A 23-year-old male asked:
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i had surgery of internal hemorrhoids a month ago. what should i do to avoid straining at bowel movements and maintain a soft stool ?

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Dr. Randy Stevens
23 years experience General Surgery
Fluid and fiber: You can increase daily water consumption to make sure you don't become dehydrated. Increase non soluble fiber intake. There are over the counter options if you find your stool is hard. Talk to a pharmacist and consider miralax (polyethylene glycol).
Answered on Apr 4, 2017
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
High fiber: Diet and drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily. Drink 20 ounces more for every 30 minutes of exercise. Don't od on fiber. Fluids are far more important. And remember caffeine and alcohol dehydrate and lead to constipation.
Answered on Apr 4, 2017
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