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Unread 01-17-2008, 04:30 PM
BM after Surgery?

I had the surgery on Monday and the first BM today--- on Thursday. It was not fun because I had extensive rectum repairs but it was not horrible either. I will continue to use the stool softeners and hope that it will be easier the next time.

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Unread 01-17-2008, 05:34 PM
BM after Surgery?

For me it took a week. I was taking percocet regularly and unfortunately it is very constipating. I did take the stool softeners and drink water and so forth, but I won't lie-- it was painful.

In my case I think the problem was exacerbated by not doing a bowel prep (my doctor did not want me to) and getting very dehydrated after surgery. After I cut back on the Percocet, things improved dramatically.

Good luck!

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Unread 01-18-2008, 10:02 AM
BM after Surgery?

Please, Please, do not stress over no BM as yet. I finally had BM at 7 days post op. I was so worried and stressed, needlessly. I researched afterwards and found that your colon is the last organ to "wake up" from surgery. Yes, they gave me suppository at 3 days post-op. Why? I told them I hadn't eaten hardly anything for 4 days. Nothing is in there!!
I only took a stool softener one time. It was a little painful, first BM, but what a relief!!!! not to worry, yet, now if you haven't gone and ARE eating by 8-10 days, then I would call Doc.

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