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Doctor insights on: Bowel Obstruction After Colon Resection

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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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Incomplete bowel obstruction? Feels like a blockage or the colon closes after halfway through the bowel. No other symptoms, stool is fine.

Incomplete bowel obstruction? Feels like a blockage or the colon closes after halfway through the bowel. No other symptoms, stool is fine.

Constipation?: It sounds like you have the feeling of incomplete stool evacuation during a bowel movement. A bowel obstruction usually is a mechanical obstruction on the intestine caused by scar tissue from previous operations, hernias, masses in the intestine, ect. If constipated I recommend increasing the fiber and water in your diet, and add a stool softener such as colace (docusate sodium). If symptoms continue, see a md. ...Read more

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Is constipation a sign of colon cancer? How does it cause this? Due to a bowel obstruction?

Is constipation a sign of colon cancer? How does it cause this? Due to a bowel obstruction?

Not necessarily: Constipation is not necessarily a sign of colon cancer. Constipation is usually caused by problems with diet - not enough fiber, not enough fresh fruits/ veggies, not drinking enough water, etc. It can also be caused by low activity level. Some patients have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which can cause recurrent constipation. If the constipation is new with none of the above changes, see doc ...Read more

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Had surgery to remove part of colon at age 3 for hirshprungs. I had bowel obstruction. How to find it is due to scar tissue or hirshprungs w/o surgery?

Had surgery to remove part of colon at age 3 for hirshprungs. I had bowel obstruction. How to find it is due to scar tissue or hirshprungs w/o surgery?

Enema and/or Biopsy: Biopsies are usually done before Hirschsprung's disease surgery to ensure that all affected segments are removed. You might indeed have scar tissue or adhesions resulting from your surgery. A contrast enema could help identify areas prone to obstruction. This enema may also identify aganglionic Hirschsprung's sections that may need biopsy before further surgery. GI consultation may be helpful. ...Read more

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I bloat (heavily) after every meal with a large history of bowel obstruction/resection (2 emer. Surger in 2 years). Symptoms to watch for to go to er?

I bloat (heavily) after every meal with a large history of bowel obstruction/resection (2 emer. Surger in 2 years). Symptoms to watch for to go to er?

These are symptoms: That should make u seek emergency care- worsening and persistent abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, fever. God bless u! http://www. M.Webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/tc/bowel-obstruction-topic-overviewhttp://www. Constipationexperts. Co.Uk/blog/2013/05/8-herbs-for-constipation. Html http://www. Constipationexperts. Co.Uk/blog/2013/05/8-herbs-for-constipation. Html. ...Read more

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I had a jejunal resection after having an adhesive bowel obstruction. And I have been taking low fiber diet. How long do I have to control my diet?

I had a jejunal resection after having an adhesive bowel obstruction. And I have been taking low fiber diet. How long do I have to control my diet?

Bowel resection: Depends how much of your jejunum was resected. Usually diet control should be for the first 2-3 months unless a large part of the bowel was resected ...Read more

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1 month colon resection, no stoma. Bowel w/ some bright red blood, is this normal?

1 month colon resection, no stoma. Bowel w/ some bright red blood, is this normal?

Not really.: Hard stool can sometimes irritate the anastomosis (more common with stapled anastomosis) and could be a source of bleeding. Hemorrhoids can also get inflammed from straining or going to the bathroom more frequently. Your best bet is to see your surgeon. If this was an elective surgery the chances of having a tumor is unlikely as you likely had a detailed examination before. ...Read more

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What is multiple foci of extramural Vascular invasion. .. This was noted on re path report after colon resection. Has it penetrated the bowel wall?

What is multiple foci of extramural Vascular invasion. .. This was noted on re path report after colon resection. Has it penetrated the bowel wall?

Vascular invasion: It doesn't sound like typical growth directly through the bowel wall but vascular invasion can lead to metastatic disease. Most carcinomas of the colon would travel via lymphatics, vascular invasion is rare in this type of tumor. ...Read more

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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

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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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Had colon resection 4 mo ago. Having pain and nausea. Had ct. No diver but found 5cm free fluid in abdomen. No leaks will this be reabsorbed into body?

Had colon resection 4 mo ago. Having pain and nausea. Had ct. No diver but found 5cm free fluid in abdomen. No leaks will this be reabsorbed into body?

Depends: Unusual to find 5 cm of free fluid 4 months following a colon resection in otherwise healthy person. The identity of this fluid will determine its course- e.g. Ascites, blood, pus, etc. If no other cause for the nausea and pain, perhaps aspiration to determine what the fluid is may be indicated if your symptoms persist or worsens. Please consult with your surgeon or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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How can I treat bowel obstruction?

