Laparoscopic Bowel Resection

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These discharge instructions provide you with general information on caring for yourself after you leave the hospital. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to the most current medical practices available, but unavoidable complications sometimes occur. If you have any problems or questions after discharge, call your caregiver.


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

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

  • Use showers for bathing until you see your caregiver, or as instructed.

  • Change dressings if necessary or as directed.

  • You may resume a normal diet and activities as directed.

  • Avoid lifting or driving until your caregiver says it is okay.

  • Make an appointment to see your caregiver for stitch or staple removal when instructed.

  • You may put ice on your incision.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, 3 to 4 times a day, for the first 2 days.


  • There is redness, swelling, or increasing pain in the wound area.

  • Pus is coming from the wound.

  • You have an oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • You notice a bad smell coming from the wound or bandage (dressing).

  • The wound breaks open after stitches (sutures) have been removed.


  • You develop a rash.

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

  • You develop pain in your shoulders (shoulder strap area) which gets progressively more severe. Some pain is common and expected because of the gas inserted into your abdomen during the procedure.

  • You develop bleeding or drainage from the suture sites following surgery.

  • You develop dizziness or fainting while standing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.

  • You develop persistent nausea or vomiting or increased abdominal pain.

  • You cannot have a bowel movement or pass gas.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.