green after surgery

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Lisa O'Connor asks:

I recently had surgery for endometroisis 2 weeks ago, I just started my period for the first time since and am having bouts of diarhia that is a very bright green color, and i don't feel well. Could this be related to the surgery or is there something else going on?




Dear Lisa,

Hopefully, you have seen a REAL doctor by now. However, I will attempt in my limited way to answer your question.

Adults can have green poop if they eat large amounts of green, leafy vegetables or if they eat large amounts of foods with green food coloring. Green feces can also occur with diarrhea if bile salts pass through the intestine unchanged. Bile salts are substances that make up bile, which is a fluid produced by the liver that help digest fat. The liver is the largest organ in the body and is responsible for filtering (removing) harmful chemical substances, producing important chemicals for the body, and other important functions.

You may have also been given antibiotics during your surgery that are wreaking havoc with your digestive system.

I hope everything has cleared up for you by now, and you are recovering well.

Please be advised that I am only a Poonurse. I am NOT a medical doctor. Any advice I give should be taken moderate skepticism. Please consult a REAL medical doctor if you feel you have a serious medical condition.

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14 Comments on "green after surgery"

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Are you eating a lot of salad? That turns my poop green. I guess it could also be some sort of hormone imbalance.

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After the family ran through a nasty case of gastro flu, it ended up with me. I vomited everything, and bile at the end. The only thing I had to drink was Gatorade Fierce blue and omygosh when I had diharrea is was BRIGHT KELLY GREEEN. Thanks for this site. I feel less strange now

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Lisa, just to be on the safe side, I would go see a doctor and get checked out if I were you.
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IBS & removed Gall Bladder, plus extreme stress over the past 26 months that started with the IBS, then I got campylobacter undiagnosed for a month, then irregular periods (I had an ablation) same day post op I then had my first known.... extreme Gall bladder attack, 2 weeks later they removed it. I am occasionally getting bright green poop, and (blood in the stools other times when I experience stress) is the green because no Gall bladder?

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I have no idea what you said, but I did enjoy how you capitalized Gall Bladder like it was The United Nations or Czech Republic.

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I've had surgery twice for endometriosis,no fun!And your lucky you even poopep on you're own...I had to use an eniema after my surgery.I was so constipated.

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Im 24 years old, im a veggie. and For some odd reason, when i go number 2 i have been pooping green.. however i dont eat that much green stuff.. im worried. is this an illness... help?

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In case it may work for any of you, what my surgeon told me to do after removing my gallbladder has really helped. Taking just one anti-diarrheal first thing every morning (on empty stomach) took away the explossive diarrhea. Still green poop, though, but I'm not complaining!

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Sorry to dredge this up from the archives, but I have the same symptoms the first person described, but I don't really eat many veggies, so now I'm worried. What does it mean if the cause of the green poo is because the bile salts pass through the intestine unchanged? What's wrong if that is the case? Can it be fixed? I'm going in for a blood test tomorrow, but some kind of idea what to expect would be nice.

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LauraD....We are primarily a bunch of wise asses on PR but offer advice when we can. The best advice for you is to ask tomorrow when you get your blood test. It wouldn't hurt you to start eating more vegetables also. Especially those that are low in starch and high in fiber, like broccoli. When veggies are fresh at my local farmers market I eat them like mad...yummy !!


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Im glad to know Im not the only one pooping green.. I went today and was like "Holy crap!"(yeah pad pun).... I had my gallbladder out two weeks ago.. I feel so much better.. even my poop is better.. its prettier.. my favorite color.. forest green! WOOT! HAPPY POOPING EVERYONE!

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I have been eating huge amounts of turnip greens lately and passing some very attractive poops that range in color from very dark green to almost black. I think I will eat beets tonight for a little variety in poop hue.

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I had back surgery two weeks ago... and have had constant diarrhea for about five days now. Today it turned green and I was pretty alarmed!! I've notified my local VA primary care doctor, but haven't heard back from her yet. Should I be concerned? If so, what could possibly be causing this? "Any insight would be most appreciated" ~ Snowflake

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snowflake ... You are in capable hands with the VA but have you tried contacting VA telephone care? They should be able to give you some advice and assuage any fears you might have.

I receive my health care from the VA also and have the utmost confidence in them. I wonder if you are just experiencing a side effect from some post operative medication?

Best of luck to you.


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