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A 58-year-old male asked:

Mom is 13 days post op in fl hospital now with severe diarrhea from incarcerated incisional hernia repair by laparoscopic open surgery .vancomycin?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Not sure: What the question is. If your mom has infectious bacterial colitis with diarrhea diagnosed by proper testing, then yes antibiotics such as vancomycin or Flagyl may be prescribed. Usually immodium is avoided if there is infectious colitis causing diarrhea.
Dr. James Goodyear
General Practice 46 years experience
? C dif enterocoliti: Often prolonged peri-operative antibiotics adversely affect the bacterial content of the colon resulting in an overgrowth of a bug called clostridium difficile. This causes inflammation of the colon lining with resultant severe diarrhea. Stool culture/sample is needed to make/confirm the diagnosis. But if diagnostic tests are +, vancomycin and/or Flagyl (metronidazole) are appropriate treatment.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
C diff ?: Diarrhea is not a common complication form hernia surgery. Was any bowel resected. ? If not consider infections of the colon such as c diff. Vanco is one Med. There are others as well. MDs should know

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