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Doctor insights on: Bowel Obstruction After Hernia Surgery

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Had chemo & debulk surgery for 4th stage ovarian cancer had 2 surgery for bowel obstruct now have hernia & bowel obstruction what's my life expectancy?

Had chemo & debulk surgery for 4th stage ovarian cancer had 2 surgery for bowel obstruct now have hernia & bowel obstruction what's my life expectancy?

Variable: While the percentage of patients alive at five years from many stage 4 cancers is low, it is not zero, and you never know which group you are in as an individual. That doesn't mean to ignore the stats, but in the end, you are not a statistic, but an individual. It should be mostly about quality of life rather than quantity for most folks, so don't give up hope, and have an active say in your care. Read more

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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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What do you suggest if I'm constantly having partial bowel obstruction from scar tissue and a stoma hernia after 4 abdonimal surger.?

What do you suggest if I'm constantly having partial bowel obstruction from scar tissue and a stoma hernia after 4 abdonimal surger.?

Hernia: Well, additional surgery can cause even more scar tissue to form. However, if your bowel obstructions are occurring more frequently and are more severe, surgery may be the only answer. If the obstructions are from the stoma hernia, you should probably get that fixed. Read more

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Will I have normal bowel movements after hernia surgery?

Will I have normal bowel movements after hernia surgery?

Yes: They should be normal. You may be advised to take stool softeners if you are taking narcotic pain medications as they can be associated with constipation. Read more

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It's now three weeks I've done my umbilical hernia surgery can coughing or straining to move your bowel affect the wound?

It's now three weeks I've done my umbilical hernia surgery can coughing or straining to move your bowel affect the wound?

Possible: At three weeks, your wound is beginning to get some strength. Fibroblasts are making a stronger scar. That is not to say that it is not possible to bust open your wound. It still is. Anything that increases pressure on your abdomen increase the likelihood of causing the wound to break open. Obesity can be its own risk factor. Proceed with caution. You will live the rest of your life with this belly. Read more

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Upper GI series showed internal hernia in small bowel, but CT scan did not, will I need surgery? What is hernia surgery like?

Upper GI series showed internal hernia in small bowel, but CT scan did not, will I need surgery? What is hernia surgery like?

Simple: You have to had a previous surgery to have an internal hernia and the need for the surgery depend on the symptoms and the surgery usually simple could be sometime done laproscopically depend on the nature of previous surgery and expected adhesion I hope that answer your question good luck Read more

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I'm almost 2 weeks post ventral hernia surgery and have been very constipated. I had bowel movement & there was a lot of blood. Should I be concerned?

I'm almost 2 weeks post ventral hernia surgery and have been very constipated. I had bowel movement & there was a lot of blood. Should I be concerned?

Due to constipation: This may be due to the constipation. You may have developed a hemorrhoid as the cause of bleeding. We need to discuss this with your physician to help confirm that. Read more

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I had lap band and hernia surgery two days ago. I am having severe pain and can no longer pass gas or have a bowel movement? Normal???

I had lap band and hernia surgery two days ago. I am having severe pain and can no longer pass gas or have a bowel movement? Normal???

Call surgeon: Please sign off of the internet and page your surgeon. You are having a complication. You were given post op instructions. There will be information in the instructions on contacting your surgeon. Read more

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I just had hernia surgery a week ago and had to strain to have a bowel movement and now have vaginal bleeding could it be from the surgery?

I just had hernia surgery a week ago and had to strain to have a bowel movement and now have vaginal bleeding could it be from the surgery?

Unlikely: Straining to have a BM might cause pain at site of hernia repair but I can't see the connection to vaginal bleeding unless you have GYN problems unrelated to the surgery. If bleeding persists see your OB/GYN. Read more

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Can an inguinal hernia cause bowel obstruction?

Can an inguinal hernia cause bowel obstruction?

Yes.: A hernia is said to be incarcerated when a structure within the abdominal cavity gets "stuck" within the hernia. If this happens to be a loop of intestine, this can cause an obstruction and lead to the blood supply of the intestine being cut-off; we call this a strangulated hernia. If one has a large, tender lump in the groin that cannot be pushed back in, this requires emergency md attention. Read more

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3wk post op bowel obst/hernia surgery. Low grade fever 100 stomach alittle hot to touch yellow type discharge, weak body no energy. Wound infection?

3wk post op bowel obst/hernia surgery. Low grade fever 100 stomach alittle hot to touch yellow type discharge, weak body no energy. Wound infection?

Possibly: These are pretty non-specific symptoms for an infection. The weakness and lack of energy are probably the most worrisome. If it was a wound infection, I would expect wound to be red and swollen. Also could be infection of the mesh, although more likely, you are just accumulating a seroma (fluid collection) around the mesh. See your surgeon tomorrow. Read more

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After hernia surgery, how long will my bowels not work?

After hernia surgery, how long will my bowels not work?

Post-op Constipation: It is very common for someone after hernia surgery to be rather constipated. This is usually due to post-operative incisional pain, relative early inactivity as well as the use of opioid pain medications. If possible, wean off the opioids, get up and walk, drink plenty of fluids, and take a mild laxative as needed. Read more

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Hernia surgery with damage to the bowels now everything I eat comes out my navel and am concerned?

Hernia surgery with damage to the bowels now everything I eat comes out my navel and am concerned?

Fistula: Sounds like you may still have a hole in the intestine that is connected to the skin, also called an enterocutaneous fistula. They usually heal on their own, but sometimes require operation. See your surgeon for a follow up to find out. Read more

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Can I carry on with activities like sailing, jogging and joga one or two weeks after a hernia surgery in my abdomen?

Can I carry on with activities like sailing, jogging and joga one or two weeks after a hernia surgery in my abdomen?

Depends: Depends on the type of hernia and the type of repair. I usually tell patients with a laparoscopic hernia repair to return to normal activities as tolerated by pain. After some types of abdominal wall reconstruction, I tell patients to limit heavy abdonal straining for 6 weeks. Check with your surgeon to be sure for your case. Good luck! Read more

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How to treat a baseball size hematoma in abdomen following hernia surgery done 2 weeks agow?

How to treat a baseball size hematoma in abdomen following hernia surgery done 2 weeks agow?

Call your surgeon: I this occurs during the first few days after surgery, it is sometimes best to re-operate and drain/wash out the would and re- close. Two weeks is a bit long gift that, and the blood is spread into the tissues and not easily removed. May be best to wait until it reabsorbs, and that takes up to several weeks. See you surgeon to find out what's best in your case. Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Hernia Surgery (Definition)

There are a variety or several types of hernias, and many are repaired differently. A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall (such as inguinal, umbilical, incisional) or diaphragm (hiatal hernia). Surgery to repair the hernia can involve use of sutures, and possible use of mesh. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be a means to repair hernias, with laparoscopic ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
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Hernia Repair (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes, creating a sac. Hernias are common in the groin, belly button, upper-midline, or associated w/scars. The exact method of repair varies w/the type & size of the hernia as well as patient-factors, however, the basic principle is the same: close the hole, often ...Read more