I had a lot of trouble with that after my last surgery. As long as I was on painkillers I would have to take docusate (two pills twice a day), and Miralax at night. Both of them are really gentle and won’t likely send you running to the bathroom. If you need something else to get things moving try either senna or milk of magnesia. They irritate the lining of your intestines, which do the job better, but can cause some urgency too.
I’m glad to hear the pain isn’t too bad. Mine will mostly be the incision and possibly my cheek if they need a little tissue to repair the urethra at the beginning of the bulbar junction.
Don’t be too surprised if you start feeling some strange feelings around the urethra over the next several days or weeks. Discomfort and possibly itching are actually healthy signs that the nerves are growing back. It’s something that’s common with any surgery, but it’s rare to find a surgeon that warns you about it.
Keep us posted,