Thank you for your enquiry regarding the reconnecting of your bowel. Assuming you have had a stoma up until now, the reversal & reconnection of your bowel can cause various symptoms until the bowel and its muscle wall has settled and can work properly again.
Many patients we speak to can experience various symptoms post surgery, but one of which many people wish they had known is the frequency to go to the toilet within the first few weeks. This may vary, but patients can take 2 weeks to up to 12 weeks for their bowel to settle down after their surgery. It is something people can worry about, but in time, it should settle down. It is important for you to be mentally prepared for that. Your bowel has not had to work as it normally would for the previous three months, so remember it does take a little bit of time for the body to recognise it now has to perform its normal functions again.
The surgery, like your previous surgery, will mean you need to take it easy for the first 6 to 10 weeks, so no lifting or doing anything strenuous for the initial few weeks.
For further information, please follow the below link on the Bowel Cancer Australia website to stoma reversals & what to expect after the surgery.
Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Adviser
Please Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only. It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.
If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.
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