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Can I climb stairs when recovering from small bowel resection?

Just wondering if stair climbing is okay after a small bowel resection. My house is two stories and the bathroom is upstairs.
 

emmaaaargh

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I had a small bowel resection and could climb stairs by the time I left the hospital (albeit much more slowly than usual and it took a lot of energy!). My advice would be to try not to go quickly - even if you think you're taking a ridiculous amount of time just to climb some stairs, take it one step at a time (rest on every step if you need to!) and be guided by your body. If anything's painful or out of the ordinary, stop and ask for some help.
 

emmaaaargh

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I had laparoscopic surgery and I was pushed to maneuver myself out of bed the day I could hold consciousness (not the day of surgery thanks to an unfortunate drug mix-up, but as soon as possible after!). This made me MISERABLE and I hated every second of it but it really was vital to getting me moving around and discharged quickly.
 
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