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Twisted Bowel Human
What does it mean to have a twisted bowel? Does it mean that your intestines are literally twisted?
Yes: Usually this is a developmental defect in whcih the intestine are not properly attached to the abdominal wall. The intestine can actually twist on itself and become blocked. If prolonged it can lead to loss of blood supply and death of that section of intestine. ...Read moreGet help now ›
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
Depends: If done via laparoscopy, probably about three weeks. If done in an open fashion, 4-6 weeks. You must ask your surgeon for your activity release - don't start jogging or lifting without that consent. Good luck. ...Read moreGet help now ›
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I found out today i have a twisted bowel. How likely am i to have surgery and how likely is it that i could die from this? I haven't seen the GI Dr
See a surgeon.: If you've had surgery before, it is likely that you might have adhesions. Though most adhesion related bowel obstruction clears up with conservative measures, some cases need to undergo surgery again. It would be best for you to see a reputable conservative surgeon as soon as possible to get a better assessment clinically and with imaging studies. ...Read moreGet help now ›
My dad is 81 and has a twisted bowel he is in hospital for 7 days and there no Chang in him how long will it take?
If he has: a volvulus, he will likely need some type of operation for definitive resolution of his symptoms, maybe even a colostomy. Inquire to his doctors who can fill you in with more details. ...Read moreGet help now ›
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Quite possibly: You say your small intestine was knotted up. That could indeed be midgut volvulus in which your small bowel was twisted around a narrow mesentery, or connection of the bowel to the back of the abdominal cavity. That is almost always seen in intestinal malrotation, when the bowel did not situate in the right location in the abdomen as it was being formed in the fetus. ...Read moreGet help now ›
8yr old had appendix removed & had 2nd surgery for bowel obstr. & twisted colon. 2yrs later has stomach cramps, food coming up, burning, vomit help!
Time for a visit: I would take the kid to urgent care or the er now. With that history, the potential for certain parts of the intestines to stick to each other and possible bind or twist will remain a possibility. A review of the history, exam and possible xrays will be needed to exclude blockage from a simple stomach flu. ...Read moreGet help now ›
Think garden hose: The intestines are a complex & long tubular structure with some parts firmly attached & some parts that float somewhat freely in the abdomen. If the free floating parts become twisted on them self, it not only stops flow as it would in your hose, it can begin to cut off the blood supply. If left untreated, the gut can die & start leaking contents & germs into the abdomen. This can be fatal. ...Read moreGet help now ›
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