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While you can expect some mild to moderate pain after surgery, it should not be severe. Pain medication taken after surgery can cause constipation. Your doctor may prescribe a stool softener to reduce straining. You may also wish to eat a high-fiber diet that includes fruits and vegetables. This will help you pass your stools easier.
The risk of complications after surgery is low. However, you should call your doctor if you have the following symptoms because they could indicate an infection:
pain that gets worse, not better
fever higher than 101°F
vomiting that won’t subside
foul-smelling or bloody drainage from the incision
significant redness and swelling of the incision
not passing a bowel movement for two to three days after surgery