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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Partial Colectomy

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Uncontrolled watery stool after partial colectomy; is it normal and if so for how long?

Uncontrolled watery stool after partial colectomy; is it normal and if so for how long?

Maybe: Could be infectious from c diff. Have that ruled out first. If that is negative you could take immodium or fiber wafers to treat and slow down transit of stool. ...Read more

Dr. Raj Kapur
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Why is there pain in the right side of the body and lower back after a partial colectomy?

Why is there pain in the right side of the body and lower back after a partial colectomy?

Pain: It really depends on the timing and specifics related to your surgery. Causes could include anything from gas pains or muscle strain to some complication of surgery. I would follow up with my surgeon to get checked. ...Read more

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Are there special recipes and dietary guidelines for people who have had a partial colectomy?

Are there special recipes and dietary guidelines for people who have had a partial colectomy?

Usually not: Depending on the portion of colon removed you may need more fluids to compensate for that lost in the stool. Most limitations in your diet will be learned by trial and error, learning which foods to avoid. ...Read more

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Is it possible for diverticulitis to cause pain on the right side if I've already had a partial colectomy?

Is it possible for diverticulitis to cause pain on the right side if I've already had a partial colectomy?

Yes: Often in women who have had a prior hysterectomy, the sigmoid colon shifts from the left to the center or even the right side of the lower abdomen and hence pain would be felt in the suprapubic or right lower abdomen mwith diverticulitis. ...Read more

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My girlfriend had a partial colectomy and there is a bit of tissue that is coming out of the body were the staples are is that normal?

My girlfriend had a partial colectomy and there is a bit of tissue that is coming out of the body were the staples are is that normal?

Surgeon needs this: Please understand that surgery carries significant risks and surgeons must know about complications. Your friend would have been given post operative instructions and a list of things to watch for. On that list will also be instructions on how to page the doctor should a complication arise. Without seeing this friends' 'tissue' in person it would be difficult for any of us to comment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of appendicitis after partial colectomy surgery?

What are symptoms of appendicitis after partial colectomy surgery?

Evaluation: Many things can go on: abscess, tumor, obstruction, hernia, bowel inflammation, etc. Best is to be evaluated by your surgeon or er. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband had a partial colectomy a month ago due to diverticulits. But now he is having internal hemmorhoids?

What do you suggest if my husband had a partial colectomy a month ago due to diverticulits. But now he is having internal hemmorhoids?

He should talk: With his surgeon and determine what is causing his hemorrhoid flare. Usually his surgery should not be a cause of hemorrhoid flare unless he has been constipated or having frequent diarrhea due to his surgery. Again his surgeon should be notified and evaluate your husband ...Read more

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My husband had a partial colectomy a month ago due to diverticulits. But now he is having internal hemmorhoids. Could these be related?

My husband had a partial colectomy a month ago due to diverticulits. But now he is having internal hemmorhoids. Could these be related?

No: He probably had the hemorrhoids before, but without symptoms. He probably was taking pain killer that will make him constipated, which can make the hemorrhoids to enlarged and cause pain with occasional bleeding. He should contact his surgeon and be evaluated. ...Read more

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If someone has had subtotal colectomy w/Ileostomy placement, can a partial colectomy be performed later on down the road? And what's the difference?

Big difference: A subtotal colectomy is removing almost all the colon; usually just a couple of inches are left near the rectum. A partial colectomy is not done AFTER a subtotal colectomy because there is basically no colon left. A partial colectomy implies that only a segment of colon is removed, like the right or left, and a good amount of colon is left. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a Partial Colectomy and a Bowel Resection?

Nothing: Synonyms.
Partial colectomy means as bowel resection of the colon and bowel rection can mean a partial resection of either the large or small bowel ...Read more

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If I get a partial colectomy for my diverticular disease, will I need home nursing care?

Surgery Home Health: Plan ahead with your surgeon and the hospitalist (if possible) to arrange for home health for yourself for wound care, ostomy teaching, and for therapy. You must be home bound in order to receive this level of care. ...Read more

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How long should it be before you have a bm after a sidgmoid colectomy?

Varies: This depends on the reason for the colectomy, the approach used. In general, one should be stool within a matter of days. If not, it is possible that there is another reason at work and further evaluation should occur. If you have been operated upon many times before, the operation may have been difficult and slow you intestine is slow to recover. The length of time postoperatively is importan. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 6 months out of Colectomy surgery, with multiple follow up surgeries, What causes pain in lower left side after this long? I have 1Ft. Of col

Hi, I am 6 months out of Colectomy surgery, with multiple follow up surgeries, What causes pain in lower left side after this long? I have 1Ft. Of col

Maybe adhesions?: Causes of recurrent llq abdominal discomfort may be identified by first addressing accompanying signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ involved: vaginal discharge or bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Painful urination, blood in urine? Recent trauma, herniations? Age? Gender? Risk factors? ...Read more

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2 surgeries in one month for 75y old (partial and total colectomy) caused hyponatremia (128).In one month, it increased from 126 to 128.How to reach 135?

