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Should I follow a special diet after colostomy surgery?

Should I follow a special diet after colostomy surgery?

No special diet requ: After a colostomy you can eat anything you want but i would emphasize a high fiber diet because it makes the output more manageable. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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I have to go to surgery colostomy closure.What to expect after surgery?What should be my diet after surgery?Thank you

I have to go to surgery colostomy closure.What to expect after surgery?What should be my diet after surgery?Thank you

Follow advice: Following colostomy closure, i think it's a good practice to avoid very harsh roughage(nuts, popcorn, etc) until your bowel movements return to normal. Otherwise you should expect things to return to normal but it may take a week or two. It's best to follow your surgeon's advice, however. ...Read more

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If I have a surgery for my colon, will I end up with a colostomy?

If I have a surgery for my colon, will I end up with a colostomy?

Not necessarily: It depends on where in the colon your surgery is and for what indication ie cancer or benign disease. Sometimes the colostomy is temporary as the surgery may be 'staged' into two or more operations. You should consult your surgeon regarding the specific indications for the surgery and alternative options. The majority of colon operations are completed without a colostomy. ...Read more

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My dad just had a colostomy surgery and doctosr pu a bag for all the waste, is it permanent, kidney is removed?

My dad just had a colostomy surgery and doctosr pu a bag for all the waste, is it permanent, kidney is removed?

Ask the surgeon: I do not have enough information to guess what surgery was done and for what condition. Some colostomies can be reversed. Only his surgeon would know what is possible regarding his future care or surgical options. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis after having colostomy reversal surgery?

Can ulcerative colitis after having colostomy reversal surgery?

Not to worry: If there is no history of ulcerative colitis in the past there is no reason to believe a reversal procedure will precipitate one. If you did not have ulcerative colitis before surgery you don't have to worry about it after. ...Read more

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Will I have to get surgery and a colostomy if I have colon cancer?

Will I have to get surgery and a colostomy if I have colon cancer?

Yes; rarely: The primary treatment for colon and rectal cancer is surgical removal. Some rectal cancers are so close to the anus that it is impossible to remove it without having a colostomy; thankfully, this is the exception rather than the rule. ...Read more

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Hello!!...Considering Bowel Surgery Colostomy - Hollister - how can i remove my scars from my tummy?

Hello!!...Considering Bowel Surgery Colostomy - Hollister - how can i remove my scars from my tummy?

Time: if you had a colostomy takedown. Time will heal the scar. Wait for 6-12 months. Minimize scar tissue by avoid direct sunlight on scar. If you want surgery to revise scar after that then see a plastic surgeon for minimizing scar. ...Read more

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Ive had about 5 episodes of diverticulitis since May....keeps returning monthly. Does surgery mean a colostomy bag is necessary?

Probably not : It's likely that you won't need a colostomy. It depends, however, on which parts of your colon are involved. Usually the disease is most significant in the sigmoid colon. It can usually be removed and a new connection (primary anastomosis) created without the need for a colostomy. I'd suggest you see a surgeon, go over your imaging, and discuss the options. ...Read more

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What is it like to have bowel surgery/biopsy and colostomy?

What is it like to have bowel surgery/biopsy and colostomy?

Vague question: Your question is very vague. Hard to answer without specific information. ...Read more

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Does surgery of primary cancer of the rectosigmoid junction require a colostomy?

Does surgery of primary cancer of the rectosigmoid junction require a colostomy?

Very rarely: There are 3 reasons why a stoma may be needed: 1-if the cancer is so close to the anus that removal would leave too little to re-connect to. Using modern techniques, this is very rare. 2-if the cancer caused complete blockage or perforation requiring emergency surgery, a temporary stoma may be necessary. 3-if we are concerned that the new connection may leak, we temporarily divert w/an ileostomy. ...Read more

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Is it sometimes "normal" to have pain 5 mos post-colostomy surgery? (partial rectum removed- cancer.) sharp spasms of pains off & on in lower region.

Is it sometimes "normal"  to have pain 5 mos post-colostomy surgery? (partial rectum removed- cancer.) sharp spasms of pains off & on in lower region.

Yes: Pain can occur at least up to 5 months postsurgery after any major abdominal procedure when a partial resection of the rectum has taken place and there is no colostomy, it infers that anastomosis has been performed. Occassionally the suture line starts to close down partially narrowing the lumen of the rectum. One must check that this has not happened. Sometimes dilatation needed. ...Read more

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Does a person of the age of 50 with a colostomy bag for over 13 years qualify for a reversal surgery. Her large intestines were removed because palips?

Does a person of the age of 50 with a colostomy bag for over 13 years qualify for a reversal surgery. Her large intestines were removed because palips?

Depends: Most of the time when a temporary colostomy is done anorectal area will be intact, if that is the case could be reversed, some times due to disease process anorectal part of colon is removed then can not be reversed . Consult your surgeon after evaluation will tell you if it could be reversed or not, . ...Read more

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I need surgery for colon cancer. Will I need to wear a bag (colostomy) forever?

Depends: Your surgery depends on the location of the cancer. If the tumor is low in the rectum or involves the anal sphincters you may need the area removed resulting in a permanent colostomy (bag). There are options that can decrease the likelihood of a colostomy in this case. This certainly depends on what you have. Ask your doctor. A colon and rectal surgeon specializes in this surgery. ...Read more

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How likely is it that keyhole surgery to remove ovarian cyst will result in a colostomy?

How likely is it that keyhole surgery to remove ovarian cyst will result in a colostomy?

NO: Laparoscopic removal of ovarian cyst removal is very safe procedure , will not result in colostomy, unless very rare complications develops. ...Read more

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Neutrophils 30, WBC 30 plus colostomy booked for next week. Is surgery still safe or likely postponed?

Neutrophils 30, WBC 30 plus colostomy booked for next week. Is surgery still safe or likely postponed?

Abnormal WBC: Why you had thecolostomy ?. At any event 30, 000 WBC is very abnormal. You do notr said about other symptoms because with that count or you have a serious infection or hematologic problem, leukemia or other problem. Investigate before going for surgery. ...Read more

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Colostomy surgery 3-2011 for colon/bladder fistula&divticulits. Now test shows stricture. Is it for sure stricture a result of reoccuring diverticuli?

Colostomy surgery 3-2011 for colon/bladder fistula&divticulits. Now test shows stricture. Is it for sure stricture a result of reoccuring diverticuli?

No: Recurrent diverticulitis after surgery is less than 15%. Stricuring after colon surgery is more likely due to scarring at the new intestinal connection. A gastroenterologist mat be able to dilate the anastomosis if it is causing you any problems or symptoms. If it is causing you no symptoms, then it may just be able to be observed. ...Read more

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Colostomy (Definition)

A colostomy is a surgically created outlet of your colon to the skin. It is sometimes referred to as a 'bag' since a bag is placed over the colostomy to catch the ...Read more