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Colon Resection

Posted On: 2011-12-19

These are guidelines to follow post operatively.  Please refer to the hospital discharge instructions given to you for any additional information.


  • Return to normal preoperative diet.
  • IMPORTANT to have high fiber diet to include cereals with bran, whole wheat, fresh fruits and vegetables.  
  • Include adequate protein. Avoid fats, refined flour and excessive sugar.
  •  If you have problems adjusting to a high fiber diet, you may substitute bulk laxatives such as Metamucil or unprocessed bran.
  • Do not force yourself.  Stop eating when full. “Fullness” with meals is normal.  Frequent smaller meals or snacks may be needed.



  • Resume any regular medications unless otherwise directed. 
  • If needed, a prescription for pain medication can be provided.



  • Proper activity promotes healing, return of muscle tone and less pain with movement.
  • Walk indoor/outdoor as much as possible. 
  • Take frequent rest periods. Fatigue and tiring easily are normal following surgery. 
  •  May go up and down stairs
  • Avoid driving, if possible, for two (2) or more weeks.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and exercise, straining, heavy house or yard work for 4-6 weeks unless otherwise instructed by the doctor.
  • The doctor will discuss return to work and/or school dates.
  • Call the office for follow-up appointment as instructed.



  • You may shower daily but avoid sitting/soaking in the bathtub unless OK'd by the doctor.
  • Good mechanical cleansing with soap & water is sufficient.  Wash in the direction of the incision and dry well.
  • Apply light gauze dressing if desired for comfort or if drainage is present.
  • Gentle, frequent massage of the operative area will help healing and decrease scar formation. 



4-6 weeks is generally required for healing.  During that time you may expect:

  • Mild to moderate pain controlled by oral pain medicine.
  • Minimal swelling and redness.
  • Minimal or no drainage, unless a drain was used, then expect minimal to moderate drainage.
  • Muscle spasms in the rectal area may be experienced between bowel movements.



  • Evidence of bleeding or significant change in color or amount of drainage occurs.  
  • Temperature over 101 degrees.
  • Excessive swelling and redness at the wound site.
  • Unusual pain, nausea and/or vomiting, severe abdominal bloating with no passage of gas.
  • Bothersome diarrhea. 

IF OFFICE IS CLOSED and an EMERGENCY arises, please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department.  

A MISA surgeon can be reached by calling the office answering service at (309) 677-6019.


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