The nurse is assessing a patient who underwent a cholecystectomy 2 days ago. The nurse notes that the patient has no bowel sounds. What should the nurse do next?

Document the finding and continue assessing the patient's bowel function.


• Bowel sounds are often absent 2-4 days after surgery due to manipulation of the bowel. This is an expected finding and should be documented

• The other answer choices are not necessary given that this is an expected finding

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