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Constipation after surgery?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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