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Should I Follow A Special Diet After Colostomy Surgery
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
Early on, yes.: In the early postoperative period, i advise my patients to stay away from "large bolus" foods like steak until the swelling around the esophagus decreases: think of scrambled eggs as the ideal consistency of food. I also strongly recommend staying away from carbonated beverages as it is sometimes difficult to burp early on. By 3-6 weeks after surgery, most people tolerate all foods. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: Your doctor will advise you if you have other problems such as diabetes, you still have to follow your diabetic diet. So dietary restrictions depending on your other medical problems. Generally no fluid or pottassium restrictions which are necessary for patients on dialysis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any time ...: After usual uncomplicated varicocele surgery through either laparoscopy or open procedure should not affect bowel movement although general anesthesia or laparosscopic maneuvers on the bowls may occasionally slow down the bowels for 1-2 days. Yet, such effect may widely vary among men. So, you may have BM anytime... More? Ask your surgeon. ...Read more
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
Hmmmmm?: That should have been made perfectly clear at the time of discharge from your surgery. That is a decision of the surgeon and could vary. Call the surgeon's office and speak with them or with his office personnel and find out this answer. It coud be 1 or 2 days or 1 or 2 weeks depending on your case. Call very soon and find out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a appointment with a general surgeon for a hernia from a old appendix surgery what ? Should i ask him? And will surgery be a must?
Incisional hernia: Hernia at an old scar site is called incisional hernia. Docs recommend hernia repair as they can become dangerous to your health with incarceration. Which means one of your organs, (a loop of bowel), gets stuck in the hernia. Take a friend with you to help ask questions. Ask about risk, mesh, recurrence, technique, restrictions and length of recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask the DR: What is "cauterizing"? Why was it done? How large? What part of body? The details count. For most simple procedures without stitches it is best to leave open and lubricate with vaseline or Aquaphor. Water is good for it. Wash gently. Avoid bacitracin, neosporin, peroxide, or any other antibiotics or antiseptics. ...Read more
I had a small bowel obstruction surgery that was done by a general surgeon. What type of specialist /doctor do I see after for consultation?
Surgeon and PCP: It is important for you to follow up with the surgeon who operated on you because he/she will be able to recognize if your bowels have returned to normal function. It will also be important for you to see your primary care doctor who will have the greatest continuity of care with you. In the event of a re-obstruction, be sure to return to the same surgeon. They will know your anatomy details. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Thoracic surgeons are lung doctors. I presume you mean pulmonologists. Your care, including short term and longterm follow-up after major chest surgery should be coordinated amongst your specialists; i.e. Primarycare/family physician, surgeon, pulmonologist, oncologists, radiation oncologists, etc.... Each may have a role to play depending on your presenting condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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I had a septoplasty on 12/19/12. I notice no improvement from prior to surgery. I've scheduled a follow-up appointment for 2/27/13. Shouldn't my he?
Septoplasty: Without understanding your symptoms beforehand it is difficult to comment on next steps. If the surgery was performed for obstruction then you want to have improvement. The septum simply divides the nasal passage. If this is a revision or if there is residual swelling then it would be difficult to notice this early after surgery sometimes. ...Read more
Bloating: If you are having this done laparoscopically or robotically the incisional pain will improve quickly. Most patients having repair of a large hiatal hernia develop some bloating of their stomachs and some will have difficulty swallowing particularly with solids for several weeks. If you are having a fundoplication this is particularly likely. Once your surgeon allows solids chew well. ...Read more
What happens to the packing a surgeon inserts after rectal polyps are removed? Should I the patient remove it a day or two after surgery
Ask your surgeon: I assume you had drainage of an abscess with packing. This shouldn't stay in more than a day or two as it interferes with drainage. Some surgeons pack to stop bleeding and this should only be needed overnight. Some surgeons don't pack at all and just put a dressing over the surface (this is less painful). Again, ask your surgeon as he/she knows why it was placed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask your surgeon: I am happy to answer these questions about endoscopic sinus surgery. I am confused why you are asking. Your surgeon has the responsibility to answer every conceivable question that you have. You have to prepare for pain, occasional bleeding, a pack in the nose for a few days (not always). Your must ask him about risks to the eyes and brain. (very rare but possible). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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