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    Asked by Janine44 on Tuesday, May 14, 2013


    My husband is in the hospital after getting rectal surgery and he was due home yesterday but last 3 days he could not eat and now they have drain tube in his nose to clean out his belly I am freaking out no one warned of this is it normal any answers will help thank you

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    • carm's Avatar

      I am an oncology nurse and there are many reasons why they needed to decompress his tummy with an NG tube. Sometimes the body wakes from a surgery but some organs are slow to react. If the peristalsis muscle is not working then food will back up so it is best that the tube is there to help empty the tummy until it starts moving again. There could be a blockage or merely just a kink in the bowel that will either telescope or get caught up and they resolve themselves much like an ileus that has causes the peristalsis that I mentioned at the beginning of my response. Have a bit of patience and if there is no unforseen tumor burden that is causing a blockage then I think this problem will resolve on its own. I am here if you have any questions. Best of luck to you and your husband, Carm RN.

      over 5 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      Totally normal and the nose tube will make him feel much better. I was super lucky. I had the same surgery a few weeks back and my tummy kicked in right away. Actually I ate a full breakfast the next morning. My current issue is peeing. There a lot of nerves in the area for peeing and sex. Still facing issues both places and hoping they both resolve. Best wishes to you and your hubby. Since it looks like we are at about the same place, don't hesitate to contact me for support.

      over 5 years ago
    • RebHar's Avatar

      It's very common to need a naso-gastric tube after having colon/rectal surgery. Usually, the surgeon will put the tube in while the patient is still asleep after the surgery, just to be on the safe side and have it in place. (It's quite unpleasant having the tube put in while you're awake.) Anyway, the thing is that any time your guts are being messed with (as in rectal surgery), there's a good chance you're going to have lots of bile building up in your stomach -- resulting in extreme nausea. The NG tube drains the bile, helping reduce nausea, and speeding up the process of your guts returning to normal. I think you have nothing to freak out about. It's very common and is nothing to worry about.

      over 5 years ago
    • LSFITZ's Avatar

      I had to have a tube put in after my rectal surgery also. My intestines would not wake up and start working. Although it was a awful procedure my body starting working after 4 days and it was taken out. Sometimes it just takes a little time to get things working again. It will get better every day for him. Keep thinking positive thoughts and my prayers are with you both!

      over 5 years ago

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