Big Jay wrote:The condition is officially called an Ileus. Basically your gut has it's own mini nervous system and, if it gets handled too long or roughly during surgery, it will go to sleep and it can take a while to wake back up. Best as I can tell it's just a matter of waiting. Eventually things will start moving. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
I'm all too familiar with process. I had one after my LAR. Bloating and vomiting started two days after surgery. In went the NG tube (the most painful part of my hospital experience) and my gut finally started working 10 days later.
I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s problem.
I hope her bowel will wake up soon and that she will feel better!
For my hubby it was a slow start, it felt like they did not give him much to eat. Maybe it was to make it easier for the bowel. A longer surgery I presume will involve more bowel touching and potentially more ‘protest’.
Here is a research article about this phenomena- not sure it gives anything other than an explanation - but good to see that it is looked in to and investigated.
“Mechanism behind bowel paralysis after surgery revealed”
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2 ... 093143.htm
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