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    My sister is in hospital. She spent 5 hours having surgery, including small part of her bowel being removed. She wont be discharged untill they work. Despite the best attempts of the staff, nothing yet. Does anybody have any ideas or home remedies that work for them? Now, before some *** offers me a lecture about following hospital advice im a nurse or some other *** makes a joke of this, im very serious. I need her home, shes been in hospital for a week.

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    Dried cranberries sprinkled on top of cereal

    surely you both should be asking the medical staff these questions, do they not have any ideas???

    what about prune juice?

    Sorry to hear that mate, thats just ****.....

    awww bless.

    I remember from having my cesareans it takes a while for the body to start working again like that.

    Also my lil boy had surgery on his bowel when he was just 9 months old and it took.. ohhh about a couple of months before he could eat properly I think without pain etc xxx

    I wish your sister well soon xxx

    Dont pressure her to get well just give her the time she needs and knowledge of your love and encouragement xx

    A bit old wives tale and I wouldn't know where to get it (except maybe the chemist) but has she tried castor oil? Good luck.

    I was gonna say prune juice too....but to be honest....if she's been in hospital for surgery for 5 hours an that'sdone nothing I can't imgine prune juice (or anything else that might be mentioned ITT) is gonna do a thing!!:?

    Andrews salts is what I used after I had my baby. That helped.

    Kiwi's

    I'd say plenty of fluids and fibre

    My sister had the same op a couple of years ago, I will ask her tomorrow and come back to you

    After surgery that involves working with the bowel in any way, even just moving it, the bowel kind of does a "rabbit in the headlight" thing. When it starts moving, be near a toilet.

    Have the doctors given her anything to help?

    Green vegetables...especially Broccoli. Some Broccoli soup should help.

    Fruit juice and liqourice are good. Best wishes to her.

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    ChipSticks;6753223

    After surgery that involves working with the bowel in any way, even just … After surgery that involves working with the bowel in any way, even just moving it, the bowel kind of does a "rabbit in the headlight" thing. When it starts moving, be near a toilet.Have the doctors given her anything to help?



    fybrogel, lactulose to bulk and soften

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    ClarityofMind;6753182

    awww bless.I remember from having my cesareans it takes a while for the … awww bless.I remember from having my cesareans it takes a while for the body to start working again like that. Also my lil boy had surgery on his bowel when he was just 9 months old and it took.. ohhh about a couple of months before he could eat properly I think without pain etc xxxI wish your sister well soon xxxDont pressure her to get well just give her the time she needs and knowledge of your love and encouragement xx



    thanks for the kind words and support

    craig guy;6753255

    fybrogel, lactulose to bulck and soften



    those are both quite mild laxitives, maybe she should ask for some senna?

    having said that, they might be wanting them to kickstart on their own, forcing it might not be good for her.

    Hope she feels better real soon xx

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    snowflake;6753242

    Have to agree with Com, it takes time hun and something not to be rushed, … Have to agree with Com, it takes time hun and something not to be rushed, I had surgery last year quite similar, I did find cranberry juice helped but the recovery can't be rushed, I couldn't wait to get home either and wanted to do anything I could to get out of hospital, but you have to listen to the Doctors xxx



    the cranberry juice was reduced tonight in th supermarket, i should have bought some. thankas i will buy some

    Sennokot was given to me in hospital and that helped. But I would assume the medical staff would already have prescribed this if it was appropriate. I am sure they wouldn't keep your sister in if she didn't need to be there. Hang in there, she'll get well soon enough!

    Exlax chocholate...

    Try orange juice or some dilute orange made up a little stronger than usaul....works for me.

    Anything that forces the bowels to work is not good, so the best is to use a good diet and let nature take its course, laxatives on a post op bowel is not good.

    harlzter;6753442

    Anything that forces the bowels to work is not good, so the best is to … Anything that forces the bowels to work is not good, so the best is to use a good diet and let nature take its course, laxatives on a post op bowel is not good.



    i was thinking this, surely doctors want to ensure the bowel is working correctly before discharging, forcing it wont do this, your sisters health is more important than wanting her home im sure

    Movicol is a stool softener and makes things easier to pass and works well.
    Home remedies include prune juice, prunes, bran, anything fibrous to push it all along!
    I hope that she gets better and home soon.

    pears! its worth a try if ur going for natural stuff.

    or warm weetabix....

    really feel for ur sis. hope she gets better.

    Sorbitol I think it is, in sweets like Sula ones,and M&S do little boiled ones in small boxes,they contain Sorbitol think it's called,this can have a laxative effect if eaten lots of,there a warning on packet,same with some chewing gum.

    I suffer quite a lot with it but find as soon as I have a sip of an alcoholic drink thats it!!!
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