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Colon resection of descending colon. How much can be removed and still be reversed?

Colon resection of descending colon. How much can be removed and still be reversed?

What's gone is...: Gone, but can function quite well with what's left. Colon is about 5-6 feet long. Can do well with the remaining amount. Any surgery can cause internal scars (adhesions), which could cause obstructive issues in the future (or not). ...Read more

Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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Over 2 years post low anterir colon resection. 10 inches removed. Osmosis is 5 cm to anal verge. Still have urgency and problems evacuating. Lifelong?

Over 2 years post low anterir colon resection. 10 inches removed. Osmosis is 5 cm to anal verge. Still have urgency and problems evacuating. Lifelong?

Probably: It's likely that after two years, the symptoms aren't going away. However, dietary modification has a huge impact on bowel function, so consider making some changes to your eating patterns, like adding more fiber by replacing some meats with beans, and see if that makes a difference in your bowel function. ...Read more

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Had lower colon resection and still have pain when "going" after 8 months. Fiber has helped to "soften" stool and the pain. Pain ok after 8 months?!

Had lower colon resection and still have pain when "going" after 8 months. Fiber has helped to "soften" stool and the pain. Pain ok after 8 months?!

Possibly: If the pain is chronic in nature - no new changes in past few days - and you do not have fever or decreased bowel movements acutely over past few days, this is probably a chronic issue you need to discuss with your family doc or surgeon. If there has been a recent increase in pain or decrease in bowel movements accompanied by nausea/vomiting, you need emergent medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Why is colon resection still done for colon cancer in cases with liver metastasis?

Why is colon resection still done for colon cancer in cases with liver metastasis?

Depends: Believe it or not, it can sometimes still be cured. It depends on the disease burden in the liver. After resection, they can do adjuvant therapy and follow up with hepatic resections if it is limited.

Also for palliative reasons - if it is causing an obstruction, then the obstruction needs to be relieved to allow for simple gut function. ...Read more

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My jp drain fell out was in for about month in half. Colon resection from cancer. Hole is still draining. Blood and pus. Is this normal?

My jp drain fell out was in for about month in half. Colon resection from cancer. Hole is still draining. Blood and pus. Is this normal?

No: Any blood or pus coming out of any place of the body for any reason is not normal. Even abrasion with blood is not normal. Please see your doctor to make sure there is no infection in the area that needs to be treated and to put another drain if necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had a colon resection done by da Vinci on Thursday. I hate to bother my surgeon, but my belly is still bloated. Is this bad?

I had a colon resection done by da Vinci on Thursday. I hate to bother my surgeon, but my belly is still bloated. Is this bad?

Not bother: The surgeon and surgical team want patients to communicate how they are feeling post op. Contact da Vinci 's office and let them know how you are feeling. The surgeon who operated on you and knows your case is the best person to ask. Bloating probably ok. Make sure passing gas. ...Read more

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I had a colon resection surgery one year ago diagnosed stage 1 colon cancer. I still have bouts of chronic diarrhea. Is this due to the surgery?

I had a colon resection surgery one year ago diagnosed stage 1 colon cancer. I still have bouts of chronic diarrhea. Is this due to the surgery?

What part gone?: Removing the right colon and valve that separates the small bowel from colon sets the stage for bacterial contamination of the small bowel, which leads to diarrhea commonly-can be treated, with good success. Can try a probiotic, e.g. Florastor, and call your doc. Sometimes antibiotic rx needed to reestablish normal balance. If large amount of bowel removed (any location) can give diarrhea. ...Read more

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Is a colon resection always necessary following an acute diverticular abscess?

Is a colon resection always necessary following an acute diverticular abscess?

No, but...: ...Each case is unique, and depends on your history of prior diverticulitis, risks of recurrence, underlying complications, response of abscess to conservative management, co-morbidities, etc. ...Read more

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How is the equipment used when performing a laparoscopic colon resection?

How is the equipment used when performing a laparoscopic colon resection?

