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Just had a colostomy reversal. Is it normal to have soreness in my intestines?

Just had a colostomy reversal. Is it normal to have soreness in my intestines?

Yes: Not unusual after getting the plumbing reworked. Discuss with the surgeon at follow up visit. Not normal to have severe pain, vomiting, no stool output, bleeding after reversal; if present, call md asap. ...Read more

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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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I had a colostomy reversal. I have never gotten back to the same type of bowel movements--it has been fairly mushy since. Is this normal?

I had a colostomy reversal. I have never gotten back to the same type of bowel movements--it has been fairly mushy since. Is this normal?

Yes, in most cases.: Usually patients with a colostomy have had part of their colon removed. The colon is responsible for reabsorbing water from the stool. If you have less colon, then you will reabsorb less water and your stool will be softer and less formed in character. If you are not having any other symptoms besides the mushy stools, don't be alarmed. See your doctor if you have other symptoms though. ...Read more

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Does a person of the age of 50 with a colostomy bag for over 13 years qualify for a reversal surgery. Her large intestines were removed because palips?

Does a person of the age of 50 with a colostomy bag for over 13 years qualify for a reversal surgery. Her large intestines were removed because palips?

Depends: Most of the time when a temporary colostomy is done anorectal area will be intact, if that is the case could be reversed, some times due to disease process anorectal part of colon is removed then can not be reversed . Consult your surgeon after evaluation will tell you if it could be reversed or not, . ...Read more

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I had a colostomy takedown with a stapler does the staples stay in the intestines where they put it back together?

I had a colostomy takedown with a stapler does the staples stay in the intestines where they put it back together?

Yes: The staples are intended to stay within the suture line where the colostomy was reversed. These are very fine metallic staples, about 1/16th of an inch each spaced around the suture line. They are made of titanium and are inert to the body. ...Read more

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My friend has a colostomy bag, on her left side. On her right side she had a small incission, a few days ago, about 8 in. Of her large intestine has pushed it's way through. What should she do?

My friend has a colostomy bag, on her left side. On her right side she had a small incission, a few days ago, about 8 in. Of her large intestine has pushed it's way through. What should she do?

Go to the ER now: If she had recent surgery and you can see exposed bowel through the incision, she must go immediately to the hospital. Put a clean moistened towel over the incision and hold in place. Call the surgeon's office to tell them what is going on and tell them where you are going. ...Read more

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What is it like to have bowel surgery/biopsy and colostomy?

What is it like to have bowel surgery/biopsy and colostomy?

Vague question: Your question is very vague. Hard to answer without specific information. ...Read more

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What is the risk of a colostomy from a bowel resection for endometriosis?

Minimal...: An elective bowel resection, as long as the distal rectum and anus are preserved, should avoid a colostomy. Other factors may come into play, i.E obstruction, technical issues with anastomosis, active infection, etc. Might increase your risk. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use imodium (loperamide) to slow bowel down when u have a colostomy.?

Is it ok to use imodium (loperamide) to slow bowel down when u have a colostomy.?

Yes, no for long ter: Imodim is very good, increases the tone slows down peristalsis by acting on intestinal nerve cell allows more fluid absorbed there by reducing diarrhea, how ever for long term uses being opioid receptor agonist in some will develop like drug dependency often over looked due to its benefits. ...Read more

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Pain midline right side upper and under ribs like being punched abd after colostomy surgery 8 weeks out? Sire and tender surgery left side

Pain midline right side upper and under ribs like being punched abd after colostomy surgery 8 weeks out? Sire and tender surgery left side

Pretty normal: This is normal especially if you had a laparoscopic port site there, or if you had a retracting instrument placed underneath your ribs during the operation. If you develop nausea, vomiting, fevers or chills seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Do i need a colostomy bag if i get bowel cancer?

Do i need a colostomy bag if i get bowel cancer?

No: Not in all cases. If it's limited involvement and the surgery is planned, usually don't need a bag. If you get a low-lying rectal cancer, a bag is more likely. ...Read more

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I had bowel cancer last year. Had op and permanent colostomy. Now looks lik it's back on my liver. Had scans and waiting for results. What can happen.?

I had bowel cancer last year. Had op and permanent colostomy. Now looks lik it's back on my liver. Had scans and waiting for results. What can happen.?

Depends on the scans: If the amount the amount of disease is limited and nothing else is outside the liver, the tumor might be removed or treated with radio frequency ablation+ chemtherapy. ...Read more

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How often will a person with a colostomy have a bowel movement?

Depends: Usually a colostomy will function daily. It depends if it is a new colostomy or if it had been present longer. Long term colostomy may just function once a day, and newer ones may function more than once a day at first. Also depends on how much is eaten each day and any underlying medical conditions or colitis. ...Read more

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Hello!!...Considering Bowel Surgery Colostomy - Hollister - how can i remove my scars from my tummy?

Time: if you had a colostomy takedown. Time will heal the scar. Wait for 6-12 months. Minimize scar tissue by avoid direct sunlight on scar. If you want surgery to revise scar after that then see a plastic surgeon for minimizing scar. ...Read more

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I have recently had a colostomy reversed (had a bowel perforation following stricture from crohns) want to try for baby I am 36 are there risks?

I have recently had a colostomy reversed (had a bowel perforation following stricture from crohns) want to try for baby I am 36 are there risks?

Yes: The greatest risk is that you might not be able to get pregnant and/or carry to term. Some of that depends on the procedure you had and some depends on your underlying disease and activity and meds that you are on for it. That is worth a good discussion with your gastroenterologist and obstetrician. ...Read more

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Will I be able to control bowel movements after colostomy surgery?

Yes: Majority of the time you will be able to have bowel movements after colostomy. Rarely their might be a surgical issue that may decrease your bowel movements due to nerve impairment. It is also common to have some constipation after surgery due to anesthesia. If you do have constipation for a long time after surgery, consult your physician to get to the underlying cause. ...Read more

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How many bowel movements can you have per day after the takedown surgery of a colostomy and ileostomy?

How many bowel movements can you have per day after the takedown surgery of a colostomy and ileostomy?

Varies: It depends on what the prior surgery was. If there was a significant amount of the colon removed or much of the right colon removed, then there could be several bowel movements per day after takedown of a stoma. Drink more liquids and first try added fiber such as metamucil if alright with your surgeon. Would not recommend over the counter immodium unless fully cleared as alright with your surgeon. ...Read more

Colostomy (Definition)

A colostomy is a surgically created outlet of your colon to the skin. It is sometimes referred to as a 'bag' since a bag is placed over the colostomy to catch the ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more