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Constipation after a colectomy?

Constipation after a colectomy?

Yes: Could be ileus or obstruction depending on timing after surgery. Also is taking lots of narcotics this can leadto constipation. Best is to see surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Raj Kapur
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Is it ever recommended to get a colectomy for constipation?

Is it ever recommended to get a colectomy for constipation?

Yes, for Certain dx: Constipation, common problem that is managed by medicines and diet the vast majority of the time. For certain conditions (colonic inertia, megacolon- where patients aren't going to the bathroom for >5days) surgery is an option. Often entails removal of the colon and sewing the small bowel to the rectum. Done laparoscopically. Tremendous improvemnt in quaility of life when properly selected. ...Read more

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How should I prepare for a total colectomy?

Good bowel prep: Otherwise have good family support. I usually have patients take mag citrate 300ml times two starting 12 pm day before on liquid diet, morning of surgery a fleets enema. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: colectomy?

Colon resection: It can mean removal of part or complete colon with or without the rectum. ...Read more

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I have had a laproscopic colectomy and stil having a gripping pain inside what's wrong?

I have had a laproscopic colectomy and stil having a gripping pain inside what's wrong?

Need for workup.: It sounds like you had this pain prior to your colectomy so its unlikely due to the surgery. It is very hard to say what is the cause of your pain without more information. You will likely need further medical workup. ...Read more

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Acidic feces after a total colectomy?

Acidic feces after a total colectomy?

Yes: It depends on the reconstruction. If you have a j pouch and the contents are moving through rapidly and you have not adapted, a patient may have many stools per day and the area around the anus may be raw. Local treament with creams to the area are helpful. If it remains, your doctor can add things to thicken the stool or medicine to slow it done until you adapt. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes deudonal perforation during colectomy?

What causes deudonal perforation during colectomy?

Possible: It's possible while manipulating the colon that an instrument could have "knicked" the duodenum - the first part of the small intestine. It wouldn't be the most common complication of a colectomy though. ...Read more

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Which is best after colectomy: ileostomy or j-pouch?

Which is best after colectomy: ileostomy or j-pouch?

Depends: This is highly dependent on why this surgery is indicated. If the person is not too elderly or have other risk factors such as crohn's disease or extensive cancer, then a j-pouch may be appropriate. This is performed by a trained surgeon who has the proper knowledge. Some patients do not have a choice due to their disease condition and will need an ileostomy. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which is better after colectomy: ileostomy or j-pouch?

Expert opinions? Which is better after colectomy: ileostomy or j-pouch?

Depends on the: Indications for the surgery. Crohn's disease should never be treated with a j pouch. Then it is an issue with the patients preferences and life style and skills of your surgeon. J pouch usually requires a temporary ileostomy and thus an extra operation to close the temporary ileostomy. These are issues to discuss with the surgeon and contact your local ostomy association, meetings and ask members. ...Read more

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What are soft foods that an adult can eat after having an appendectomy and colectomy?

What are soft foods that an adult can eat after having an appendectomy and colectomy?

Best to ask: Your surgeon!!!! . Not sure how far out from your surgery you are and why the bowel resection was done, and how the repair was made. All of these will determine an appropriate answer to your question. Your surgeon should have given you a recommended diet. If not call their office and get one!! ...Read more

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Why is there pain in the right side of the body and lower back after a partial colectomy?

Pain: It really depends on the timing and specifics related to your surgery. Causes could include anything from gas pains or muscle strain to some complication of surgery. I would follow up with my surgeon to get checked. ...Read more

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Are there special recipes and dietary guidelines for people who have had a partial colectomy?

Are there special recipes and dietary guidelines for people who have had a partial colectomy?

Usually not: Depending on the portion of colon removed you may need more fluids to compensate for that lost in the stool. Most limitations in your diet will be learned by trial and error, learning which foods to avoid. ...Read more

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Is it possible for diverticulitis to cause pain on the right side if I've already had a partial colectomy?

Is it possible for diverticulitis to cause pain on the right side if I've already had a partial colectomy?

Yes: Often in women who have had a prior hysterectomy, the sigmoid colon shifts from the left to the center or even the right side of the lower abdomen and hence pain would be felt in the suprapubic or right lower abdomen mwith diverticulitis. ...Read more

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My girlfriend had a partial colectomy and there is a bit of tissue that is coming out of the body were the staples are is that normal?

My girlfriend had a partial colectomy and there is a bit of tissue that is coming out of the body were the staples are is that normal?

Surgeon needs this: Please understand that surgery carries significant risks and surgeons must know about complications. Your friend would have been given post operative instructions and a list of things to watch for. On that list will also be instructions on how to page the doctor should a complication arise. Without seeing this friends' 'tissue' in person it would be difficult for any of us to comment. ...Read more

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How can I doctors control pain after a colectomy?

Multiple ways: Intravenous patient controlled anesthesia is most common with narcotics. This can be supplemented with Iv Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Toradol with good results until oral meds can be initiated ...Read more

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What is the difference between a colectomy and a colonoscopy?

The suffix: When a word ends in ectomy it refers to removal of:an organ such as colon in colectomy and kidney in nephrectomy, When the word ends in oscopy it refers to examination of an organ with a device or scope such as in endoscopy, laryngoscopy, proctoscopy. Colonoscopy refers as such to examination of the colon with a colonoscope. ...Read more

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