Constipation after surgery

Constipation after bariatric surgery occasionally happens to patients. With a proper diet change, you can get to pushing in no time.

Why do you suffer from constipation?

For one, your digestive tract just went through a remodel. Your stomach will be smaller and the tubes that move your food from one end to another are now longer than before. The type of medication being taken, not drinking enough water or eating enough fiber are often the main causes of constipation after surgery.

According to Everyday Health, everyone’s bowel movements are different. Some health professionals consider a normal bowel movement to happen once to three times a day. If it has been longer than three days since you've made a bowel movement and are feeling abdominal discomfort, you may be constipated. If the discomfort increases or if you feel any abdominal pain, speak with a doctor. 

What can you do?

 

Doctors will recommend patients to take stool softener along with their prescribed medicine in the beginning stage of recovery. At this point in the recovery stage, solid foods are not permitted, only liquids and medication can be ingested. After receiving approval to eat more solid foods can the patient add more fibrous foods to their diet. 

Eating more fibrous foods, drinking more water and participating in more physical activities can help push things along. Adding foods packed with fiber is often recommended. Broccoli, peas, lentils, avocado, squash and sweet potatoes are just some example of foods you can easily add to your diet. Sugar-free prune juice also can be helpful, along with a regular consumption of water. Health professional recommend eight glasses of water a day in order to keep things moving along normally. 

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