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Laparoscopic Abdominoperineal Resection

Recovery From an Abdominoperineal Resection

Hospital stays after abdominoperineal resection average 1 week. You will be fitted with a pouch immediately after surgery. It will take a few days for your digestive system to become active again. When it does start functioning, you can begin to drink liquids. As you improve, you can begin eating solid foods again.

While you are recovering, your enterostomal therapist (ET), a nurse specially trained in the care of the stoma, will change your pouch for you. You will learn a lot about changing the pouch by watching the ET nurse. You will also be given instructions and coached through the process so you will be independent when you get home.

You are bound to go through many psychological and physical adjustments after surgery. It will take time to cope with all of these changes and, at times, you may feel overwhelmed. Your ET nurse is a great resource. Do not hesitate to call him or her after surgery for further support.

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Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on July 05, 2012

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