I just had a total colectomy (Last Friday) and this is my first day home. I’m very happy I had it!!! Having about 2-3 BM a day now, but the first few at the hospital were nothing more then watery blood, which I'm told is normal.
Before surgery I dealt with SO much bloating...pregnant looking bloating.
But now, after surgery, I'm still very bloated
Has any one else gone through bloating and distention after surgery? Will it go away?
I am glad that you are feeling okay from your surgery. The bloating is normal, you just had major surgery and a lot of manipulating of your insides has occured! It is natural for your stomach to be swollen but it should go away within 2 weeks or so. I had my surgery on March 13 and was also quite swollen and tender. Give yourself lots of time to recover and don't push yourself...it takes quite a while to get back to feeling normal and to get your energy level back. I wish you luck in your recovery.
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I have had a total of 4 surgeries, and I have found that the best way to beat the bloat (LOL ) is by walking and walking and walking. My sisters are RNs. They told me from the very beginning that I should walk as much as I could, and then walk some more. That it causes the gas accumulated to move, gets the digestive system to start again, and gives one strength while keeping the lungs clear. So I dutifully did what was suggested. It works! Doctors are always amazed at how quickly I recuperate from surgery in the hospital (and I am 55 years old!) Straight from recuvery, I get off the gurney and get into bed. The moment I wake up, I ask to go for a walk and the nurse always helps me. Within hours (I walk, rest in bed, walk, rest in bed) I am able to get up and walk down the hall by myself. At first it hurt a little, but then it began to feel great.
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I am glad the bloating is getting better. Even just a little better each day is good! I am hoping that you will be more than better soon, that you will be prfect.