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If i don't fix an umbilical hernia, how likely are the chances i will have a strangulated bowel? (i want to know how rare it is).

If i don't fix an umbilical hernia, how likely are the chances i will have a strangulated bowel? (i want to know how rare it is).

1-10%, Rare/serious: Umbilical hernias are pretty common. Incarceration or strangulation (very serious, can damage intestines) occur in about 1-10% of patients with an umbilical hernia during their lifetime. The surgery is fairly easy and simple. Strangulation is more likely if the fascia defect is small (less than 4 cm). If it causes pain, it should definitely be fixed promptly. ...Read more

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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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What are some obvious symptoms of a bowel obstruction and what do they do for treatment?

What are some obvious symptoms of a bowel obstruction and what do they do for treatment?

Several: Abdominal colicky pain, abdominal distention, no stool or flatus, nausea, fever, vomitting. Initially, they need to confirm obstruction with an exam and an xray or ct scan. Then initially will be treated with complete bowel rest(nothing by mouth) and IV fluids, with or without a nasogastric tube. If it doesn't resolve in 24 hours surgery may be necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Don't be embarrassed to discuss with your healthcare professional.
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Avoid trigger foods and activities.
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Use over the counter bulking agents like fiber.
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Use over the counter antidiarrheals.
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Are there any effective treatments for chronic lazy bowel syndrome?

Are there any effective treatments for chronic lazy bowel syndrome?

See a doctor: If the doctor and find the true cause, usually can be treated with medication. You need to see a doctor to find the true cause. ...Read more

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Is there any way to get rid of bowel without actually going?

Is there any way to get rid of bowel without actually going?

NO: Only other way to get rid of waste would be a colostomy where a surgeon opens a hole in your abdomen and redirects the colon into a bag you wear on your belly. This is not something you want to do unless it is absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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Are there any genetic links between hirschsprung's disease and other bowel disorders?

Are there any genetic links between hirschsprung's disease and other bowel disorders?

Perhaps: Hirshsprung's disease may itself be genetic. It can also be associatedwith other genetic conditions;e.g., it occurs more commonly in down syndrome individuals. Ther may also be a positive family history of other bowel disorders. Best to see a geneticist and give a detailed family history. ...Read more

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There is a history of bowel cancer in my family. What should I do to prevent this, if that's possible?

There is a history of bowel cancer in my family. What should I do to prevent this, if that's possible?

Gastroenterology: If you have a stron family history of colon cancer, it is best to visit with your gastroenterologist for a screening colonoscopy. ...Read more

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If i don't fix an umbilical hernia, how likely are the chances i will have a strangulated bowel? (i want to know how rare it is).

1-10%, Rare/serious: Umbilical hernias are pretty common. Incarceration or strangulation (very serious, can damage intestines) occur in about 1-10% of patients with an umbilical hernia during their lifetime. The surgery is fairly easy and simple. Strangulation is more likely if the fascia defect is small (less than 4 cm). If it causes pain, it should definitely be fixed promptly. ...Read more

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What is a loopy bowel?

What is a loopy bowel?

Elongated descending: colon. This article should explain: http://www.healthline.com/health/redundant-colon

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Bowel (Definition)

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