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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

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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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Increase dietary fiber
Once
Do kegel exercises
Daily
Follow up with a gastroenterologist
Yearly
See a pelvic floor specialist such as a urogynecologist
Yearly
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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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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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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Lifestyle and dietary changes
once
Exercise programs
daily
Medications to control constipation & diarrhea.
daily
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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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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Avoid trigger foods and increase fiber in your diet
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Stress less, and enjoy life, as anxiety will worsen symptoms
Once
Take medications as prescribed and as needed
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Bowel (Definition)

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

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