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Is black tarry stool after abdominal surgery to remove scar tissue and part of small intestine normal?

I just had abdominal surgery about 2 months ago, my small intestins were obstructed by scar tissue frome a previous surgery so they had to they had to go in and removed some of the scar tissue and a few feet of my small intestins. now my stool is like a black tar and it feels like im ripping open on the inside
Tue, 5 Mar 2019
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There can be transient episode of black stool upto 7-10 days after surgery as there is internal healing process and friction of newly anastomosed site of the intestine.

Black stool at the period of 2 months of surgery cannot be considered as normal and must be presented to the operating gastrosurgeon immediately without any sort of delay.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon
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