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How long is colorectal surgery recovery?

I am a 48 year old male. I want to know how long is colorectal surgery recovery?

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It depends on many factors: condition treated, urgency of the operation, type of the operation (open or laparoscopic), and very often the rest of the medical conditions the patient has and prior surgical history. I do mostly laparoscopic surgery and I usually admit and operate Tuesday and discharge the patient home that Friday or Saturday. However, in the United States, more than 50% of colorectal surgeries are done open because laparoscopy requires special skills.
It depends on the surgery, could be from 2-6 weeks.
It depends on preexisting conditions and length of surgery. Normally, 4-8 weeks.
Most patients will feel okay within 2 weeks after surgery. Overall recovery (normal appetite, normal energy, no pain) probably takes 6-12 weeks.