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Is it common to have loose bowels after a hysterectomy?

Is it common to have loose bowels after a hysterectomy?

Call your Surgeon: During abdominal surgery the bowels may be touched or moved and they show their displeasure by deciding not to work for awhile or by working overtime. Concerns for diarrhea after surgery would be more than 3 bm/d w/o laxatives, fever, blood in stool, pain. Tests for c. Difficile (an overgrowth of a GI bacterial due to antibiotics you may have received) or eval of post operative infection needed. ...Read more

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Hysterectomy (Definition)

The entire uterus (womb), cervix, the part protruding into the vagina, and ...Read more


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Is it normal to have loose bowels after having a hysterectomy ?

Is it normal to have loose bowels after having a hysterectomy ?

It can be: After a hysterectomy it is common to have temporary changes in bowel habits. Pain meds can cause constipation, stool softeners can cause diarrhea, eating differently can upset the intestines, stress can cause loose stools. Usually over time and getting back to usual eating and exercise the intestines go back to your normal. If bad diarrhea and increase in pain or fever see your doc. ...Read more

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I have constipation after hysterectomy 45 days ago. If double doses of miralax or laxatives work for bowels could I still have a partial obstruction.

I have constipation after hysterectomy 45 days ago. If double doses of miralax or laxatives work for bowels could I still have a partial obstruction.

Unlikely: It is very unlikely to have Partial Intestinal Obstruction after Hysterectomy.And also you are moving your bowels.You can slowly cut down the dose of your laxatives and try to move your bowels on your own.But if you still need the laxatives daily consult your doctor.You also need to drink plenty fluids and fiber in your diet ...Read more

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Why is it that i need to do a bowel prep for a hysterectomy?

Why is it that i need to do a bowel prep for a hysterectomy?

Safety: It is not common to have a bowel prep. It can be recommended for cancer or if adhesions and scar tissue such as prior surgery raise the risk for possible bowel injuries. It is safer to have a bowel prep than risk infection with a bowel injury. ...Read more

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How to decide the urgency for booking hysterectomy, bladder and bowel repair?

How to decide the urgency for booking hysterectomy, bladder and bowel repair?

totally depends: On your symptoms and what condition everything is in, your doc should be giving you strong guidance for that please call the gyn , or gen surgeon or whomever suggested the surgery. ...Read more

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How typical is a bowel ileus after hysterectomy?

How typical is a bowel ileus after hysterectomy?

Not common.: An ileus is not a common complication of hysterectomy. However, it can happen after any abdominal or pelvic surgery. The method used to perform the surgery and the difficulty of performing the surgery will determine the overall risk of ileus. For example, if you have scarring that involves the bowel - risk of ileus goes up. The more the bowel is "messed with" the higher the risk. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary for me to take a bowel prep before having a hysterectomy?

Why is it necessary for me to take a bowel prep before having a hysterectomy?

Yes: It is in your best interest to do so just incase an injury occurs to your colon during the surgery, it can be repaired without the need to have a colostomy. ...Read more

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Any risk of bowel perforation during hysterectomy?

Yes: The bowel is adjacent to the uterus so it is at risk of injury during surgery to remove the uterus. This is especially of concern if there are adhesions or scar tissue due to endometriosis, previous surgery, or cancer. I recommend bowel preps before a davinci or laparoscopic hysterectomy to minimize risks of a bowel perforation and to facilitate repair if it should occur. ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more