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Colorectal Diseases

Nausea post op colon surgery

05/14/2008

Question:

My wife had a perforation of diverticulitis pouch and 12" of her sigmoid colon was removed and temporary colostomy done. This is her 5th day after surgery and has significant nausea that started two days ago. No fever and labs look OK. Is this normal or should we be concerned? Thanks

Answer:

Not uncommon- may be having difficulty with stomach emptying. An abdominal x-ray can help answer that question. If no problem seen with the stomach, consider one of the medicines she is receiving as the cause of nausea.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati