Generally speaking, how long after laparoscopic surgery should the patient begin passing gas? Is there a general rule as to how long before the doctor should be notified? And finally, any nursing interventions to promote passing gas?
Mar 21, '11
It's usually within about 8-12 hours, but they MUST have passed a good amount of wind before being discharged.
Some ways to help pass gas: walking, warm water bottles (not hot!) on the abdomen, getting the patient to rub their tummy gently and even sitting on the toilet every now and then can help promote the movement of the bowels.
Last edit by carolmaccas66 on Mar 21, '11