|Just so you get an idea of what sort you need to see happening|
Pooping - the main grumble after WLS
The Reasons Why It Happens
- You have had a major bowel operation. The operation and anaesthetic can slow gut movement
- Little or no food being eaten post-op then that amount stays a lot less than you are used to for ages afterwards.
- Not enough hydration (glasses of water)
- Lower fiber in food eaten
- Less exercise immediately post-op
- Stress, and you only know what your stress reasons are
- Position on toilet
What can help you get better Poops
1. Water. You need to drink 8+ glasses of water to get a comfortable poop. I carry bottled water with me when I go out. At home I take note of what I am drinking to make sure it is enough. I refill the glass as soon as I finish it. Yes, I know how hard it is to drink enough as the urge to do so is often absent. Sometimes when you feel hungry it is actually because you are thirsty; drink a full glass of water and see. Coffee actually dehydrates you but it is a bowel stimulant so may help you go.
2. Exercise each day. This may only be 3 10 minute walks just after your operation but it does help. 3 years post-op I often have to hit the toilet not long after I do the 1/2 hour walk into town. The exercise massages your abdominal muscles over your bowel and make it move more. They strengthen your muscles also. Being sedentary slows down your whole body. If I do a lot of exercise I may go to the toilet more than once in a day.
|Massage your abdomen|
3. Massaging your external abdomen can encourage your bowels to keep everything moving along. You start upwards on your lower right side, across just under your ribs and down on your left side as this is the way your food goes through your bowel. I push in a little more in this left lower area and have been known to bend over my hand to get a little more pressure. This can work very well but be careful just after your operation as you don't want to cause any problems with internal stitches.
|Stool to get better angle|
|Regular toilet time with no interruptions|
|Not only infection but to help constipation.|
|Bananas help in so many ways|
|Beans have helpful fibre (beware of gas eruptions)|
|Fibre and breakfast - a twofer|
|Oats and linseed - fibre and oils|
|Kiwifruit - works wonders|
The Times Nothing Works.
- Ask the chemist (pharmacist) as some OTC items work well
- Ask your doctor as you may need suppositories/enemas to help clear the backlog
- Head for the ED if you can't stand or walk due to the pain as it may be causing further bowel problems.
- See your surgeon as the problem may have been caused by something to do with your op
|Enemas to clear bowels|
|Soluble fibre to soften things|
|Suppositories to help at the bottom end|
|Softener and lubricator|
Good luck and get on it early. It literally gets harder, and causes even more problems, if you take a wait and see approach. Most people go every 24-36 hours and that is your aim.