HI all, I am surprised that there isn't a message board for AAA on here, so hopefully someone on here can relate. Last Monday my mom had surgery for AAA, it was huge and the surgeon said he was surprised it hadn't ruptured. She was in ICU friday night, Saturday and then they moved her to a regular room Sunday afternoon. Monday was the first time she was really awake for more than 15 mins (lots of pain meds through an epidural). Anyways, last night she started throwing up/nausea so they put a tube through her nose into her stomach. They said that it is normal for the bowels to be sluggish after major surgery. I would think if they would get her up and walking it would help but they don't want to do that today because she is feeling so bad. Again I feel bad posting this here but there is no AAA or "Surgery" board. I am in FL and she in PA with my dad, I flew up there for the surgery and now this happens....argh!
It's true that many people who undergo major abdominal surgery can experience constipation afterwards - as a result of inflammation and also from pain medications. Some people find that walking around can help things start moving again, but every person is different. The good news is that it always seems to get better! Best wishes to your mom.
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