Constipation After Hysterectomy

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Some women may struggle with constipation after a hysterectomy. In fact, it is a common complainant. Typically bowel problems like constipation will fix themselves after a few weeks, but in the meantime, there are some things that can be done that may help.

Constipation after a hysterectomy may occur for a number of reasons. Medication, reduced food and fluid intake, as well as decreased mobility are all contributors. Anesthetics used during surgery not only put you to  sleep but also paralyze the bowls, which may contribute to constipation after a hysterectomy.

Some things that can be done to help avoid constipation after a hysterectomy include trying to eat normally after surgery. This can be difficult but things like soups and smoothies will help. Making sure you drink a lot of fluids is also important. Getting up and walking around as soon as possible will not only help you avoid constipation after a hysterectomy, it will also prevent blood clots from forming. Fiber rich foods like vegetables, fruit, beans, bread and nuts are also useful in preventing constipation after a hysterectomy.

Fiber supplements may be good for treatment purposes. Laxatives may also be effective, but before using any type of laxative it is important to consult with your doctor beforehand.

About NVSCC:

Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center specializes in gynecological cancers and minimally-invasive robotic surgical treatments of endometriosis, fibroids, other complex gynecologic conditions as well as colon and rectal health. NVSCC proudly leads the region in gynecologic robotic surgery, helping patients recover quickly and get back to daily life. Our oncologists treat each individual patient’s needs with specialized care and compassion while educating patients throughout treatment to ensure understanding and peace-of-mind. If you have any questions regarding constipation after a hysterectomy, please call us at 702-739-6467.

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