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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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I am almost 7 years out from gastric bypass in 2007. I have upper left quad abd pain and cannot lay on my left side. What could this be? Bowel, ulcer?

I am almost 7 years out from gastric bypass in 2007. I have upper left quad abd pain and cannot lay on my left side. What could this be? Bowel, ulcer?

Abdominal pain: It could be an ulcer in your gastric pouch. It could be a gastro-gastric fistula. It could be an ulcer in your gastric remnant. It could be an internal hernia. You need to see your surgeon. If a ct scan is normal, then get an upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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Is it normal not to have bowel movement every day after the gastric bypass. I got it 4 years ago and I stay constipated and I drink plenty of water.

Is it normal not to have bowel movement every day after the gastric bypass. I got it 4 years ago and I stay constipated and I drink plenty of water.

See below: Constipation is also seen in patients following bariatric surgery. This occurs more commonly after LAGB and RNYGBP and is less likely with DS, although it may occur in rare cases with DS. It is usually due to insufficient intake of water, and may be corrected by diligent attention to water ingestion and the addition of fiber products like Metamucil or Fibercon. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006. I was wondering if it is normal to have green bowel movements. I have them several times a month for like the past year or so. It is most noticeable the week around my period. Is this normal?

I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006. I was wondering if it is normal to have green bowel movements. I have them several times a month for like the past year or so. It is most noticeable the week around my period. Is this normal?

Interesting: If occurring several times a month, not likely associated with your period (unless it is also occurring several times a month?). If no other symptoms (pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, weight loss) then reassuring. Associated with certain foods/beverages (food dyes?). Might want to keep symptom and food diary to see if link. Would also discuss with your surgeon. Hope this helps. Good luck. Dr R ...Read more

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I had gas bypass in 2002, 6 weeks later back in er, 4 yrs now I have a transient bowel obstruction noyhing ca be done but I'm bloated, nauseas always!?

I had gas bypass in 2002, 6 weeks later back in er, 4 yrs now I have a transient bowel obstruction noyhing ca be done but I'm bloated, nauseas always!?

Needs more info: Nausea and bloating might be simple constipation. A ct scan would be good for checking that out plus looking for a possible bowel twisting which can occur after a gastric bypass. Pls get it checked out. ...Read more

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I had a gastric bypass in 2003, then a tummy tuck in 2005. In 2012 I had bowl obstructions and had explo. Surg. It feels like tuck was let loose.

I had a gastric bypass in 2003, then a tummy tuck in 2005. In 2012 I had bowl obstructions and had explo. Surg. It feels like tuck was let loose.

More info: More info about the symptoms as well as knowledge of the details if the previous operation such as incision type and location, and a physical exam are really necessary to provide a reasonable answer to whether or not there is a serious problem or this is a normal postoperative sensation. You should see your surgeon it primary care doc to find out. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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On a CAT scan for kidney stones fecalization of distal ileum possibly early obstruction was picked up. I am 61. two years post gastric bypass with two?

On a CAT scan for kidney stones fecalization of distal ileum possibly early obstruction was picked up. I am 61. two years post gastric bypass with two?

Tough to answer: Hi
I wasn't able to see the remainder of your question due to the character limit, but small bowel obstructions are usually diagnosed with clinical findings in combination with radiographic findings. Just hearing about your CAT scan findings isn't enough to say whether or not you could have "early obstruction". Would be happy to discuss further via inbox consult if you wish. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of small bowel obstruction bad?

Are the symptoms of small bowel obstruction bad?

It can be.: The most common symptoms include cramping, generalized abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and the absence of any passage of stool or gas. We call this last symptom obstipation, and it is a very important predictor of the severity of the episode. In some cases, the pain becomes constant and severe--this may represent a compromised blood supply to the bowel, requiring emergency surgery. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some symptoms of a bowel obstruction and what would they do for treatment?

I was wondering what are some symptoms of a bowel obstruction and what would they do for treatment?

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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How can I tell if I have stretched out my gastric bypass pouch, are there any symptoms?

How can I tell if I have stretched out my gastric bypass pouch, are there any symptoms?

Try Bagel Test: After a bypass, you can test your pouch size and emptying by a bagel test. Eat mini bagels until full (in morning without any fluids). Record number of bagels (could be up to two for normal). Then wait 30 minutes. Don't drink anything. Try eating mini bagels again. Ideally, most of the pouch should still be full and you should only be able to eat one. ...Read more

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I just had a bowel obstruction and surgery for the first time in my life dr said should have never happened. A week later I am having same symptoms c?

I just had a bowel obstruction and surgery for the first time in my life dr said should have never happened. A week later I am having same symptoms c?

See your Dr: If you are developing the same symptoms as before the surgery you should see your surgeon or ER doctor as soon as possible. It's unlikely you have another bowel obstruction and more likely your bowels have not "woken up" completely yet, but to be sure you should have some x-rays at the very least. ...Read more

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What are some obvious symptoms of a bowel obstruction and what do they do for treatment?

What are some obvious symptoms of a bowel obstruction and what do they do for treatment?

Several: Abdominal colicky pain, abdominal distention, no stool or flatus, nausea, fever, vomitting. Initially, they need to confirm obstruction with an exam and an xray or ct scan. Then initially will be treated with complete bowel rest (nothing by mouth) and IV fluids, with or without a nasogastric tube. If it doesn't resolve in 24 hours surgery may be necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Today I started to smell metal, I do not have any symptoms of sinusitis, I am not on any medication except vitamins for gastric bypass?

Today I started to smell metal, I do not have any symptoms of sinusitis, I am not on any medication except vitamins for gastric bypass?

A few causes: The first thing I think of is your vitamins. Do they contain zinc, copper, or chromium? If so, this may be the source and you may need to change formulations. Periodontal disease or tooth decay can contribute. Sometimes women in early pregnancy note a metallic taste. Hope this helps. ...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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What symptoms does someone with bowel obstruction have?

What symptoms does someone with bowel obstruction have?

Pain, vomiting, etc.: A bowel obstruction causes generalized, cramping abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, distention, and the absence of passage of gas or stool (obstipation). ...Read more

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Bowel obstruction symptoms and treatment, what to do?

If truly obstructed: This can be a medical emergency and needs diagnosis immediately and prompt treatment initiation. Go to the ER if you can't be seen today by your doctor. ...Read more

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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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Gastric Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Gastric bypass surgery is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure to help lose weight. Restrictive is in the fact that the stomach is down sized to a 2 oz pouch and malabsorptive is in bypassing part of the stomach and 100 to 150 cm of the small ...Read more