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What should I do if I have to have a left hemicolectomy?

What should I do if I have to have a left hemicolectomy?

Find a good surgeon: Left colectomy is a routine procedure with a low rate of complication. It is increasingly done laparoscopically even for cancer. Check around, finding a good surgeon is your most important decision when faced with a necessary procedure. ...Read more

Dr. Raj Kapur
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Colectomy (Definition)

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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?

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. ...Read more

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2 years after left hemicolectomy, still have pain on left side, at times very sharp extremely constipated. Sometimes need heavy dose of laxitives.

2 years after left hemicolectomy, still have pain on left side, at times very sharp extremely constipated. Sometimes need heavy dose of laxitives.

Laxatives R not the-: -answer. U need stool softeners, as well as drinking lots of water. The colon does remove water from the stool, & fiber, stool softeners & lots of water. Many R available OTC & on line. My wife & I use friendly fiber from vita cost.com. Fiber + probiotics. Or talk 2 Ur PCP about this. ...Read more

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After hemicolectomy, I feel a sharp pain from my lower back then travels down to my left leg?

After hemicolectomy, I feel a sharp pain from my lower back then travels down to my left leg?

Pinched nerve: It sounds like you have "sciatica" -- a pinched nerve where it comes out from the spinal cord between the spine bones. Surgery can keep you in an awkward position while you are asleep, and worsen a minor, not noticed problem that existed before surgery. You should see your primary provider for an examination and studies to make sure it is not something more serious, and to get treatment. ...Read more

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After robotic right hemicolectomy how common is duodenal perforation and how soon should it be repaired to prevent complications and death?

After robotic right hemicolectomy how common is duodenal perforation and how soon should it be repaired to prevent complications and death?

Should be uncommon: Injury to the duodenum during right colectomy should be considered a technical complication and is a known but fortunately uncommon complications. Treatment depends on the timing of diagnosis, severity of sepsis and extent of injury. If recognized at the time of surgery, repair may be successful, but generally injury leads to infection and treatment involves drainage, antibiotics and nutrition ...Read more

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What is hemicolectomy?

What is hemicolectomy?

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. ...Read more

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What does post hemicolectomy mean?

What does post hemicolectomy mean?

Post Hemicolectomy: Post hemicolectomy basically describes the period of time after surgery to remove part of the colon. ...Read more

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What type of diet after hemicolectomy ?

What type of diet after hemicolectomy
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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. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover after right hemicolectomy ?

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. ...Read more