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How To Prevent Bowel Perforation
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
Depends: On the cause of the fistula in the first place. Maintain a consistent bowel pattern and avoiding constipation or diarrhea is the best you can do. If the fistula is relate to crohn's disease, keeping your disease in remission by taking your maintenance meds without fail, is the best you can do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you eat: Adequate fiber in your diet, ie fruits vegetables salads, whole grains, don't waste your money on metamucil or other fiber substitutes and don't forget to drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. Fluid is necessary for fiber to work properly. Even so this will not prevent 100% of the cases of diverticulitis but it will reduces your chances. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fiber: There are many dietary recommendations that have been widely disseminated (things to avoid, etc), but recent studies have found no basis for those recommendations. The one thing that has been shown to prevent a second episode of diverticulitis (once someone has has a first episode) is to take a tablespoon of fiber supplementation (phyllium) daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a way to reverse diverticulitis? Diet? Lifestyle? What causes it? How to prevent worsening? How to prevent future Colitis?
Depends: Did you have surgery to treat the obstruction? Were you hospitalized and treated medically only? Are you describing bowel constipation? Takes 4-6 weeks to recover from surgery. Takes a few days to recover after medical treatment. Would need much more detailed medical information to answer further. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy lifestyle.: Maintain a healthy lifestyle: - balanced diet - achieve and maintain an ideal body weight - don't use tobacco - consume alcohol in moderation - know your family history watch for symptoms: - blood in your stool - change in stool habits - unusual abdominal pains keep up on screening tests: - colonoscopy at age 50. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NG tube or surgery: If intestinal obstruction is due to adhesions post surgery, an attempt to reverse the partial twist using a nasogastric tube is a first attempt to be used. If the amount of ng drainage increases and gas does not pass per rectum, surgery is needed. Here, removal of adhesion and untwisting of bowel can help. Occassionally a side to side bypass has to be used. ...Read more
Reason for question: Are u having problems now you think are due to ulcer? If so, get checked. It could be something else. Smoking, stress and large amnts of sugar or alcohol can irritate ur stomach. You may have noticed that certain foods, habits or activities make your stomach feel bad, and avoiding those things is obvious to do. Hx & exam cann tell u if meds to prevent ulcer r a good idea for u. ...Read more
Estrogen blockers: The only way to prevent it is to treat the underlying condition. Sometimes endometriosis involves the the rectum, and there is no way for the doctor or the patient to prevent it unless the underlying condition is bad enough to warrant estrogen blocking drugs. You can take stool softeners, which may help if the rectum is involved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need more info: Screening colonoscopy is perhaps the short answer. The earliest age which any member of your family had colon cancer, get started on colonoscopic screening at an age 10 years younger than that. For more information on this topic, you may consult this site: http://www.cancer.gov/types/colorectal/patient/colorectal-prevention-pdq ...Read more
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