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Hi! I'm 7 months post op open back surgery, 360' ant/post. Today after a normal bowel moment i found the tiolet full of blood and back pain is worse. ?

Hi! I'm 7 months post op open back surgery, 360' ant/post. Today after a normal bowel moment i found the tiolet full of blood and back pain is worse. ?

Not a good thing.: Call your surgeon & ask to be evaluated. If you're straining due to constipation this can increase your pain. The blood is another issue. A general surgeon may be the next step & your spine surgeon will refer you. ...Read more

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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Post op complications from hernia surgery had 2nd hernia repair surgery 01/10/12 off work 6 weeks post op. Husband is a school teacher so even when he went back to school no lifting needed. When we went to his post op appointment there was under the incis

Hello, : Hello, it sounds like your husband has had a change in status since he was examined. It doesn't state if it is tender, painful or if there is drainage. Fever? Warmth, erythema, swelling to the point of hardening may well represent an infection. He needs to be re-evaluated. For fever or severe abdominal pain, he should go to the er. If not, i would call the general surgeon in the morning and tell him or her / staff about the changes your husband has eperienced over the last three days.Take care. ...Read more

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I have fluid still on surgery site for a perverted bowel op was in June still painful when will it clear ?

I have fluid still on surgery site for a perverted bowel op was in June still painful when will it clear ?

Follow up surgeon: It sounds like you need to follow up with your surgeon and ask. 2 months should be adequate for most pain to resolve and healing, depending on the surgery. Please see your surgeon to rule out any complications like infection. ...Read more

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I have a bowel +bladder fistula, would an operation be need for this , and if surgery, is it keyhole or open surgery?

I have a bowel +bladder fistula, would an operation be need for this , and if surgery, is it keyhole or open surgery?

These fistulas : Are amongst the most difficult to treat and very rarely respond to medical therapy (that is, if you have Crohn's disease). It almost always requires surgery, and the surgical repair can be difficult and is not always successful. I'd recommend seeing an accomplished surgeon with this kind of experience. ...Read more

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I have just had my appendix removed. Do i need to change my diet until the post-surgery pain improves? Is 'gurgling' or trapped wind common post-op?

I have just had my appendix removed. Do i need to change my diet until the post-surgery pain improves? Is 'gurgling' or trapped wind common post-op?

Very common, post op: Your diet post appendecomy should be soft and bland with slow advancement to a more normal diet. Post surgery 'gas' and 'gurgling' is normal. Surgical removal of the appendix causes the rest of the small/large bowel to act irregular and irritable. This should slowly regain a normal flow pattern. Avoid heavy foods with high bulk. Avoid gas forming foods. Add probiotics, yogurt. Avoid constipation. ...Read more

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I am 6 days post op total hip replacement. Can I take miralax twice daily until bowel movement?

I am  6 days post op total hip replacement. Can I take miralax twice daily until bowel movement?

Yes..: Especially if it's been several days or since before your surgery that you had a full bowel movement. Try one dose first and see if that helps. If not, then move on to two doses a day which should certainly help you have some kind of movement and relief. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long after hammertoe surgery is post op appointment?

Hammer toe surgery: I see my patients in 6-9 days after surgery. If they have any concerns they come in earlier. Some doctors will see their patients at some point longer that a week. If you have concerns ask your doctor about them. ...Read more

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Bowel (Definition)

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