Multiple instruments: First a trocar is inserted with a camera in it so entry into the abdomen is assured. The abdomen is then inflated with carbon dioxide gas. Next an additional two to four trocars are inserted while watched with the camera. Multiple different instruments are inserted through these including graspers, dissectors and staplers to remove the diseased clon segment and place the remaining ends together. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from severe diarrhea after a colon resection?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from severe diarrhea after a colon resection?

Depends on: How much of your colon is left. If there is more than sigmoid colon left, bile binding agents can help. But if you only have only rectum left, you can still use motility-reducing agents such as lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine). But your body will adjust over time. Make sure there is no undiagnosed c difficile infection. Consult with your surgeon or GI specialist. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor want to do a colon resection on a 46 year old man with no history of colon problems?

Why would a doctor want to do a colon resection on a 46 year old man with no history of colon problems?

Red flag: Surgery is done for a significant benefit to the patient. A risk/benefit analysis is part of the consenting process before any surgery. So if it is not very clear why the surgery is being recommended, then get more information; check out a second opinion, take family/friend with you to discuss the procedure before consenting. Be well. ...Read more

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I had a partial colon resection with appendectomy about 13 years and ever since then I have a pooch where the incision is.

I had a partial colon resection with appendectomy about 13 years and ever since then I have a pooch where the incision is.

Hernia: This sounds like an incisional hernia. In this condition, a weak spot in the surrounding tissue or muscle allows fatty tissue or intestines to protrude. If the fatty tissue or intestines become pinched in this area, it can be a life-threatening problem. A general surgeon could give you more guidance as to whether or not a repair needs to be done. ...Read more

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Is it safe for someone who has had colon resection to participate in colonic hydrotherapy?

Is it safe for someone who has had colon resection to participate in colonic hydrotherapy?

Unsafe at any cost: Trained medical professionals will not recommend hydrotherapy, good bacteria that protect will be washed away, could get new infections bedsides danger of perforating colon, especially after colon surgery., nevertheless people believe in washing away the non existent 'toxins' from he body, and spend thousands of dollars over the period of time. ...Read more

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Colon resection for ca showed 2 lymph nodes involved. What are chances of ca spreading to cirrhortic liver?

Colon resection for ca showed 2 lymph nodes involved. What are chances of ca spreading to cirrhortic liver?

Can occur..: But hopefully your colon cancer was found before it could spread to the liver. Colon cancer can spread to the liver in any person, irregardless if you gave cirrhosis or not. See your oncologist to evaluate what the best treatments may be for your specific condition. Blood testing and x-ray tests such as ct, mri, or pet scans are indicated for some people. ...Read more

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My husband had colon cancer, had a colon resection and chemo. He has had 2 pet scans since. Churining?

My husband had colon cancer, had a colon resection and chemo. He has had 2 pet scans since. Churining?

A PET scan is: The most expensive imaging test. Using it to routine follow up can be justified if it alters care. Usually there is a defined course (# of cycles) and re-staging is done regularly with ct scans. Many insurers engage "pre-approval" screening to prevent over use. There are second and third line treatments for recurrent colon cancer, but ct scans do a good job of picking this up. ...Read more

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How many people with colon resection live a normal life?

How many people with colon resection live a normal life?

Colon Resection: Many people can lead a normal life after a colon resection. Of course, this will depend on the part of the colon and length of the colon that was removed, and the disease process which led to the colon resection. ...Read more

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What problems can my sister expect after her colon resection?

What problems can my sister expect after her colon resection?

Hopefully, none.: The colon's primary function is to absorb water. Therefore, depending on what part of the colon is removed (and how much), one typically moves their bowels more frequently than before surgery; this often improves w/in 6 months. Early on, the main issues will be pain management & getting her diet back to normal. Thankfully, there are very few, if any, long-term consequences. ...Read more

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I had a colon resection and 1 day home went back to e.R with bad pain resection had come apart. Why?

