Post-operative bowel program

To ensure proper post-operative bowel function please follow these steps:

For the next six (6) weeks use:

  • Surfak 240 mg twice daily or an equivalent stool softener.
  • Metamucil 1 tablespoon in 8oz. water daily, or equivalent.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of water

On your second (2nd) day after surgery:

  • Begin 2 tablespoons of Milk of Magnesium (MOM) twice a day.
  • You can DISCONTINUE MOM if you have a bowel movement or develop diarrhea.

On your third (3rd) day after surgery – if you have NOT had a bowel movement:

  • Use 2 tablespoons of MOM twice daily.
  • DISCONTINUE MOM if you have a bowel movement or develop diarrhea.

On your fourth (4th) day after surgery – if you have NOT had a bowel movement:

  • 4 tablespoons of MOM with 1 tablespoon of mineral oil. The mineral oil can be repeated every hour.
  • If NO results in four (4) hours take 4 more tablespoons of MOM and continue the mineral oil.
  • If no results, drink ½ bottle of Magnesium Citrate.
  • If no results in another 4 hours drink the other ½ bottle of Magnesium Citrate.
  • If no results – call our office 425-275-5555.