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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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Is this normal for a liquid diet? I recently had surgery and was put on liquid diet. I have been having green, watery bowel movements for six days.

Is this normal for a liquid diet? I recently had surgery and was put on liquid diet. I have been having green, watery bowel movements for six days.

C . Diff: Make shure your doctor knows. Could be clostridium defficile. Happens due to change of intestinal flora after high dose of antibiotics. Notify your surgeon as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I had gall bladder surgery 10 days ago, 4 day postop I started gritty sandy bowel movements loose large . I never had this before, concerns?

I had gall bladder surgery 10 days ago, 4 day postop I started  gritty sandy bowel movements loose large .   I never had this before, concerns?

Here are some ...: I wouldn't worry about it as long as feeling better day by day in general activity, appetite, voiding, BM, etc. with no fever or undue pain. Of course, if not as described or something mentally or physically bothering you, ask your surgeon timely. Note, after gallbladder removal, your body is adjusting to the "new" environment without a gallbladder for digestion so to expect slight change in BM. ...Read more

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When are bowel movements expected after surgery?

When are bowel movements expected after surgery?

It depends: The return of bowel function varies widely based upon the type of surgery performed. Bowel function may return long before bowel movements occur. Passing gas is generally the first sign of bowel function. There are many factors which may affect the time before the first bowel movement. ...Read more

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I have had hemmorhoid surgery & i'm getting lower back pain as well as pain from bowel movements. Is this normal after 3 weeks ?.

I have had hemmorhoid surgery & i'm getting lower back pain as well as pain from bowel movements. Is this normal after 3 weeks ?.

Hemmorhoids: People present after surgery with pain and this can actually be the issue preventing a normal bowel movement. There are dietary, behavioral, hygiene modifications as well as procedures that can help these common problems. It is best if you consult with your surgeon to help with ruling out other issues like an infection or a fissure. Also fiber and or laxatives may help at this point or sitz baths. ...Read more

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

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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After gallbladder surgery within a one year ago I've been having lots of green bowel movements is that normal?

After gallbladder surgery within a one year ago I've been having lots of green bowel movements is that normal?

Color: The color of stool doesnt matter unless they are red (bloody) white (acholic , no pigment) or back (tarry) for upper Gi bleed. The color can be affected by what we eat. It is possible that the bile without its storage unit (the gallbladder) is passing faster through the system staining the stools. ...Read more

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Are bowel movements painful after surgery for an anal fistulotomy?

Are bowel  movements painful after surgery for an anal fistulotomy?

Post Surgery Pain: Yes. Of course. There is no ifs ands or buts about this. I would imagine your surgeon gave you some instructions and advice about your post operative course and what to expect. ...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

Bowel (Definition)

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


Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more