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how long should it be before you have a bm after a sidgmoid colectomy?

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Dr. Charles Vinocur
47 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Varies: This depends on the reason for the colectomy, the approach used. In general, one should be stool within a matter of days. If not, it is possible that there is another reason at work and further evaluation should occur. If you have been operated upon many times before, the operation may have been difficult and slow you intestine is slow to recover. The length of time postoperatively is importan.
Answered on Apr 20, 2015
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Dr. Emil Shakov
16 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Before you leave: The hospital you should already have bm. This can very from 3 days to one week or longer depending on use of narcotics and if no complications.
Answered on Dec 3, 2013

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