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Doctor insights on: Frequent Bowel Movements After Colon Surgery

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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


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My bowels movement is ok but is it normal to feel bloated with gas but unable to pass gas? What do I do? Just had a colon surgery 2 weeks ago.

My bowels movement is ok but is it normal to feel bloated with gas but unable to pass gas? What do I do? Just had a colon surgery 2 weeks ago.

Not unusual: Good news is that bowels are working!
you had antibiotics and change on diet wrapped around the surgery and some reconditioning is likely.
Mention to your colon surgeon however. ...Read more

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Can you still have normal bowel movements abd have colon cancer?

Yes: Most patients with colon cancer will either have no symptoms or will have blood in the stool. Colonoscopy is an effective screening tool because it finds early colon cancer (and precancerous lesions) in patients with no symptoms. ...Read more

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Blood after a bowel movements - how likely is colon cancer?

Cannot tell: Without an examination with your doctor. Tumors, polyps, cancer, hemorrhoids? See a doctor. ...Read more

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What type of bowel movements should be expected with a stent put in for colon cancer?

What type of bowel movements should be expected with a stent put in for colon cancer?

Depends on location: If the obstruction being treated if up in the colon and successfully opens up the blockage, the bowel movements may be normal. If the stent is in the rectum, close to the anus, the stools will likely be more thin than normal. ...Read more

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I've had part of colon removed due to cancer and ever since I have had very large bowel movements. Why is this?

I've had part of colon removed due to cancer and ever since I have had very large bowel movements. Why is this?

Change of habits: Removing a segment of colon will not severely effect your bowel movements, most likely since surgery you are eating more fibre, besides large bm is better getting constipated. ...Read more

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I had a colon resection a month and a half ago. Lately when I have a bowel movement I get pain in my lower back and abdomen. Any ideas?

I had a colon resection a month and a half ago. Lately when I have a bowel movement I get pain in my lower back and abdomen. Any ideas?

Yes: You want to let your surgeon know about this. He/she did the resection and must know about it. Better be safe and good luck. Hopefully nothing serious. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and I have been under alot of stress latley and I have had a change in bowel movements that is my only symptom do I have colon cancer?

I'm 18 and I have been under alot of stress latley and I have had a change in bowel movements that is my only symptom do I have colon cancer?

Very unlikely at 18: Start with increasing fiber intake: fruits, vegetables, dried beans, bran cereals. Drink plenty of water 6-8 cups a day, and consider a daily walk or other exercise program. You may be able to normalize your bowel movements. Otherwise you will want to discuss this problem with your doctor who can perform a detailed history and physical. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Lately I have had to push to get a bowel movement started. Can forcing cause the colon to get irritated so blood appears on feces? Can it be hemmoroid

Lately I have had to push to get a bowel movement started. Can forcing cause the colon to get irritated so blood appears on feces? Can it be hemmoroid

Hemorrhoids or not?: Bleeding from the rectum that recurs may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.) or a bleeding source further upstream. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaid's, anticoagulants can cause bleeding), get evaluated sooner than later. ...Read more

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How does straining for a bowel movement cause diverticular disease when this action squeezes the colon from the outside (diverticula push out not in)?

How does straining for a bowel movement cause diverticular disease when this action squeezes the colon from the outside (diverticula push out not in)?

Diverticula are: Formed by increased pressure on weakened spots of the intestinal walls by gas, waste, or liquid. Diverticula can form while straining during a bowel movement, such as with constipation. Squeezing the colon increases the pressure within the colon lumen. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods can I eat to cleanse my colon and get good bowel movement?

Please suggest what foods can I eat to cleanse my colon and get good bowel movement?

You can start with: Fruits- citrus, strawberries, bananas, green vegetables, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflowers, rice, barley, oats, beans, seeds, nuts, whole grains, flax seeds, yogurts, plenty of water. Good bowel habit, three times per day. Make it top priority! ...Read more

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I have a very sluggish colon. I only have a bowel movement twice a week a lot of the times. What could have happened?

I have a very sluggish colon. I only have a bowel movement twice a week a lot of the times. What could have happened?

Maybe normal: Normal bowel frequency in america fits a bell-curve distribution--once daily stooling is the middle of the curve, but the normal range extends from 3 bowel movements daily to 1 bowel movement every 3-4 days. Assuming your bowel pattern has been stable for some time (in other words, has not recently changed from daily to every three days) then having two bowel movements/week is "normal" for you. ...Read more

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I have significant looping of the colon. What is this? Cn I correct it & Is it dangerous? I have had no problems with any bowel movements whatsoever

I have significant looping of the colon. What is this? Cn I correct it & Is it dangerous? I have had no problems with any bowel movements whatsoever

Colon curves: You probably were told by your gastroenterologist after a colonoscopy or after a ct of the abdomen, this is nothing need to worry about, this how you were created by God, you can not change it, as long it does not bother just ignore it and be happy. ...Read more

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What would cause colon to not complete bowel movement - retain some and cause bad odor despite clean tpaper? Fix?

