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Will I be able to control bowel movements after colostomy surgery?

Will I be able to control bowel movements after colostomy surgery?

Yes: Majority of the time you will be able to have bowel movements after colostomy. Rarely their might be a surgical issue that may decrease your bowel movements due to nerve impairment. It is also common to have some constipation after surgery due to anesthesia. If you do have constipation for a long time after surgery, consult your physician to get to the underlying cause. ...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 often will a person with a colostomy have a bowel movement?

Depends: Usually a colostomy will function daily. It depends if it is a new colostomy or if it had been present longer. Long term colostomy may just function once a day, and newer ones may function more than once a day at first. Also depends on how much is eaten each day and any underlying medical conditions or colitis. ...Read more

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I had a colostomy reversal. I have never gotten back to the same type of bowel movements--it has been fairly mushy since. Is this normal?

I had a colostomy reversal. I have never gotten back to the same type of bowel movements--it has been fairly mushy since. Is this normal?

Yes, in most cases.: Usually patients with a colostomy have had part of their colon removed. The colon is responsible for reabsorbing water from the stool. If you have less colon, then you will reabsorb less water and your stool will be softer and less formed in character. If you are not having any other symptoms besides the mushy stools, don't be alarmed. See your doctor if you have other symptoms though. ...Read more

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How many bowel movements can you have per day after the takedown surgery of a colostomy and ileostomy?

How many bowel movements can you have per day after the takedown surgery of a colostomy and ileostomy?

Varies: It depends on what the prior surgery was. If there was a significant amount of the colon removed or much of the right colon removed, then there could be several bowel movements per day after takedown of a stoma. Drink more liquids and first try added fiber such as metamucil if alright with your surgeon. Would not recommend over the counter immodium unless fully cleared as alright with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's harmful to have an anal bowel movement when wearing a colostomy due to cancer?

Wondering if it's harmful to have an anal bowel movement when wearing a colostomy due to cancer?

No: Depending on where the colostomy is performed, that is transverse colon or distal sigmoid colon, if a large segment of bowel distal to the colostomy is present, this segment does produce mucus and with the presence of bacteria will produce some form of anal bowel movement. ...Read more

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How does the body control a bowel movement so no incontinence?

How does the body control a bowel movement so no incontinence?

Avoid incontinence: The colon's primary function is absorption of water (mostly right colon) & storage of solid waste (mostly left colon). Continence of stool relies primarily on rectal tone & sensation. An inflammed colon or one that is too active may result in diarrhea, whereas a sluggish colon may contribute to constipation. Fecal incontinence reflects rectal/anal disturbance (see my earlier healthtap entries). ...Read more

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I'm a alcoholic and i don't take care of my health ...I can't control my bowel movements any more and I have discharge white clear and green in it?

I'm a alcoholic and i don't take care of my health ...I can't control my bowel movements any more and I have discharge white clear and green in it?

Need help: It is time for you to start taking care of yourself. The alcoholism can affect your liver and that may cause bowel issues to start as well, with the types of discharge you are having. Get treated as alcoholism is a serious condition that needs aggressive treatment, but the first step starts with you. God bless, best wishes. ...Read more

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Why can't I control my bowel movements anymore?

Why can't I control my bowel movements anymore?

Hard to say: You need to be evaluated by a doctor to determine a cause. ...Read more

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Colostomy (Definition)

A colostomy is a surgically created outlet of your colon to the skin. It is sometimes referred to as a 'bag' since a bag is placed over the colostomy to catch the ...Read more


Defecation (Definition)

Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more