U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Melbourne, FL
A 42-year-old male asked:

I had anorectal surgery 2 weeks ago (fissurectomy, abscess and seton placement). despite using magnesium citrate or stool softener, i noticed that i still tend towards hard stool despite eating fiber as well. when will bowel movements become normal?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 26 years experience
There is a delicate balance when taking fiber supplements and stool softeners to keep up with the extra fluid needs. Since both of these supplements recruit additional water to your intestines, you need to drink more. A male should be drinking about 3.5 liters daily. With these supplements, add an additional half liter per day.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Mar 26, 2021


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.