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Posted by: Jude | 2008/08/27

Complications of a rectal prolapse surgery

What are the complications of a rectal prolapse surgery. My freind is in ICU 8 days after the op. She also had a cist removed from her uterus. Her stomach is distended and they are now removing the excess fluid via a tube down her throat. She has not eaten anything for 10 days and is currently still on morphine for the pain. This does not sound right, the doctors say she is fine.

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Dear Jude
They usually give fluid and calories per drip so you don't really have to worry about her not eating. If she has a distended stomach and fluid in the stomach , she probably has a temporary paralized bowel (ileus) due to the work on the bowel during the operation. Keeping the patient off of food and with a nasogastric tube is standard treatment for this. Normally the bowel starts working after 3-4 days, but there may be other reasons why hers hasn't started like low potassium levels or a secondary infection?
Dr Bets

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