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06-13-2018, 09:00 PM   #1
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Hernia and bowel resection surgery

I did not know where to post this so I am posting it here.

My sister just told me that my brother-in-law had to have emergency hernia surgery 4 days ago in Idaho. During the surgery, which was an open surgery, he also had 6" of intestines removed. The are only giving him IV fluids and ice chips. He does not have catheter. I do not know if they used mesh during his surgery. My sister told me that they will not be letting him out of the hospital and until his bowels get things moving.

( 1 ) If my brother-in-law is not eating any food, not even liquids, how can his bowels start moving ?

If a person is in a hospital for 4 days and only receives IV fluids, what are they receiving for nutrition. I am really confused about what my sister is telling me. I asked her if they removed part of his large intestine or small intestine and she did not know the answer.

My sister was told that my brother-in-law will need a laparoscopic hernia surgery later on and I don't know why he would need another surgery on his hernia because he just got it fixed.

( 2 ) Why would he need a second hernia surgery ?

I have heard that the bowels take time to start things moving after bowel surgery. So if the hospital is not going to discharge him until his bowels start moving and he's not receiving any food that doesn't make any sense to me. I am not a doctor so I don't know how this works.

( 3 ) How long does it take for the bowels to start moving things along again ?

He was really sick when he went to the hospital so it was considered emergency surgery. I am not sure what kind of doctor even did the surgery and I wonder if my sister even knows. At that hospital they do not even do surgeries on Sundays, I don't know what kind of hospital this is but I have never heard of that. My sister needs to ask more questions because I started asking her questions and she had no answers.

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06-13-2018, 10:59 PM   #2
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Since you are kin, you might be able to ask the hospital doctor or nurse these questions. For me, the bowels slowly began to work after the anesthesia wore off after surgery. In the meantime,I received intravenous feeding (nutrition) during my hospital stay. Why your brother would require a second hernia surgery unless the hernia reoccurs. I had three stoma hernia surgeries. My last surgery was in October when my surgeon decided to use the Sugarbaker technique. So far, the hernia hasn't come back.
06-13-2018, 11:38 PM   #3
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Mark. Thanks. I am glad you are feeling better.
Maybe since my brother-in-law had EMERGENCY surgery at the Hospital the doctors just did the best they could and now my brother-in-law will have to see a Specialist doctor to follow-up ? It sounded like he needed surgery right away when he got to the hospital, maybe his condition was life-threatening ?
As far as kin asking for medical information, that is not allowed according to HIPAA laws.

I live in Glendale ! * waves to Mark* 👋
06-14-2018, 09:04 AM   #4
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I had hernia surgery for an emergency situation where I had what's called an incarcerated umbilical hernia. I believe other hernias can become incarcerated too, thus cutting off the blood supply and possibly causing the trapped portion of intestine to die from lack of blood. I don't think his bowels will move until he is able to have soft foods, that was the case for me, however my intestine was freed in time to save it from lack of blood flow. It sounds like due to removing a piece of bowel it will take him longer to be able to have a soft food diet, the doctor will have a pretty good idea how long. Best wishes to him, Lynda. I pray all goes well for your brother in law and his family.
06-14-2018, 09:56 AM   #5
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IV fluid usually contains glucose and perhaps a few other added nutrients which provides enough nutrition to hold a patient over for days or even weeks while waiting for the gut to recover enough to allow the resumption of eating.
06-14-2018, 12:31 PM   #6
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cmack : Thank You. My sister is in charge of everything right now and is quite stressed and worried. Her husband is now in the hospital after emergency surgery. And in a few days her daughter, son-in-law and two grand-kids fly to Japan to stay three weeks with my nieces husbands parents. So my sister is alone. She has to house-sit and dog-sit too for her daughter. And her townhouse is having all the flooring replaced so she and my brother-in-law will be staying at my nieces house for two weeks. And my sister has has RA and just started her Orencia recently. She doesn't like to show it, but she is stressed out. I talked to her for 2 1/2 hours yesterday on the phone. And I can't do anything to help her. She is 67 years old. I am confident that my brother-in-law will start feeling better, but it will take time. He is quite active with walking and riding his bike, along with meticulously watching his diet.
06-14-2018, 12:37 PM   #7
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Scipio : Thanks. I worry about my brother-in-law loosing a lot of weight. He is at the weight he should be right now, but a week in the hospital can make him underweight and also weak. He has diabetes, so the hospital is keeping an eye on that. My sister and brother-in-law just retired 4 years ago and these are supposed to be their years to relax after many years of hard work.
06-14-2018, 07:14 PM   #8
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I just spoke to my brother-in-law today. I got more information from him so I understand better what happened to him. Today he used the word "ileus" and so everything made sense to me as to why he is only getting liquid nutrition and ice chips. He said that a piece of his bowel died and it was 6" and it was taken out by surgery on Sunday afternoon. Will he follow up with a Colon Surgeon or a Gastroenterologist when he leaves the hospital ? How long will it take before he can eat solid food ?
06-14-2018, 07:35 PM   #9
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It's hard to say, Lynda. I think his doctor would say if only he knew. You have my support.
06-18-2018, 03:31 PM   #10
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I have not heard from my sister in a couple of days.
My brother-in-law should be discharged soon, I assume, since he finally pooped 😄

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06-19-2018, 08:57 AM   #11
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I hope he is feeling well again soon.
06-20-2018, 09:04 PM   #12
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My brother-in-law was discharged from the hospital on Saturday.
All is well.
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06-20-2018, 11:31 PM   #13
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That's great!
06-30-2018, 05:51 PM   #14
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My brother-in-law is at home now. He can go outside of the house for a couple of hours but after that he has to go home to rest. I don't know how his bowels are working after his surgery or what he is eating. Before this emergency surgery he ate a good diet, managed his diabetes well and exercised by riding a bike and walking. He DID lose 15 pounds while in the hospital. My sister must be going nuts because her RA is bad and she just started Orencia. She was on prednisone for a longtime, I believe. And good grief, they have to dog-sit and house-sit for their daughter while she is in Japan for a month ! They can't wait to go back to their townhouse after their new floors are finished. So much happening for them at one time 😳.
[ Sorry this mostly repeated one of my earlier posts 😕 ]
06-30-2018, 07:40 PM   #15
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I hope things move along well. He is still healing so things may improve. Best wishes as always.
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