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What type of diet after hemicolectomy?

What type of diet after hemicolectomy?

Balanced: Typically the first 2 weeks should be a low fat and low fiber diet with stool softeners. This reduces stretching on the new bowel connection. After this, a healthy balanced diet with fiber is recommended. There are studies that support using probiotics such as lactobacillus or acidophilus for improved function. Start probiotics after the first two weeks following surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Is there a specific diet to control liquid stools resulting from a hemicolectomy?

Is there a specific diet to control liquid stools resulting from a hemicolectomy?

BRAT diet: The banana rice apple (sauce) toast (brat) diet may temporarily increase the consistency of your stools as well as the use of some medications to decrease motility. However, I am confident that your surgeon may have these readily available. In many instances the resorption capacity of your remaining colon will compensate over time as well. ...Read more

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I had a right hemicolectomy last year then 6 months chemo. I am now having dietary issues following pains & bloating. Can you suggest a suitable diet?

I had a right hemicolectomy last year then 6 months chemo. I am now having dietary issues following pains & bloating. Can you suggest a suitable diet?

Diet is not critical: There is no special diet after partial colectomy. Most such folks can eat what they like without. It is by trial and error. So try changing some of items around, . Sometimes avoiding dairy foods (lactose intolerance) can be an issue, so try that. Your doctor can also give you some medication incase you have diarrhea or frequent bms. It should settle down with some experimentation on your own. ...Read more

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What is hemicolectomy?

What is hemicolectomy?

Colon Resection: The literal definition would be "removal of half of the colon", either left or right. This typically refers to cancer operations in which the extent of resection corresponds with the blood supply & lymph node distribution of the colon. In actuality, we usually perform "segmental" resections, typically removing 1/3 to 1/4 of the colon. ...Read more

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What does post hemicolectomy mean?

What does post hemicolectomy mean?

Post Hemicolectomy: Post hemicolectomy basically describes the period of time after surgery to remove part of the colon. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have to have a left hemicolectomy?

What should I do if I have to have a left hemicolectomy?

Find a good surgeon: Left colectomy is a routine procedure with a low rate of complication. It is increasingly done laparoscopically even for cancer. Check around, finding a good surgeon is your most important decision when faced with a necessary procedure. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover after right hemicolectomy?

Variable: However anticipate 3-4 days in the hospital and 6 weeks to unrestricted, unlimitted activy. This will vary with the indication for the surgery, your general health at the time of the surgery and any peri or postoperative complications that may have occurred. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have diarrhea after hemicolectomy?

Is it normal to have diarrhea after hemicolectomy?

Adjustment: Diarrhea after hemicolectomy can occur. Remember the main function of the colon is to absorb water. When you remove a segment of the colon then the transit time changes. Keep a record of food that causes diarrhea. An adjustment time will let you find food to help. ...Read more

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Why am I constipated after hemicolectomy surgery?

Pain meds: It is very common to be constipated after surgery due to anesthesia and pain meds. There may also be dysmotilty from colectomy. Stool softeners, fiber, lots of water and laxatives if all else fails. ...Read more

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When can I start the gym after a right hemicolectomy surgury?

My recommendation: Is not to do any heavy lifting or straining for 6 weeks post op, you can do walking or tread mill on a relatively flat incline anytime after surgery. Best to check with your surgeon for their preferences. ...Read more

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How long after a right hemicolectomy do I have to wait to fly?

How long after a right hemicolectomy do I have to wait to fly?

Wait: Until released for travel by your surgeon. May depend if you had open or laparoscopic surgery. May want to wait about 2 weeks, & also see the surgeon for a check up before traveling. ...Read more

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Is it common to have a temperature after a right hemicolectomy?

Depends: What you mean by temperature and how soon after surgery. Temps less than 101f are usually not too concerning in first days after surgery. Speak with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait after a hemicolectomy before I can begin walking?

The next day: I get my patient out of bed either on the night of surgery or the next day and get them walking several times per day. From that point on you can increase your walking as desired so long as keep yourself well hydrated and minimize steep inclines or steps. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me the difference in a partial cecectomy and a right hemicolectomy?

Can someone tell me the difference in a partial cecectomy and a right hemicolectomy?

Yes: Cecectomy just removes the very "tip" of the start of the colon. Right hemicolectomy removes the entire right side of the colon. Often done for a large polyp or cancer. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from the operation - right hemicolectomy?

Depends on: A lot of factors. Whether the operation is done via laparoscopy or open, whether there are any associated local problems, whether there are any co-existing medical problems, the person's age, general health status. In general, the hospitalization is about one week, time spent in home recovery is several weeks. ...Read more

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Following a hemicolectomy, how long does it take before my patient can resume eating and taking fluids?

Following a hemicolectomy, how long does it take before my patient can resume eating and taking fluids?

"Days": Following laparoscopic hemicolectomy, most people begin solid foods in 2-3 days; following "open" surgery, 4-6 days. Either way, it may take weeks for one's digestive tract to get back to normal. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in what ways can a hemicolectomy affect the renal system or any other physiological systems?

