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 have pain for 1 to 5 days when you cough, sneeze, and make sudden movements. You may have problems with greasy or bad smelling stools or diarrhea if a large section of your small intestine was taken out.
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. Or, you are throwing up a lot 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 do not help.
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. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 52.
Robert A. Cowles, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.