Delayed Bowel Function After a Myomectomy

A common gastrointestinal problem that can occur with any abdominal surgery, including myomectomy, is an ileus, which is a temporary stoppage of your bowel functions. This can occur due to:
  • The anesthesia
  • Other medications
  • Your bowel being touched
  • Removal of your bowel during the surgery.
The bowels are actually your intestines, which begin at the end of the stomach and end at the anus. If you have delayed bowel function after a myomectomy, 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.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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