I just had my staging surgery with hysterectomy last Monday June 14th. I was in the hospital for 3 days after the surgery and every day I was asked if I had had a bowel movement. I hadn't. Which seemed perfectly understandable considering I had been on a liquid diet since the day before surgery, but it was concerning to me that the nurses/doctors kept asking me about this. And because I hadn't had a bowel movement or passed gas yet, I was kept on liquids until Thursday, the day I was released. I didn't feel much like eating that day or the next couple of days, so I didn't get a lot of fiber which prolonged the bowel movement and the pain killers I was taking also were contributing to my constipation. By Sunday my stomach was so bloated and I was miserable. I was scared something was wrong with my bowel--why was nothing happening? I spent Sunday eating dried plums, had a bit of prune juice, lots of water, a cup of herbal laxative tea called "Smooth Move", an apple and some tuna casserole with broccoli. Before I went to bed I also took a stool softener "Colace" and at 4am the next morning I FINALLY had my first bowel movement since the surgery. I am not sure which of the above items I ingested helped me, but I wanted to list them so that in case it helps anyone else out there is feeling as miserable and desperate as I was!