Post Operative Care

The enterostomal feeding is begun within two days of APR. Anti-embolism prophylaxis with anticoagulants and pneumatic compression stockings (elastic bandaging of legs) is continued for seven days after the operation. The drain inserted into the pelvis cavity is removed as soon as drainage is <30-50 ml per day. The bladder catheter is usually removed within three days of surgery. Enterostomal therapy nurses begin teaching the patient and his family appropriate care of the colostomy and help alleviate anxiety by answering all their questions. In our series, the postoperative stay after APR averages 8-10 days.

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