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What is the normal average duration of a bowel movement

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Brief: I recommend to my patients they should do their business on the toilet and move on, meaning minutes. One should not dawdle to read etc. As this predis ... Read More

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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 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 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 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 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: on diet, fiber and previous bowel habits.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
27 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Several days: Both the anesthetics given during surgery and the pain meds given after surgery can slow down the GI tract and lead to constipation. A stool softener ... Read More
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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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
28 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Generally soon: 2-3 months post-op.
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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