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Is there is any procedure I can do at home to clean the colon?

Is there is any procedure I can do at home to clean the colon?

OTC laxatives: If needing to clear the poop out of the colon, the most popular way is just to use otc laxatives that are available in any store. One should talk to one's doctor about such needs, because in some people, there can be a serious disorder blocking the poop in the intestines. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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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Can you do this cleanse and not have a procedure done just for the purpose if cleaning out you colon?

Can you do this cleanse and not have a procedure done just for the purpose if cleaning out you colon?

Why?: 1 time 4 a procedure every 5 years is enough 4 anyone. U can buy mag so4 oyc & sleep by the toilet, and u will b clean. However in doing so u loose electrolytes & if don every week this can cause serious 2 fatal consequences. Stick 2 just doing it b 4 a procedure! High fiber & proper hydration will help things move along, no laxatives! ...Read more

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Is it odd to have three colon polyps removed during the same procedure, or is multiple-polyp removal common?

Is it odd to have three colon polyps removed during the same procedure, or is multiple-polyp removal common?

No: It is not odd to have several polyps removed at the time of a colonoscopy. The intent is to remove all polyps found unless you happen to have familial polyposis in which case there may be thousands of polyps and obviously they can't all be removed. ...Read more

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Having laparoscopic surgery to remove ascending colon due to 6cm mass that thankfully has not spread. How long does the procedure usually take?

Having laparoscopic surgery to remove ascending colon due to 6cm mass that thankfully has not spread. How long does the procedure usually take?

Depends: I always tell patients that procedure length can really vary from operation to operation. I would guess 2-3 hours. That time will matter more to your family, though. If the operation is being done carefully with minimal trauma to tissues, time matters less. ...Read more

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If patient had total colectomy with Ileostomy placement, can they have a surgical procedure involving ileum to sigmoid/left colon several yrs later.

If patient had total colectomy with Ileostomy placement, can they have a surgical procedure involving ileum to sigmoid/left colon several yrs later.

YES: If one performs a left colectomy, even extending the dissection below peritoneal reflection, as long as there is a rectal stump, 1-2 cm above the levators, proximal bowel can be reanastomosed. One can creates a pouch from the proximal bowel to make anastomosis easier and have the pouch act as a partial reservoir for the liquid feces in the ileum that will be used for anastomosis ...Read more

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7yr survivor colon can. What is the procedure called to reconnect intestine/bowel for normal bm again? What to expect post surgery?

If you have: A colostomy and rectum with intact sphincter muscles, the colon near the colostomy and rectum can be connected, so you can have normal stools. This operation is called takedown of colostomy and coloproctostomy. ...Read more

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What should I know about the whipple procedure done for pancreatic or colon cancer?

What should I know about the whipple procedure done for pancreatic or colon cancer?

Major surgery: Whipple surgery involves removal of a part of the pancreas, small intestine & bile duct with several new surgical connections performed. Best performed by a well experienced general surgeon who has done many of these procedures. Risks of bleeding, infection, poor healing, pancreas leak, diabetes, etc. ...Read more

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Had ovary removed 10 years ago. Could scar tissue that attached to colon sometime after this procedure cause constipation, bloating and pelvic pain.

Had ovary removed 10 years ago. Could scar tissue that attached to colon sometime after this procedure cause constipation, bloating and pelvic pain.

Common symptoms: The constellation of symptoms you describe can be seen commonly in women with IBS, Diverticular disease, scar tissue, and other benign causes. Still these symptoms are best evaluated by a Gyn doctor to make sure they aren't signs of something more worrisome, like colon or ovarian carcinoma. Saying it is due to scar tissue is usually a diagnosis made after others are excluded. ...Read more

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Just had colonoscopy due to an ulcer that was infected in my ascending colon. After the procedure I am experiencing severe lower extremity pain in?

Just had colonoscopy due to an ulcer that was infected in my ascending colon. After the procedure I am experiencing severe lower extremity pain in?

Severe lower leg: Pain after a colonoscopy without adequate medical history needs immediate evaluation. If prolonged immobilization and depending on actual and PE findings DVT or injury could be eliminated ...Read more

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Liver and peritoneal mets from colon cancer. Chemo not working well. We are uk Based, can Germany be considered for TACE treatment and for peritineal procedure?

Liver and peritoneal mets from colon cancer. Chemo not working well. We are uk Based, can Germany be considered for TACE treatment and for peritineal procedure?

Yes: Germany can offer TACE (transarterial chemo-emboliation. While relatively effective one may also use radiolabelled microspheres to replace the chemo portion of the treatment. One has to consider hyperthermic chemo perfusion of the peritoneal cavity since TACE will not effect peritoneal mets. If all fail, protocol available in US for Neo-102 mAb to treat recurrent colon failing other procedur ...Read more

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Been seeing a colon rectal surgeon for internal hemorrhoids, had banding and laser treatment but still having rectal pain when I push to go to the bathroom. Could it be from the procedure or proctitis?

Been seeing a colon rectal surgeon for internal hemorrhoids, had banding and laser treatment but still having rectal pain when I push to go to the bathroom. Could it be from the procedure or proctitis?

Hemorrhoid: Anal area is a very sensitive area, It may take upto 3 months after the procedure to feel close to normal, if pain persist have yourself examined by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me how often should a 68 yr old man have a colon proceedure for internal checking?

Doctors can you tell me how often should a 68 yr old man have a colon proceedure for internal checking?

Every 5 years...: The average person aged 50 and over should have colonoscopy every 5 years to check for premalignant polyps/changes. If someone has a personal or a family history of colon cancer or a personal history of premalignant polps, then the screening interval may be shorter such as every 2 to 3 years. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Please describe process of prep and procedure of colonic manometry and uses for it. Also how accurate is it?

