It is very important in the post-operative period to try to maintain bowl regularity. Narcotics frequently hamper routine bowel movements therefore it is necessary to have some type of bowl regime. While on pain medication bulk laxatives such as Metamucil (or Citrucel) can be helpful, as well as, products such as Colace this acts as a stool softener. However, it would be important to not only to take a stool softener, but also take a gentle stimulant as well. An ideal bowel regime would be to take a bulk laxative such as Metamucil and a softener that stimulants such as Senokot-S to keep you as regular as possible in the post-operative period.