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I had gallbladder surgery last Tuesday.Had one stool thurs. I haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. Is this normal?

I had gallbladder surgery last Tuesday.Had one stool thurs.  I haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. Is this normal?

Can be...: It's common to have constipation after any surgery, especially if you are taking any narcotic pain medication. The best think to do is to get some light activity (like walking 3 times per day). I also usually recommend to my patients over the counter Milk of Magnesia 30ml once in the morning and once at night. If you don't have a bowel movement in 48 hours you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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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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I had a hernia repair two days ago. I have not had a bowel movement since. I have pass gas and urinated. Is this normal after surgery?

I had a hernia repair two days ago. I have not had a bowel movement since. I have pass gas and urinated. Is this normal after surgery?

Yes some times: Yes some times, take stool softeners or mild laxative, drink fluids speak to your surgeon. ...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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My son had surgery for hirschsprung after birth, he's 4 now and having trouble control his bowel movement when passing wind. Is this normal?

My son had surgery for hirschsprung after birth, he's 4 now and having trouble control his bowel movement when passing wind. Is this normal?

Always possible: Hirschsprung can be short and long segment. If a large amount of colin had to be removed then it may be hard for your son to control gas and solids or semi formed stool. You may need to contact his surgeon and peds gi. A plan of action to help make stool more solid could help. 4year olds often have bowel control problems do it may be normal. ...Read more

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Liquid/Soft foods for a week (Surgery and then vomiting episodes during said week). Havent had bowel movement during this time (7 days). What to do?

Liquid/Soft foods for a week (Surgery and then vomiting episodes during said week). Havent had bowel movement during this time (7 days). What to do?

Post Surgery: Constipation is not unusual. It may take a while for the bowel to wake up after anesthesia. You need to contact your surgeon and get instructions on what you should do. ...Read more

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I haven't had bowel movement after rectocele surgery and taking several laxative. What could be wrong?

I haven't had bowel movement after rectocele surgery and taking several laxative. What could be wrong?

Consult your surgeon: You might have stool impaction, but this requires an urgent call to surgeon who performed the operation. ...Read more

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While recovering after a knee surgery, sleeping off anesthesia, i woke up to a nurse helping me dress, i realized that i had made a bowel movement! help!

Don't worry: Sometimes the pain medications after surgery will make you very relaxed and comfortable. In this situation the even you experienced is not us usual. We would never tell anyone about this. ...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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