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Living Without A Colon
Yes: The main function of the colon is the adsorption of fluid leaving the small intestine where nutrients are adsorbed. Patients with diseases of the bowel such as inflammatory bowel disease or diffuse polyposis frequently have the entire colon removed bringing a loop of terminal small intestine out on the skin as an ileostomy. Many people are able to lead a functional life with this stoma. ...Read more
For the most part: People without a spleen can lead a normal life. Be sure you are vaccinated against these bacteria: streptococcus pneumoniae, neisseria meningitidis, and haemophilus influenzae. People without spleens are at a increased risk severe infections. You should get yearly flu vaccine and your doctor may recommend a pneumonia vaccine. Discuss infection risks and surgical complication with your doctor. ...Read more
Can you request a large bowel removal for a better quality of life. I have Crohn's and pan-colitis entire colon effected no Crohn's in s-bowel ?
Crohns: Yes you can have a this is a complex decision to be made in coordination with your gastroenterologist and surgeon. The problem with colectomy in crohns disease is the fact that the disease can then affect your small intestine resulting in shortgut syndrome and the inability to absorb nutrients and water properly. Please talk this over with your gastrologist and seek a surgical opinion from a colorectal specialist. ...Read more
Yes: The liver has the unique capacity compared to all other internal organs of regenerating. Because of this, for instance, a portion can be donated for transplant to another with no risk to the donor. And while it is regenerating. The remaining portion of the liver can function successfully. ...Read more
If more than half a million pple have their gallbladder removed anually in theu.S.What should be the total living population living without gb?.
Gallbladder disease: Difficult to answer stated this way. Before dr. Evarts graham developed 1st diagnostic test for gallbladder dz, oral cholecystogram mid 1930's, gallbladder dz was on top 10 list for cause of death in U.S.A. Gallbladder dz remains on this list for several countries where gallbladder surgery is limited, but not in U.S.A. The gallbladder is not essential organ. Okay to have it removed when diseased. ...Read more
If a person has chirrosis and they stop drinking couldthey live a full life without needing a transplant?
Absolutely: No guarentees but when you stop injuring your liver, it can have a significant recovery of function. ...Read more
What is the life expectancy for a 79 yr old male with colon caner/tumor in colon and spread to the liver? history heart bypass, kidney fail diabetic?
Sadly not long: This sounds like a bad situation. Talk to your doctor and make sure he gets good supportive care with the help of his doctor and specialists. It is always difficult to estimate a time. It may be a matter of weeks. Also get an opinion from someone who knows him. All the best and God bless. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The spleen functions as a contributor to the body's immune system. Removal of the spleen will result in an increased risk of infections with certain organisms. There are vaccines available to prevent infections against these organisms. The risk of serious infections is less than 1%. Most people without a spleen can lead normal lives. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need more info.: How soon after the surgery did the bowel obstruction occur? Is it a large- or small bowel obstruction? Do the doctors believe the obstruction is due to recurrent cancer or adhesions? Is it an incomplete or complete obstruction? Please ask these questions of the treating physicians for a better understanding of this complex problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is colon(large intestine) surgery is recommended for a person suffered from IBS even if having redundant colon?
Surgery last resort: Redundant colon is a normal anatomical variant in which there are extra loops in the large intestine.It can cause associated conditions as ibs, colitis, colonic polyps etc. Usually it does not require any treatment. High fibre diet with proper nutrition. Colon cleansing can be beneficial.Surgery would be a last resort. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a virtual colonoscopy a good choice for a 35 yo healthy female who has a family history of colon cancer?
Perhaps: Virtual colonoscopy can certainly find colon polyps. The problem is that if one is found you would have to have another colon prep and colonoscopy so that the polyp could be biopsied. If you have a strong family history or other risk factors for colon cancer colonoscopy may be the better test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How likely is it for a 20 year old person without a spleen live till 80? Percentage or chances? In regards to life expectancy or cancer or such?Thanks
Very good chance: When a spleen is removed there is a high incidence of infection and pneumonia for which the pneumococcal vaccine is given. If the spleen was removed due to a nonmalignant condition then the complications of splenectomy are markedly reduced since the cases where problems can arise are when the procedure was done for enlarged spleen secondary to lymphoma or Hodgkins. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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