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Hi I'm 35 & week ago my abdomen has become swollen & hard & I have dull almost cramping pains off & on, I have regular bowel movements, ?

Hi I'm 35 & week ago my abdomen has become swollen & hard & I have dull almost cramping pains off & on, I have regular bowel movements, ?

Need an exan: You need to be evaluated for an abdominal mass. Start with gyn, since bowels are nl. Did you check a pregnancy test? Fibroids and ovarian cysts are nother possibilities. ...Read more

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Bowel Resection (Definition)

Bowel resection is the surgical removal of a portion of the small or large intestines due to an advancing disease. This procedure is performed if a portion of the bowel has been without oxygen for a long period and there is tissue death (necrosis), following discovery of some types of cancer, advanced infection of the bowel, or if the patient has repeated or persistent bowel obstruction (blockage). Some patients with diseases like ulcerative colitis or familial colon cancer may elect to have the procedure done to prevent ...Read more


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Above my left hip I have a sharp shooting pain that worsens when I move. My left abdomen is swollen too. I am having regular bowel movements.

Above my left hip I have a sharp shooting pain that worsens when I move. My left abdomen is swollen too. I am having regular bowel movements.

CT of Abdomen: Pain when you move indicates muscle irritation. There are some abdominal muscle attach to hip. Psoas muscle is one. With abdominal swelling you need to be sure if there is no inflammation on the muscle. ...Read more

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What is the risk of a colostomy from a bowel resection for endometriosis?

What is the risk of a colostomy from a bowel resection for endometriosis?

Minimal...: An elective bowel resection, as long as the distal rectum and anus are preserved, should avoid a colostomy. Other factors may come into play, i.E obstruction, technical issues with anastomosis, active infection, etc. Might increase your risk. ...Read more

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Is colonic irrigation following bowel resection normal?

Is colonic irrigation following bowel resection normal?

Not sure: Not sure what kind of surgery you had, but colonic irrigation is not usually done after bowel surgery. You should ask your surgeon specifically what type of surgery you had and why. ...Read more

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After a small bowel resection for Crohn's & now over 25 hospitalized bowel obstructions later, will HGH strengthen intestines, if not what should I do?

After a small bowel resection for Crohn's & now over 25 hospitalized bowel obstructions later, will HGH strengthen intestines, if not what should I do?

Not likely: Focus on making sure your inflammatory bowel disease is well controlled and overall good health. That means making sure you have good nutrition, are physically active, sleeping well and have good social support. Try to avoid for looking for too much pharmacotherapy for good health. Some is necessary but remember, particularly with hormones, it's easy create problems. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a Partial Colectomy and a Bowel Resection?

What are the differences between a Partial Colectomy and a Bowel Resection?

Nothing: Synonyms.
Partial colectomy means as bowel resection of the colon and bowel rection can mean a partial resection of either the large or small bowel ...Read more

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Can you get hemorrhoids after bowel resection?

Can you get hemorrhoids after bowel resection?

Not directly: But if you have constipation for some reason, it might contribute to hemorrhoids, depending on how recently your surgery was. If bowel resection was not recent, it probably has little if anything to do with hemorrhoid condition. Get an opinion from a GI specialist for details. ...Read more

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What is a hepaticojejunostomy/roux en y loop with a bowel resection? What is the prognosis?

What is a hepaticojejunostomy/roux en y loop with a bowel resection? What is the prognosis?

Hepaticojejunostomy: Hepaticojejunostomy is a procedure to drain bile from the liver into the intestines when the normal drainage (common bile duct) has to be removed or is blocked. The "roux-en-y loop" is the segment of bowel that is actually surgically connected to the bile duct. Prognosis depends on the disease process requiring the procedure. ...Read more

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My husband had bowel resection surgery two weeks ago and is not eating much due to a lot of pain while digesting food. What can he take for relief?

My husband had bowel resection surgery two weeks ago and is not eating much due to a lot of pain while digesting food. What can he take for relief?

Discuss w ur doctor: Pain at incision after surgery common, but relation to eating more concerning. Discuss w your doctor underlying cause. Avoid less digestible or fermentable foods (see FODMAP reduction) such as broccoli, beans, cabbage and consider blenderizing foods, avoid constipating foods like bananas. Ginger, camomile, mints can soothe. Keep stools soft eg docusate. Happy to consult and review your case ...Read more

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How effective is a bowel resection for treating colon cancer?

How effective is a bowel resection for treating colon cancer?

Best treatment: All primary colon tumors must be resected. If localized, cure is very high. If mets already present it is still essential to remove primary since latter is polyclonal while mets to liver or lung are monoclonal and won't spread. If primary left to treat mets then new clones develop in primary and will continue spreading to new sites. Always resect the primary colon tumor with margins. ...Read more

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Will you have normal bms after small bowel resection?

Will you have normal bms after small bowel resection?

Usually: It depends on how much is removed but most people have no problem. ...Read more

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I had small bowel resection and repair if incarcerated hernia ib sepember this year im now getting pain in my left groin?

