Prune juice before surgery?

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   Posted 9/6/2010 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I have surgery Tues morning and having some constipation problems since cherries have gone out of season as it was the only fruit that was really agree with me. Tried eating salad but having a terrible time with the dressings due to the vinegar in everything. I know pain meds can slow you down and am concerned. I'm just plain worried about the surgery in general since I don't know if it will be overnight or several days in the hospitals. My dr said it depends what he has to do due to the amount of old scar tissue I have from old gall bladder surgery.
I have never used prune juice but don't like the over the counter laxatives either. Was wondering if anyone else had experience using prune juice?
Wish me luck - I know it will be ok but have very high stress level over this.

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   Posted 9/6/2010 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I like mineral oil. No flavor, goes down smoothly, and you can take it every hour if needed. My mother's surgeon said she could take it until it's dripping out of her after her hemriod-ectomy. (TMI) :P

Fill a glass with 4 oz of your favorite drink and add 3 tblsp of oil. Drink it down in one big gulp. Your lips will feel a little oily but no taste.

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   Posted 9/6/2010 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Catlady!
I had the Nissen surgery in February 2009, so I know just what you're going through. It's always a bit stressful to make the decision for "elective" surgery, but try to relax and keep positive thoughts in your head. If you're constipated now, it's probably good idea to try to get things moving. I'd be inclined to think a laxative might be the best bet at this point, because prune juice (although much tastier) could get you gassy, and you don't want that. Can you call your surgeon's office and talk to a nurse or PA about it?

Don't worry about the surgery. Many have had Nissens after gall bladder surgery, and I have heard only positive results. You can have adhesions after any surgery...there are people who need redos, and that's always an issue, but in the end things turn out just fine.

Be sure to ask your surgeon to provide you with liquid versions of the pain med. For some reason mine was resistant and insisted on giving me tablets. He was sure I could take them. Maybe I could, but I didn't feel comfortable doing it, and liquid (which I had in the hospital) would have been much a much more comforting option. I didn't stay on the pain meds long, and went to liquid Tylenol. (I've heard liquid Motrin is better, but I have a very reactive stomach, and stick to Tylenol.)

I was ready for anything post-surgery, and was pleasantly surprised with the recovery process. Yes, it has its challenging moments, but wasn't nearly as difficult as I'd imagined. Be sure to stay with us, and ask away if you have questions or concerns after surgery. We'll do our best to help, and share our own experiences with you.

Good luck tomorrow! You'll do just fine.
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   Posted 9/6/2010 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Just popping in to say good luck tomorrow and you will come through this well.  Remember by tomorrow evening this will all be history and you will be on the road to recovery.
Sending you good vibes.
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   Posted 9/6/2010 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Try eating actual prunes plugs figs and kiwi fruit. Guaranteed to having a moving time :-)

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   Posted 9/6/2010 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the information - being the holiday weekend, I couldn't call my Dr for advise but did get the prune juice and drank a little. Things were a bit better today as ate an apple although it did give me terrible heartburn, it did help. I know things will be OK but just thinking back to the pain after my gall bladder surgery and that really scares me. That honestly was some of the worst pain I've ever had. Oh well - I'm going to try to stay positive and heal quickly. I have a concert to attend on Sept 25 in Denver to see Brad Paisley and several other stars! I absolutely love country concerts and am determined to have a great time even though you stand alot at these concerts. This one starts at 4pm there are so many stars at this one. I've stocked up on soup, pudding, jello, and some sherbet.
Thanks for the support and will logon as soon as I'm able! thanks for all the good wishes!

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   Posted 9/6/2010 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Didn't you have an open surgery for your gallbladder though? This one will most likely be keyhole and nowhere near as bad for you.

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   Posted 9/8/2010 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   

You are having your surgery today but I just wanted to chime in that I have the same issues with constipation and have conquered it with probiotics. Don't take laxatives. After surgery you don't want to upset the balance in your GI tract. Get some good probiotics from health food store and start taking one to three a day. Start with one and add as needed. It's an individual thing. There are many strains of bacteria so ask the clerk which one she thinks might be best for you. Add some Activia yogurt everyday and you will see an amazing difference the first few days. You will also reduce the gas problem you get after surgery by taking these and they are actually very good for you and do no harm at all. My husband takes them for his gas from Crohn's disease and they work great.

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   Posted 9/9/2010 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Well had the surgery and was not that bad - had a tough time getting pain under control and only slept like 2 hours in the hospital. I was on only ice chips until the next day till I had the xrays to make sure I had no leaks - had to drink this horrible tasting stuff. By the time I got a clear liquid meal was starving and had to force myself to slow down. Then they wanted me to eat a full liquid meal that had pudding, cream of wheat, ice cream, juice etc. My only problem is every single thing I eat goes straight through me - have had to take Immodium every day just to cope.
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