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What is the recovery like after a laparoscopic total abdominal colectomy?

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Once you're home, your doctor will encourage you to steadily raise your activity level. Walking will strengthen your muscles, keep your blood circulating to prevent blood clots, and help your lungs remain clear. You should avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and abdominal exercises such as sit-ups for 6 weeks after surgery.

Your doctor will probably recommend a “soft” diet, which means you can eat almost everything except raw fruits and vegetables. Stick with this diet until your post-surgical checkup. If it makes you constipated, call your doctor's office for advice.

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Fichera, A. J Gastrointest Surg, July 2011. Epub, Feb. 19, 2011.

Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York. 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Fichera, A. J Gastrointest Surg, July 2011. Epub, Feb. 19, 2011.

Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York. 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 20, 2019

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