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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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
6-8 weeks: 6-8 weeks.Get a more detailed answer ›
Varies: Very quick if it is a laparoscopic procedure and a bit longer for an open procedure.See 1 more doctor answer
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?
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.
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.