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Hernia - Straining on your 1st Bowel Movement after Repair

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Anybody out there have a very difficult time to pass thier 1st Bowel Movement after a hernia repair that you eventually were so constipated that you strained a little harder than you thought you could becasue of the surgery?

I went through an ordeal getting my first BM 4 days post operation to pass my1st BW, I'm afraid I would have caused damage, But I have no way of knowing...
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replied July 10th, 2011
Constipation is rather common after hernia repairs, due to discomfort in the abdominal muscles, and due to constipation caused by narcotic pain medications and decreased oral intake early after surgery.

Drinking plenty of water and taking a stool softener (like Colace, or docusate sodium) may decrease the risk of developing significant constipation following hernia surgery.


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replied June 3rd, 2012
How do I know if I did any damage straining while moving bowels 3 days after hernia repair surgery?
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