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Colon Removal Surgery Ulcerative Colitis
Is their a cure for ulcerative colitis? Is colon removal the only option? Had flared since may 2013, almost a breaking point :-(
An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce ...Read more
I have had ulcerative colitis for 13 yrs getting routine colonoscopies every 2 years. Last one showed cancer tumor. Full or partial colon removal ?
Probably : Best is total colon removal because leaving diseased colon in place would keep you at risk for more colon cancers in the future, and you would need frequent colonoscopy. Can get off colitis medications with surgery. Best to see a colon rectal surgery specialist, maybe at a university, who has extensive experience in ileo-anal pouch surgery. ...Read more
I have had ulcerative colitis for 13 years. A recent colonoscopy showed a cancer tumor in the right side of colon. Should i go for a full or partial colon removal ?
Probably : Best is total colon removal because leaving diseased colon in place would keep you at future risk for more colon cancers in the future, and you would need frequent colonoscopy. Can get off colitis medications with surgery. Best to see a colon rectal surgery specialist, maybe at a university, who has extensive experience in ileo-anal pouch surgery. ...Read more
My colon results show 90% ulcerative colitis and 10% Crohn's disease. Whats the percentage of pouch surgery being successful?
Inflammatory Bowel: I think you should see an experienced functional medicine doctor or integrative medicine doctor in addition to your GI doctor and surgeon. Watch Dr Mark Hyman's YouTube videos on your condition. Also, if you have not changed your diet already, strictly remove gluten and dairy from your diet. I wish you the very best. ...Read more
How common is having ulcerative colitis for few years and then after surgery checking the colon u find out they have Crohn's disease instead?
Not uncommon: Both ulcerative colitis and crohns are an inflammatory disease process. They share several features and can be challenging to diagnose/treat. A specimen removed from the bowel and sent to a pathologist for an exam under microscope makes the diagnosis. In addition to uc/crohns the pathologic exam can find cancer and/or diverticulitis. Stay with your care team. Nicotine cessation will help. ...Read more
Im 29 going for ulcerative colitis surgery removing the whole colon and then having pouch surgery. Later in life what's the chances of geting pergnant.
Pretty good: In younger age group with pouch, getting pregnant is pretty good , long term results are also good with vaginal delivery or by c section. Speak to your doctor(s) , may be at a slightly high risk pregnancy for recurrence of disease. ( not very significant risk ) and need team of experts to carry through good luck. ...Read more
Im a patient whos had ulcerative colitis narly 4 years im going for surgery, when my colon is removed and looked at could it show up crohns?
I had a disease named ulcerative colitis then i surgeries done remove the whole colon. They put a pouch there. Suggest for further life eating n life?
You will be OK: Diseases colon which has a potential of developing cancer was removed , pouch will help you to have near normal bowel function, you need to be follows by your doctors especially the remaining rectal stump need to be checked, probably you may have on a diet that suits the pouch, females can get pregnant, join support groups good luck with your pouch. ...Read more
Why do sugar/fried foods worsen my ulcerative colitis symptoms? Do they affect my flora? Do they irritate the colon lining? Specifically, why?
Excellent question : sugar upsets your flora. Single most imp cause for ulc colitis is hidden food allergy. Aggravation of your symptoms is a marker for food allergy. Look for the cause. please visit us at www.ehacstl.com to learn more about treating the cause of illness. If interested Please make an appointment. also search for dr Majid Ali & bowel disease on YouTube to learn in detail real nature of ulc colitis ...Read more
I was dignosed with ulcerative colitis its been nearly 4years now. When my colon is removed and looked at can they diagnose me with Crohn's disease?
You probably have UC: You have ulcerative colitis for 4 years. If you have been taking medication and avoid flare ups you may not need to have your colon removed. If your colon is removed they will examine it under the microscope just as they have the biopsies from colonoscopy. It will confirm the disease. ...Read more
You can't always.: Symptoms for colon cancer and ulcerative colitis can be similar. These include weight loss, changes in bowel habits, diarrhea, and sometimes blood in the stool. The only way to rule out colon cancer is with a colonoscopy. If you have a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, you are at a higher risk of getting colon cancer. So see a doctor for any of these symptoms! ...Read more
What % can colon cancer return with ulcerative colitis after cancer tumor is removed from that part of colon ?
High risk of cancer: Recurrence risk given cancer is a function of the stage of cancer when diagnosed, independent of uc. However, uc patients have an approximately 1% per year risk of new cancer appearing. Because of this high risk, total colectomy has been the standard of care for uc. If you have any colon left, it should be examined and biopsied periodically looking for dysplasia, the precursor of cancerous change. ...Read more
On average, how long before low grade dysplasia of the colon becomes cancer for patients with ulcerative colitis 9 years.
