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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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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


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I need surgery for colon cancer. Will I need to wear a bag (colostomy) forever?

I need surgery for colon cancer. Will I need to wear a bag (colostomy) forever?

Depends: Your surgery depends on the location of the cancer. If the tumor is low in the rectum or involves the anal sphincters you may need the area removed resulting in a permanent colostomy (bag). There are options that can decrease the likelihood of a colostomy in this case. This certainly depends on what you have. Ask your doctor. A colon and rectal surgeon specializes in this surgery. ...Read more

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Colectomy without colostomy bag, can you tell me more?

Colectomy without colostomy bag, can you tell me more?

Total: Colectomy, sparing the rectum and attaching the last portion of small intestine to the rectum. Can still defecate thru the rectum but stools may be looser and mor frequent than with an intact colon. ...Read more

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What are good exercises to do to flatten stomach with s stoma (colostomy in 2003). Permanent colostomy.

What are good exercises to do to flatten stomach with s stoma (colostomy in 2003). Permanent colostomy.

Isometric exercises: Isometric exercises will be helpful to build abdominal muscle and avoid big pressure changes inside your belly that could lead to hernia. The ostomy is technically a type of hernia. You want to avoid coughing, straining and lifting to decrease risk for parastomal hernia. Also using an abdominal binder can help with getting your muscle in space, while protecting your stoma. ...Read more

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How long will my hemorrhoid take to heal after rubber band ligation?

How long will my hemorrhoid take to heal after rubber band ligation?

Depends: Depends on size number and exact location but in general you may have some initial rectal pressure for a few hours, some very mild discomfort for a few days, with perhaps some miminal bleeding, though. Many patients experience essential no symptoms especially for internal hemorrhoids further inside. ...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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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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Will a cecostomy tube be temporary or permanent?

Will a cecostomy tube be temporary or permanent?

Depends...: The reason why it was inserted may be treatable, then the reason for decompression via cecostomy should go away, and the tube can be removed. If the condition that caused it is permanent, cecostomy may be necessary long term to prevent the colon from 'exploding' inside. ...Read more

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How will hysterectomy done in the future?

How will hysterectomy done in the future?

Varies: There are a number of ways to perform a hysterectomy - the current tide is toward laparoscopic hysterectomy with robotic assistance - the route for each patient will depend on a variety of factors including the indication for the surgery, the experience and training of the surgeon, a variety of patient characteristics and co-morbidities, and possibly a number of other factors. ...Read more

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How long will rectal prolapse surgery last?

How long will rectal prolapse surgery last?

Type of repair: A simple midlinie repair will last 3 to 5 years in 70% of patients. A site-specific repair with ligament support will last much longer. ...Read more

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How soon after inguinal hernia repair can u reoperate to remove scar tissue?

How soon after inguinal hernia repair can u reoperate to remove scar tissue?

From what: Scar tissue from inguinal hernia surgery or something else? Are you having pain from the surgery after a normal healing period? If you are then see your surgeon for eval. You prob need to see your surgeon again to see if there is nerve impingement or similar prob that cause persistent pain. ...Read more

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After hernia surgery, how long will my bowels not work?

After hernia surgery, how long will my bowels not work?

Post-op Constipation: It is very common for someone after hernia surgery to be rather constipated. This is usually due to post-operative incisional pain, relative early inactivity as well as the use of opioid pain medications. If possible, wean off the opioids, get up and walk, drink plenty of fluids, and take a mild laxative as needed. ...Read more

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How will a colon cleanse help the body?

How will a colon cleanse help the body?

It doesn't. : The idea of colon cleansing is based on a misunderstanding of anatomy & physiology. Your colon is actually outside of you. You actually surround a space through which foods pass & excrement is produced. The body takes care of its own cleansing if you have a proper diet & fluid intake. Colonic treatment is outlawed in certain states because in the wrong hands has led to bowel perforation & death. ...Read more

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How long after hernia surgery before fluid will drain?

How long after hernia surgery before fluid will drain?

Unclear : I'm not sure what you're referring to. In case you're referring to a fluid collection where the lump used to be, this is known as a seroma, and usually takes on the order of weeks to months for the body to absorb the fluid on its own. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Does a colostomy have to be permanent?

Does a  colostomy have to be permanent?

Permanent no: A colostomy does not have to be permanent. But some patients are better off if it is permanent if the anal sphincter is weak or if the stool is frequent etc. Individual choices need to be made. You are in iowa city so jefffields at u iowa in gastroenterology can help guide you. ...Read more

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How long to wait for safe colonoscopy after colon resection? Polyp in rectum, blood in stool, no stoma.

How long to wait for safe colonoscopy after colon resection? Polyp in rectum, blood in stool, no stoma.

Coordinate: With your surgeon & your gastroenterologist. Maybe wait 4-6 weeks after surgery, but would be best to get the approval from your surgeon who knows your condition in detail, before having colonoscopy. ...Read more