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How long after a laposcopic surgery will you know if you have bowel perforation?

How long after a laposcopic surgery will you know if you have bowel perforation?

Usually in days : If a perforation happens, a known complication of laparoscopic surgery, the size of the opening will regulate how much bowel content may leak. Location in small (lq) or large bowel (solid) affects likely leakage. Small holes may quickly seal up and cause no problem. Leaks that are larger will typically cause peritoneal inflammation (peritonitis) and usually be noticed within a few days (2-3). ...Read more

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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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Laparoscopic surgery on a perforated bowel 10 days ago. had dressings off today. had a shower and small amount of pus and discharge from bellybutton?

Laparoscopic surgery on a perforated bowel 10 days ago. had dressings off today. had a shower and small amount of pus and  discharge from bellybutton?

Local infection: You most likely have a wound infection from one of the port sites. Bring this to the attention of your surgeon. In most cases minor wound care will allow for this to heal. ...Read more

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Can a perforated bowel reseal itself?

Can a perforated bowel reseal itself?

Maybe...: If the perforation is small, the intestine will close with time, antibiotics, bowel rest and conservative non-surgical management. Hospitalization and close observation is usually required. Good luck! ...Read more

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How does a perforated bowel lead to ards?

SIRS: Sirs results from the perforated bowel. The addition of the bacteria from the bowel spilling into the abdomen greatly increases the bodys response to this critical condition. This increase in immune function can push a patient into ards. ...Read more

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What are some causes for free-air in an abdomen other than a perforated bowel?

What are some causes for free-air in an abdomen other than a perforated bowel?

Recent surgery: usually perforated bowel. however if the patient had a recent surgery or abdominal procedure, there can be free air in the abdomen for a few days. ...Read more

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How much time can you live with perforated bowel with no treatment?

How much time can you live with perforated bowel with no treatment?

Not too long: Perforated bowel is a surgical emergency and without treatment results invariably in sepsis and death. ...Read more

Dr. Alexander Barkan
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Bowel Perforation (Definition)

Gastrointestinal perforation is a hole that develops through the entire wall of the stomach, small intestine, large bowel, or gallbladder. This condition ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

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