A 43-year-old female asked:
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I had a partial hysterectomy (cervix & uterus) 1 week ago. I haven't had a bowel movement. I'm on stool softners but don't have the urge to go. ?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Too long: Constipation is not uncommon after a surgery and with using pain medications that can slow the bowel down, but that is too long to wait for your bowels to move - you should call you doctor for instructions on what type of bowel stimulant to use.
Answered on Jul 30, 2014

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