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How Long after Hysterectomy for Bowel Movement?

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How long after hysterectomy will I have a bowel movement?When should I have my first bowel movement after my hysterectomy?


Anesthesia used during your hysterectomy can cause sluggish bowels following the surgery. As a result, you may not have a bowel movement for a few days after your hysterectomy.

Before you are released from your medical facility, staff will check to be sure there is bowel activity. Although you will not need to pass stool before being going home, you’ll probably be passing gas, a sign that your bowel is functioning.

It may be four or five days before you have a bowel movement after a hysterectomy. Some ways to speed up your sluggish bowels include chewing gum, moving around, and staying hydrated. Chewing gum and walking can stimulate the bowel, while water can help your bowels wash excrements out. There are also foods to help get bowels moving, including prunes, broccoli, and berries.

Although you should avoid laxatives while healing from your hysterectomy, your doctor may recommend stool softeners. They can help combat any constipation which could result from your pain medications and all the dietary changes surrounding your hysterectomy. You should also be sure to eat adequate fiber and drink plenty of water after your hysterectomy which can help with bowel movements.

If you have not had a bowel movement by the fourth or fifth day after your hysterectomy, you need to call your doctor. When you call, share what you steps you have taken to try to encourage a bowel movement.. You’ll also need to share all the medications–including prescription and over-the-counter--and supplements you have been using.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

03-27-2014 - 07:40 PM


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