Delayed Bowel Function Following a C-Section

Delayed Bowel Function Following a C-Section: A Summary

A common gastrointestinal problem that can occur with a c-section is an ileus, which is a temporary stoppage of your bowel function. Causes of delayed bowel function following a c-section include:
  • Anesthesia
  • Other medications
  • Your bowels were touched and/or moved during the surgery.
The bowels are actually your intestines, which begin at the end of the stomach and end at the anus. If your bowel function slows temporarily after the c-section, you will be given clear liquids until your bowel function returns. The passage of gas usually signifies normal bowel functions. In very rare cases, the ileus may need to be treated with a tube in the stomach or by a second surgery.
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