Re: Update on my dad!
Nikki... in order to "ramp" up the digestive track, clear liquids will be followed by light and easy to digest food. The nurses will listen for gurgling sounds (gas) in your Dad's abdomen. In fact, flatulence will continue to be a focus for a long time to come. In fact, we have numerous (at times hilarious to read) threads on the subject, but it is an important issue for this type of surgery. Each day your Dad will accomplish a bit more and before you know it, he will be sitting in his chair. At present he is in the perfect place for recuperation, as the nurses watch closely over him and are ready to address anything that may come up.
As the others have mentioned, the recuperation time varies for each individual; just know that each day is a step toward complete recuperation.
Tons of good wishes are heading your way,