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Doctor insights on: Bowel Movement After Colon Surgery

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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My bowels movement is ok but is it normal to feel bloated with gas but unable to pass gas? What do I do? Just had a colon surgery 2 weeks ago.

My bowels movement is ok but is it normal to feel bloated with gas but unable to pass gas? What do I do? Just had a colon surgery 2 weeks ago.

Not unusual: Good news is that bowels are working! you had antibiotics and change on diet wrapped around the surgery and some reconditioning is likely. Mention to your colon surgeon however. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy with a colon cleanse 6 days ago. I still haven't had a bowel movement. Should i be concerned?

I had a hysterectomy with a colon cleanse 6 days ago. I still haven't had a bowel movement. Should i be concerned?

Probably normal: If you're passing gas, then i would not be worried about it. If you're not passing gas, or if you're feeling the urge to stool but cannot pass it, call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is irregular bowel movement sign of colon problem?

Is irregular bowel movement sign of colon problem?

Sometimes...: Bloating, irregular stools, and fullness may reflect diet (check your fiber intake), alterations in the population of healthy gut flora we each carry, food intolerances, maldigestion due to problems of the small intestine, pancreas, or biliary tree, changes in GI motility (how well your GI tract mixes and moves food along), various infections, and even irritable bowel syndrome. Testing is easy. ...Read more

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What would cause colon to not complete bowel movement - retain some and cause bad odor despite clean tpaper? Fix?

What would cause colon to not complete bowel movement - retain some and cause bad odor despite clean tpaper? Fix?

Doctor to evaluate: There are several reasons why poop would end up stuck in the rectum, so a primary care doctor or a G.I. Specialist should evaluate. Causes include constipation (slow transit of stool through the intestine), medications that slow the bowel, nerve disorders that slow the bowel, tumors blocking flow of the stool, etc... A patient can use laxatives to keep the rectum clear, awaiting his appointment. ...Read more

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I just started taking colon cleansers to regulate my bowel movement. Is it a good idea to take 2 pills in the morning and 2 during lunch/evening?

I just started taking colon cleansers to regulate my bowel movement. Is it a good idea to take 2 pills in the morning and 2 during lunch/evening?

It might be: This depends on what type of colon cleanser pills you are taking. It is important to read the instructions on the packaging and follow those. Do not take more pills or take the pill more frequently than is advised on the package. ...Read more

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This morning i had a bowel movement that was about 12 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

This morning i had a bowel movement that was about 12 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

Not a specific sign: But any change in bowel habits is a warning sign. Have your doctor check your stool for occult blood. If that is positive, you need to have a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Do i have colon cancer if i have pain on my front right side and back side and change in bowel movement?

Do i have colon cancer if i have pain on my front right side and back side and change in bowel movement?

Many causes: Cancer is one but lower on the list with your age (20). See your doctor who will start the workup and refer you if needed. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a redundant colon? And can that make it harder to have a bowel movement? Or more easily constipated

What does it mean to have a redundant colon? And can that make it harder to have a bowel movement? Or more easily constipated

Longer, more turns: A "redundant colon" means the dr found it to be longer than usual with more twists and turns. Typically we think that the redundancy is because of problems with constipation rather than the cause of constipation. You should be on a high fiber diet with MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or similar agent to keep the stools soft and moving through your colon easily. ...Read more

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My herbalist told me I have a "floppy colon." what is a floppy colon, and how does it effect the frequency and ability of having a bowel movement?

My herbalist told me I have a "floppy colon." what is a floppy colon, and how does it effect the frequency and ability of having a bowel movement?

I am not aware: Of any medical condition called floppy colon. Some people have colon that is loosely attached to retroperitoneum and that can sometimes lead to volvulus, or twisting. But these conditions are usually discovered at surgery. As your herbalist what he means, and how he can tell without actually visualizing the colon. ...Read more

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Blood everytime I have bowel movement. Could this be colon cancer?

Blood everytime I have bowel movement. Could this be colon cancer?

It depends : If blood in the stool is red, it may be from a hemorrhoid. This needs to be evaluated and treated, but is fairly common. If the blood or stool is darker (black) and has a 'tar-like' appearance, it is more indicative of a bleed in the upper areas of the GI tract. This is more significant and needs more prompt evaluation and treatment. Seek evaluation by a qualified professional asap to differentiat. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods can I eat to cleanse my colon and get good bowel movement?

You can start with : Fruits- citrus, strawberries, bananas, green vegetables, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflowers, rice , barley, oats, beans, seeds, nuts, whole grains, flax seeds, yogurts, plenty of water. Good bowel habit, three times per day .Make it top priority! ...Read more

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I have a very sluggish colon. I only have a bowel movement twice a week a lot of the times. What could have happened?

I have a very sluggish colon. I only have a bowel movement twice a week a lot of the times. What could have happened?

Maybe normal: Normal bowel frequency in america fits a bell-curve distribution--once daily stooling is the middle of the curve, but the normal range extends from 3 bowel movements daily to 1 bowel movement every 3-4 days. Assuming your bowel pattern has been stable for some time (in other words, has not recently changed from daily to every three days) then having two bowel movements/week is "normal" for you. ...Read more

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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more