Surgery Symptom Management

Symptoms related to Surgery Recommendations for Management
Frequent and / or urgent bowel movements or loose bowels If conservative manoeuvres such as diet, fibre and Imodium are not working, refer back to the surgeon. 

For patients with terminal ileum resection, try Cholestyramine

Gas and / or bloating Diets high in soluble fibre can cause excessive gas and bloating

These symptoms usually improve with time and changes to the diet

Incisional hernia Refer back to surgeon

Patient can use a hernia belt / binder

Increased risk of bowel obstruction Seek medical attention if patient presents with:
  • ‹‹Crampy abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting
  • Inability to pass gas or have a bowel movement