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My husband had bowel resection surgery two weeks ago and is not eating much due to a lot of pain while digesting food. What can he take for relief?

My husband had bowel resection surgery two weeks ago and is not eating much due to a lot of pain while digesting food. What can he take for relief?

Discuss w ur doctor: Pain at incision after surgery common, but relation to eating more concerning. Discuss w your doctor underlying cause. Avoid less digestible or fermentable foods (see FODMAP reduction) such as broccoli, beans, cabbage and consider blenderizing foods, avoid constipating foods like bananas. Ginger, camomile, mints can soothe. Keep stools soft eg docusate. Happy to consult and review your case

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Bowel Resection (Definition)

Bowel resection is the surgical removal of a portion of the small or large intestines due to an advancing disease. This procedure is performed if a portion of the bowel has been without oxygen for a long period and there is tissue death (necrosis), following discovery of some types of cancer, advanced infection of the bowel, or if the patient has repeated or persistent bowel obstruction (blockage). Some patients with diseases like ulcerative colitis or familial colon cancer may elect to have the procedure done to prevent ...Read more


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Had small bowel resection (5ft), colon blockage removed, appendectomy, and hernia repair done in emerg surgery. Tons of side effects 3months later. Help?

Had small bowel resection (5ft), colon blockage removed, appendectomy, and hernia repair done in emerg surgery. Tons of side effects 3months later. Help?

Side Effects: The answer to your questions depends on the side effects you are having. Small bowel resection can affect stool transit time as well as nutrient absorption. Adhesions from any abdominal procedure may be a source of discomfort for some. I suggest you speak to your primary care doc about your symptoms to identify the most likely source of your symptoms. From there you can make a plan.

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Have anal fistula for 16 yrs. 10 surgeries haven't fixed it. No ibd or health issues. Looking at bowel resection. Opinions please.....

Have anal fistula for 16 yrs. 10 surgeries haven't fixed it. No ibd or health issues. Looking at bowel resection. Opinions please.....

Seek experienced Drs: If you haven't already, seek a colorectal surgeon who has seen and dealt with these complex problems. Mri's can sometimes identify other branching points or tracts. If your current symptoms aren't too bad, living with the condition is an option. Seton's can help drain and minimize the baseline state. In extreme situations, bowel resections are worth it and do have happy and satisfied patients.

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Friend had spine surgery 6yr ago. Nerve damage, lower function of bowel affected. Was on laxative, he stopped. C.an it cause constipation bowel hard & soft?

Friend had spine surgery 6yr ago. Nerve damage, lower function of bowel affected. Was on laxative, he stopped. C.an it cause constipation bowel hard & soft?

It could: You need to ask his physician about these issues so he's on a definitive program. An evaluation can help clarify if there is any other issues involving his intestines. A gastroenterologist can be helpful with this issue

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Friend had spine surgery 6yr ago. Nerve damage, lower function of bowel affected. Was on laxative, he stopped. Can it cause constipation bowel hard & soft?

Friend had spine surgery 6yr ago. Nerve damage, lower function of bowel affected. Was on laxative, he stopped. Can it cause constipation bowel hard & soft?

Constipation: Damage to the lumbosacral nerves can lead to bladder and bowel damage. Alternatively, chronic laxative use can cause problems with bowel function. It is important to see a gastrointerologist for the constipation and a neurosurgeon to update the imaging of the spine and ensure there is no new structural problem compressing the nerves of the lumbar and sacral spine.

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My daughter was born with imperforate anus. She has had corrective surgery, however suffers with chronic constipation and is incontinent due to continuous filling of the rectum. We have tried bowel management. I do not know what to do next.

Find pedi GI doc: Your kid will need to work with a Pedi GI doc and his/her support staff. If incontinence remains an issue they may need to teach her to do scheduled clean outs every morning & wear a diaper during school. Over time some will learn to empty well without an enema, but chronic constipation must be resolved first.

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I just had gallbladder surgery a week ago and have been really constipated! I had my fourth Bowel movement and this time the toilet was full of blood,?

I just had gallbladder surgery a week ago and have been really constipated! I had my fourth Bowel movement and this time the toilet was full of blood,?

Constipation s/p gb: Likely was hemorrhoids which worsened or developed due to constipation. But would call doctor and let them know and evaluate. Could be ileitis, colitis, AVM, polyps as well. Also discuss with doctor diet. usually there is more of a problem with diarrhea after gb. Drink fluids about 2-3 liters/ day water /gator have to avoid fats < 3 grams /serving. Add fiber.

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I'm almost 2 weeks post ventral hernia surgery and have been very constipated. I had bowel movement & there was a lot of blood. Should I be concerned?

I'm almost 2 weeks post ventral hernia surgery and have been very constipated. I had bowel movement & there was a lot of blood. Should I be concerned?

Due to constipation: This may be due to the constipation. You may have developed a hemorrhoid as the cause of bleeding. We need to discuss this with your physician to help confirm that.

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Five years ago I had. Last year I had 2 blockages resulting in bowel resection. Since then I have anal discharge after most bms & constipation often.

Probably mucous: Mucous is a natural lubricant produced by the colon when you are constipated. So I suspect your constipation is the culprit. It is not uncommon to have a change in bowel habits after abdominal surgery. I would suggest you try some daily stool softener or mom for a few weeks, enough that your constipation is gone, and see if the mucous disappears as well. That will cinch the diagnosis.

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After 6years of my goal bladder surgery I am still having irregular bowel movement, loose stool and constipation why/?

After 6years of my goal bladder surgery I am still having irregular bowel movement, loose stool and constipation why/?

Dysbiotic Flora???: I would seriously look at the diet of food you are eating and also consider adding some supplements of probiotics. You should be evaluated by a doctor if you have not already to look at stomach issues. Often when you have both diarrhea and constipation this can indicate a low level of chronic inflammation in your intestinal tract. Sometimes supplements of digestive enzymes can help this problem.

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What is a hepaticojejunostomy/roux en y loop with a bowel resection? What is the prognosis?

What is a hepaticojejunostomy/roux en y loop with a bowel resection? What is the prognosis?

Hepaticojejunostomy: Hepaticojejunostomy is a procedure to drain bile from the liver into the intestines when the normal drainage (common bile duct) has to be removed or is blocked. The "roux-en-y loop" is the segment of bowel that is actually surgically connected to the bile duct. Prognosis depends on the disease process requiring the procedure.

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Can you get hemorrhoids after bowel resection?

Can you get hemorrhoids after bowel resection?

Not directly: But if you have constipation for some reason, it might contribute to hemorrhoids, depending on how recently your surgery was. If bowel resection was not recent, it probably has little if anything to do with hemorrhoid condition. Get an opinion from a GI specialist for details.

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What is the risk of a colostomy from a bowel resection for endometriosis?

What is the risk of a colostomy from a bowel resection for endometriosis?

Minimal...: An elective bowel resection, as long as the distal rectum and anus are preserved, should avoid a colostomy. Other factors may come into play, i.E obstruction, technical issues with anastomosis, active infection, etc. Might increase your risk.

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Will you have normal bms after small bowel resection?

Will you have normal bms after small bowel resection?

Usually: It depends on how much is removed but most people have no problem.

Intestine (Definition)

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


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more