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A 47-year-old member asked:

is there any difference in the effectiveness of the different bowel preps available for use before surgery?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: The preps are pretty much the same.There are all intended to evacuate the colon to reduce the "fecal load" and decrease the potential for infection.
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 15 years experience
Yes: There are several bowel preps and they don't all provide equal results for prep.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me why it'simportant for a patient to open his/her bowel and pass wind after surgery?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Ileus/obstruction: Your docs need to know if your bowels are simply recovering from anesthesia, aka ileus or if you have a serious bowel obstruction. There are many imaging tests to help with this determination, however passing gas is reassuring your bowels are not obstructed.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my girlfriend has been told that her bowel may be "deterorating", what type of surgery would be used to heal this?

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Nonspecific : in order to help you, we need more specific information other than that the colon is just deteriorating. What is her diagnosis?
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A 48-year-old female asked:

Is it it necessary to have surgery for bowel prola pop se?

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Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: This depends on how badly the problem is, and what the cause is. If you are considering this, get an opinion from a colorectal and/ or GYN surgeon with experience and training in pelvic floor disease. Ask about the risks and benefits, and keep in mind that those statistics will not predict the you're for you as an individual. They can help you make an informed decision though. Hope this helps!

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