A 62-year-old female asked:
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redundant colon,candidate for elective colon resection. linzess, miralax no help. milk of mag or sennokot 2-3x week helps.use instead of surgery?

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Chronic constipation: Most often, surgery is only considered as a last resort. For some people, having a bowel movement 2 to 3 times per week is normal. If you are able to achieve this using milk of magnesia, then I would not consider surgery at this time. It is always possible to have complications of surgery, and in your situation, it doesn't sound absolutely necessary. Fiber and hydration are key. Good luck.
Answered on Mar 24, 2017
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
Last resort: taking your colon may leave you with diarrhea for the rest of your life. If senekot is working why have surgery? Remember senekot only works if your are well hydrated.
Answered on Mar 2, 2017
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