Stein G. Larsen MD
Recently updated 26.04.2014
Oslo University Hospital
- The patient may be mobilized as early as possible.
- The patient may begin to drink and eat on the first postoperative day.
- The drain is removed when there is no longer fresh blood - usually on the 2nd–3rd day.
- The bladder catheter is removed as soon as possible. Because the surgery often causes temporary bladder paralysis it may have to stay for about one week.
- The epidural catheter is removed usually after 2–3 days and the patient obtains an oral analgesic.
Complications from surgery
- Cardiopulmonary complications depend on patient general health status, the duration of the surgery, and extent.
- Complications from stoma may occur.
- Possible infection in the pelvis can perforate the rectal stump, and empty through the stump.
Damage to the autonomous nerves in the pelvis may cause:
- bladder paralysis—often temporary
- erection and ejaculation problems
- vaginal dryness
- Ventral hernia in the abdominal incision and peristomal hernias may occur.
- Postoperative ileus occurs in about 5% regardless of radiation treatment.
- Stomal prolapse occurs relatively rarely.
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