Postoperative recovery is quite unpleasant, painful and slightly uncomfortable for the patient. It can take up to 3-4 weeks, but greatest discomforts occur during the first couple of days.
For that reason, as a rule, the techniques are almost always combined.
Postoperatively, after discharge, patient is supplied with analgesics for the next 2 days; after that, analgesics, as well as other sorts of individual therapy, are prescribed by his family doctor. Patients prone to thromboprophylaxis (which is determined on the preoperative anesthesiologist’s examination) are daily ensured adequate therapy by the personnel of Polyclinic Lege Artis in their own home or according to arrangement.
Postoperative pain depends on the grade of the disease, technique applied and individual pain threshold. The most painful period is during the first three postoperative days and it is important to take analgesics in time, i.e. immediately with occurrence of pain, according to the instructions of anesthesiologist.
After 10-14 days the patient is able to return to his daily activities and work. In the early postoperative period, one can expect mild gathering of the blood residue from the rectum. One should, therefore, pay attention to slowly getting up to sitting and standing position.
Nutritional recommendations include easy, digestible food without a lot of residue (soups, cooked meat and fish, mildly spiced, not fried; carbohydrates – potatoes, rice, pasta). Avoid fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese and milk, beans and food that cause flatulence. Take plenty of fluid. Do not force defecation; first stool should be expected after 2-3 days; perhaps enhance with Donat Mg.