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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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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Try to notice and avoid precipitating factors
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Start a trial of increased dietary fiber
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See your PMD or gastroenterologist if symptoms persist
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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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Had a CT with results "small hernias with fat only nonconcerning". Is this the cause of my pain in lower abdomen/pelvis? Does hernia pain=strangulate

Had a CT with results "small hernias with fat only nonconcerning".  Is this the cause of my pain in lower abdomen/pelvis? Does hernia pain=strangulate

Yes it could be: Henias regardless of size can cause the pain you describe.Strangulation , however, needs further physical examination to verify the diagnosis. ...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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Is it normall to have a bowel movment every 2days?

Probably: Bowel movement regularity can vary from daily to every two or three days. Most people average at least daily but we are all different. I would encourage healthy diet and exercise with making sure you get appropriate fiber in your diet for colon health. If you experience any slowing down in your bowel movemente then start with gentle osmotic laxatives like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or stool softener colace. ...Read more

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What is bowel rest?

What is bowel rest?

Not eating: Typically done post-operatively or sometimes in an attempt to avoid surgery. ...Read more

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What causes bowel spasms?

Muscle contractions: Muscle contractions, which can be caused from electrolyte imbalances, relative obstructions, infection, or food-borne toxins. Rarely, tumors can cause spasms. ...Read more

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What is inflammed bowel ?

What is inflammed bowel ?

Inflamed bowl: Inflammatory respoused indicates body reaction to unwanted stimulus by mounting a defense with inflammatory cells .stimuli can be infection ,foreign body or chemical or tumor or immune system ...Read more

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Bowel problems, what to do?

Bowel problems, what to do?

?IBS: Most liely IBS if no weight loss or blood in stool. Please check out "The Gut Solution" website and book for answers. ...Read more

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What is short bowel syndrome?

What is short bowel syndrome?

Too Little Intestine: Certain medical conditions require emergency removal of a significant amount of the small intestine. We see this in infancy associated with necrotizing enterocolitis and in adults when the blood supply to the small intestine is cut-off. The small bowel is responsible for digesting nutrients within our diet; if a lot of the small intestine is missing, nutritional deficiencies occur. ...Read more

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Can bowel problems be serious?

Can bowel problems be serious?

Bowel Problems: Bowel problems run a whole spectrum...From mild to very severe. Some bowel problems, such as crohn's disease, can be quite incapacitating. Some bowel problems, such as mesenteric ischemia, can cause gangrene of the bowels, which can be life threatening. I suggest you discuss whatever bowel problems you are having with your primary care physician or with your specialist. ...Read more

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How is bowel ischaemia treated ?

How is bowel ischaemia treated ?

Surgery: depend what cause the ischemia and for how long the ischemia lasted if caught early we might be able to restore the circulation to the bowels by embolectomy. or by lysing the clot. if not surgery will allow the removal of all dead guts,but if the problem is the entire small bowel most likely that will not be compatible with life unless the patient lives on TPN total venous nutrition,which is hard. ...Read more

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Can a redundant bowel be removed?

Yes: Redundancy in the colon can be seen with age, often associated with chronic constipation. Resection can be performed, but usually because the redundancy is causing a problem. Seek help of a general or colorectal surgeon to advise you. ...Read more

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Bowel (Definition)

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