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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 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 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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My son had surgery for hirschsprung after birth, he's 4 now and having trouble control his bowel movement when passing wind. Is this normal?

My son had surgery for hirschsprung after birth, he's 4 now and having trouble control his bowel movement when passing wind. Is this normal?

Always possible: Hirschsprung can be short and long segment. If a large amount of colin had to be removed then it may be hard for your son to control gas and solids or semi formed stool. You may need to contact his surgeon and peds gi. A plan of action to help make stool more solid could help. 4year olds often have bowel control problems do it may be normal. ...Read more

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I had a hemoroidektimy on monday and have been unable to have a bowel movement since the night before my surgery?

I had a hemoroidektimy on monday and have been unable to have a bowel movement since the night before my surgery?

Let surgeon know: Sometimes pain meds (if you are on any post surgery) can cause constipation. You should call your surgeon who did the procedure for continuity of care as they may need to rx you a laxative or want to see you for an exam post surgery. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are bowel movements painful after surgery for an anal fistulotomy?

Are bowel  movements painful after surgery for an anal fistulotomy?

Post Surgery Pain: Yes. Of course. There is no ifs ands or buts about this. I would imagine your surgeon gave you some instructions and advice about your post operative course and what to expect. ...Read more

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After gallbladder surgery within a one year ago I've been having lots of green bowel movements is that normal?

After gallbladder surgery within a one year ago I've been having lots of green bowel movements is that normal?

Color: The color of stool doesnt matter unless they are red (bloody) white (acholic , no pigment) or back (tarry) for upper Gi bleed. The color can be affected by what we eat. It is possible that the bile without its storage unit (the gallbladder) is passing faster through the system staining the stools. ...Read more

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Will I have normal bowel movements after hernia surgery?

Will I have normal bowel movements after hernia surgery?

Yes: They should be normal. You may be advised to take stool softeners if you are taking narcotic pain medications as they can be associated with constipation. ...Read more

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I haven't had bowel movement after rectocele surgery and taking several laxative. What could be wrong?

Consult your surgeon: You might have stool impaction, but this requires an urgent call to surgeon who performed the operation. ...Read more

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Why does surgery paralyze bowel movement?

Why does surgery paralyze bowel movement?

Multifactorial: Post op constipation is attributed to decreased activity, dehydration, and the use of narcotic analgesics. So, prepare for upcoming surgery by eating right, drink plenty of water, and staying active. In our practice, for inpatients undergoing major procedures we use a medication (entereg) which prohibits the narcotics from interfering with bowel function. Ask your surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long do you normally have to wait to get a bowel movement after a pyloric stenosis surgery?

How long do you normally have to wait to get a bowel movement after a pyloric stenosis surgery?

Within 24 hours: After surgical repair of pyloric stenosis the infant will start eating within 4-6 hours. As the volume of feeds increases to what it was prior to the onset of pyloric symptoms normal bowel movements will follow. ...Read more

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How should I treat myself following surgery to remove hemorrhoids in order to minimize pain, particularly during bowel movements?

Good Hygiene, soft..: Hello, you should have very careful hygiene measures, using tucks (witch hazel) or cottonelles or similar after each bm. Also strive to keep bm soft. This is best done with bulk agents such as metamucil and fiber in your diet with plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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After hemorrhoid surgery approximately how long before bowel movements return to normal and what is the best diet for after surgery?

After hemorrhoid surgery approximately how long before bowel movements return to normal and what is the best diet for after surgery?

One of the major: determinants is whether you have general anesthesia or not (anesthetics paralyze bowel) and how many narcotic pain killers you take afterward. Many doctors advise starting stool softeners/fiber supplements before surgery. Stay super well-hydrated. Prune or apple juice may be helpful; raw veggies, while good for fiber, may be painful to pass. Two weeks, 3 at outside, and all should be good:) ...Read more

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