Constipation, unfortunately, is likely after surgery. This is usually a side effect of anesthesia combined a modified G.I. tract and lifestyle changes. On the positive side however, it is often short-lived and rarely problematic.

To avoid constipation, be sure to drink plenty of fluids as the colon uses water to flush fecal matter. Increasing your activity level, within guidelines, can also help restore regularity. Follow your post-operative instructions to ensure that your diet is optimized for colon health.

Stubborn cases of constipation may require a stool softener such as Colace, details of which will be included in your post-op instructions. Milk of magnesia and miralax are other alternatives.  More severe cases will require a follow up consultation with Dr. Henke. Do not use any products that are not specifically mentioned in the instruction manual.

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