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Doctor insights on: Post Op Care Of Right Hemicolectomy

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10wks post op r hemicolectomy w/ burning pain on r side especially if baring down or coughing. Ct shows access resolved. Any thoughts would be great!

10wks post op r hemicolectomy w/ burning pain on r side especially if  baring down or coughing. Ct shows access resolved. Any thoughts would be great!

Abscess: Sound like you have anastomosis leak after surgery ? If abscess is resolving thatmay explain your discomfort at the present time. If condition continue to resolve then nothing to worry about. If symptoms change pear cone back to your doctor. Why you have colon surgery at age 29 anyway? ...Read more

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88 yo female s/p colectomy for stg 3 ca- post op fistula . 4 mos since diag now very conf and forgotten how to walk. ? mets to brain possible

88 yo female s/p colectomy for stg 3 ca- post op fistula . 4 mos since diag now very conf and forgotten how to walk. ? mets to brain possible

Hard to say: Medications are often a cause of confusion, especially sleeping pills and other benzodiazepines. Other problems can cause confusion, including electrolyte disturbances and infection. Any time there is new onset of confusion, it is important to be evaluated right away! Call her doc or take her to an ER to be sure it is not something easily treatable. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from the operation - right hemicolectomy ?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from the operation - right hemicolectomy ?

Depends on: A lot of factors. Whether the operation is done via laparoscopy or open, whether there are any associated local problems, whether there are any co-existing medical problems, the person's age, general health status. In general, the hospitalization is about one week, time spent in home recovery is several weeks. ...Read more

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When can I start the gym after a right hemicolectomy surgury?

My recommendation: Is not to do any heavy lifting or straining for 6 weeks post op, you can do walking or tread mill on a relatively flat incline anytime after surgery. Best to check with your surgeon for their preferences. ...Read more

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How long after a right hemicolectomy do I have to wait to fly?

How long after a right hemicolectomy do I have to wait to fly?

Wait: Until released for travel by your surgeon. May depend if you had open or laparoscopic surgery. May want to wait about 2 weeks, & also see the surgeon for a check up before traveling. ...Read more

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Is it common to have a temperature after a right hemicolectomy?

Depends: What you mean by temperature and how soon after surgery. Temps less than 101f are usually not too concerning in first days after surgery. Speak with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait after a hemicolectomy before I can begin walking?

The next day: I get my patient out of bed either on the night of surgery or the next day and get them walking several times per day. From that point on you can increase your walking as desired so long as keep yourself well hydrated and minimize steep inclines or steps. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me the difference in a partial cecectomy and a right hemicolectomy?

Can someone tell me the difference in a partial cecectomy and a right hemicolectomy?

Yes: Cecectomy just removes the very "tip" of the start of the colon. Right hemicolectomy removes the entire right side of the colon. Often done for a large polyp or cancer. ...Read more

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Following a hemicolectomy, how long does it take before my patient can resume eating and taking fluids?

Following a hemicolectomy, how long does it take before my patient can resume eating and taking fluids?

"Days": Following laparoscopic hemicolectomy, most people begin solid foods in 2-3 days; following "open" surgery, 4-6 days. Either way, it may take weeks for one's digestive tract to get back to normal. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in what ways can a hemicolectomy affect the renal system or any other physiological systems?

Nothing long term: While during the perioperative period there could be a variety of systems temorarily affected, there shouldn't be any long term affects of removeing a segment of colon. Check with your surgeon to be sure about your specific case. ...Read more

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How do I best prepare for a right hemicolectomy? Are pre-operative nutrition drinks and antibacterial showers recommended ?

How do I best prepare for a right hemicolectomy? Are pre-operative nutrition drinks and antibacterial showers recommended ?

Follow MD 's advice: Each surgeon had individual preference to prepare the bowel ,during preoperative time. Do not break the preparation protocol . Poorly prepared colon will result higher complication rate , like post OP infection etc. Speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Could hemicolectomy during appendectomy mean cancer?

Could hemicolectomy during appendectomy mean cancer?

Could be: If a cancer is found and you've consented to let the surgeon do what's needed once inside, a hemicolectomy when the clinical diagnosis suggests a cancer was found in the appendix or nearby, but there are other possibilities. If it is your colon, then your surgeon has a duty to explain. If it is someone else's, i'm not going to second-guess. ...Read more

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What is hemicolectomy?

What is hemicolectomy?

Colon Resection: The literal definition would be "removal of half of the colon", either left or right. This typically refers to cancer operations in which the extent of resection corresponds with the blood supply & lymph node distribution of the colon. In actuality, we usually perform "segmental" resections, typically removing 1/3 to 1/4 of the colon. ...Read more

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What does post hemicolectomy mean?

What does post hemicolectomy mean?

Post Hemicolectomy: Post hemicolectomy basically describes the period of time after surgery to remove part of the colon. ...Read more

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What type of diet after hemicolectomy ?

What type of diet after hemicolectomy
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Balanced: Typically the first 2 weeks should be a low fat and low fiber diet with stool softeners. This reduces stretching on the new bowel connection. After this, a healthy balanced diet with fiber is recommended. There are studies that support using probiotics such as lactobacillus or acidophilus for improved function. Start probiotics after the first two weeks following surgery. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have to have a left hemicolectomy?

What should I do if I have to have a left hemicolectomy?

Find a good surgeon: Left colectomy is a routine procedure with a low rate of complication. It is increasingly done laparoscopically even for cancer. Check around, finding a good surgeon is your most important decision when faced with a necessary procedure. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover after right hemicolectomy ?

Variable: However anticipate 3-4 days in the hospital and 6 weeks to unrestricted, unlimitted activy. This will vary with the indication for the surgery, your general health at the time of the surgery and any peri or postoperative complications that may have occurred. ...Read more