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Doctor insights on: Bowel Movements After Colon Resection

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My wife had a right colon resection a little over a week ago and when she has a bowel movement she has no sensation off the need. Is this normal?

My wife had a right colon resection a little over a week ago and when she has a bowel movement she has no sensation off the need. Is this normal?

Loose: It is common to have loose stool after a colon resection, but watery diarrhea and stool incontinence is not typical. See your doctor about this issue, and to rule out an infection in your colon. ...Read more

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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I had a colon resection a month and a half ago. Lately when I have a bowel movement I get pain in my lower back and abdomen. Any ideas?

I had a colon resection a month and a half ago. Lately when I have a bowel movement I get pain in my lower back and abdomen. Any ideas?

Yes: You want to let your surgeon know about this. He/she did the resection and must know about it. Better be safe and good luck. Hopefully nothing serious. ...Read more

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Bowel resection 10 days ago, tumor &about 12 inch of colon removed, lots of gas but no bowel movement yet & now puss bump on anus? Thx!

Bowel resection 10 days ago, tumor &about 12 inch of colon removed, lots of gas but no bowel movement yet & now puss bump on anus? Thx!

Call your doctor.: This type of question should be addressed to your surgeon. A proper answer would take more questions/details for a proper response. ...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 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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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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3 days after 2000u B12 daily, had purply bowel movement. Related to taking high b12? Never happened before. Endo/colon last year with no sig findings.

3 days after 2000u B12 daily, had purply bowel movement. Related to taking high b12? Never happened before. Endo/colon last year with no sig findings.

You are what you eat: More likely you ate something such as beets that caused the color change

too much of any vitamin can be toxic so don't overdo it!!! ...Read more

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I have significant looping of the colon. What is this? Cn I correct it & Is it dangerous? I have had no problems with any bowel movements whatsoever

Colon curves: You probably were told by your gastroenterologist after a colonoscopy or after a ct of the abdomen, this is nothing need to worry about, this how you were created by God, you can not change it, as long it does not bother just ignore it and be happy. ...Read more

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Are irregular bowel movements a sign of colon cancer?

Are irregular bowel movements a sign of colon cancer?

Possibly: There are many causes or irregular bowels. Dietary fiber, water being the most common. However, irregular
ar bowels can be caused by inflammatory, infectios, or neoplastic causes (cancer). If it persists, see a colon and rectal surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you still have normal bowel movements abd have colon cancer?

Can you still have normal bowel movements abd have colon cancer?

Yes: Most patients with colon cancer will either have no symptoms or will have blood in the stool. Colonoscopy is an effective screening tool because it finds early colon cancer (and precancerous lesions) in patients with no symptoms. ...Read more

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Floating bowel movement. Diagnosed colon cancer 3 years ago. Stage 3b.now floating b.m's?

Floating bowel movement. Diagnosed colon cancer 3 years ago. Stage 3b.now floating b.m's?

Floating bm's: Floating stools are seen with looser bowel movements causing rapid transit through the intestinal tract and are lighter colored. This could be temporary from dietary factors or virus. They also occur with malabsorption syndromes from pancreatic, biliary tract or liver disorders. If this change in bm's is persistent, notify your oncologist or gastroenterologist for evaluation and advice. ...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

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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Prior to a colonoscopy, laxatives are given to completely empty the colon. Normal to take a few days to have a bowel movement?

Yes: Depending on how constipated you are and how much stool is in your colon. Continue bowel prep as instructed. ...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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5yrs ago my colon had been stapled & repaired as best they could. I have extreme back pain after all bowel movements. Could this be cause of my pain?

See physician: You should not be having pain. Further evaluation and testing is needed to determine what are the causes of this pain and to make sure you have not developed new problems. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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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


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Colonic (Definition)

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