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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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Is bowl prep necessary? What is bowel prep and why is it necessary prior to colorectal surgery?

This : This is a practice that is still debated in the surgical literature with surgeons and evidence on both sides. A bowel prep refers to cleaning out the colon of stool prior to an operation (usually on the bowels) or colonoscopy. There are a variety of bowel preps used and it often depends on the practice of your surgeon. Reasons given for doing a bowel prep include; avoiding contamination of the operative field, infection, better anastomosis (sewing bowel back together), better visualization (for colonoscopy), and more pleasant for operating surgeon. Reasons against include increased infection, complications related to the prep, patient comfort. There are a wide variety of bowel preps currently in use. Most involve drinking either a large volume of liquid or a small volume of a liquid which sucks fluid into the colon, both producing a watery diarrhea. Some bowel preps have included antibiotics with the thought it would lessen infectious complications. The data is not clear. Many surgeons simply recommend a clear liquid diet for a day or two before surgery to limit the stool in the colon. There are also studies which have shown bowel preps to be dangerous by either causing electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, or actually increasing infection. As of yet there is no right answer and usually the choice of bowel prep has to do with the surgeon and their experience as almost any can be supported by some evidence. Many surgeons do colorectal surgery with no bowel prep. A colonoscopy does require a bowel prep for visualization. Speak with your surgeon about their practice. By far the most comfortable for the patient is to consume clear liquids for a day or two. ...Read more

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How long will it take to complete my bowel prep?

How long will it take to complete my bowel prep?

Prep: This may take 6 hours or longer. Usually preps involve drinking large quantities of a special liquid or taking pills. The goal is a clear effluent that will help the specialist visualize the colon during colonoscopy or make your surgery safer. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bowel prep?

Cleansing: This is the flushing out of intestinal contents, usually before colonoscopy or colonic surgery. A solution which traverses the intestines without being absorbed is taken orally, causing a complete cleansing of solid stool from the colon. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can eat or drink during my bowel prep that will make me feel full?

Is there anything I can eat or drink during my bowel prep that will make me feel full?

Clear soup, jello: Jello, but not red jello, see through liquids, water, clear soups can make you feel full. Sometimes the bowel prep itself involves large quantities of liquids too. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary for me to take a bowel prep before having a hysterectomy?

Why is it necessary for me to take a bowel prep before having a hysterectomy?

Yes: It is in your best interest to do so just incase an injury occurs to your colon during the surgery, it can be repaired without the need to have a colostomy. ...Read more

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Why is it that i need to do a bowel prep for a hysterectomy?

Safety: It is not common to have a bowel prep. It can be recommended for cancer or if adhesions and scar tissue such as prior surgery raise the risk for possible bowel injuries. It is safer to have a bowel prep than risk infection with a bowel injury. ...Read more

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What happens if i don't take super bowel prep kit in time?

What happens if i don't take super bowel prep kit in time?

depends on why: If you are having a bowel prep for a procedure, like colonoscopy, and the prep is not done or effective, you may be sent home if there is too much stool to allow for thorough evaluation by the endoscopist. If it is for surgery, an inadequate bowel prep may increase the risk of infection after colon surgery. In any case, it is to your advantage to make sure the prep is done correctly. ...Read more

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I had a robotic assisted total hysterectomy a week ago. I was given a bowel prep. I still haven't had a movement. When should I worry?

I had a robotic assisted total hysterectomy  a week ago. I was given a bowel prep. I still haven't had a movement. When should I worry?

BM after surgery: Having a bowel movement after surgery depends on many factors. A bowel prep and pain medicine will both certainly make your bowels move slowly. As long as you are doing well, passing flatus, and don't feel constipated, i would give it some time. If you feel constipated, there are many over the counter laxatives. ...Read more

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Having a full bowel prep, what to expect?

Having a full bowel prep, what to expect?

Watery diarrhea: Stay near a toilet, drink lots of water or light juice and do not trust the feeling of flatus it will be a liquid bowel movement. The prep may make you feel bloated until you are done going. ...Read more

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Bowel Prep (Definition)

This is the flushing out of intestinal contents, usually before colonoscopy or colonic surgery. A solution which traverses the intestines without being absorbed is taken orally, causing a complete cleansing of solid ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more