Sunday, March 9, 2008

Having Normal Bowel Movement After Surgery

After surgery, you'll definitely loose your appetite because of the pain or discomfort. But when the pain or discomfort starts to feel better, most of the patients tend to crave for some food that they usually love to eat. It is important to keep focus on proper diet after surgery most esp for those who had the surgery around or near the digestive system.

Some people will experience constipation following a surgical procedure. It is very important not to be straining hard to have a bowel movement. It is good to eat foods high in dietary fiber such as whole grains, raw fruits and vegetables to help prevent constipation and make it easier to have a bowel movement. You have to be sure that you are drinking plenty of fluids particularly Water.

If your bowel have not moved in 48 hours after surgery, you may use a mild laxative like Milk of Magnesia or Agarol. If you are unsuccessful after taking a laxative, repeat 12 hours if there are no abdominal cramps.

It is also advisable to start moving or walking if you can. This will help your system to move and pass some more gas. It depends on what type of surgery. But on my experience, I always try my best to stand up and move. This helped me a lot to recover some energy and provide more movement on my digestive system.

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