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I had a colostomy reversal. I have never gotten back to the same type of bowel movements--it has been fairly mushy since. Is this normal?
Yes, in most cases.: Usually patients with a colostomy have had part of their colon removed. The colon is responsible for reabsorbing water from the stool. If you have less colon, then you will reabsorb less water and your stool will be softer and less formed in character. If you are not having any other symptoms besides the mushy stools, don't be alarmed. See your doctor if you have other symptoms though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes, no for long ter: Imodim is very good, increases the tone slows down peristalsis by acting on intestinal nerve cell allows more fluid absorbed there by reducing diarrhea, how ever for long term uses being opioid receptor agonist in some will develop like drug dependency often over looked due to its benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vague question: Your question is very vague. Hard to answer without specific information. ...Read more
I had bowel cancer last year. Had op and permanent colostomy. Now looks lik it's back on my liver. Had scans and waiting for results. What can happen.?
Cancer bowel: If that is the case you will have to go on systemic therapy which means chemotherapy. Options are folfox, folfiri, xeloda, some new drugs, also find out if kras gene was mutated or wild type in your original cancer. If wild type, you can get Cetuximab or panitumumab as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Usually a colostomy will function daily. It depends if it is a new colostomy or if it had been present longer. Long term colostomy may just function once a day, and newer ones may function more than once a day at first. Also depends on how much is eaten each day and any underlying medical conditions or colitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Majority of the time you will be able to have bowel movements after colostomy. Rarely their might be a surgical issue that may decrease your bowel movements due to nerve impairment. It is also common to have some constipation after surgery due to anesthesia. If you do have constipation for a long time after surgery, consult your physician to get to the underlying cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have recently had a colostomy reversed (had a bowel perforation following stricture from crohns) want to try for baby I am 36 are there risks?
Yes: The greatest risk is that you might not be able to get pregnant and/or carry to term. Some of that depends on the procedure you had and some depends on your underlying disease and activity and meds that you are on for it. That is worth a good discussion with your gastroenterologist and obstetrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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