3 Ways to Release Gases After Surgery

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3 Ways to Release Gases After Surgery
3 Ways to Release Gases After Surgery

After abdominal surgery, the digestive tract usually slows down. If you still can't let go of gas, you may be experiencing symptoms of pain, bloating, and bloating in your belly. If it doesn't return to normal, you can develop a blockage, which is why it's so important to let go of gas and have a bowel movement soon after surgery. Fortunately, you can take a few simple steps to encourage normal bowel function, and you'll soon be relieved!


Method 1 of 3: Stimulating Bowel Function

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Step 1. Start walking as soon as possible

The surgeon will recommend that you take a walk as soon as you can. If necessary, a nurse or other medical staff will help you move around the room or down the hallway.

  • The team will likely help you walk once the anesthesia wears off or two to four hours after surgery.
  • Walking after a surgical procedure is essential to stimulate the bowel and prevent blood clots from forming.
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Step 2. Massage the abdominal area

Massage helps with pain and can stimulate bowel function. Ask your doctor for the best places to massage.

Ignore this suggestion if you have had surgery in the abdominal region

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Step 3. Try light leg and trunk exercises

If you cannot walk, the doctor or nurse will stretch your legs and bring your knee toward your chest. They can also help you twist your torso left and right. These light exercises can help get the digestive tract back to normal.

Ask the practitioner how to do light exercise without hurting the surgical site

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Step 4. Chew sugar-free gum at least three times a day

Chewing gum sends nerve signals and hormones to the intestines that stimulate the muscle movements involved in digestion. There is strong evidence that patients who chew gum after surgery begin to release gas sooner than those who don't.

  • Although scientists don't understand why, sugar-free gum is more effective than one that contains sugar.
  • Talk to your doctor before chewing gum.
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Step 5. Drink a cup of caffeinated coffee daily

In a clinical trial, patients who drank a cup of caffeinated coffee after surgery began to release gas about 15 hours earlier than those who did not drink coffee. As a precaution, ask your doctor if it is safe to consume caffeine before taking it.

In the study, coffee was more effective in restoring bowel function than tea

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Step 6. Agree to receive an anus catheter if your doctor recommends it

A provider can relieve the pain and swelling by inserting a small tube into your anus to help release the accumulated gas.

The procedure doesn't hurt, it just causes discomfort

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Step 7. Talk to your doctor about early eating

Generally, health professionals ask the patient to fast after surgery until gas is released. However, early feeding, or consumption of clear fluids or a light meal 24 to 48 hours after surgery, can encourage normal bowel function. If you still haven't released gas, ask your doctor if eating might be beneficial.

In most cases, they ask to keep the fast

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Step 8. Avoid using force when releasing gases or evacuating

It may take a while for the digestive system to get back to normal, so don't force yourself to gas or evacuate. When you start, don't push for anything.

  • Depending on the location of the surgery, force can cause some damage.
  • Your doctor may recommend a stool softener or mild laxative to make the bathroom easier. Take medications as directed.

Method 2 of 3: Taking Medications That Improve Bowel Function

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Step 1. Discuss the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers with your doctor

Ask if you should take such medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, and ask for the recommended dosage. This type of medication relieves intestinal inflammation, which interferes with the normal functioning of the organ. In addition, it can also reduce the need to take narcotic pain relievers, which make it difficult to release gas and bowel movements.

Since the doctor will prescribe narcotic pain relievers, it is necessary to ask the dosage and type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug to avoid harmful drug interactions

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Step 2. Ask the doctor about alvimopan

The drug reduces stomach pain, bloating, nausea and vomiting that opioid pain relievers can cause after surgery. If you are having trouble releasing gas, your doctor may prescribe two oral doses a day for up to seven days or until you are discharged from the hispital.

Before taking alvimopan, tell your doctor about any medications you are taking and if you have a history of kidney or liver disease. He may have to adjust the dosage or monitor side effects if you are taking a calcium channel blocker, antibiotic or antifungal medication, or for irregular heartbeat

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Step 3. Take a stool softener and laxative if your doctor approves

Depending on the type of surgery, he may recommend such over-the-counter medications. Take them according to the professional's instructions.

Do not take a laxative without your doctor's approval

Method 3 of 3: Relieving Pain and Swelling

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Step 1. Place a warm compress on your belly for 20 minutes

Use three to four times a day or whenever you experience swelling. Test on the back of your hand before placing it on your stomach so you don't burn yourself. It is also important to avoid using it directly on the incision as the skin around the surgical site is sensitive and prone to burns.

  • A warm compress can relieve pain and help the bowels return to normal.
  • Purchase a microwave-safe swab at the pharmacy and place in the appliance for 30 seconds or as directed. You can also use a clean cloth. Wet it and microwave it for 30 seconds.
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Step 2. Eat broth or soup, bread, crackers and other light foods

Consume easy-to-digest foods until bloating and gas pain improves. Protein sources can promote healing, but you should only consume poultry, bank fish, and other leaner options. It is important to follow any special instructions given by the doctor.

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Step 3. Avoid foods and beverages that worsen the formation of gas, such as vegetables (lentils and beans), broccoli, corn and potatoes

Carbonated drinks can also make pain and swelling worse. Also avoid dairy products or spicy foods if they cause stomach pain.

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Step 4. Drink at least two liters of water a day

Drink eight to ten glasses of water, juice and other non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day. Staying hydrated helps to soften stools, makes it easier to release gas and evacuate, and helps to heal the surgical site.

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Step 5. Take over-the-counter gas medications

Medications that contain simethicone can help relieve gas pain, especially if you have had a hysterectomy or caesarean section. Consult your doctor before taking any medication after surgery. Take as directed by the professional or follow the instructions on the package insert.

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