Doctor to evaluate: There are several reasons why poop would end up stuck in the rectum, so a primary care doctor or a G.I. Specialist should evaluate. Causes include constipation (slow transit of stool through the intestine), medications that slow the bowel, nerve disorders that slow the bowel, tumors blocking flow of the stool, etc... A patient can use laxatives to keep the rectum clear, awaiting his appointment. ...Read more

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Are irregular bowel movements a sign of colon cancer?

Are irregular bowel movements a sign of colon cancer?

Possibly: There are many causes or irregular bowels. Dietary fiber, water being the most common. However, irregular
ar bowels can be caused by inflammatory, infectios, or neoplastic causes (cancer). If it persists, see a colon and rectal surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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This morning I had a bowel movement that was about 12 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

This morning I had a bowel movement that was about 12 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

Not a specific sign: But any change in bowel habits is a warning sign. Have your doctor check your stool for occult blood. If that is positive, you need to have a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer cause painful bowel movements?

Does colon cancer cause painful bowel movements?

Can if: It is a rectal cancer usually. Actual colon cancers may cause a change in your bowel movement with no pain unless the pain is from constipation or diarrhea due to the tumor. But rectal cancers or anal cancers can indeed cause pain during and after the evacuation. ...Read more

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Blood everytime I have bowel movement. Could this be colon cancer?

Blood everytime I have bowel movement. Could this be colon cancer?

It depends: If blood in the stool is red, it may be from a hemorrhoid. This needs to be evaluated and treated, but is fairly common.
If the blood or stool is darker (black) and has a 'tar-like' appearance, it is more indicative of a bleed in the upper areas of the GI tract. This is more significant and needs more prompt evaluation and treatment.
Seek evaluation by a qualified professional asap to differentiat. ...Read more

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If my ongoing left sided abdominal, side, and back pain gets worse after a bowel movement is that a problem in the colon?

If my ongoing left sided abdominal, side, and back pain gets worse after a bowel movement is that a problem in the colon?

Yes it's possible.: See a GI dr for a thorough evaluation. Take care! Http://www. M.webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/digestive-diseases-constipation. Http://www. M.webmd. Com/pain-management/guide/abdominal-pain-causes-treatments. ...Read more

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For the last week or two I habe experianced excess gas and a pressure around the colon. I have no other symptons. Bowel movements are normal. Help?

For the last week or two I habe experianced excess gas and a pressure around the colon. I have no other symptons. Bowel movements are normal. Help?

Are U sure it's gas?: Many report a sense of gasiness, bloating, pressure, abdominal fullness. This may (or not) originate in gut, & may (or not) be disease-related. Some are sensitive to gut distension, have bacterial overgrowth, have altered gut motility or inflammation. It's best to get checked. Also, keep a symptom diary, consider bifidobacter probiotics, start food elimination trials, avoid artificial sweeteners. ...Read more

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I am having difficulty with bowel movements. And a lot of gas. I was told I had a tortuous colon 13 years ago. Seems like I am having more problems now.

I am having difficulty with bowel movements. And a lot of gas. I was told I had a tortuous colon 13 years ago. Seems like I am having more problems now.

Constipation: You need to add fiber in form of fresh vegetables in your diet, drink a lot of water, avoid meat and white flour, take Metamucil or miralax to cleanse bowel, avoid gas producing food, like left overs, poorly cooked beans and meats. Will have to continue on daily basis. Can try GAS X, and or OTC laxatives like Dulcolax if still not better. ...Read more

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Is blood on toilet paper after a bowel movement a common sign of colon cancer?

Is blood on toilet paper after a bowel movement a common sign of colon cancer?

Not necessarily: Red blood on the toilet is not uncommon occasionally and can be caused by things such as a tiny anal erosion or fissure (especially with constipation) it can also be from a hemorrhoid.
Blood mixed with stool or dark stool can be from bleeding farther inside the colon and should be investigated. Screening colonoscopy is recommended once you've reached 50 even with no symptoms. ...Read more

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Colon cancer with hypoactive bowel sounds, distended abdomen, hypoactive bowel sounds, no bowel movement 2 days?

Colon cancer with hypoactive bowel sounds, distended abdomen, hypoactive bowel sounds, no bowel movement 2 days?

Call your Dr now: Hopefully this is transient, but the description provided is concerning for bowel obstruciton which can in turn lead to serious complications. ...Read more

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Does having rather large bowel movements (ever since I was a teenager) make me more prone to colon cancer by stretching my colon or something?

Does having rather large bowel movements (ever since I was a teenager) make me more prone to colon cancer by stretching my colon or something?

NO: Your family history is a major factor but NOT your colon size! Colon Cancer is a PREVENTABLE disease. Your Primary Care Provider will tell you when to begin appropriate screening tests!

Hope this helps
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Dr. Mark Pack
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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. Daniel Saurborn
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more