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Dr. Lori Semel
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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How long after laparoscopic abdominal surgery should/must bowel movements reoccur?

Dr. Lori Semel
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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How long after laparoscopic abdominal surgery should/must bowel movements reoccur?

BM: You should have a bowel movement by three days after laparoscopy. If you have not had a bowel movement, call your surgeon. :) ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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Dr. Harold Fields
Board Certified, Family Medicine
56 years in practice
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My gall bladder surgery was two weeks ago. I have days of regular bowel movements and days of urgent diarrhea 1 hour after meal. How long will it last?

Dr. Harold Fields
Board Certified, Family Medicine
56 years in practice
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My gall bladder surgery was two weeks ago. I have days of regular bowel movements and days of urgent diarrhea 1 hour after meal. How long will it last?

Diarrhea: This is very common after gallbladder surgery and is usually self limiting and usually disappears in 5 to 6 weeks ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
39 years in practice
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How long do you normally have to wait to get a bowel movement after a pyloric stenosis surgery?

Dr. Troy Reyna
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
39 years in practice
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How long do you normally have to wait to get a bowel movement after a pyloric stenosis surgery?

Within 24 hours: After surgical repair of pyloric stenosis the infant will start eating within 4-6 hours. As the volume of feeds increases to what it was prior to the onset of pyloric symptoms normal bowel movements will follow. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
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I've had surgery for a polyp & fissure about a week ago and I still have painful bowel movements. How long before it stops hurting to have a movement?

Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
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I've had surgery for a polyp & fissure about a week ago and I still have painful bowel movements. How long before it stops hurting to have a movement?

It can take: A few weeks for sure. Are you taking stool softeners regularly and drinking enough water? ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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Marianne DiNapoli
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
67 years in practice
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My IUD moved through my wall&near my intestins &no other problems im peeing fine, normal bowel movements&how long with surgery&how long to recover?

Marianne DiNapoli
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
67 years in practice
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My IUD moved through my wall&near my intestins &no other problems im peeing fine, normal bowel movements&how long with surgery&how long to recover?

Discuss with the Dr.: Your doctor would be the best person to answer these questions. It's hard to say what the details of your surgery would be, since different doctors may approach it differently. If the iud can be easily located and removed with small incisions, then one would expect the recovery to be fairly quick and simple. If the doctor has to do a bigger incision to get to the iud, then recovery may be longer. ...Read more

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Dr. John Kirk
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
22 years in practice
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How long do you have pain urinating and pain with bowel movement after a total hysterectomy surgery?

Dr. John Kirk
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
22 years in practice
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How long do you have pain urinating and  pain with bowel movement after a total hysterectomy surgery?

Depends: In general it should not be painful to urinate or have a bowel movement. Of course pain is relative to the individual having the pain. It is common to have bladder and bowel symptoms especially cramping with urination and constipation. If prolonged or true burning with urination or severely increasing abdominal pain or fever, call your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. David Drewitz
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
22 years in practice
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How long does it usually take for a bowel blockage to happen if not able to have a bowel movement? What are the signs that require surgery?

Dr. David Drewitz
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
22 years in practice
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Vomiting and fever: A true bowel obstruction will result in severe abdominal pain, vomiting (usually projectile) and fever. Sounds like you might benefit from trying to take a laxative. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
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I had lap band and hernia surgery two days ago. I am having severe pain and can no longer pass gas or have a bowel movement? Normal???

Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
327M people helped

Call surgeon: Please sign off of the internet and page your surgeon. You are having a complication. You were given post op instructions. There will be information in the instructions on contacting your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
22 years in practice
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When are bowel movements expected after surgery?

Dr. Sidney Vinson
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
22 years in practice
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When are bowel movements expected after surgery?

It depends: The return of bowel function varies widely based upon the type of surgery performed. Bowel function may return long before bowel movements occur. Passing gas is generally the first sign of bowel function. There are many factors which may affect the time before the first bowel movement. ...Read more

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Saurabh Bajpai
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
4 years in practice
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Will I be able to control bowel movements after colostomy surgery?

Saurabh Bajpai
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
4 years in practice
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Yes: Majority of the time you will be able to have bowel movements after colostomy. Rarely their might be a surgical issue that may decrease your bowel movements due to nerve impairment. It is also common to have some constipation after surgery due to anesthesia. If you do have constipation for a long time after surgery, consult your physician to get to the underlying cause. ...Read more

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