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how long after an appendectomy should i expect to have a bowel movement? its been around two days. im eating normal and taking a stool softener.

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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 amount of time up and about which will help you move your bowels.
Answered on Aug 16, 2020
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Dr. Robert WorthingtonKirsch
34 years experience Phlebology
Other tips on speeding things up include chewing gum or drinking a cup of black coffee. Both have been shown to decrease time to first flatus and first BM after surgery
Dec 9, 2015

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