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Doctor insights on: When Bowel Function Return After Hemicolectomy

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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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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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If a patient had subtotal colectomy w/Ileostomy placement resulting in short bowel syndrome for over 13yrs, could they have their Ileostomy reversed?

If a patient had subtotal colectomy w/Ileostomy placement resulting in short bowel syndrome for over 13yrs, could they have their Ileostomy reversed?

It depends : This is a difficult question to answer without more data. Assuming they had some sort of small bowel resection and truly has "short gut," then reconnecting to a rectal stump will likely not improve the condition, as the rectum does not provide adequate nutritional absorption (mainly just water resorption). This needs to be discussed with a general surgeon along with radiographic evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal for me not to to have a bowel movement 2 weeks after sigmoid colectomy?

Is it normal for me not to to have a bowel movement 2 weeks after sigmoid colectomy?

No not really: you need to talk with your surgeon and inform them of this. This is NOT normal!! ...Read more

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What would be the approx life span for someone that has intestinal malabsorption due to subtotal colectomy, Ileostomy placement, short bowel syndrome?

What would be the approx life span for someone that has intestinal malabsorption due to subtotal colectomy, Ileostomy placement, short bowel syndrome?

Maybe long: The colectomy and ileostomy will not typically shorten life expectancy. Short bowel syndrome may shorten life span, but it depends on severity. There are a few centers in the US that perform bowel lengthening procedures and small bowel transplant. Ask you surgeon about the severity of the short bowel, and think about support groups for ileostomy help. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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SURGEONS: If a patient who had a Subtotal Colectomy w/Ileostomy placement 13yrs ago, resulting in short bowel syndrome & frequent loose bowels, but was wanting an Ileostomy Reversal, what would do & Y?

SURGEONS: If a patient who had a Subtotal Colectomy w/Ileostomy placement 13yrs ago, resulting in short bowel syndrome & frequent loose bowels, but was wanting an Ileostomy Reversal, what would do & Y?

Difficult question: to answer without knowing much more details. Why was that surgery done? What is the remaining anatomy? Remaining colon or rectum in place? Reconnecting an ileostomy after 13 years might not be well tolerated with resulting frequent diarrhea, poor anal muscle control, anal irritation & the surgery would not correct a short bowel condition. Need many more details to try to answer this question. ...Read more

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What is a subtotal colectomy with small bowel sigmoid anastomosis appearing at the level of upper pelvis mean?

What is a subtotal colectomy with small bowel sigmoid anastomosis appearing at the level of upper pelvis mean?

Colectomy: It refers to taking out most of the colon or large bowel to the sigmoid and attaching the end of the small bowel to the sigmoid colon ...Read more

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Explain : subtotal colectomy w/small bowel sigmoid anastomoses which appears to be at the level of the upper pelvis?

It sounds like...: ...most of your colon was probably removed and the end of your small intestine was primarily surgically connected to the remaining sigmoid colon and rectum. ...Read more

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Can i take in protein powder? As i can only have low fibre diet due to i had done a total colectomy(large intestine).

Can i take in protein powder? As i can only have low fibre diet due to i had done a total colectomy(large intestine).

Yes: A pure protein powder has no fiber at all. There are many types of protein powder. If from soy make sure it is non-gmo soy. If whey try to find one from grass-fed cows not given hormones or antibiotics and processed at low temperature such as whey cool by designs for health. Protein powder from hemp seeds is another good choice though make sure it is a pure protein powder without fiber. ...Read more

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I had a Subtotal Colectomy with Ileostomy placement in 2001 in which ALL of my Large Intestine and most of my Small were removed. This year 13yrs later, after being told I was a candidate for an Ileostomy Reversal surgery during a Consultation visit with

I had a Subtotal Colectomy with Ileostomy placement in 2001 in which ALL of my Large Intestine and most of my Small were removed. This year 13yrs later, after being told I was a candidate for an Ileostomy Reversal surgery during a Consultation visit with

Finish question: Your question was cut off because only a limited number of characters can be used. Re-ask and try to shorten some (& for and, "After" instead of "I had a", w/ for with, etc. It's tough if you have a complicated question. We have limits to and it's tough for us to answer fully as well! ...Read more

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I had a colectomy (13 in of large intestine/colon removed) 3 years ago & just found out i'm 8 weeks pregnant...Any advice/concerns?

I had a colectomy (13 in of large intestine/colon removed) 3 years ago & just found out i'm 8 weeks pregnant...Any advice/concerns?

Enjoy the pregnancy: Can tolerate loss of 13" of colon quite well (still have 4-5 feet left), pregnant or not. Follow up with gyn; take your prenatal hits, eat right, stay active. ...Read more

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Is it common to have a temperature after a right hemicolectomy?

Depends: What you mean by temperature and how soon after surgery. Temps less than 101f are usually not too concerning in first days after surgery. Speak with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Why am i constipated after hemicolectomy surgery?

Pain meds : It is very common to be constipated after surgery due to anesthesia and pain meds. There may also be dysmotilty from colectomy. Stool softeners, fiber, lots of water and laxatives if all else fails. ...Read more

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Is burning pain normal after right hemicolectomy?

Is burning pain normal after right hemicolectomy?

Where?: Where is the pain? When was the surgery? How was the surgery performed? Postoperative pains at the surgical incision sites are common. Other pains may not be normal, and would need to contact your surgeon to ask this question. ...Read more

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Last may had a right hemicolectomy remove hgd polyp. Try schedule a 1st annual scope for april but surgeon wants a consult to see if 2nd scope needed?

Last may had a right hemicolectomy remove hgd polyp. Try schedule a 1st annual scope for april but surgeon wants a consult to see if 2nd scope needed?

Usually repeat 1 yr: Typically a repeat colonoscopy is done at a year after resection for cancer or polyps although the data to support optimal timing is thin. The concept is to find new polyps and stay ahead of them before we need to consider another operation. ...Read more

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


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Colectomy (Definition)

It can mean removal of part or complete colon with ...Read more