Constipation is often an issue after surgery because of your limited ability to move around, lingering effects of anesthesia, and the side effects of some prescribed pain medications.1,2 Defining constipation can be tricky and is usually dependent on the individual.2 For someone who has a bowel movement 4 times a day and suddenly is going 4 times a week, they could be considered constipated. However, if you’re someone who normally only goes 4 times a week, then your condition may be normal. If you’re feeling backed up, don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor. They may have additional ideas to help manage your constipation after surgery.
According to published literature, one way to help prevent constipation after surgery is to eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water before surgery. Some additional ideas for reducing your chances of becoming constipated may include:1,2