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Bowel Management after Bariatric Surgery

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

Bowel management after bariatric surgery includes medicines, liquids, and activity to help prevent constipation. Constipation is when you have hard, dry bowel movements, or you go longer than usual between bowel movements. Constipation may be caused by pain medicines, lack of physical activity, or not enough water or high-fiber foods.


Seek care immediately if:

Contact your healthcare provider if:


Drink liquids as directed:

You may need to drink at least 64 ounces of liquids each day to prevent dehydration. Water is the best liquid to drink. Sip liquids throughout the day rather than drinking a large amount at one time. Ask your dietitian or healthcare provider which liquids to drink, and how much to drink each day.

Do activity as directed:

Take short walks often throughout the day. Regular physical activity helps stimulate your intestines. Ask your healthcare provider about the best exercise plan for you.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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