Texas researchers have created a list of 12 warning symptoms or events that should prompt patients recovering from colon surgery to call their physician or 9-1-1. More than 16% of patients who have colon surgery end up back in the hospital within 30 days, and those who are rehospitalized tend to have higher mortality rates. Signs of trouble include redness around the wound, a lack of bowel movement or gas for 24 hours, pain, vomiting or swelling, and more.

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