Ileocolectomy and Right Colectomy (Removal of the Right Colon)
Recovering at Home
You will be encouraged to increase your activity level steadily once you are home. Walking is great exercise! Walking will help your general recovery by strengthening your muscles, keeping your blood circulating to prevent blood clots, and helping your lungs remain clear. If you are fit and did regular exercise before surgery, you may resume exercising when you feel comfortable and your doctor gives the approval. However, strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and abdominal exercises such as sit-ups should be avoided for six weeks after the surgery.
You will be sent home on a soft diet, which means you can eat most everything except raw fruits and vegetables. You should continue this diet until your post-surgical check-up. If the diet is making you constipated, please call your doctor for advice.