Constipation is the common side effect of Bariatric Surgery.

Constipation is the common side effect of Bariatric Surgery.

What is Constipation?

Constipation is defined as a condition in which it is difficult to empty the bowels, usually as a result of hard stools that occur fewer than once a week. If you don’t have a bowel movement every day, you can feel you’re constipated. Constipation is a typical problem after Bariatric Surgery.

Bariatric Surgery and Diet

Because of the gradual progression in diet, bariatric surgery may affect bowel function temporarily and cause constipation in the first month after surgery. Acute or chronic effects are possible. Constipation after surgery is most commonly caused by a sudden decrease in food intake and insufficient water consumption.

Necessary after Bariatric Surgery

Water intake should be monitored carefully, and a stool softener should be added if necessary. The use of a stool softener or fibre supplements such as Metamucil or Fibercon, as well as careful attention to water consumption, may help to relieve the condition. Always talk to your surgeon and/or dietician about the available supplements. Due to their diuretic nature, tea and coffee should be used limit. Calcium and iron supplements, as well as pain killers, can sometimes cause constipation by slowing bowel function. A high-fibre diet, in addition to increasing water intake, can help you overcome constipation after surgery. Regular physical activity, small and frequent meals, a glass of warm milk before bedtime, and a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, husked beans, sprouts, and legumes all aid in bowel function improvement.

Bariatric Surgery and Constipation 

It’s important to understand that constipation isn’t always linked to bariatric surgery and that a link shouldn’t be assumed. Constipation that has recently developed and is not easily linked to a bariatric operation or that does not improve with diet and lifestyle changes requires further diagnostic measures for a thorough evaluation. Other etiologic factors should always be considered.

Consult Dr.  Sudhir Jadhav Bariatric Surgeon in Pune or a dietitian before making any changes to your food, supplements, or prescriptions, and stick with your surgeon for the rest of your life.

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