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Dr. Peter Ihle
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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. ?

Dr. Peter Ihle
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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. ?

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

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Dr. Donald Kim
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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4 weeks post op from rectal prolapse surgery having rectal bleeding with bowel movements and bulge inside rectum. Is this a sign my sutures have bust.?

Dr. Donald Kim
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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4 weeks post op from rectal prolapse surgery having rectal bleeding with bowel movements and bulge inside rectum. Is this a sign my sutures have bust.?

Doubtful: Depends on type of surgery. This is best evaluated by the surgeon who performed your surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Carolyn Messere
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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3wk post op bowel obst/hernia surgery. Low grade fever 100 stomach alittle hot to touch yellow type discharge, weak body no energy. Wound infection?

Dr. Carolyn Messere
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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3wk post op bowel obst/hernia surgery. Low grade fever 100 stomach alittle hot to touch yellow type discharge, weak body no energy. Wound infection?

Possibly: These are pretty non-specific symptoms for an infection. The weakness and lack of energy are probably the most worrisome. If it was a wound infection, I would expect wound to be red and swollen. Also could be infection of the mesh, although more likely, you are just accumulating a seroma (fluid collection) around the mesh. See your surgeon tomorrow. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
29 years in practice
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What would a post op check up consist of if the patient had surgery to repair 3 gsws and they were in a medically induced coma?

Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
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What would a post op check up consist of if the patient had surgery to repair 3 gsws and they were in a medically induced coma?

Many/nurse's list: It runs from how deep the coma is or the paralytic if being used, how well the ventilator and the patient are synchronized, all the vital signs, heart rate and rhythm, temp, bp, saturation, position in bed, urinating, bowel sounds, heart sounds, breath sounds. Ask the nurse and there will be a long list. ...Read more

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Dr. James White
Board Certified, Cosmetic Surgery
26 years in practice
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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?

Dr. James White
Board Certified, Cosmetic Surgery
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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?

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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Dr. Jerome Zacks
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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Who do I see for post-op bowel functioning problems? Is there a critical window post-op after which chance of resuming normal bowel function is slim?

Dr. Jerome Zacks
Board Certified, Cardiology
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Who do I see for post-op bowel functioning problems? Is there a critical window post-op after which chance of resuming normal bowel function is slim?

Surgeon and GI Dr: Presumably, your surgeon and your GI doctor know you the best. They should be interested in your progress, especially during your recovery. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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At 1.5 weeks post op wasn't feeling well. Primary pa said i had no bowel sounds. Put on ducolax 2xday. What does that mean and is this treatment good?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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At 1.5 weeks post op wasn't feeling well. Primary pa said i had no bowel sounds. Put on ducolax 2xday. What does that mean and is this treatment good?

Dulcolax for Ileus: We can not comment on this as we do not have enough information, as to what kind of surgery you had and what kind of anesthesia used but dulcolax is a laxative and is often used for post operative ileus(no bowel sounds) hope it works for you. ...Read more

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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I have a large, swollen, warm lump under my skin near the incision after a spinal fusion surgery. I'm three weeks post op should I go to the ER?

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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I have a large, swollen, warm lump under my skin near the incision after a spinal fusion surgery. I'm three weeks post op should I go to the ER?

Get care ASAP: This could be a wound infection, which might be serious and should be diagnosed and treated ASAP. Maybe just a collection of serum or blood, but you shouldn't take the chance. Call the office of the surgeon who did the fusion; even night or weekend, probably someone is on call. But if not or you can't get through, visit an urgent care clinic or ER at the hospital where the surgery was done. ...Read more

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Dr. Natalie Sieb
Board Certified, Family Medicine
9 years in practice
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I am 6 days post op total hip replacement. Can I take miralax twice daily until bowel movement?

Dr. Natalie Sieb
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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