Hi!!!!It normally takes 3-4 days for the bowel to kick after surgery.Evidently the anesthesia
and the pain medicines slows the system down.I feel for you..carry on with the laxatives you are on.You may feel very constipated now but when you are released once,then diarrhea continues.It is seen that some of the patients after cholestectomy often have chronic diarrhea
especially after taking fatty food.Regular bowel movements
can be difficult after surgery. Don’t strain if the stool is too hard. Walking will help to stimulate the bowels.Else,per rectum enema
is suggested in worst conditions.In some cases,there is impacted stool which needs to cleared with a finger(done by medical person).
Eating foods rich in fiber, such as fruit, bran, cereal, and beans, will also help restore regularity.
Drink plenty of liquids; prune juice may help make the stool softer.