgery - discharge; Bowel resection - small intestine - discharge; Resection of part of the small intestine - discharge; Enterectomy - discharge
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Updated by: Robert A. Cowles, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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