Please describe process of prep and procedure of colonic manometry and uses for it. Also how accurate is it?

Ruling in, not out.: Prep to clear your colon of fecal matter varies between physicians, but issimilar to that done prior to a colonoscopy, involving drinking Golightly or Magnesium citrate.

Colonic Manometry is used to diagnose lower gut motility disorders. In children it has been shown to be useful. In adults, manometry that is abnormal is significant, however there are false neg of nl motility with slow transit ...Read more

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Can I flush my colon with salt water and master cleanse?

Not a cleanse fan: As a surgeon, I must admit I am not a fan of 'colon cleansing, ' especially with harsh or aggressive cleansers. This can lead to electrolyte imbalances and irritation (colitis), as well as flaring hemorrhoids if you have them. I prefer proper nutrition and high fiber diet and your colon will take better care of itself. Your colon is designed to do what it does and eliminate waste naturally. ...Read more

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Is it safe to flush ur colon if u have sibo? Would it help any.

Is it safe to flush ur colon if u have sibo? Would it help any.

SIBO: Very doubtful. Bacterial overgrowth is treated with antibiotics although whether this is first line treatment is arguable. Some recommend probiotics as first line therapy with antibiotics reserved for more severe cases. Prokinetic drugs are other options but research in humans is limited. Antibiotics with Rifaximin appearing to have the most success. ...Read more

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Flushing colon with salt water and master cleanse, could this work?

Flushing colon with salt water and master cleanse, could this work?

For what purpose?: If you're looking for powerful laxatives, I assume you feel very constipated or are looking to "cleanse." if the latter, please reconsider ; check out numerous Healthtap answers that point to problems with colon cleansers--don't use them! If constipation however is new or has significantly worsened, or is accompanied by distension, vomiting, fever, pain then don't self-medicate but get checked. ...Read more

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Hi. If my father has had colon cancer should I be concerned and is there any preventive procedures I should consider? Regards

Hi. If my father has had colon cancer should I be concerned and is there any preventive procedures I should consider? Regards

Colonoscopy: A family history of colon cancer is a risk factor for you to get colon cancer. Colon cancer always develops from a colon polyp. If such a polyp is removed, the risk for it to progress to a cancer is removed. Therefore a colonoscopy with removal of polyps (if present) is indicated. You are 39 y and that is a good age for you to arrange your colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is colon flush safe for weight loss for a person with hep. C?

Colon flush: It's not that it's safe or not, but there is no reason to do a colon cleanse or flush. ...Read more

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Which is the safest and natural way of colon cleansing? I am scared to try any product or salt water flush but I have good bowel function. I need help

Which is the safest and natural way of colon cleansing? I am scared to try any product or salt water flush but I have good bowel function. I need help

Please ask yourself: Did a real physician ever recommend this dangerous and unnecessary experience? Does any ethical medical provider you trust recommend this procedure? Your bowel function is good, by your own report. No need to mess with your health. ...Read more

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My 30 yr old wife has colon cancer and has sisters, do they need to begin any screening procedures given there's no history for colon cancer in family?

My 30 yr old wife has colon cancer and has sisters, do they need to begin any screening procedures given there's no history for colon cancer in family?

Yes, but: This is an early age group for colon cancer and further genetic tests may be indicated for your wife. Her sisters should discuss he situation with their physicians. ...Read more

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Can I have colonic irrigation if have mild abdominal pain. Will it make the procedure be painful?

Can I have colonic irrigation if have mild abdominal pain. Will it make the procedure be painful?

Probably OK: There is no evidence that colonic irrigation is of any health or medical use. That said, if you feel you must have this procedure, there is no reason why mild abdominal pain, in the absence of underlying disease like ulcerative colitis, should be an obstacle to having this done. If you are having a chronic symptom for which you feel irrigation is needed, first see your family doctor. ...Read more

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I'm a chronic Lyme patient; anti microbial use has caused yeast overgrowth and now yeast die-off symptoms. Is colon cleanse nec. To flush toxins?

I'm a chronic Lyme patient; anti microbial use has caused yeast overgrowth and now yeast die-off symptoms. Is colon cleanse nec. To flush toxins?

Herxheimer Reaction: The die-off may be going too quickly. If you are using a doc prescribed medicine ask him/her about lowering the dose. If over the counter back off a little. Your body is killing off faster than you can expel the results. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Had colostomy surgery for colon/bladder fistula. Have a super pubic catheter from previous. Since surgery the cath hasn't drained - bladder flush?

Had colostomy surgery for colon/bladder fistula. Have a super pubic catheter from previous. Since surgery the cath hasn't drained - bladder flush?

Call your surgeon: While it seems likely that flushing may resolve a suprapubic catheter that is not draining, it is critical that you contact your surgeon for advise. This it sounds like the surgery was fairly recent and because your repair may be adversely affected if the flush is done incorrectly (and if the flushing does not work, your surgeon will need to see you anyways), best to put him/her on alert. ...Read more

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Colon cancer, bleeding mass, havng cath/stent/bypass. Risk of hemorrhage/complications from thinners during/after procedures? No CAD symptom, pos tgxt

Colon cancer, bleeding mass, havng cath/stent/bypass. Risk of hemorrhage/complications from thinners during/after procedures? No CAD symptom, pos tgxt

Too complicated...: To address in this forum. You need to ask these questions of your team of docs-your primary doc and whichever secondary docs you have: gi, surgeon, cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, cardiac surgeon, . ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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


Dr. Stephen Abraham
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