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Is diarrhea common after small bowel resection?

Is diarrhea common after small bowel resection?

Depends on: Extent and part of resection. Diarrhea can occur if ileum is resected more commonly than jejunum. Even jejunum if is more than, say, 1/3. But compensatory hyperplasia can occur, so it should improve over time. Ask a gastroenterologist for a formal opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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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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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. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have light bleeding from the rectum after small bowel resection? It seems to be round the feces but not in it. There's no pain.

Is it normal to have light bleeding from the rectum after small bowel resection? It seems to be round the feces but not in it. There's no pain.

Maybe: Slight bleeding could be from hemorrhoids or other anal condition. Cirrhosis can cause abnormally enlarged veins to occur in the gastrointestinal tract that could bleed. Best not to wonder & best is to contact your own surgeon who performed the surgery to get proper information for your own specific situation & conditions. ...Read more

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After a small bowel resection for Crohn's & now over 25 hospitalized bowel obstructions later, will HGH strengthen intestines, if not what should I do?

After a small bowel resection for Crohn's & now over 25 hospitalized bowel obstructions later, will HGH strengthen intestines, if not what should I do?

Not likely: Focus on making sure your inflammatory bowel disease is well controlled and overall good health. That means making sure you have good nutrition, are physically active, sleeping well and have good social support. Try to avoid for looking for too much pharmacotherapy for good health. Some is necessary but remember, particularly with hormones, it's easy create problems. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I had small bowel resection and repair if incarcerated hernia ib sepember this year im now getting pain in my left groin?

I had small bowel resection and repair if incarcerated hernia ib sepember this year im now getting pain in my left groin?

Post operative pain: It is common to have incision pain after surgery. Pain in the groin can be also caused by nerve entrapment, and scar tissue that forms. If there is vomiting at times one should be on the lookout for fibrous bands of tissue that can develop which can lead to a partial obstruction of the bowel. Constipation following surgery can also lead to the groin pain that has developed. ...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. ...Read more

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What to do if I have chronic diarrhea, high fecal inflammation normal endoscopy and small ulcers in small bowel?

What to do if I have chronic diarrhea, high fecal inflammation normal endoscopy and small ulcers in small bowel?

Talk to your GI: Assume you had to see one for the procedures. The small bowel ulcers - on capsule endoscopy, EGD or colonoscopy? need to rule out IBD, though small ulcers can be due to anything from idiopathic to NSAID use. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have chronic diarrhea, high fecal inflammation normal endoscopy and small ulcers in small bowel?

What do you suggest if I have chronic diarrhea, high fecal inflammation normal endoscopy and small ulcers in small bowel?

Talk to your GI: Assume you had to see one for the procedures. The small bowel ulcers - on capsule endoscopy, EGD or colonoscopy? need to rule out IBD, though small ulcers can be due to anything from idiopathic to NSAID use. ...Read more

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Significance of small bowel biopsy:increasd intraepithelial lymphocytes? Test was 1+yr ago. Chronic episodes abdo pain 2yr, diarrhea 6mo, celiac sero neg

Crohn??????!!: Lymphocyte as a rule is consistent with crohn disease but I am guessing your GI DID NOT THINKS SO. Let them run some blood test and do the biopsy again to see if it is persistent ...Read more

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The doctor did a ct scan and said looks like a small bowel obstruction but I have severe diarrhea could it be something else and how's it treated?

The doctor did a ct scan and said looks like a small bowel obstruction but I have severe diarrhea could it be something else and how's it treated?

Not likely: A ct scan is not the best test for a functional bowel obstruction. A small bowel series is a better option. The cynics a one time picture and the fact that you are having diarrhea probably rules out the chance of a vowel obstruction. I think there is something else going in. Stool cultures are in order and possibly more testing. ...Read more

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I'm two weeks post-op for small bowel obstruction. 5 days after discharge, I developed watery, foul diarrhea and tingling in lips and mouth. No cramps?

I'm two weeks post-op for small bowel obstruction. 5 days after discharge, I developed watery, foul diarrhea and tingling in lips and mouth. No cramps?

Diarrhea lips tingle: I'm two weeks post-op for small bowel obstruction. 5 days after discharge, I developed watery, foul diarrhea and tingling in lips and mouth. No cramps? ANS: suspect you have a low blood K from the diarrhea. Call Dr. In AM. Add low sodium V-8 12 oz per day to get more K in diet. Suspect post-op diarrhea due to antibiotics. But you did not give us detailed history. Available for 2nd opinion now. ...Read more

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


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more