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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...Read more

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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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Please explain if it is possible to have all or part of your colon removed without having to live a bag for the rest of your life?

Please explain if it is possible to have all or part of your colon removed without having to live a bag for the rest of your life?

Depends on: Your medical condition and the procedure but assuming you are healthy, part of your colon to all of your colon except your lower rectum/anus can be removed and the small bowel connected to the remaining portion and avoid an ostomy/bag. The indications for the surgery may also play a role in determining your result. ...Read more

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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...Read more

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What is an alternative to colostomy bags, referring to colonic cancer?

What is an alternative to colostomy bags, referring to colonic cancer?

Depends: If the cancer is low in the rectum or near anus, colostomy has to be done. If cancer is completely blocking, colostomy is also necessary although temporary. Cancers above rectum, usually do not need colostomy. ...Read more

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I think i injured my colon or something. Will i need a colostomy bag?

I think i injured my colon or something.  Will i need a colostomy bag?

Go to ER!!!: This question doesn't make sense. If you had a traumatic injury to your colon, how are you typing this message? Regardless - er now. Go to the emergency room right now if you are asking questions like this. ...Read more

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I am having my colon removed due to pan diverticulosis. What can I expect after the surgery regards to diet and normal activities? I won't have a bag.

I am having my colon removed due to pan diverticulosis. What can I expect after the surgery regards to diet and normal activities? I won't have a bag.

Diverticular dz: Extensive diverticulosis is one of the indications for total colectomy there did you get repeated infections, were you symptomatic with pain, fever , bleeding in stools etc. Removing the colon will still allows you to lead a normal life though initially you will need low residue diet, that means avoiding bulk forming food so that you,initially you have some loose stools but slowly will be adjusted ...Read more

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Would it be a good or bad thing to try to get pregnant when having your colon bag busted .? & to have a short lung problems .?

Colon: There is always a risk when a woman is pregnant. Sound like your risk is higher than normal. Please consult your obgyn for your decision. ...Read more

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Do all colon cancer patients have to wear bags to re-route their feces?

Do all colon cancer patients have to wear bags to re-route their feces?

No: Most colon cancer patients have their colons reattached when they have their surgery resulting in normal bowel function. ...Read more

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I need surgery for colon cancer. Will I need to wear a bag (colostomy) forever?

I need surgery for colon cancer. Will I need to wear a bag (colostomy) forever?

Depends: Your surgery depends on the location of the cancer. If the tumor is low in the rectum or involves the anal sphincters you may need the area removed resulting in a permanent colostomy (bag). There are options that can decrease the likelihood of a colostomy in this case. This certainly depends on what you have. Ask your doctor. A colon and rectal surgeon specializes in this surgery. ...Read more

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A friend s colon ruptured, wears a bag now , doc. Told her was cause she ate a lot of salad. Does it mean u can't have that w/diverticulitis?

If you have: Diverticulitis, an actual infection that developed in a diverticulum, you should be on low residue diet. If you have diverticulosis without inflammation, general recommendation is a high residue diet to relax hypertrophic muscles that caused them in the first place. Does that make sense? ...Read more

Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more