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Doctor insights on: What To Expect After Colon Resection Surgery

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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What should I eat after colon resection surgery? Discharge paper said bland solid food with low fiber. What does it mean? How much? How often?

What should I eat after colon resection surgery? Discharge paper said bland solid food with low fiber. What does it mean? How much? How often?

That's right: Typically you should take a bland diet with low fiber. The quantity that you should take is usually half of what you would be a custom to eating for a full size meal before your operation. If you have any nausea or vomiting you should stick with liquids for 8 hours before resuming solids. Check with your surgeon to see if there any other special considerations based on your operation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have colon resection surgery?

What to do if I have colon resection surgery?

Question not clear: I am not sure what you're asking. Please clarify your question we ask. ...Read more

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What are co mobidities that require a ventilator after a colon resection? If it is fluid build up from surgery why does that happen

Copd: Chronic cardiopulmonary disease may lead to vent p-surg. Also large fluid shifts occur p-surgery furthe aggravating cardiac function. Also the abdominal incision impairs diaphragm fxn. ...Read more

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Multiple foci of extramural vascular invasion present .... This was noted after the colon resection surgery. What this mean ?

Multiple foci of extramural vascular invasion present .... This was noted after the colon resection surgery. What this mean ?

This is aggressive C: This is a sign of very aggressive cancer, one more prone to spread and to recur. Additional chemo and Radiotherapy may be useful depending on the site of the primary tumor(for rectal cancers RT is commonly used). ...Read more

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Redundant colon,candidate for elective colon resection. Linzess, miralax no help. Milk of mag or Sennokot 2-3x week helps.Use instead of surgery?

Redundant colon,candidate for elective colon resection. Linzess, miralax no help. Milk of mag or Sennokot  2-3x week helps.Use instead of surgery?

Chronic constipation: Most often, surgery is only considered as a last resort. For some people, having a bowel movement 2 to 3 times per week is normal. If you are able to achieve this using milk of magnesia, then I would not consider surgery at this time. It is always possible to have complications of surgery, and in your situation, it doesn't sound absolutely necessary. Fiber and hydration are key. Good luck. ...Read more

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Colon surgery:tumor size=2cm.Pathologic staging(pt3, n1b, mx).2/17 lymph nodes show metastatic.Margins of resection free of carcinoma.Need chemotherapy?

Colon surgery:tumor size=2cm.Pathologic staging(pt3, n1b, mx).2/17 lymph nodes show metastatic.Margins of resection free of carcinoma.Need chemotherapy?

Yes: Chemotherapy regimens based on the drug Fluorouracil (5-fu) have been part of the treatment for high-risk stage ii or stage iii colon cancer. Many clinical trials have shown that these regimens improve overall survival primarily by reducing the high risk of recurrence within the first two years after surgery. ...Read more

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I recently had a colon resection for stage 0 colon cancer. It was an open surgery w a large scar. I am experiencing dizziness when I stand from siting?

I recently had a colon resection for stage 0 colon cancer. It was an open surgery w a large scar. I am experiencing dizziness when I stand from siting?

Dizziness: You may have orthostatic hypotension. That means that your blood take a moment or two when you go from a sitting to a standing position.you rise slowly the problem won't be so acute ...Read more

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I had a colon resection surgery one year ago diagnosed stage 1 colon cancer. I still have bouts of chronic diarrhea. Is this due to the surgery?

I had a colon resection surgery one year ago diagnosed stage 1 colon cancer.  I still have bouts of chronic diarrhea.  Is this due to the surgery?

What part gone?: Removing the right colon and valve that separates the small bowel from colon sets the stage for bacterial contamination of the small bowel, which leads to diarrhea commonly-can be treated, with good success. Can try a probiotic, e.g. Florastor, and call your doc. Sometimes antibiotic rx needed to reestablish normal balance. If large amount of bowel removed (any location) can give diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can i eat normally and would live a normal life after a colon resection due to diverticulosis? Does the colon resection have to be done by open surger

Can i eat normally and would live a normal life after a colon resection due to diverticulosis? Does the colon resection have to be done by open surger

Bowel surgery: Surgery for complicated diverticular disease can frequently be done laparoscopically resulting in quicker recovery. Your bowel habits might change post-op but rarely to either extreme. Most individuals resume a normal life post-op. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is endoscopic mucosal resection for a flat difficult colon polyp more dangerous that traditional surgery to remove that section of the colon?

Polyp: Endoscpic mucosal resection is safe in the proper hands. It is an outpatient procedure and does not require general amesthesia, follow up dpends on histopathology. ...Read more

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Colon:2x3cm non lifting flat lesion(malignant suspicion)couldnot be removed by polypectomy, needs segmental surgical resection.Surgery or laparoscopy?

Colon:2x3cm non lifting flat lesion(malignant  suspicion)couldnot be removed by polypectomy, needs segmental surgical resection.Surgery or laparoscopy?

Either way: Must be removed , laparoscopic surgery will have slightly quicker recovery, less pain , due to your cardiac surgery which ever takes shorter operation time time you should choose, increased intra abdominal pressure may not be good for you as in laparoscopy discuss with your surgeon and cardiologist ...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

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Is it normal to have bleeding after a few month after a colon surgery?

Is it normal to have bleeding after a few month after a colon surgery?

No: Melena or hematochezia are not normal. Difference is one is black blood and other is red blood. Depends if blood is when you wipe, before or after bm or during, lots of factors but you should go and see your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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After colon surgery I have a 5 mm restriction, will it correct by itself?

After colon surgery I have a 5 mm restriction, will it correct by itself?

May need help: Not sure if 5 mm is the size of the restriction ('stricture') or the lumen thru the stricture. 5 mm is not much if this is all the stricture represents. If the lumen is narrowed to 5 mm - you may need therapy and a GI doctor or surgeon might try balloon dilation to widen this area. If this does not work, another surgery may be necessary to prevent obstruction. I am sorry this happened. ...Read more

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How can they clean your colon before colon surgery?

How can they clean your colon before colon surgery?

Bowel Prep: There are several medications and preps that can be prescribed to clean the colon or prep the colon before surgery. Some surgeon's do not prep the colon before surgery as there is some evidence of no benefit to this practice. ...Read more

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Could nerves re-attach after colon surgery with pain involved?

Could nerves re-attach after colon surgery with pain involved?

Possible: It is possible for nerves to grow and for cut ends of a nerve to 'find each other.' but, this is a slow process. The pain should abate with time after a surgical incision and the work done inside. Sometimes scar tissue or 'adhesions' may develop which can also be a cause of pain and discomfort. I am sorry you are having pain issues after your surgery. ...Read more

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Do you think I should have colon surgery for precancerous lesions?

Do you think I should have colon surgery for precancerous lesions?

Yes: If unable to remove the lesion endoscopically you need to have it surgically removed as colon polyps are believed to progress into colon cancers. ...Read more

Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more