Which activity modifications are needed following colon resection (colectomy)?

Updated: Apr 05, 2021
  • Author: David E Stein, MD, MHCM; Chief Editor: Vikram Kate, FRCS, MS, MBBS, PhD, FACS, FACG, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), FIMSA, MAMS, MASCRS, FFST(Ed)  more...
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The patient should sit up in a chair for all meals.

The head of the patient’s bed should be elevated 30° or higher.

Although data have suggested that relief of bloating and cramps after ambulation may be more perceived than real, [31]  it is the authors' perspective that ambulation at least does no harm and is a form of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis and that patients should be aggressively ambulated.


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