Dyplasia: That is a great question for your gastroenterologist or surgeon. Who is taking care of you? It is impossible to say for sure. You deserve to have the advice of a physician who knows you and the specifics about your condition. ...Read more
I acquired bronchiectasis after my colon was removed due to ulcerative colitis. Probiotics made my bronchiectasis disappear. Could this be a cure?
Not a cure, but a: great remedy/supplement for you apparently. The human microbiome is now becoming the next hot topic in medicine, at all the medicinal value available within us in our guts in how we are 10% human cells, and 90% bacterial, and the symbiosis creates an 'Amazon Rain Forest' type of effect of producing bacteria that secrete enzymes, and help digest our foods better, and keep us healthy. Keep taking it ...Read more
What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?
SIJ Subluxation: ? About intestinal spasm causing inflammation, bleeding, & bloating. These are symptoms along a spectrum from mild (IBS) to severe diarrhea (Crohn's) to bleeding (Ulcerative Colitis). The likely etiology of these disorders are varying degrees of autonomic dysfunctions. IBS-D reflects parasympathetic overdrive & IBS-C reflects sympathetic overdrive. ...Read more
Can a colonoscopy prep cause irritation in the colon in the internal rectum that looks exactly like Ulcerative Colitis when the pictures are taken.
Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?
Most important: is polyp removal through recommended colonoscopy screenings. The longer you have had UC/inflammatory bowel disease, and if more than 1/3 to 1/2 of your colon is involved, the greater your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Controlling bowel inflammation by complying with your medication regimen is likely to be preventive. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, obesity. Low fat/high fiber diet, NSAIDs +/- ...Read more
Had ulcerative colitis for 15 yrs (confirmed by sigmoid and biopsies). Just had 1st colonoscopy, shows granular, loss of vascular pattern and minor ulcers in ascending colon, cecum, sigmoid and colon. Is this UC or chrons?
Ulcerative colitis: All of the biopsies from colonoscopy showed inflammatory changes consistent with ulcerative colitis. The later is part of the spectrum of IBD but involves only the mucosal layer of the bowel. Chrons disease is a form of IBD that involves all layers of the bowel and can be recognized on scans of the bowel or deeper layers of bowel on bx. ...Read more
Colonoscopy showed an area of mild congested mucosa in recto-sigmoid colon. Does it sound like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease?
Have ulcerative colitis in sigmoid and ascending colon/cecum (just confirmed by colonoscopy). Will enema treat this (allergic to NSAIDs)?
Consider allergy ref: Thanks for your question. Depending on the NSAID allergy, sometimes it can be desensitized through introduction of small amounts initially, then gradual increase in dose under supervision by an allergy specialist. However, would discuss the side effects/risks/benefits with a specialist. ...Read more
Is there solid science behind low fat/high fiber diet to lower risk of colon cancer for ulcerative colitis patients? Anything else preventative?
Red blood and mucus in stool.Very strong history of colon cancer. Intense lower abdominal pain. Mother also has ulcerative colitis. Suggestions?
Is colectomy is the last choice for treatment ulcerative colitis ? Is colectomy a bad thing to patients ?
Not a simple answer: This is a complex issue beyond the scope of a 400 word answer. If you have tried all the usual treatments including biologics (humira for example) and immune modulating drugs (imuran (azathioprine) for example) and have non or poorly responsive disease, then a colectomy is generally a better choice than a life of being a slave to your colon inflammation. ...Read more
I am 29 with a total colectomy with a history of ulcerative colitis. I've been getting a lot of foamy poop lately and trying to figure out why.
Here are some...: Clinically, some indigestion including water absorption expectantly takes place after total colectomy. Managing such functional change should be a part of postoperative care and follow-up. Therefore, ask the doctors in the treating team for individual specific detail and close follow-up after trying to modify how you eat with or without drugs including probiotics, etc. ...Read more
Had a subtotal colectomy over 8 yrs ago a j pouch resrction and part of my rectum removed due to ulcerative colitis and extetensive adhesions had a severe pain in rectum area and pelvic region had a complete hystotectomy also I have no ins.?
Hard to tell...: Without an examination. Pouchituts is a painful inflammation of the rectal pouch treated with antibiotics. Urinary bladder infection can cause pelvic discomfort. Adhesion form after all surgery & do not generally cause pain unless there is a bowel obstruction with vomiting & no bowel function. Needs a physician examination. ...Read more
90% ulcerative colitis and 10% Crohn's diease what's the percentage pouch surgery being successful?
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