Post operative pain: It is common to have incision pain after surgery. Pain in the groin can be also caused by nerve entrapment, and scar tissue that forms. If there is vomiting at times one should be on the lookout for fibrous bands of tissue that can develop which can lead to a partial obstruction of the bowel. Constipation following surgery can also lead to the groin pain that has developed. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have light bleeding from the rectum after small bowel resection? It seems to be round the feces but not in it. There's no pain.

Is it normal to have light bleeding from the rectum after small bowel resection? It seems to be round the feces but not in it. There's no pain.

Maybe: Slight bleeding could be from hemorrhoids or other anal condition. Cirrhosis can cause abnormally enlarged veins to occur in the gastrointestinal tract that could bleed. Best not to wonder & best is to contact your own surgeon who performed the surgery to get proper information for your own specific situation & conditions. ...Read more

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4 months ago I had a bowel resection on right side I've been fine but for the last 2 days alot of pain in tummy around scar area any idea at all?

4 months ago I had a bowel resection on right side I've been fine but for the last 2 days alot of pain in tummy around scar area any idea at all?

Constipation: Get your bowels moving with a bowel regimen. If you are not better inside 2 days, or if you develop fever or vomiting, then get in to see your doc. Be well. ...Read more

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Have anal fistula for 16 yrs. 10 surgeries haven't fixed it. No ibd or health issues. Looking at bowel resection. Opinions please.....

Have anal fistula for 16 yrs. 10 surgeries haven't fixed it. No ibd or health issues. Looking at bowel resection. Opinions please.....

Seek experienced Drs: If you haven't already, seek a colorectal surgeon who has seen and dealt with these complex problems.
Mri's can sometimes identify other branching points or tracts.
If your current symptoms aren't too bad, living with the condition is an option. Seton's can help drain and minimize the baseline state.
In extreme situations, bowel resections are worth it and do have happy and satisfied patients. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of left side dull pain/ache radiating to lower back, gas, fullness. Had an open surgical bowel resection in 2008.

What could be the cause of left side dull pain/ache radiating to lower back, gas, fullness. Had an open surgical bowel resection in 2008.

Non specific: Hard to tell. Take note if your symptoms are related to eating, fatty foods or how hydrated. Increase your oral liquids. Go in for evaluation if you develop fever or vomiting. Constipation, a bad gallbladder, hernia and adhesion are all possible. Be well ...Read more

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Had bowel resection 5 weeks ago. 3 days ago I developed pain in the rectum during bowel movements. I was told to take antispasmodic - anything else?

Had bowel resection 5 weeks ago. 3 days ago I developed pain in the rectum during bowel movements. I was told to take antispasmodic - anything else?

Stool softener: At 5 wks post colon resection the anastomosis is healing tightly. Any firm stool in left colon passing thru the stitch line can cause pain especially with a low anterior resection. The diet should be kept soft without roughage and stool softener like Colace (docusate sodium) used so that the stitch line won't be irritated. ...Read more

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I had a colon resection a month and a half ago. Lately when I have a bowel movement I get pain in my lower back and abdomen. Any ideas?

I had a colon resection a month and a half ago. Lately when I have a bowel movement I get pain in my lower back and abdomen. Any ideas?

Yes: You want to let your surgeon know about this. He/she did the resection and must know about it. Better be safe and good luck. Hopefully nothing serious. ...Read more

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Mother was just told she has a mass in her splenic flexure. She was told she will need bowel resection. Is this a typically fast movin cancer?

Mother was just told she has a mass in her splenic flexure. She was told she will need bowel resection. Is this a typically fast movin cancer?

Depends: If this is colon cancer, it all depends upon how early it was caught. If caught early, it's possible that the cancer can be completely cured with surgery. The longer you wait, the more likely it will spread. Typically the surgeon will also look at the liver to see if there is a lesion in there that needs removal as well. ...Read more

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I have a 9cm ovarian cyst attached to my bowel. Was referred to gynecologic oncologist for bowel resection. Scared ill wake up with a colostomy bag?

I have a 9cm ovarian cyst attached to my bowel. Was referred to gynecologic oncologist for bowel resection. Scared ill wake up with a colostomy bag?

Small chance only: I do not know what exactly you have. However, if there is no inflammation in the area, which I believe it is the case and if the size of the colon above the lesion is not too distended and if resection is needed you should not end up with a colostomy. However, you never know what will the surgeon see/find when he/she enters your abdomen. So, if all is relatively "clean" inside, your should be fine. ...Read more

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Had small bowel resection (5ft), colon blockage removed, appendectomy, and hernia repair done in emerg surgery. Tons of side effects 3months later. Help?

Had small bowel resection (5ft), colon blockage removed, appendectomy, and hernia repair done in emerg surgery. Tons of side effects 3months later. Help?

Side Effects: The answer to your questions depends on the side effects you are having. Small bowel resection can affect stool transit time as well as nutrient absorption. Adhesions from any abdominal procedure may be a source of discomfort for some. I suggest you speak to your primary care doc about your symptoms to identify the most likely source of your symptoms. From there you can make a plan. ...Read more

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


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more