Gas pains are common after surgery. These can feel like sudden, sharp pains in the abdomen or pelvis. If you are very uncomfortable, try to hold your tummy and massage it slightly. This may help the trapped gas release. It is normal to strain or push to start a bowel movement. Do not be afraid to do this after surgery.
You have been asked to take a stool softener call docusate sodium (Colace) for the next 6 weeks so you do not have to strain excessively during a bowel movements. Start taking this medication 2 times a day then increase or decrease the dose to keep your stools soft. You may take up to 4 of these pills each day.
If you do not have a bowel movement for more than two days, you become constipated, or your stools remain hard, you should stop taking Colace and begin taking Peri-Colace a stool softener with a mild laxative. Take 2 Peri-Colace the first day then take 1 or 2 pills a day to keep your stools soft. You may get Colace and Peri-Colace at your pharmacy and no not need a prescription.
Showering: You may begin showing after surgery. For the first couple of days, let the water run on your back and not directly on your incision.
Bathing: If you have an incision on your abdomen, you may begin bathing 2 weeks after surgery. If you DO NOT have an incision on your abdomen, you may bathe as soon as you feel strong enough to get in and out of the tub.
Eating: You may resume your normal diet when you are discharged from the hospital. Initially, your appetite may not be as good as it was before surgery. Try to eat small, frequent meals.