Everybody has constipation after hernia surgery. This is normal and should not be cause for concern. Narcotic pain medications cause constipation. The sooner you can get off of them the better. If you are uncomfortable I recomend first a mild laxative such as Miralax (TM). If that does not work then I recommend taking a Fleet (TM) enema. Chronic constipation is a cause for concern and should be discussed with your doctor.