Constipation after Bariatric Surgery

Have you experienced Constipation after Bariatric Surgery?

Constipation is occasionally seen after some bariatric surgery, such as sleeve gastrectomy or gastric band surgery. Dietary recommendations and the amount of food you will be eating can cause alterations to your digestive tract that may make you more susceptible to constipation problems.

Because of potential problems with hemorrhoids, hernias, and intestinal blockages, it’s important to prevent constipation.
If you are on an iron supplement, it may be necessary to take a stool softener for the first month or so until you can drink more fluids and eat more fiber.

Make sure you consume 48-64 ounces of water daily. In the beginning, it is difficult to consume this much water. Avoiding diuretics such as caffeine.

Lack of exercise: Sitting around too much will cause the stool to sit in the colon too long. This is one of the reasons we stress walking as soon as possible after surgery.

It is important to recognize that some bowel function problems are not related to bariatric surgery and a relationship should not be automatically assumed if you are more than 3 months post op.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your bariatric surgery.

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