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How to treat constipation after hernia surgery

Updated February 21, 2017

A hernia can cause sharp pains in the groin and lower-abdomen region. Lifting objects or standing can cause the pain to worsen. In some cases, surgery is necessary to repair a hernia. Unfortunately, constipation is common after hernia surgeries because of certain medications. But there are fast and simple ways to treat constipation after hernia surgery and regulate your bowels.

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  1. Take fibre supplements. After hernia surgery, your doctor may recommend fibre capsules to keep your bowels regular and soft. Take supplements as instructed, or increase your fibre intake and consume 20 to 35 grams a day to treat constipation.

  2. Drink plenty of fluids. Drinking fluids--especially water--is another way to fight constipation after a hernia surgery. Drink eight glasses a day to relieve constipation.

  3. Take a short walk. Physical activity can stimulate bowel movements and relieve constipation. Although you can't engage in strenuous workouts after hernia surgery, you can do light exercises such walking.

  4. Use laxatives. Laxatives and stool softeners stimulate and hydrate the intestinal tract and provide quick relief from constipation associated with hernia repairs. Talk with your doctor to see if an over-the-counter laxative is right for you. If so, take as directed to avoid abuse.

  5. Limit dairy. If you're lactose intolerant, eating or drinking milk products after hernia surgery can worsen bloating and constipation. Limit your intake of dairy (milk, cheese, ice cream and yoghurt), or take a lactose digestive enzyme to ward off constipation.

  6. Tip

    Fibre-rich foods can include beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

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Things You'll Need

  • Fibre
  • Water
  • Laxative or stool softner

About the Author

Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as Sidestep.com, AOL Travel, Work.com and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.

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