Okay, my original post didn't make it...I'm gonna try again!!
Welcome to the forum! It really depends on each person as to how much help
they'll need at home...Personally, I didn't bounce back as quick as I thought I would (and I've had many surgeries to base my recovery on!!) so I was kind of surprised by the 6 weeks I was useless. But, many on here have had a much easier time! It will also depend on if he's having an
open or lapro surgery. The lapro is MUCH easier...Was his dx Crohn's or UC?
You'll want to have a heating pad on hand at home...back pain is a biggie and the heating pad does help with that (the heat should NEVER be put on an incision tho). Fluids and salty pretzel like snacks are good...I did the peanut butter crackers like they were going out of style:) And, pants that are loose around the middle help in case he has an
open surgery w/staples or a drain in addition to the appliance.
I am sure others will be along...BUT don't be shy, ask your questions! That's what we are here for:)