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Is it likely to get hernia after rectal cancer surgery?

Is it likely to get hernia after rectal cancer surgery?

Depends: There are many surgical options to manage rectal cancer. If amenable to a transanal approach, there is no risk, if laparoscopic, you have a smaller risk than an open abdominal procedure. If you require a permanent colostomy, you have the potential for hernias at the abdominal incisions, around the colostomy and at the perineum, bottom where the anus was. A colorectal surgeon can provide options. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Definition)

Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation. The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. In the rectum this can occur in the cells that ...Read more


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What do I expect to feel like waking up from abdominal low anteria resection of rectal cancer surgery? Emergency surgery/no time for surgeon consult.

What do I expect to feel like waking up from abdominal low anteria resection of rectal cancer surgery? Emergency surgery/no time for surgeon consult.

Not well few days: Anterior resection done laparoscopically has less discomfort than open but still is a major intervention and will require pain control and care for 4-5 days then you will improve. ...Read more

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Positive for blood in stool. Dr. Won't do colonoscopy because i'm not a candidate for surgery. (have stage 3b lung cancer & severe copd) any suggesti?

Positive for blood in stool. Dr. Won't do colonoscopy because i'm not a candidate for surgery. (have stage 3b lung cancer & severe copd)  any suggesti?

Possibly repeat test: Occult testing often leads to false positives. Abnormal test results may occur after eating meat, a nosebleed or gum bleed. It does not necessarily indicate internal bleeding. With stage iiib lung cancer and severe copd, i suspect your doctor believes there is really no benefit to further testing due to these very severe illnesses that will probably limit lifespan. ...Read more

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I had lar for rectal cancer 5mo ago. Now, I have a persistent groove line in my stool (same size as before surgery). Normal cea. What's the cause?

I had lar for rectal cancer 5mo ago.  Now, I have a persistent groove line in my stool (same size as before surgery). Normal cea. What's the cause?

Not sure: There is any significance to a groove, but you may discuss this with your surgeon. The procedure uses a circling stapling device to bring the resected ends together, occasionally this is done by hand. Control of your bowels, lack of blood all positive signs. Does not sound like cancer. Talk to the surgeon about your concern. ...Read more

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I'm 25 could I have rectal cancer? I'm scared and have no health insurance. I have no blood in my stools maybe its hemeroids?

I'm 25 could I have rectal cancer? I'm scared and have no health insurance. I have no blood in my stools maybe its hemeroids?

Not sure: You say you have no blood in your stool so what are your symptoms? If you are having rectal pain, pressure in the rectal area, changes in your bowels or weight loss then you should see your doctor. Rectal cancer in your age group is not common but the above symptoms need to be checked. ...Read more

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I've had blood in my stool for years. I've had hemorrhoid problems for a while but it has always been bright red. Chance of rectal cancer?

I've had blood in my stool for years. I've had hemorrhoid problems for a while but it has always been bright red. Chance of rectal cancer?

Low: Why have you not gotten treated for hemorrhoids? You can lose enough blood from these to become anemic. Please see your doctor for treatment and s/he can check you for rectal cancer as well. ...Read more

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Been having thin/narrow stools.Clear rectal exam by gp/no blood in stool.Should i fear colon cancer?I'm 39 &had adenocarcinoma insitu of cervix 4yrago

Been having thin/narrow stools.Clear rectal exam by gp/no blood in stool.Should i fear colon cancer?I'm 39 &had adenocarcinoma insitu of cervix 4yrago

Possible lesion: In situ adeno unrelated unless some for of radiation employed that could narrow distal bowel. Narrowing of stool suggests that there is some constriction of bowel causing a narrowing of the lumen and thus the stool. Blood does not have to be present but relying on a gp rectal not satisfactory. Sigmoidoscopy at a minimum and colonoscopy more accepted for this problem. ...Read more

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Blood in stool, conspation, musuc after gallbladder surgery. Is it normal?

Blood in stool, conspation, musuc after gallbladder surgery. Is it normal?

Perhaps: Constipation is common post surgery, especially with the use of narcotic pain medications. This can lead to excessive mucous production and could cause bleeding hemorrhoids or a tear called an anal fissure. All GI bleeding should be investigated to some degree, however, as rectal bleeding is never normal. You should discuss this with your doctor or surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. K. Mujib Haque
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Digestive Bleeding (Definition)

Digestive bleeding is also known as Gastrointestinal bleeding. Digestive bleeding is a clinical finding in which a person has bleeding in his digestive system. The digestive system starts from the mouth, goes to the throat, esophagus, stomach, and intestines, and ends at the anus. Bleeding in this system can cause red or ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more