Nothing long term: While during the perioperative period there could be a variety of systems temorarily affected, there shouldn't be any long term affects of removeing a segment of colon. Check with your surgeon to be sure about your specific case. ...Read more

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How do I best prepare for a right hemicolectomy? Are pre-operative nutrition drinks and antibacterial showers recommended?

How do I best prepare for a right hemicolectomy? Are pre-operative nutrition drinks and antibacterial showers recommended?

Follow MD 's advice: Each surgeon had individual preference to prepare the bowel, during preoperative time. Do not break the preparation protocol. Poorly prepared colon will result higher complication rate, like post OP infection etc. Speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Healing time for incision for right hemicolectomy?

Healing time for incision for right hemicolectomy?

Varies: Very quick if it is a laparoscopic procedure and a bit longer for an open procedure. ...Read more

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Could hemicolectomy during appendectomy mean cancer?

Could hemicolectomy during appendectomy mean cancer?

Could be: If a cancer is found and you've consented to let the surgeon do what's needed once inside, a hemicolectomy when the clinical diagnosis suggests a cancer was found in the appendix or nearby, but there are other possibilities. If it is your colon, then your surgeon has a duty to explain. If it is someone else's, I'm not going to second-guess. ...Read more

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Can any docs elaborate on the difference in a partial cecectomy and a right hemicolectomy?

Yes: Cecum is the beginning of the right colon.
Cecum, ascending is on right, then transverse, descending is left colon, then rectum.
Hemi is about half.
Ectomy is removal of something.

So more colon removed than just a part of cecum! Why?
Not a very common operation? ...Read more

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Docs! Please tell me if there is a difference in a partial cecectomy and a right hemicolectomy?

Different procedures: The terminal small bowel (ileum) enters into the rt. Lower colon or cecum where the appendix is attached. If there is a small polypoid lesion of cecum or appendicitis one can resect a portion of the cecum and anastomose termnal ileum to rt. Colon. In the case of cancer of the cecum, in order to remove draining nodes, the rt. colic vessesl are removed with nodes and a rt. Hemicolectomy is done. ...Read more

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Been having really sharp intense pains under my left rib for a few months now. Also had a r hemicolectomy only 2 months ago. What do you think?

Been having really sharp intense pains under my left rib for a few months now. Also had a r hemicolectomy only 2 months ago. What do you think?

Need to work it up: Symptomatic treatment with antiinflamatory medications and additional work up to rule out post surgical collections of fluid, blood or pus, inflammatory changes at intestinal connection or even pneumonia. If the surgery was open, could consider rib pain from retractor used during surgery. I recommend to start by visiting your surgeon. ...Read more

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2 years after left hemicolectomy, still have pain on left side, at times very sharp extremely constipated. Sometimes need heavy dose of laxitives.

2 years after left hemicolectomy, still have pain on left side, at times very sharp extremely constipated. Sometimes need heavy dose of laxitives.

Laxatives R not the-: -answer. U need stool softeners, as well as drinking lots of water. The colon does remove water from the stool, & fiber, stool softeners & lots of water. Many R available OTC & on line. My wife & I use friendly fiber from vita cost. Com. Fiber + probiotics. Or talk 2 Ur PCP about this. ...Read more

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Is burning pain normal after right hemicolectomy?

Is burning pain normal after right hemicolectomy?

Where?: Where is the pain? When was the surgery? How was the surgery performed? Postoperative pains at the surgical incision sites are common. Other pains may not be normal, and would need to contact your surgeon to ask this question. ...Read more

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Does hemicolectomy during appendectomy mean cancer was found?

Does hemicolectomy during appendectomy mean cancer was found?

Not necessarily: Other reasons for removing a portion of the colon when planning to do an appendectomy could include crohn's disease, cecal diverticulitis, or severe inflammation at the base of the appendix. However, rather than speculating, this question can be answered with 100% accuracy by asking the surgeon who performed this procedure. ...Read more

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Last may had a right hemicolectomy remove hgd polyp. Try schedule a 1st annual scope for april but surgeon wants a consult to see if 2nd scope needed?

Last may had a right hemicolectomy remove hgd polyp. Try schedule a 1st annual scope for april but surgeon wants a consult to see if 2nd scope needed?

Usually repeat 1 yr: Typically a repeat colonoscopy is done at a year after resection for cancer or polyps although the data to support optimal timing is thin. The concept is to find new polyps and stay ahead of them before we need to consider another operation. ...Read more

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How long after right hemicolectomy surgery is it safe for a female to have sex?

How long after right hemicolectomy surgery is it safe for a female to have sex?

Practice "Safe" Sex: There is nothing intrinsically dangerous about having sex after a right-colon resection. However, depending on the surgical technique, we don't want to overly stress the healing abdominal incision (s). Therefore, if you can have sex without any "heavy lifting", any time is fine. ...Read more

Dr. Raj Kapur
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Colectomy (Definition)

It can mean removal of part or complete colon with ...Read more