2 surgeries in one month for 75y old (partial and total colectomy) caused hyponatremia (128).In one month, it increased from 126 to 128.How to reach 135?

See answer: In hyponatremia, there is an imbalance of water to salt which can have many causes. Most important thing is to determine the cause or reason (s) for your hyponatremia so that appropriate targeted treatment can be recommended. In general, treatment includes water restriction and medication. You should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have just had a partial laparoscopic colectomy and my surgery is 8 weeks old. My Hemocult Sensa Test showed 2 specimens positive and 1 negative?

I have just had a partial laparoscopic colectomy and my surgery is 8 weeks old. My Hemocult Sensa Test showed 2 specimens positive and 1 negative?

Blood in stool: From possible blood in stool post surgery, if taking pain pills other than tylenol could cause slight bleed in stoach or bowels, if smoke risk of cancer, should see a gastroenterologist to could colonoscopy to be sure. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get hernia from partial sigmoid colectomy & pulling pain to my rectum& pain in rt side that goes into back & down my leg?

Hernia is possible: If there was an open incision, there is about a 15-20% have if getting a hernia, unless the "short stitch" technique was used, then the risk drops to 5-8%. A variety o aches and pains are normal after major abdominal surgery. Best to see your surgeon for an exam to find out. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Since hemi-colectomy 2 mo ago, now blood sugar high (despite time release glucophage). Is problem that it is not in GI tract long enough to work?

Since hemi-colectomy 2 mo ago, now blood sugar high (despite time release glucophage). Is problem that it is not in GI tract long enough to work?

Could be: Glucophage (metformin) may be absorbed in small intestine? Sugary could be high if your cortisol is elevated due to your adrenals neigh stressed from surgery. Could be your diet is too high in carbohydrates. Best to try low glycemic index carbs. ...Read more

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My husband had a partial left colectomy about a year ago. Recently he is experiencing painful and frequent urination as well as abdominal discomfort.

My husband had a partial left colectomy about a year ago. Recently he is experiencing painful and frequent urination as well as abdominal discomfort.

Needs exam: I could write many paragraphs regarding possible long term complications of extensive abdominal surgery. I would also include urinalysis and prostate exam. ...Read more

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Is it normal to gain weight after a right hemi-colectomy?

Is it normal to gain weight after a right hemi-colectomy?

Sure: If you eat more and do less activity you will gain weight. If immediate post op or near surgery time it may be water retention which will eventually pass. ...Read more

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Hi my husband had a colectomy now ever since the op he gets black outs do we need to worry?

Hi my husband had a colectomy now ever since the op he gets black outs do we need to worry?

Post op complication: If he has had major surgery and is now experiencing 'blackouts' he needs to be seen. ...Read more

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Constipation after a colectomy?

Constipation after a colectomy?

Yes: Could be ileus or obstruction depending on timing after surgery. Also is taking lots of narcotics this can leadto constipation. Best is to see surgeon. ...Read more

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Acidic feces after a total colectomy?

Acidic feces after a total colectomy?

Yes: It depends on the reconstruction. If you have a j pouch and the contents are moving through rapidly and you have not adapted, a patient may have many stools per day and the area around the anus may be raw. Local treament with creams to the area are helpful. If it remains, your doctor can add things to thicken the stool or medicine to slow it done until you adapt. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes deudonal perforation during colectomy?

Possible: It's possible while manipulating the colon that an instrument could have "knicked" the duodenum - the first part of the small intestine. It wouldn't be the most common complication of a colectomy though. ...Read more

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Which is best after colectomy: ileostomy or j-pouch?

Which is best after colectomy: ileostomy or j-pouch?

Depends: This is highly dependent on why this surgery is indicated. If the person is not too elderly or have other risk factors such as crohn's disease or extensive cancer, then a j-pouch may be appropriate. This is performed by a trained surgeon who has the proper knowledge. Some patients do not have a choice due to their disease condition and will need an ileostomy. ...Read more

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Is it ever recommended to get a colectomy for constipation?

Yes, for Certain dx: Constipation, common problem that is managed by medicines and diet the vast majority of the time. For certain conditions (colonic inertia, megacolon- where patients aren't going to the bathroom for >5days) surgery is an option. Often entails removal of the colon and sewing the small bowel to the rectum. Done laparoscopically. Tremendous improvemnt in quaility of life when properly selected. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which is better after colectomy: ileostomy or j-pouch?

Expert opinions? Which is better after colectomy: ileostomy or j-pouch?

Depends on the: Indications for the surgery. Crohn's disease should never be treated with a j pouch. Then it is an issue with the patients preferences and life style and skills of your surgeon. J pouch usually requires a temporary ileostomy and thus an extra operation to close the temporary ileostomy. These are issues to discuss with the surgeon and contact your local ostomy association, meetings and ask members. ...Read more