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How long does recovery take from colon cancer surgery?

It can take a long time to recover from open colorectal surgery for cancer. Laparascopic surgery recovery times are much shorter.

The recovery period for colon cancer surgery is usually four to five days, depending on the patient.

The recovery from colon cancer surgery depends largely on the patient, though they will recover faster from a minimally invasive procedure.

Recovery after colon cancer surgery depends on many different factors. Generally, with the use of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) techniques, patients spend approximately three to five days in the hospital after surgery. It is important to remember that recovery continues at home and every person heals differently.

Dr. Daniel M. Labow, MD
Surgical Oncologist
How quickly you recover from colon cancer surgery depends on whether you had open or laparoscopic surgery. In this WisePatient video, oncologist Daniel Labow, MD, of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, describes what to expect from recovery.

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