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88 yo female s/p colectomy for stg 3 ca- post op fistula . 4 mos since diag now very conf and forgotten how to walk. ? mets to brain possible

88 yo female s/p colectomy for stg 3 ca- post op fistula . 4 mos since diag now very conf and forgotten how to walk. ? mets to brain possible

Hard to say: Medications are often a cause of confusion, especially sleeping pills and other benzodiazepines. Other problems can cause confusion, including electrolyte disturbances and infection. Any time there is new onset of confusion, it is important to be evaluated right away! Call her doc or take her to an ER to be sure it is not something easily treatable. ...Read more

Fistula (Definition)

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two places. Most commonly, it originates somewhere in the intestine and communicates to another location in the intestine or in the skin. A fistula can develop after abdominal surgery, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, anorectal abscess, and ...Read more


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Post colectomy instructions...Diet, sex, return to work?

Post colectomy instructions...Diet, sex, return to work?

They are: And should have been instructed to you by the surgeon. We all have our own preferences for these things. Depends on how extensive and what portion of colon for diet . But my patients are usually at regular before leaving hospital. ...Read more

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Bloody stools post colectomy, should I be concerned?

Bloody stools post colectomy, should I be concerned?

You don't : Say how many days post colectomy. Usually after colon resection you may see some blood with the first 1-2 bm's but after that you should not see blood. If you are you need to call your surgeon promptly and be evaluated. This can be very serious if not dealt with propmtly. ...Read more

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My BF is having rectal bleeding six months post colectomy and has severe abdominal cramps after eating. He has an appt - but how should he be eating?

My BF is having rectal bleeding six months post colectomy and has severe abdominal cramps after eating. He has an appt - but how should he be eating?

Well...: The appointment should be ASAP!!! He should eat soft foods such as cream of wheat, soups, and easily digestible foods. He should avoid nuts and anything with seeds in it. Fluids are extremely important and he should keep well hydrated. ...Read more

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I've noticed vitamins/medications coming out in my stool post colectomy. How can I be sure that birth control pills are fully absorbed and effective?

Should be okay: Birth control pills are mostly absorbed in the stomach. As long as you don't have any other bowel motility issues, you should receive an effective dose of hormone from the pill. On the other hand, there are many alternative contraceptives that you may consider. ...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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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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Hi my husband had a colectomy now ever since the op he gets black outs do we need to worry?

Hi my husband had a colectomy  now ever since the op he gets black outs do we need to worry?

Post op complication: If he has had major surgery and is now experiencing 'blackouts' he needs to be seen. ...Read more

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Colectomy (Definition)

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