There are many conditions which can lead to surgery of small intestine. Conditions such as ulcers, obstructions in the digestive tract, infections, etc. can lead to surgery. During the surgery a patient is given general anesthesia, small intestine surgery can be done through laparoscopy also known as keyhole surgery where a surgeon makes small incisions on the belly. Patients and the surgeon should take precautions before, during and after the surgery to avoid any surgery complications that may arise.
The recovery time is generally 4-6 weeks for a patient after he undergoes surgery, this can vary depending upon certain factors. And one may have to stay in the hospital for some days. The patient will be given liquid or soft foods for a few days and is advised to take bed rest for a few weeks. On your discharge, your doctor would give you the instructions and your dietary restrictions too.
There are some complications with this surgery, they can be listed as
- There may be some wound infections and you are given antibiotics for that.
- There are chances that you may have some nutritional deficiencies, like vitamin, Minerals.
- You may experience nausea or vomiting for some time, because of the anesthesia or the incisions. You may even have a fever for a couple of days.
- There may be some problem with your bowel movements or may experience diarrhea.
- There are chances that one may have some bleeding in the stools or belly where incisions were made. You may experience some pain which may be very light or severe, contact your doctor if you are really uncomfortable and the doctor may suggest some medicines for the same.
One may experience pain, gas or difficulty in bowel movements for a few days. It is advised to contact your doctor if required. Take proper rest until you are completely recovered do not rush yourself for any activity. Have lots of fluids which will ease any discomfort. Most importantly give it some time to heal, follow all the instructions properly.