The hardest thing in my opinion about the surgery is constipation and getting through the liquid diet post-op. (the first two weeks)
When I was in Mexico I took two tablespoons a day of MOM(milk of magnesia)
to crank up the old engine but I had no luck whatsoever. On day 7 I met with my doctor to take out the port and I told him I had gone one week without going to the bathroom. He said you're on liquids don't be concerned. But he also said "do you have gas?" I said, "yes." He said "good."
I was leaving Friday and was afraid to take more MOM so he said when you get home drink half the bottle. Well, I'm 11 days out and I drank 1/2 the bottle. Let me tell you today I'm making up for all 11 days post-op.
You want to plan this on the weekend as this is an all day affair but I'm just glad it worked. I was scared I'd end up in the ER if I went past 14 days.
But I thought I'd address this topic as I haven't seen it on the board before.