Loop Ileostomy Reversal

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Rest.

  • Take pain medicine or other medicines as directed.

  • Gradually return to daily activities. Gradually increase your exercise each day. Walking is a good option.

  • Avoid strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting, for 6 weeks.

  • Follow your caregiver's instructions to protect any surgical cuts (incisions). Clean the area gently with warm water and soap every day as directed.

  • Resume a normal diet. You may not have much of an appetite for several weeks after surgery. Try eating small meals and choose foods that appeal to you.

  • You may need to limit foods temporarily that are difficult to digest, such as nuts, coconut, mushrooms, raw fruits, and raw vegetables.

  • Follow up with your caregiver as directed.

  • You may return to work when you feel able, depending upon your job duties.

  • Always discuss your medicines with your caregiver before taking them.

  • If you smoke, quit. Smoking slows the healing process.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop chills.

  • You feel nauseous.

  • You vomit.

  • You notice fluid drainage, bulging, redness, or pain around your incisions.

  • You have frequent diarrhea.

  • You experience shortness of breath.

  • You have other new symptoms.

  • You have questions or concerns.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your abdominal pain does not go away or becomes severe.

  • You have a fever.

  • You keep vomiting.

  • You have an irregular heartbeat or chest pain.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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