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I wondered what I should eat for the days before surgery to PREVENT constipation after surgery? The last time I had surgery (a hysterectomy) I swelled up horribly for 3 days!!!! It was the most uncomfortable thing in the world, 50 times worse than the incision pain.
One PS told me to "eat nothing but pasta for the 3 days before surgery." Has anyone ever heard of this?
I personally think I tried to eat everything in sight because i knew i wouldnt feel up to it for a few days after. I think a regular diet is fine as long as you are regular. if not, just add a little fiber. Also not everyone is prescribed an enema before surgery. I was not. I got lucky and had no problems after either. Had a horrible time with constipation after c-sections, and was really worried about it. I think I lived on Salads and things like that the first few days after and i swear my first movement came within 20 mins of eating the salad. I know TMI right? well good luck to you, hope all goes well.
I have IBS and decided to put myself on liquids only the day before (slim fast, soups, etc). I too drank tons of water. Started taking stool softener right after surgery and started going to the bathroon about 3 days after - wasn't bloated though - yea!
I had only soft stuff - milkshakes, Jamba Juice, soup, etc & took Citrucil tablets every day to keep from getting constipated. Worked great. Figured why have all that clutter in there while they're trying to work on you.
I am one of those people who goes once maybe twice a week normally. 10 days before surgery I drank lots of water and was on a vitimin program. My PS didn't recommend a enema before surgery. After surgery I contined my vitimins and drinking lots of water. I had no problem at all...I have gone twice since surgery without a problem!
I have heard....WATER! WATER! WATER! Fruits! and Protein!
the four days before surgery included wendy's, mcd's, chinese, etc.... i ate an entire cheese pizza at 11:30 pm the night before because i was cut off from food at midnight!! i was 7lbs heavier the day of surgery but it comes off fast. i'm a little over 1 month now and have lost 16lbs. 152lbs day of surgery....136lbs now. as for constipation....i took fiber pills religiously every day and had no probs. hope this helps!
I posted on another thread that I was going to try the Nutri System meals. They are designed for weight loss, fully prepared, and delivered to the door. They are very small in portions. Healthy snacks are included. My dh does not cook, so I had asked if anyone else has had them, but so far, no one has responded. I will let you know if they are appropriate. My surgery is Wed and they are arriving Thursday.
Awwww come on....chili dogs, french fries and a big thick mocha shake!!!
You won't want anything good for weeks...and if you start with a stool softener 2 days prior to surgery and take them for another week after you'll be fine.... EAT WHAT YOU WANT!!!!!...lol
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