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Mom is having colon cancer surgery at age 63. How long before bowels move and she can eat?

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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Surgery - Colorectal
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on recovery

After colon cancer surgery, most people are able to start an oral diet in 24-36 hours, are on a regular diet by postop day 4 or 5, and have a bowel movement by day 4 or 5 as well.
Of course, there is a range of acceptable. Also, these approximate ranges can vary significantly in complicated situations. Best of luck to your mother; she has a good advocate in you.

In brief: Depends on recovery

After colon cancer surgery, most people are able to start an oral diet in 24-36 hours, are on a regular diet by postop day 4 or 5, and have a bowel movement by day 4 or 5 as well.
Of course, there is a range of acceptable. Also, these approximate ranges can vary significantly in complicated situations. Best of luck to your mother; she has a good advocate in you.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
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Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not long

All depends on the surgery but typically not long especially if done laparoscopically.
Usually tolerating some PO in 3days.

In brief: Not long

All depends on the surgery but typically not long especially if done laparoscopically.
Usually tolerating some PO in 3days.
Dr. Jason Hemming
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees

In brief: MUST

Ask her surgeon and only him or her.

In brief: MUST

Ask her surgeon and only him or her.
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

She should be fasting until her bowels move /until she passes gass and positive bowel sound on examination.
Then her doctor can start her on liquid diet and advance the diet as tolerated. Discuss with her surgeon

In brief: No

She should be fasting until her bowels move /until she passes gass and positive bowel sound on examination.
Then her doctor can start her on liquid diet and advance the diet as tolerated. Discuss with her surgeon
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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