Small intestine surgery - discharge; Bowel resection - small intestine - discharge; Resection of part of the small intestine - discharge; Enterectomy - discharge
When You Were in the Hospital
You had surgery to remove part of your small intestine. You may also have had an ileostomy.
What to Expect at Home
You will probably have pain when you cough, sneeze, and make sudden movements. This will probably last from 1 to 5 days. If a large amount of your small intestine was removed, you may have problems with greasy or foul-smelling stools or diarrhea.
You have a fever over 101 °F, or a fever that does not go away with acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Your belly is swollen.
You feel sick to your stomach or you are throwing up a lot. You cannot keep food down.
You have not had a bowel movement 4 days after leaving the hospital.
You have been having bowel movements and they suddenly stop.
You have black or tarry stools, or there is blood in your stools.
You are having belly pain that is getting worse, and pain medicines are not helping to ease your pain.
Your ileostomy has stopped working for a few days.
Your belly is swollen and you feel bloated.
There are changes in your incision:
The edges are pulling apart.
Green or yellow drainage is coming from it.
It is redder, warm, swelling, or more painful.
Your bandage is soaked with blood.
You are short of breath or are having chest pain.
Your legs are swollen or if you have pain in your calves.
Fry RD, Mahmoud N, Maron DJ, Ross HM, Rombeau J. Coln and rectum. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 50.
Shabir Bhimji MD, PhD, Specializing in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Midland, TX. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Inc.