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What does it mean to have a twisted bowel? Does it mean that your intestines are literally twisted?

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 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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How soon after an operation for a twisted bowel can I start jogging?

How soon after an operation for a twisted bowel can I start jogging?

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 more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Increase dietary fiber
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Do kegel exercises
Daily
Follow up with a gastroenterologist
Yearly
See a pelvic floor specialist such as a urogynecologist
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What can I expect when going through twisted bowel surgery recovery?

What can I expect when going through twisted bowel surgery recovery?

Some soreness: If all goes well, your GI tract should recover (passing gas) fairly quickly. There will be some post-pp incisional pain but this will go away quickly. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Lifestyle and dietary changes
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Exercise programs
daily
Medications to control constipation & diarrhea.
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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?

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 more

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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Avoid trigger foods and increase fiber in your diet
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Stress less, and enjoy life, as anxiety will worsen symptoms
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Take medications as prescribed and as needed
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When I was born my small intestine was knotted up and some was removed. Was that volvulus?

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 more

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Volvulus (Definition)

A volvulus is a condition in which a loop of intestine twists, cutting off blood supply to the part of the intestine beyond the twisted area. Usually, there is severe abdominal (tummy) pain. Volvulus is an emergency because the twisted loop ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

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

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