Tips for a Smooth Recovery After Colon Surgery

Whether you’re having surgery because of cancer or another issue, like diverticulitis, colon surgery has come a long way thanks to improved techniques. While this includes the use of laparoscopy and robot assistance, the improvement in outcomes can also be affected by how well you navigate your recovery at home.

At our practice, Dr. Gabriel Akopian and our team specialize in colorectal concerns and we offer the most state-of-the-art treatments available. We also believe that partnering with our patients is key to their success, which is why we’ve pulled together this piece on tips for a smooth recovery after colon surgery.

Doing our part

If we’ve decided that colon surgery is the best treatment avenue for your health, we make every effort to use minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopy and robot-assisted laparoscopy, to improve both the procedure and your recovery.

To give you an idea of why these minimally invasive techniques are so successful, studies have found that laparoscopy leads to:

Ultimately, the goal behind these advanced techniques is to speed up your recovery, allowing you to get back to your normal life.

As important as our advanced surgical techniques are for your colon surgery, there are also steps you can take to ease your way through the postoperative period and keep your recovery on track.

Managing bowel function

One of the primary goals after colon surgery is to restore normal bowel function as quickly as possible, which you can aid by:

We supply you with a list of foods that you should eat after your surgery that encourage normal bowel function, so we urge you to follow this list to the letter.

Managing your pain and discomfort

Since we want you to move around as much as possible after your surgery to prevent complications, it’s important that you stay ahead of your pain. We supply you with the necessary pain medications, which you should manage according to our directions. If you find that you’re still in discomfort, we can make the needed changes, but please don’t make any adjustments on your own.

Mind your incisions

Whether we used minimally invasive techniques, or you’ve had open surgery, it’s important that you keep your incision areas clean and disinfected. We recommend changing your bandages daily, and if you see any signs of redness, pus, or swelling, please call us right right away.

Avoid strain

While we want you to get up and move after your colon surgery, we’re referring to going for a walk, not doing any literal heavy lifting. Please avoid strenuous activities like lifting or sports where there’s lunging (tennis, for example) until we give you the greenlight.

To be sure, we’re with you every step of the way during your recovery. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our office in Pasadena, California.

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