Small Intestine Resection Sugery Experts

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   Posted 2/10/2010 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all

My teenage son had his small intestine resection surgery about 6 months ago. All was well-gaining height and weight. Now all the sudden he is having trouble with his bowels. Not "D" but very soft bowel movements. Doesn't matter what he eats. We added probiotics to his morning and evening meds. Was wondering if anyone who has had this surgery experienced this. I am wondering if it takes the intestines a while to get used to having a big section gone. MRI done shows some thickening however, nothing conclusive so the doctor hasn't decided what to do next.

Thanks for any input or experiences you may have had.

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   Posted 2/10/2010 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
My last surgery I thought was a great success but I did have alot of bowel movements after dinner, sometimes as many as 4 or 5. I didn't really worry about it since it didn't hurt and I didn't seem to any of the other Chrohn's symptoms. So if your son is not having pain or other symptoms I wouldn't worry about it too much.

Also, was your son on pills, after surgery, that would have slowed down the bowel a bit? And is he off them now or taking fewer of them?

I hope it all resolves itself soon.


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   Posted 2/10/2010 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I had 8ft of small removed, when I was 20, and yes his body is altered for life, so bowel movements are an will be different the rest of is life, as long as there is no discomfort and on no pain med's,  this will be his new normal

artist guy

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   Posted 2/10/2010 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, just had a emergency resection last January....things are going to be soft and not normal for awhile. It took me a year to start gaining weight so he is ahead of me in recovery! Tell him that it will take awhile, but don't look for things to be back to normal anytime soon!
29 year old husband and father of 2, Diagnosed with Crohns and resection surgery in Jan '09 (same ER trip), currently not winning the battle with pain, taking: 6mpPentasa, Prednisone and every vitamin possible! 

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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   Posted 2/11/2010 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had 3 resections. After each one, severe diarrhea for about a month or two, then gradually getting normal. The whole point of the surgery is to remove those areas of the bowel that were hopelessly scarred, thickened and obstructed. But it is necessary to get on some type of medication, or else the old problems (scarring, obstruction) may recur eventually, and that could mean yet another surgery down the road.
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections

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   Posted 2/11/2010 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, after having a resection last jan i wasn't able to go back to work for 6 months (that was more to do with other issues going on) but I'm now back working with no problems. Bev x
Diagnosed with crohns at 13 now 43
Reversal of temp stoma Postponed till ???????
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   Posted 2/11/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had 3 resections and after each one, things were a little looser. It does take a full year or so for the body to recover from any type of major surgery. As others have posted your son should be on some type of long term medication so that the disease can be kept in check and further surgery can be held off for as long as possible.

The other possibility is that your son could be having some bile salt issues. Bile salts are re-absorbed in the terminal ileum so if that is where his resection was, the bile salts could be getting into his large intestine and causing D. There is an off label medication that doctors sometimes prescribe to help. Some of us swear by it, others use it when need be, and for others it doesn't help. Questran. You can talk to your son's doctor to see if this might be the problem.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 2/16/2010 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I've had Small Bowel Resection over a year ago and still I have Diarrhea or very soft stool..I was told it was normal and that there is meds to help w/ it but I have only had about 3-4 bathroom trips a day so that was a signicant decrease from what I had before....Good Luck!
Dx w/ Crohn's Disease May 2000
Asacol 400MG
Small Bowel Resection November 2008

Dx w/ Hypothyroid 2001
Medication: Levoxyl 88MCG

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   Posted 2/16/2010 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
It looks like you are saying he was normal for the first six months after the surgery but now he is suddenly having problems. Is it just that the BMs are now too soft or that he is having a lot of them?

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   Posted 2/17/2010 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
If he had a resection in his terminal ileum then it's normal. It's the part where some nutrients are absorbed as well as b12 and bile salts.

After my resection i was fine for the first few months then started having D a few times a day. The dr. prescribed me Questran but it just made my stomach feel bad. You can buy Immodium or get a prescription for Loperamide. I used to take one every day. Now i take it maybe twice a week when D is bad and if i'm planning on eating out and don't wanna end up using a public washroom.
27 years old
CD for 20 years
Bowel resection in Dec. 2006
Pentasa 4000mg

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   Posted 2/17/2010 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Ive had many bowell resections. Ive always had The d. What helps me is smaller meals. Eating slower (if possible) and no , no fried foods. Sugar will promote it to. I sill go but mabe 3 times instead of 8 or 10. Hope it helps. Joy47

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   Posted 2/17/2010 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all

Thanks for the responses. Yes, my son is on a variety of meds and supplements. He takes the generic of imuran, pentasa, probiotics and vitamins.
We go back to the doctor on Monday. Hoping for the best. My son brought up a good point-at least I think it is a good point. None of his meds were increased even though he grew 2 inches and gained 22 pounds since surgery.

Thanks again. Wish us luck for Monday.

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   Posted 2/18/2010 4:12 AM (GMT -7)   
hey roxygirl, after like the first 5 or 6 i had that happen as the guts redefine what they want and how they will act. the next 8 or 9 really did me in.. ;-)

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