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After colectomy, in first few weeks there is a frequent secretion of stool. Why is this? And colour of stool is that of what i eat. Why so?

After colectomy, in first few weeks there is a frequent secretion of stool. Why is this? And colour of stool is that of what i eat. Why so?

Bowel irregularity: A change in bowel habits is normal after colectomy. This varies according to the segment removed and most change returns to normal in several weeks. Removal of some sections of the colon can cause a more prolonged chane (ie. Removal of the right colon along with the ileocecal valve). We usually advise our patients to maintain a low fiber diet for a week or two after colon rersection and give thing. ...Read more

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Bloody stools post colectomy, should I be concerned?

Bloody stools post colectomy, should I be concerned?

You don't : Say how many days post colectomy. Usually after colon resection you may see some blood with the first 1-2 bm's but after that you should not see blood. If you are you need to call your surgeon promptly and be evaluated. This can be very serious if not dealt with propmtly. ...Read more

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After colectomy, till how many days is white mucus released from anus? After how many days is the temporary pouch for stool collection removed?

After colectomy, till how many days is white mucus released from anus? After how many days is the temporary pouch for stool collection removed?

Indefinite, depends: The lining of the colon and rectum always makes mucus but it gets hidden in the stool. Without stool passing through the rectum the mucus is more apparent. Timing for closing the colostomy depends on the conditions that lead to surgery and the degree of difficulty of the surgery. Generally 3-6 months in most patients. ...Read more

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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

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Had colectomy and chemo 8 years ago. Still going 10-20 times daily to bathroom. Pouchitis sporadic problem. Any way to decrease number of stools?

Had colectomy and chemo 8 years ago. Still going 10-20 times daily to bathroom.  Pouchitis sporadic problem. Any way to decrease number of stools?

Yes: Pouchitis? I assume your colostomy gets inflamed. Begin with diet and start a low fiber diet. If no better after 1 or 2 weeks try bulking agents ( fibercon or equivelent). It's counter intuitive so first try no fiber then trying more fiber to see which helps. If still a problem consider small amounts of Imodium (loperamide) regularly. Look into all your medicines and make sure diarrhea is not induced. ...Read more

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Got total colectomy 4years ago, dairy gives my very running stool. Im hooked on crinkle cut chips! stool is very yellow. Iron is low. Any advise ?

Got total colectomy 4years ago, dairy gives my very running stool. Im hooked on crinkle cut chips! stool is very yellow. Iron is low. Any advise  ?

Use lactaid: That will help with dairy intolerance. Stools yellow sounds like fatty stools, try fiber wafers or immodium to slow down the transit. You need to make sure iron deficiency isn't from anemia, get stool blood test to rule out, if negative than you need supplemental iron. ...Read more

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I've noticed vitamins/medications coming out in my stool post colectomy. How can I be sure that birth control pills are fully absorbed and effective?

I've noticed vitamins/medications coming out in my stool post colectomy. How can I be sure that birth control pills are fully absorbed and effective?

Should be okay: Birth control pills are mostly absorbed in the stomach. As long as you don't have any other bowel motility issues, you should receive an effective dose of hormone from the pill. On the other hand, there are many alternative contraceptives that you may consider. ...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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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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