After your colectomy, you will probably stay in the hospital for three to seven days Most patients will be fully recovered in two weeks and can resume some normal activities, such as driving, walking and some duties at work. Since this surgery requires internal stitches, patients should refrain from any heavy lifting pushing or pulling until it is approved by the surgeon.
Once you leave the hospital, expect a couple of weeks of recovery at home. You may feel weak at first, but eventually your strength will return.
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