When you are admitted to Forth Valley Royal Hospital for your bowel surgery we consider you as part of the team. You will be taking part in a pathway called the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Programme.

  • The aim of this programme is to help you recovery quickly and safely.
  • Please also watch the Colorectal Surgery Preparation School presentation.


The Digestive System

When you eat, food passes from the mouth through to the oesophagus into the stomach. The food then passes through the small intestine (small bowel), where fluids and nutrients are absorbed. What is left of the food goes into the large bowel, which is about 6 feet long. This is where more fluid is absorbed from the waste. The stool is then stored in the rectum until it’s passed out of the body through the anus.

Digestive system diagram

  • This online resource is to help you understand and prepare for surgery, how you can play an active part in your recovery.
  • The patient diary has links to further information for you to access in your own time. However, please speak to your nurse about anything in this diary that you would like more information about, or help with.


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