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Hip Replacement Surgery Tip #114: Post Surgery’s Secret Gift – Constipation

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What Is The Most Common Post Surgery Symptom?

(Wait for it… wait for it…) Yes, you will be waiting for some time after surgery. The nurse tried to convince to have a bowel movement while I was in the hospital for two days. Now call me old-fashioned, but I just don’t like to poop where I get surgery. So I waited (I couldn’t have gone anyways) and waited.

Constipation, Post Hip Replacement Surgery’s Dirty Little Secret

Nobody likes to talk about it. Nobody likes to tell you this, but constipation is the most common post-surgery condition. Constipation is the result of the anesthesia during surgery the post-surgical pain medications you ingest. And, if you continue to take pain meds, you will continue to have constipation.

Pain Or Poop? Pain Or Poop?

Hip Tip – How Watching Sophie’s Choice Can Prepare You For Your Constipation Issues (Choose Wisely): Everybody has different pain thresholds and areas of discomfort. I rationalized that either I would take pain pills and have painful constipation, or that I would go without pain pills and have a painful hip. At least I got to choose which one I wanted to keep, constipation or pain. I elected to go without pain pills. I had two pills in the hospital, but once I got home I quit taking the pain meds. Regardless, there was still enough surgical and post-surgical pain killers in me that it took all those days for the matter of mind to overcome the matter in my intestines.

“Reality is just a crutch for people
who can’t handle drugs.”
Robin Williams

It Felt Like I Was Going To Give Birth To A ‘Los Angeles’ Class Submarine

“Why Yes, I Think I Will Drink A 6-Pack!” – Well, I was going to buy a package of dried prunes, but why stop there. I bought a six-pack of prune juice. I am not really much of a drinker, but I made an exception for the full-bodied, dark ale infused with earthy undertones and promises of deep, moving satisfaction.

“There will be a giant sucking sound going south.”
1992 Presidential Debates – Ross Perot

Great Sex Versus Great Bowel Movement – Based upon, thank Gawd, that day of relief, I concluded Ross Perot was ultimately right… there was, finally, a giant sucking sound. I guess the people who say, “A great bowel movement is better than great sex,” must have had hip replacement surgery as well.


Hooked On Poop? I took a couple of the prescribed stool softener meds. My pharmacist warned me not to overuse the softener pills as it is possible to become stool softener dependent. It one thing to be “Hooked on Phonics,” it is another to be hooked on softeners.

My recommendation. Down the 6-pack, get it over with and enjoy the launch.





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