A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in the health of the gastrointestinal organs. This includes the esophagus, stomach and intestines. It includes the liver and pancreas. These are the organs involved in digestion. They move food through your body. They absorb nutrients and get rid of waste.
You have been told you need a colostomy. Or you have recently been given one. Once you heal from surgery, you can still live an active life. In fact, if you had a chronic disease such as Crohn's disease, your quality of life may be better now than before surgery. In most cases, it's your choice how much having a colostomy limits your life.
Follow your healthcare provider's advice about caring for your hemorrhoids at home. Some treatments help relieve symptoms right away. Others involve making changes in your diet and exercise habits. These can help ease constipation and prevent hemorrhoid symptoms from coming back.
A medical evaluation will be done to find out the cause of your symptoms. The evaluation may include your health history, a physical exam, and some tests. Once your evaluation is done, treatment can begin. It may include taking certain medicines and making some lifestyle changes. Follow your healthcare provider's advice.
You have Crohn's disease. Your digestive tract is swollen and inflamed. All layers of your digestive tract may be affected. There is no cure for Crohn's disease. But you can get treatment for the symptoms. Help manage your symptoms by following your healthcare provider's advice and watching what you eat.
A hernia is a defect in the tough tissue covering the musculature of the abdominal wall (fascia). During laparoscopic hernia surgery, a surgeon inserts a telescope attached to a camera as well as surgical instruments through tiny incisions in your abdomen. The surgeon repairs the hernia with a mesh, which patches the tear or weakness in the fascia.
You have had surgery to remove your spleen (splenectomy). The spleen was in the upper left part of your abdomen. Your spleen stored red blood cells, filtered your blood, and helped your body fight infection. To take it out, your healthcare provider made 3 or 4 small incisions in your abdomen. Surgical tools were then inserted through these incisions. This sheet will help you take care of yourself at home.
Your healthcare provider performed an open splenectomy, the surgical removal of your spleen through a single incision in your belly. Located in the upper left portion of your belly, your spleen stored red blood cells, filtered your blood and helped your body fight infection. Here's what you need to do at home following an open splenectomy.
You are going home with a feeding tube in place. If you normally take any medicines by mouth, you will need to take them through your feeding tube. You can make this easier by calling your pharmacist to see whether any of your medicines are available in liquid form. If they are, ask that your prescriptions be filled with liquid medicines.
After your surgery, you will be moved to a recovery room. Here you will be carefully watched. Your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing will be checked. You'll also get pain medicine to keep you comfortable. When you're ready, you'll be moved to a normal hospital room. You'll then be watched closely to be sure you're healing well. Your hospital stay may last from a few days to a week, or longer. Once home, follow instructions to help make sure you have a full recovery.
After a colostomy, stool is most often collected in a pouch that attaches to your body around the stoma. An adhesive skin barrier holds the pouch in place and keeps stool from leaking onto the skin. Most pouches are made of lightweight, odor-proof plastic. They lie flat against the body so they don't show or make noise.
You don't have to eat a special diet just because you've had an ileostomy. Most foods, chewed well and eaten slowly, won't give you problems - unless they did before. But you may need to be more aware of foods that make your stool more watery than normal and foods that cause gas or odor. You also need plenty of fluids and vitamins.
You are going home with a nasogastric feeding tube in place. You will need to check the tube regularly to make sure the tip of the tube stays in your stomach. You were shown how to care for your tube in the hospital. This sheet helps you remember those steps when you are at home.
Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a special kind of MRI test. Your healthcare provider uses it to look at the pancreatic system. This includes the pancreas, the bile ducts, gallbladder, and liver. The procedure uses a combination of magnets, radio waves, and a computer to make detailed images. A contrast dye may be used for even better images.
A hiatal hernia happens when part of your stomach pushes up into an opening (hiatus) in your diaphragm. The diaphragm is a muscle between your stomach and your chest. You may not need surgery. But if your case is serious, you will need a hiatal hernia repair. This is often a laparoscopy, but, in some cases, you may need open (traditional) surgery.