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You will feel weak after this surgery, and it will take several weeks for a full recovery. Take it easy, and give your body time to heal. You will need to restrict some activities, including walking up stairs or climbing, lifting heavy objects and participating in water-based sports. You will be able to return to work – on light duty – after two weeks. If your job requires lifting, you will need to refrain from those activities for six weeks.
Below, find answers to commonly asked questions. Click each item to expand the Q&A for each section.
Q: What does the procedure involve?
Under general anesthesia, the gastroenterologist will make three to five tiny incisions – normally less than ¼ inch - in the lower abdomen. Gas is introduced to clear the region to help provide a better visual field for the procedure. A small endoscope is inserted in one of the incisions that will be used to show the area on a TV monitor.
Instruments to remove diseased sections in the colon or to remove growths or tumors are done through the other incisions. In some cases, a slightly longer incision may be needed if a large section of the colon needs to be removed.
Q: How many incisions are made?
Three to five ¼-inch incisions are made in the lower abdomen.
Q: How long will I stay in the hospital?
Patients are usually hospitalized for three to five days.
Q: What is the recovery time?
Full recovery takes several weeks. There are activity restrictions, including no heavy lifting or working at a physically demanding job for up to six weeks. If you have a desk job, you may be able to return to work in two weeks, but your doctor will recommend what is best for you based on how you feel.
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