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Posted by Francesca on October 09, 2000 at 17:26:58:

In Reply to: post-surgery complication question posted by Jill D on October 09, 2000 at 16:22:27:

Hi again, I did search and here's the answer. Doubtful if you have an obstruction. You would be in the hospital if you did and doubled over in pain, dehydrated, etc. Narcotic pain meds. following surgery are the #1 cause. But everyone is different. With these pain meds. "fecal impaction" happens in 80% of cases (I don't need to explain "impaction" do I?). If the fiber one cereal doesn't work here's what this site said fixes the problem: mineral oil (an intestinal softener) taken by mouth AND an enema. It didn't say how much mineral oil but I'm sure a pharmacist could tell someone! The enema is self-explanatory. As for bowel obstructions - only surgery to correct them. But that's not you. Was just for you info. becuase you asked. I'd do all 3 by tonite. Cereal, Oil, and Enema just to be on the safe side. Wow what a trio! Be well girl! And stop worrying about nothing.

Hi again Y'all - okay here's a question for any of you that have had any surgeries done anteriorally: How long, normally, does it take (I know this is gross and embarassing!) to have a bowel movement again? I'm having trouble, have taken the laxative my dr. recommended, and nothing is happening. I remember him telling me a couple weeks ago that bowel obstruction is a possible complication, and I'm getting scared.....any help? Should I call him, or wait another day? Am I making a big deal out of nothing? And if it possibly a bowel obstruction, what do they do for that?


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