Intestinal Obstruction

Care After

Please read the instructions outlined below. Refer to these instructions for the next few weeks. These discharge instructions provide you with general information on caring for yourself after surgery. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. While your treatment has been planned according to the most current medical practices available, unavoidable complications occasionally occur. If you have any problems or questions after discharge, please call your caregiver.


  • It is normal to be sore for a couple weeks following surgery. See your caregiver if this seems to be getting worse rather than better.

  • Take prescribed medicine as directed. Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, and or fever, as directed by your caregiver.

  • Use showers for bathing, until seen or as instructed.

  • Change dressings if necessary or as directed.

  • You may resume normal diet and activities as directed or allowed.

  • Liquids and soft foods may be easier to digest at first. Once you can tolerate liquid and soft foods, you can begin eating regular solid foods.

  • Avoid lifting or driving until you are instructed otherwise.

  • Make an appointment to see your caregiver for suture (stitches) or staple removal when instructed.

  • You may use ice on your incision for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times per day for the first two days.


  • You see redness, swelling, or have increasing pain in wounds.

  • You have pus coming from your wound.

  • You develop an unexplained temperature over 102° F (38.9° C).

  • You have a bad smell coming from the wound or dressing.

  • You develop lightheadedness or feel faint.


  • You have increased bleeding from wounds.

  • You have increasing abdominal pain, repeated vomiting, dehydration or fainting.

  • You develop severe weakness, chest pain or back pain

  • You develop blood in your vomit, stool or you have tarry stool.

  • You develop a rash.

  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • You develop any reaction or side effects to medicines given.