I had the surgery 3 days ago, and I haven't gone to the bathroom since, and it is starting to worry me. Is there a certain time period that I should know about for bowel movements after an appendectomy?
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Patients undergoing abdominal surgery experience reduced gastrointestinal peristalsis due to surgical manipulation of the bowel and administration of opioid medications after surgery. post-operation, bowels regain their function by 24 -48 hours. The passage of gas usually signifies normal bowel functions. Oral feeds are initiated once the bowel sounds are heard on physical examination.
In case you have severe issues like nausea, vomiting, distended abdomen, inability to pass flatus even after 3-4 days you might consider consulting your treating surgeon who can assess the situation and treat you accordingly.
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