Diarrhea may occur after surgery.  If your stool is more than loose, i.e. watery and continuing to occur beyond the first 5 days after surgery, please call the clinic.  You may experience diarrhea as a result of your body adjusting to the liquid diet and other consistencies of the diet as you advance.  Other potential causes of diarrhea:

  • Lactose intolerance
  • Use of laxatives and/or stool softeners
  • Lack of fiber
  • Sugar alcohols such as Erythritol, Mannitol, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Lactitol, Isomalt, Maltitol, Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates
  • Avoid high sugar, high fat and spicy foods
  • Limit caffeinated beverages
  • Do not drink fluids with meals