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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
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
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.
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Dr. Robert WorthingtonKirsch
Phlebology 37 years experience
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
Last updated Nov 14, 2021


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