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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
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
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
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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