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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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After hemorrhoid surgery approximately how long before bowel movements return to normal and what is the best diet for after surgery?

After hemorrhoid surgery approximately how long before bowel movements return to normal and what is the best diet for after surgery?

One of the major: Determinants is whether you have general anesthesia or not (anesthetics paralyze bowel) and how many narcotic pain killers you take afterward. Many doctors advise starting stool softeners/fiber supplements before surgery. Stay super well-hydrated. Prune or apple juice may be helpful; raw veggies, while good for fiber, may be painful to pass. Two weeks, 3 at outside, and all should be good:) ...Read more

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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?

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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When are bowel movements expected after surgery?

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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Will I be able to control bowel movements after colostomy surgery?

Will I be able to control bowel movements after colostomy surgery?

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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Are bowel movements painful after surgery for an anal fistulotomy?

Are bowel movements painful after surgery for an anal fistulotomy?

Post Surgery Pain: Yes. Of course. There is no ifs ands or buts about this. I would imagine your surgeon gave you some instructions and advice about your post operative course and what to expect. ...Read more

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After gallbladder surgery within a one year ago I've been having lots of green bowel movements is that normal?

After gallbladder surgery within a one year ago I've been having lots of green bowel movements is that normal?

Color: The color of stool doesn't matter unless they are red (bloody) white (acholic, no pigment) or back (tarry) for upper Gi bleed. The color can be affected by what we eat. It is possible that the bile without its storage unit (the gallbladder) is passing faster through the system staining the stools. ...Read more

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How many bowel movements can you have per day after the takedown surgery of a colostomy and ileostomy?

How many bowel movements can you have per day after the takedown surgery of a colostomy and ileostomy?

Varies: It depends on what the prior surgery was. If there was a significant amount of the colon removed or much of the right colon removed, then there could be several bowel movements per day after takedown of a stoma. Drink more liquids and first try added fiber such as metamucil if alright with your surgeon. Would not recommend over the counter immodium unless fully cleared as alright with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How should I treat myself following surgery to remove hemorrhoids in order to minimize pain, particularly during bowel movements?

Good Hygiene, soft..: Hello,
you should have very careful hygiene measures, using tucks (witch hazel) or cottonelles or similar after each bm. Also strive to keep bm soft. This is best done with bulk agents such as metamucil and fiber in your diet with plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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Is this normal for a liquid diet? I recently had surgery and was put on liquid diet. I have been having green, watery bowel movements for six days.

Is this normal for a liquid diet? I recently had surgery and was put on liquid diet. I have been having green, watery bowel movements for six days.

C. Diff: Make shure your doctor knows. Could be clostridium defficile. Happens due to change of intestinal flora after high dose of antibiotics. Notify your surgeon as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Will I have normal bowel movements after hernia surgery?

Will I have normal bowel movements after hernia surgery?

Yes: They should be normal. You may be advised to take stool softeners if you are taking narcotic pain medications as they can be associated with constipation. ...Read more

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I had gall bladder surgery 10 days ago, 4 day postop I started gritty sandy bowel movements loose large. I never had this before, concerns?

I had gall bladder surgery 10 days ago, 4 day postop I started gritty sandy bowel movements loose large. I never had this before, concerns?

Here are some. ..: I wouldn't worry about it as long as feeling better day by day in general activity, appetite, voiding, BM, etc. With no fever or undue pain. Of course, if not as described or something mentally or physically bothering you, ask your surgeon timely. Note, after gallbladder removal, your body is adjusting to the "new" environment without a gallbladder for digestion so to expect slight change in BM. ...Read more

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I have had hemmorhoid surgery & I'm getting lower back pain as well as pain from bowel movements. Is this normal after 3 weeks? .

I have had hemmorhoid surgery & I'm getting lower back pain as well as pain from bowel movements. Is this normal after 3 weeks? .

Hemmorhoids: People present after surgery with pain and this can actually be the issue preventing a normal bowel movement. There are dietary, behavioral, hygiene modifications as well as procedures that can help these common problems. It is best if you consult with your surgeon to help with ruling out other issues like an infection or a fissure. Also fiber and or laxatives may help at this point or sitz baths. ...Read more

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I had surgery of internal hemorrhoids a month ago. What should I do to avoid straining at bowel movements and maintain a soft stool?

I had surgery of internal hemorrhoids a month ago. What should I do to avoid straining at bowel movements and maintain a soft stool?

Fluid and fiber: You can increase daily water consumption to make sure you don't become dehydrated. Increase non soluble fiber intake. There are over the counter options if you find your stool is hard. Talk to a pharmacist and consider miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006. I was wondering if it is normal to have green bowel movements. I have them several times a month for like the past year or so. It is most noticeable the week around my period. Is this normal?

I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006. I was wondering if it is normal to have green bowel movements. I have them several times a month for like the past year or so. It is most noticeable the week around my period. Is this normal?

Interesting: If occurring several times a month, not likely associated with your period (unless it is also occurring several times a month?). If no other symptoms (pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, weight loss) then reassuring. Associated with certain foods/beverages (food dyes?). Might want to keep symptom and food diary to see if link. Would also discuss with your surgeon. Hope this helps. Good luck. Dr R ...Read more

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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???

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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How long does it usually take to have first Bowel movement after recocele surgery? Taking ducalx and meralx already

How long does it usually take to have first Bowel movement after recocele surgery? Taking ducalx and meralx already

Ask your surgeon: You need to ask your surgeon as the extensiveness of the rectocele repair is unknown and whether you are on a low residue diet or not. Both of these factors will determine the time of the first bowel movement. ...Read more

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How long do you normally have to wait to get a bowel movement after a pyloric stenosis surgery?

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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How long do you have pain urinating and pain with bowel movement after a total hysterectomy surgery?

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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How long after a colonoscopy will you have a bowel movement?

Not worth worrying a: Since the bowels are completely emptied before colonoscopy, it can take several days to refill the gut in order to have a bm. So I would not be too concerned, let nature take its course. It usually takes 4 to 7 days to have a bm, yet you should not be obsessed about it. ...Read more

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How long after a colonoscopy before you should have a bowel movement?

How long after a colonoscopy before you should have a bowel movement?

A day or two: Since you are not eating the day before and your bowel has been cleaned for colonoscopy and your bowel is clean. After colonoscopy you start eating regular diet and it may take a day or two to have a regular bowel movement. ...Read more

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


Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more