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Mom is 13 days post op in fl hospital now with severe diarrhea from incarcerated incisional hernia repair by laparoscopic open surgery .Vancomycin?
? C dif enterocoliti: Often prolonged peri-operative antibiotics adversely affect the bacterial content of the colon resulting in an overgrowth of a bug called clostridium difficile. This causes inflammation of the colon lining with resultant severe diarrhea. Stool culture/sample is needed to make/confirm the diagnosis. But if diagnostic tests are +, vancomycin and/or Flagyl (metronidazole) are appropriate treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Entire Large intestines & rectum removed. Brooke Ileostomy created. Can Brooke Ileostomy later be reversed using the rectal stump?
Your PMD..: Your PMD/Surgeon will answer it better.....too many variables ......not disclosed. ...Read more
Postop w/EJ vein catheter w/sutures, they removed the catheter, put pressure dressing but left stitches in. F/up w/surgeon 2wk, but how do I clean it?
Probably yes: Almost all of the gas in the abdomen disappears within 24 hours of the surgery. If your abdomen remains tight and distended (enlarged) I might wait a few days until it resumes a more normal size. A week out from surgery there will not be a problem. Only concern is that you might be flying somewhere remote where there isn't adequate medical care if a problem develops. ...Read more
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Very few: This is entirely up to your surgeon of course, and will depend on the reason the shunt was put in to begin with, but shunts are put in to improve lifestyle and mobility. So barring anything unforseen, you should enjoy increased activity not limitations. ...Read more
Laproscopic surgery 3 wks ago. Cyst removal 3 incisions (1 in belly button). Traveling this weekend & will have to lift my bag a few times.is that ok?
Lift slowly: Ask others to lift your bag. When alone, lift it slowly, or just leave it on the hotel bedroom floor. ...Read more
Depends: People recover at different rates. One person may leave the hospital in just a few days whereas another may be in the hospital for weeks. When you can resume normal activities including flying in a plane depends on whether there are complications. So there is no one answer to this question. The surgeon and cardiologist will advise you depending on how quickly you recover. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No swiming: you really should not be swimming if you have gastric tube depend why you have it is it permanent or not and how they did it regular every day gastric tube has to be there all the time and if you swim you are taking chanced of water going to your stomach or gastric juices coming out check with you doctor ...Read more
Work It Out ...: Fecal impactions after surgery or any abdominal disease is a common problem. The problem escalates with age. Gentle tap water enemas with generous anal lubrication will usually work. Cathartics, drugs to cause a movement, are usually unhelpful with an impaction but there is no harm in adding them to the mix. Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or preparations like that are fine. ...Read more
Rt hernia repair w/SUTURE ONLY in 2012. Recurred. Surgery tomorrow w/open mesh. Could have chosen LAP, but didn't. Mistake? Surgeon is specialist
SubColectomy w/Ileostomy Placmnt in 01, Abdominal Dishences frm c.diff infec causin rectum removl. Ileostomy revisn X2 in 09. Reversal Possible now?
Maybe: It depends on whether or not the rectum was removed or not. There's no reason to think you have a sphincter problem, and if that's true, along with the presence of the rectum, you may be able to get reversed. Without most of the colon, likely to have frequent BM's. see a colorectal surgeon for a more complete eval. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Had ileostomy reversal surgery that failed due 2 anastomotic leak/abscess fluid filling up. Y would Dr wait 5days b4 doing 2nd surgery 2 correct?
Ileostomy reversal: He most likely wanted to give the leak an opportunity to close on its own. ...Read more
I will be traveling for femoral artery (leg) bypass surgery. How long before i would be able to fly back home?
Depends: A lot hinges on how you do. Once you are walking, eating, voiding, and your incision looks good, there is no reason for you to stay. You will be on Aspirin and probably plavix, (clopidogrel) so travel should not be a problem. If you are concerned, there should be a vascular surgeon closer to you who could do the surgery. ...Read more
Follow advice: Now that the scariest part is over, it is important that you follow your post-op instructions to the letter (these should have been provided to you upon discharge, if not, contact your surgeons office for a copy), keep your follow up appointment, and watch for symptoms of stenosis recurrence (this is uncommon, but CAN happen). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
65y/o male, w/colostomy bag, surgery 13wk ago¬hing but sick, vomiting some blood, dehydrated, feces in stomach, bags don't work.Lost faith in doc.Advise?
Bowel obstruction: You may have a bowel obstruction or abscess from resolving infection. You need IV fluid, possible ct scan or xray, bloodwork and possible antibiotics. Many early bowel obstructions within weeks of surgery resolve with conservative medical care. Call your surgeon or go to the hospital if you are feeling really sick. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer