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how long after surgery should I have a bowel movement

A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
44 years experience Preventive Medicine
One of the major: determinants is whether you have general anesthesia or not (anesthetics paralyze bowel) and how many narcotic pain killers you take afterward. Many do ... Read More

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience Gastroenterology
It depends: The return of bowel function varies widely based upon the type of surgery performed. Bowel function may return long before bowel movements occur. Pass ... Read More
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Post Surgery Pain: Yes. Of course. There is no ifs ands or buts about this. I would imagine your surgeon gave you some instructions and advice about your post operative ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
It can take: A few weeks for sure. Are you taking stool softeners regularly and drinking enough water?
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
Any time ...: After usual uncomplicated varicocele surgery through either laparoscopy or open procedure should not affect bowel movement although general anesthesia ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fidias De Leon
20 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Few days: Your colon was empty in preperation for the colonoscopy, therefore it would take a few days to have a bowel movement.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
With a good : Bowel prep and barring any other issues, most patients will have a bm within 24-48 hours after a colonoscopy.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
A day or two: Since you are not eating the day before and your bowel has been cleaned for colonoscopy and your bowel is clean.After colonoscopy you start eating re ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
26 years experience Medical Oncology
A day or two: After a colonoscopy, you should be able to eat normally. It depends on what and how much you eat, you should have a bowel movement within a day or two ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
18 years experience Family Medicine
Healing : Healing time is different for everyone. Typically 6-8 weeks should be sufficient for healing and for the pain to subside. Continue to use the cream pr ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Not worth worrying a: Since the bowels are completely emptied before colonoscopy, it can take several days to refill the gut in order to have a bm. So i would not be too co ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Two or three: Days. If you don't return to normal after that, consult your GI specialist. I hope they didn't find anything serious up there.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
A day or two: Since you are not eating the day before and your bowel has been cleaned for colonoscopy and your bowel is clean.After colonoscopy you start eating re ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
As soon as nature: calls! Just make sure you have bulk-ruffage (fruit, vegetables etc) in your diet and take stool softeners as well as drink plenty of water.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Short time: After uncomplicated cholecystectomy will have bm in 2 to 3 days.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Vinocur
47 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Varies: This depends on the reason for the colectomy, the approach used. In general, one should be stool within a matter of days. If not, it is possible tha ... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Probably: About 3 days or so, depending on operative findings. If you had an acute infection or any complication, then it would take longer. Ask your surgeon ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience Family Medicine
May take a while: If you had a lot of diarrhea, it could take a while for you make more stool and for it move down.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heather Thieme
18 years experience Surgical Oncology
A day or two: Depending on when you start eating again. Flatus is gas.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeremy Adler
26 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
1-2 days: If you go home and start eating afterward, then you should start having some stool within a day or two.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
See below: On a daily basis while on narcotics, take a stool softener like colace, dulcolax, or senna. Alternatively, you can use MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fidias De Leon
20 years experience Nuclear Medicine
When was it: Remember that you emptied you entire colon in preparatio for the colonoscopy. You should have a bowel movement 24-48 hours after procedure. Check with ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
51 years experience Internal Medicine
See answer: Most people move their bowel by day 3 or 4. If no BM by then check with your Dr. Increase fiber in your diet and liquids. Increase your ambulation and ... Read More
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