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Constipation after surgery?

Constipation after surgery?

Depends on severity: After abdominal surgery or just general anesthesia, the intestinal tract tends to be lethargic - called post-operative ileus. It typically takes only 3-5 days to begin passing gas (farting) and having bowel movements again. Other problems like bowel obstruction may intervene. Being as active as possible, perhaps using a rectal suppository and, if permitted by your physician, a laxative, may help. ...Read more

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What can cause constipation after surgery?

What can cause constipation after surgery?

Numerous: Things depending on the surgery but most common is not enough fluids or too much caffeine and pain meds, poor diet, pain meds and reduced physical activity. You are in control of most of these and thus you can fix the problem if you are motivated. ...Read more

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Bloated stomach and constipation after surgery. Is this normal? How do I treat these symptoms?

Bloated stomach and constipation after surgery. Is this normal? How do I treat these symptoms?

Constipation: Unfortunately the anesthetic agents, the surgery and the post operative pain management all contribute to constipation. Which can cause multiple abdominal complaints, including bloating. Okay to increase your oral liquids, decrease the narcotics, use laxatives to achieve two soft bowel movements daily. Make your post operative appointment and discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What can I do for treating constipation after getting surgery?

What can I do for treating constipation after getting surgery?

Fluids, stool soft: Surgery is constipating for many reasons: e.g. Inactivity, narcotic pain meds, decreased oral intake. To combat post-op constipation try these remedies: increase fluids (water is best), walk as tolerated ('to get bowels moving'), change to tylenol (acetaminophen) as soon as tolerated, use colace 2x/day for stool softner, add sennakot up to 2 x/day. Consider MiraLAX 17gram/day. ...Read more

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I have constipation after appendix surgery?

I have constipation after appendix surgery?

Most likely: Due to pain meds and relative immobility. Walk alot rather than layiong around, cut back on pain meds and use an anti inflammatory such as Motrin instead of a narcotic for pain. Drink 80-100oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. ...Read more

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Dark brown stool and constipation few weeks after laparoscopic surgery, normal?

Dark brown stool and constipation few weeks after laparoscopic surgery, normal?

Can be normal if...: This can be normal as long as the stools are not described as black and tarry in appearance (as this could indicate a slow bleed from the gastrointestinal tract). If constipation does not resolve or is accompanied by abdominal pain, lack of appetite, fever, or distention (swollen belly), then a follow up with the Gastroenterologist would be warranted. ...Read more

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Is any surgery recommends for constipation?

Is any surgery recommends for constipation?

NO: Constipation, unless caused by a bowel obstruction does not usually require surgery. Increase fluids, increase fiber to regulate your bowels, check with the pharmacist and try over the counter medications, see your dr. Best wishes. ...Read more