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Dr. Scott Keith
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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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Would 2-3x yr bleeding hemorroids & bloody nose, radiation caused proctitis (APC treated), wet AMD, prior Ileus & ecoli infection (from colon resection) create risk of infection for Total Shoulder Replacement surgery or future joint infection?

Would 2-3x yr bleeding hemorroids & bloody nose, radiation caused proctitis (APC treated), wet AMD, prior Ileus & ecoli infection (from colon resection) create risk of infection for Total Shoulder Replacement surgery or future joint infection?

Extensive Medical: histories like yours are beyond the scope of what a HealthTap Doctor can helpfully and responsibly manage. If you are needing the procedure, the best sources for your answers are the surgeon, anesthesiologist and your treating physicians. That said, any prior medical issues can frequently interfere with what are generally considered minor procedures so the short answer is yes. ...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

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What are some normal/abnormal effects after a colon surgery part 2?

Establish continuity: The second part of a colectomy usually refers to re establishing continuity when resection is not followed by re anastomosis. By establishing continuity there should be normal bowel movement but this could be hampered by the healing process of the anastomosis. If low down with inadequate blood supply occasionally a leak can develop or if inflammation sets in there can be a stricture. ...Read more

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Could u recommend some body having redundant colon to have colon surgery by fearing that some day it could happen colon twisting?

Could u recommend some body having redundant  colon to have colon surgery by fearing that some day it could happen colon twisting?

Volvulus is...: ...Colon obstruction brought about by twisting of the colon. While having "redundant colon" may be a common factor in people who develop volvulus, we never recommend surgery for this condition unless they have had a documented episode of obstruction. Stated another way, many people have redundant colon (esp in the elderly and/or chronic constipation) but few develop volvulus. ...Read more

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I take 4mg medrol/d, since, a small wound takes long weeks to heal completely (one week before) should I be concerned in case of colon surgery ?

I take 4mg medrol/d, since, a small wound takes long weeks to heal completely (one week before) should I be concerned in case of colon surgery ?

Steroids: It is always preferable to not have steroids on board prior to surgery. If your surgery is elective and youre only on steroids temporarily, then it would be preferable to wait until you were off. However, if surgery is needed non-electively and/or you are on steroids indefinitely, then its ok to proceed. ...Read more

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I recently had colon surgery. What effect on ibs?

I recently had colon surgery. What effect on ibs?

Unclear: What kind of colon surgery did you have? What kind of symptoms do you have with your IBS? More information is needed to be able to answer your question. ...Read more

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Father seems to be losing, instead of gaining weight since his colon surgery, why is that?

See his doctor: Sounds like you need to return to the surgeon and possibly to family doctor to assess the reasons for this. Without knowing his history and doing an exam it would be difficult to answer your question. What type of surgery did he have, why was it done, what are his other health issues? ...Read more

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Is blood in the stool normal 1 month after colon surgery?

Is blood in the stool normal 1 month after colon surgery?

No: It's not uncommon to have bloody bms after colon surgery but it usually goes away with several bowel movements (usually in a wk or so). U need to call ur surgeon. ...Read more

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Does a person suffered from flatulence could be recommended to have colon surgery to cure?

Flatulence: Flatulence is caused by gases created from the digestion of food. I am not sure what you think or why you are asking if surgery can cure flatulence. ...Read more

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Could colon redundancy be the main cause for over passing gas up to the level of unable to control properly?If it is, can colon surgery be recommended

Could colon redundancy be the main cause for over passing gas up to the level of unable to control properly?If it is, can colon surgery be recommended

Not that i know: Gas is due to many other factors. I would look to other things to explain large amount of gas. Try avoiding the foods, activities that cause the gas accumulation. See your primary to figure out the cause of your symptoms. You may have a food intolerance (lactose? Wheat?) see below

http://digestive.Niddk.Nih.Gov/ddiseases/pubs/gas. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Colonic (Definition)

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