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Doctor insights on: Quality Of Life After Total Abdominal Colectomy

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Quality Of Life (Definition)

Quality of life means different things to different people. Essentially it is that constellation of life activities, physical and mental health, relationships, self worth and happiness for an individuals. Different individuals have differing perceptions of what constitutes an ...Read more


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I had a right colectomy with open abdominal surgery. Why did they gave me a horizontal cut next to my belly button?

I had a right colectomy with open abdominal surgery. Why did they gave me a horizontal cut next to my belly button?

Depends: I do not know why you had colon surgery. Some surgeons trained with performing a transverse incision for right colon surgery. It may be a personal preference of the surgeon, or your type of condition was best suited for that incision. Your surgeon would be able to better inform you as to reasons for a type of incision. ...Read more

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My BF is having rectal bleeding six months post colectomy and has severe abdominal cramps after eating. He has an appt - but how should he be eating?

My BF is having rectal bleeding six months post colectomy and has severe abdominal cramps after eating. He has an appt - but how should he be eating?

Well...: The appointment should be ASAP!!! He should eat soft foods such as cream of wheat, soups, and easily digestible foods. He should avoid nuts and anything with seeds in it. Fluids are extremely important and he should keep well hydrated. ...Read more

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What would be the approx life span for someone that has intestinal malabsorption due to subtotal colectomy, Ileostomy placement, short bowel syndrome?

What would be the approx life span for someone that has intestinal malabsorption due to subtotal colectomy, Ileostomy placement, short bowel syndrome?

Maybe long: The colectomy and ileostomy will not typically shorten life expectancy. Short bowel syndrome may shorten life span, but it depends on severity. There are a few centers in the US that perform bowel lengthening procedures and small bowel transplant. Ask you surgeon about the severity of the short bowel, and think about support groups for ileostomy help. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Will i lose or gain weight after a colectomy?

Will i lose or gain weight after a colectomy?

Initially: You will lose a lot of weight depending how long until you can restart diet and you will need extra calories to recover. ...Read more

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Colectomy without colostomy bag, can you tell me more?

Total: Colectomy, sparing the rectum and attaching the last portion of small intestine to the rectum. Can still defecate thru the rectum but stools may be looser and mor frequent than with an intact colon. ...Read more

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Could getting a colectomy mean i'll need a colostomy bag?

If it is an elective: Operation, only rarely, depends on location of abnormality for which the colectomy is being done. If you need to have a complete procto-colectomy, yes, you would need a permanent colostomy. In all other cases, a colostomy would usually be a temporary one, even if necessary. If it is a right hemi-colectomy or an ileo-colectomy, chances of a stoma are very low. Ask your surgeon for specifics. ...Read more

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Could getting a colectomy mean I'll have to get a colostomy bag?

Could getting a colectomy mean I'll have to get a colostomy bag?

No bag: A colostomy is performed when the bowel is resected and there is a significant length of proximal colon and minimal or no length of distal colon to bring the ends together as with an APR. When a stoma is present, irrigations should be started on a daily basis and a square pad placed over the stoma. With daily performance the colon will eventually function only when irrigation employed. ...Read more

Dr. Raj Kapur
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Colectomy (Definition)

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