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  • 3 years ago

What have all you post-op tummy tuckers used to counteract the constipation that almost inevitably comes after surgery?

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I took prune juice and Ducolax.  It worked well.  Eating plenty of fiber and fruit. 
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Iv taken everything to help with the pooping problems & nothing has happen :( I'm one week and two days in and started taken softness a week before surgery. Any helpful tips will be much appreciated .
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I quess you are looking for quick help. try colonic irrigation you might avoid surgery.
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Hi. Very good book for constipation relief is The Complete Guide To Constipation Relief Naturally by Petra Ennis. You can find it on Amazon. It cured my constipation.
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I'll look into it , thanks so much for your helpful tips :) on this not so fun conversation lol... Hopefully everyone will be pooping & feeling gr8 soon . Thanks again .
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My PS recommended 2 tablespoons of mineral oil twice a day and I never had a problem. I also ate plenty of fresh fruit all day. Hope this helps.
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Please forgive me, a few keys are not working on y keyboard.
Taking percoset and soma after breast augmentation. Taking fiber and dcolax every day. LOTS of fruit and water.
Bt I cant poop. Its been now 5.5 days. I hurt very badly. For some reason, I still want to eat meals, because I feel hungry. Then I feel so sick after I eat. Help!
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I just went thru this. Drink a full bottle of magnesium citrate follow it with a glass of water & another glass of water every hour. 2 stool softeners a day & eventually I needed a ducolac suppository. It hurt but I finally went & went more later & feel better. 5 days is way too lOng!
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I was not prepared and after almost a week I birthed a rubix cube and had to apply witch hazel compresses all day. :( Now I take a mega fiber supplent and a senna tab every day.
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My surgery was yesterday - when should I take a laxative??
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Start taking them now...get ahead of this because the meds do a number on your system quickly. 
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I took the softener and miralax for a week before the moment..... Wish you luck. How are you doing otherwise?
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I have been drinking prune juice and eating prunes and that has helped finally....
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I'm still waiting for the big movement. If nothing happens by tomorrow, I'm going to take the Miralax I bought. I've been taking colace twice a day as instructed and nothing yet.
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well, I was told to avoid "stimulants" as you dont want to become overly gassy... but, I used Milk of Magnesia for 2 days. (2 tbsp/day) and ended up with well... lets just say "it" was a little TOO EASY to get out. Ugh.... I should note that I was not taking any narcotics after I left the hospital 1 dpo so maybe that is why it did that to me....
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No one warned me, I cried. The antibiotics will do damage. I needed help with stool softeners, laxatives and an enema. Not pretty.....
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Knowing that surgery always slows down my system I was prepared. I used a stool softener & then one dose of a laxative. Kimmers is right - stick close to the bathroom!
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How long did it take before you were able to go?
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After the first dose of MOM it took like 3 hours and then...WHOA!   Be near a bathroom when you hear and feel the rumbling start.
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2 days post op - day 1 of eating prunes for breakfast, again for lunch (determined to go..) and then 1 glass of prune juice, got half way through a bowl of rice and bingo...
Had to stop eating prunes day 4 cos I was going about 4 times a day. Now at day 8, half a glass of prune juice or couple of prunes in my breakfast is enough.
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Definitely prunes and prune juice for me.
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I have read about women trying several different things.  What works for one may not work for the next.

Personally the Milk of Magnesia worked like magic for me.
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Since I've had surgery before I know how anesthesia & pain meds really slow down your digestive system so I was prepared. I took a stool softener every day & eventually a laxative. By day 4 all was moving again.
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My first real bowel movement after surgery came on day three and I didn't use the MOM. I can tell you I pooped something the size of an anaconda though. lol
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I was afraid of constipation, so was prepared with Milk of Magnesia. I also only ate fluids for days, but still.....

I started taking a bit of the MoM a couple days after surgery, but it was so gross, I didn't take enough. I took more the next day, and it finally worked the day after; but I had a bit of the runs for a day or so.

The biggest problem was, I couldn't get in and out of my recliner on my own, and was dopey from the meds, so hubby had to keep helping me up and down.
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