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How long from post op paralytic ileus to severe stomach distension?

How long from post op paralytic ileus to severe stomach distension?

Need an evaluation: One worries about adhesions after surgery - that might cause partial blockage and distension of the stomach or intestine. If you are having severe distension, you need to see your physician, find out what is causing the problem, and, hopefully, finding a solution ...Read more

Paralytic Ileus (Definition)

A paralytic ileus is when the intestines which are basically muscular tubes are temporarily unable to contract and move intestinal contents through the GI tract. This is often caused by abdominal surgery but other causes could be infections and inflammatory bowel diseaese. It will usually ...Read more


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How long after laparoscopic abdominal surgery should/must bowel movements reoccur?

How long after laparoscopic abdominal surgery should/must bowel movements reoccur?

BM: You should have a bowel movement by three days after laparoscopy. If you have not had a bowel movement, call your surgeon. :) ...Read more

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How long is recovery after impacted bowel surgery?

How long is recovery after impacted bowel surgery?

Depends..: Recovery from surgery depends on many different factors. Was your surgery minimally invasive? Open with a large cut? Did they remove any bowel? Depending on these answers recovery could be from 1-6 weeks or more.. ...Read more

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Nausea after prolapsed bowel surgery?

Nausea after prolapsed bowel surgery?

Yes common: Try adds- powerade, coolaid, gatorade , lemon aid. Brat diet -bananas, rice apples toast. Talk to doc in am i not tolerating. ...Read more

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Post op sciatic pain 3 weeks after surgery. What can be done?

Post op sciatic pain 3 weeks after surgery. What can be done?

It's still early: In the post operative period to make changes to your current regimen. Continue pain medications and level of activity suggested by your spine surgeon. ...Read more

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Constipation after surgery?

Constipation after surgery?

Depends on severity: After abdominal surgery or just general anesthesia, the intestinal tract tends to be lethargic - called post-operative ileus. It typically takes only 3-5 days to begin passing gas (farting) and having bowel movements again. Other problems like bowel obstruction may intervene. Being as active as possible, perhaps using a rectal suppository and, if permitted by your physician, a laxative, may help. ...Read more

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Appendix recovery time after surgery?

Appendix recovery time after surgery?

2-4 weeks: It depends on how bad the inflammation was, laparoscopic or not?, how long you waited prior to surgery . Whether there was perf or not? Still, in most cases you will go home in 1 -2 days, be in pain the first week, sore the second and then return to activities the 3rd or 4th week. I know a surgeon who had it out and was back at work the next day. Depends on how u deal with pain. ...Read more

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What problems can occur after Pyloric Stenosis Surgery 17 years after the surgery?

What problems can occur after Pyloric Stenosis Surgery 17 years after the surgery?

Scar, obstruction: Any surgery can leave scarring at the site : post-surgical narrowing would cause more of the same problem that the original stenosis caused, but would occur within a few weeks to months, very unlikely to cause issues 17 years later ! ...Read more

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Mom is 13 days post op in fl hospital now with severe diarrhea from incarcerated incisional hernia repair by laparoscopic open surgery .Vancomycin?

? C dif enterocoliti: Often prolonged peri-operative antibiotics adversely affect the bacterial content of the colon resulting in an overgrowth of a bug called clostridium difficile. This causes inflammation of the colon lining with resultant severe diarrhea. Stool culture/sample is needed to make/confirm the diagnosis. But if diagnostic tests are +, vancomycin and/or Flagyl (metronidazole) are appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis after having colostomy reversal surgery?

Can ulcerative colitis after having colostomy reversal surgery?

Not to worry: If there is no history of ulcerative colitis in the past there is no reason to believe a reversal procedure will precipitate one. If you did not have ulcerative colitis before surgery you don't have to worry about it after. ...Read more

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How common is death after gallbladder surgery or during surgery?

How common is death after gallbladder surgery or during surgery?

Very rare: Complications from cholecystectomy include wound infection, bleeding/hematoma, bile duct injury with bile leak and intra-abdominal abscess. Late complications include retained gallbladder stones, bile duct stricture and incisional hernia. Death is very rare, and is mostly related to overall physical condition of the patient (e.g. Other medical problems and whether surgery was an emergency). ...Read more

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Can gallbladder symptoms subside after recovering from gallbladder surgery?

Can gallbladder symptoms subside after recovering from gallbladder surgery?

Usually: Some gallbladder surgery is done for less than clear indications - as a last resort to fixing pains that can't be explained. These kinds of cases have about 15-20% risk that they will not "cure" the problem - even if perfect surgery is performed for you! if you don't fit that category, pain usually subsides and resolves within a few weeks. ...Read more

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Constipated after gallbladder surgery?

Constipated after gallbladder surgery?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Decrease amount of pain medications, try prunes, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) , stool softeners and ask your surgeon for advice. ...Read more

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Had gall bladder removal surgery (laprascopic) developed ascites afterwards, is that possible?

Had gall bladder removal surgery (laprascopic) developed ascites afterwards, is that possible?

Unusual: Should see and ask your surgeon. Fluid intraperitoneally may just be from fluid (irrigation) used during surgery . But other possibilities include bile leak or bleeding or pancreatitis, if you are not improving, get followup and find out what the ascites is and why you have it- underlying liver disease , heart failure etc. ...Read more

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3 months post op. Nissen/laprascopic, robotic, hiatal hernia repair. Recently experiencing painful, debilitating gas& diarrhea. Is this normal?

3 months post op. Nissen/laprascopic, robotic, hiatal hernia repair. Recently experiencing painful, debilitating gas& diarrhea. Is this normal?

Not from the surgery: It is very unlikely that these current symptoms are related to your surgery. By far the most common cause of diarrhea is viral infection (enteritis, or gastroenteritis if it involves nausea/vomiting). With any diarrhea, weight loss, dehydration (feeling like you're going to pass out when standing), or fever lasting > 1 day would be cause for concern. Otherwise these things tend to resolve. ...Read more

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I'm having RUQ pain after gallbladder removal. I'm scheduled for exploratory surgery next week. Will this show a sphincter of oddi dysfunction?

I'm having RUQ pain after gallbladder removal.  I'm scheduled for exploratory surgery next week. Will this show a sphincter of oddi dysfunction?

I do not think so.: In present time , GI work up is less invasive . Considering your age Expl Surgery is not standard of care for sphinctre dysfunction , which is rare and can create more problems in future . ...Read more

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After bowel obstruction surgery, can it reoccur?

After bowel obstruction surgery, can it reoccur?

Yes: you are freeing up a 'KNOWN' obstruction and then, in a sense, reshuffling the deck. the hope is that another one does not occur of ran other 50 years ...Read more

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Ileus (Definition)

A condition in which a person's stomach, small intestine, and large intestine stop moving. Solids and liquids stay where they are, instead of ...Read more