How can I treat bowel obstruction?

You cannot: Bowel obstruction is a medical emergency and you should go to an er right away. It can be caused by foreign objects, tumors, serious vascular problems, bowel twisting, or an infolding termed intussecption. These may need surgical intervention and the er is the point of entry for the next steps. ...Read more

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How is a bowel obstruction diagnosed?

How is a bowel obstruction diagnosed?

Combination: Bowel obstruction is diagnosed using a combination of patient history, physical exam, and scans (x-rays, ct, etc.). Sometimes the physical exam findings are so obvious that scans are not required. Some partial bowel obstructions can be very difficult to diagnose and may elude doctors and patients for months. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a bowel obstruction?

Common symptoms: Are crampy abdominal pain, abdominal distention, nausea, vomiting, and obstipation, in someone who has had previous abdominal surgery or has a hernia. Only medical evaluation will differentiate intestinal obstruction from other causes of abdominal pain. You need to seek immediate medical attention if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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How to tell if a bowel obstruction is going away?

How to tell if a bowel obstruction is going away?

GI symptoms improve: When your belly pain and nausea start to improve and you can pass gas or have a bowel movement. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bowel obstruction?

What is the definition or description of: bowel obstruction?

"blocked pipes": The intestinal tract is one, long distensible pipe from the stomach to the anus consisting of 30-40 ft of small intestine (for nutrient absorption) and 5 ft of large intestine (for water absorption). Obstruction may occur at any point, causing upstream distention, cramping pain, vomiting, and obstipation (no gas or bm out the bottom). Rx may require surgery depending on the cause. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some symptoms, diagnoses and causes of bowel obstruction?

I was wondering what are some symptoms, diagnoses and causes of bowel obstruction?

Bowel obstruction: Mainly these include abdominal pain, distention (swelling), nausea, vomiting

treatment varies and can either include nasogastric decompression and hydration to surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Have a bowel obstruction and was wondering if a bowel obstruction could cause hunger?

Have a bowel obstruction and was wondering if a bowel obstruction could cause hunger?

Intestinal: Obstruction usually causes crampy abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, obstipation. Hunger is a very unusual symptom with this condition. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of bowel obstruction?

Crampy pain, nausea: Bowel obstruction usually begins with loss of appetite and crampy pain in the abdomen. Usually, bowel gas and bowel movements slow down, and in some cases completely stop. Since food and saliva can't go anywhere, vomiting usually occurs. Most people who have a bowel obstruction have had previous surgery. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called a bowel obstruction.?

Explain the condition called a bowel obstruction.?

Blockage: A bowel obstruction may be from the large (colon) or small intestine. Blockages generally are from extrinsic (outside forces pushing the bowel closed at a point) or intrinsic (something inside the bowel blocking it). They may be partial allowing some liquids to pass or total blockages. Totals are surgical emergencies and need immediate attention. Commoon causes are tumors, adhesions, volvulus... ...Read more

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Describe signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction?

Describe signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction?

Pain and vomiting: The usual symptoms if a bowel obstruction include campy abdominal pain and abdominal distension and vomiting and decreased vowel movements hospital admission is required. ...Read more

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I had surgery to remove a piece of my bowel. Is this bowel obstruction?

Intestinal: Resections are performed for many reasons, such as injury, tumor, adhesions, infections, inflammation. And yes, any intestinal surgery can cause adhesions which in turn can cause intestinal obstruction. ...Read more

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What are bowel obstruction symptoms and the treatment?

What are bowel obstruction symptoms and the treatment?

Numerous: Abdominal pain, distention, lack of passage of stool or gas, nausea, vomitting, fever, loss of appetite. If in doubt, do not delay in seeking medical attention either at your doctor or the emrgencey room. If confirmed, initial treatment is bowel rest, most reolve but some will require surgical intervention if they don't resolve with bowel rest. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative to percocet for bowel obstruction pain?

Is there an alternative to percocet for bowel obstruction pain?

Pain Treatment: A true bowel obstruction is potentially a medical emergency and needs to evaluated as such. Opioids can slow down your gastrointestinal motility and may actually worsen a known obstruction. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I see for bowel obstruction?

What kind of doctor should I see for bowel obstruction?

General surgeon: Most obstructions involve a physical blockage from scar tissue, polyp, tumor etc. You may be able to temporarily relieve the symptoms with medical intervention but if it needs to be fixed it will almost always involve surgery ...Read more

Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...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