I had a colon resection and 1 day home went back to e.R with bad pain resection had come apart. Why?

Many possibilities: It's unfortunate to hear that you have had some complications as a result of your recent surgeries. It is, however, difficult to ascertain why you had such complications. There are many reasons for complications, they can range from the complexity of the case, the skill level of the surgeon, or malfunctions of the tools/hardware used just to name a few. There is also just pure bad luck. ...Read more

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What are benefits of a laparoscopic colon resection?

Several: Shorter hospital stay, smaller incisions, robotic surgery also posile. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: laparoscopic colon resection?

Minimally invasive: Laparscopic resection involves removing the colon using small incisions with long instruments to remove a portion of the colon without a large incision. Minimally invasive is a misnomer in my opiniion because we still perform the same operation on the inside but try to keep the skin incision small. Data shows it is an equivocal approach with faster recovery compared to the open technique. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had a colon resection. About 6 months out. Diarrhea : (help?

More info needed: Sometimes, diarrhea can be due to bile salts not being absorbed if the beginning part of the colon is resected. It is not clear what was resected and why. ...Read more

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What are co mobidities that require a ventilator after a colon resection? If it is fluid build up from surgery why does that happen

What are co mobidities that require a ventilator after a colon resection? If it is fluid build up from surgery why does that happen

Copd: Chronic cardiopulmonary disease may lead to vent p-surg. Also large fluid shifts occur p-surgery furthe aggravating cardiac function. Also the abdominal incision impairs diaphragm fxn. ...Read more

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I had a colon resection 13 yrs ago &almost had to have a colostomy 3 yrs ago I was told I have loops what r the chances of not having a colostomy?

For cancer, a: Colostomy used in rectal lesion too low to sew back to remaining colon. "loops" may be segments of bowel trapped by bands of scar. These can lead to intermittent obstruction. Best not to obstruct, but all do not lead to colostomy. The c-section also contributes to adhesions. ...Read more

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Can colon resection (~25cm)lead after few days to complications (e.G.Arteriosclerosis) and eventually to total colectomy within 10days? Is that frequent?

Can colon resection (~25cm)lead after few days to complications (e.G.Arteriosclerosis) and eventually to total colectomy within 10days? Is that frequent?

Deoends: I do not have enough information. Why was the first colon surgery - cancer? Colon surgery does not cause arteriosclerosis but diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity ; elevated cholesterol can. Surgery risks are increased with increased age, diabetes, high bp... If there was already vascular disease before the first surgery, bleeding, anemia, bowel obstruction, emergency surgery...= increased risks. ...Read more

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My husband just had a colon resection. He was on IV dalaudid 2 mg. Every 2-4 hours for 7 days. He is home now. My question is. He says that nothing tastes good. Everything tastes funny. Could this be a reaction from the dalaudid?

My husband just had a colon resection. He was on IV dalaudid 2 mg. Every 2-4 hours for 7 days. He is home now. My question is. He says that nothing tastes good. Everything tastes funny. Could this be a reaction from the dalaudid?

Probably not: He is recovering from major surgery and it is possible he may not have the taste for certain foods for a while. This is not uncommon. The combination of surgery anesthesia and other medications may change things for a while, give it time. Call your md and discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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I had colon resection in nov. Today bellybutton is very sore and hard around it like a ball. Help! What could it be?

I had colon resection in nov. Today bellybutton is very sore and hard around it like a ball. Help! What could it be?

? infection: Certainly, a delayed minor wound infection could cause hardness and pain. If so, redness and warmth is close behind. Could also be a closure suture knot, if one is present there, or even a small incisional hernia. Call your surgeon monday and notify him/her of this issue. If redness or warmth develops, or if tenderness becomes unbearable, you'll need evaluated before then. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Dark Urine (Definition)

Urine tends to be golden yellow from uric acid excretion. Brown or red suggests hemolysis, i.e. dark urine. Many causes, from trauma, infection, neoplasia, etc. We should all strive for crystal clear urine. ...Read more