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Gastro FAQs

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1. What Preparation is required for Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal?

No major are preparations required for this surgery. It’s a simple laparoscopic procedure where the patient has to be fasting for 6 hours prior to the surgery.

2. What is the duration by which a colon polyp turns into cancer?

It varies from person to person. Not all polyps turn into cancer too

3. Will colon polyps recur after they have been removed?

Yes, they can recur even after removal.

4. What are the steps before gallstone surgery?

No major are preparations required for this surgery. It’s a simple laparoscopic procedure where the patient has to be fasting for 6 hours prior to the surgery.

5. What are the steps to be taken after gallstone surgery?

The patient is discharged the same evening or the following morning. Diet can be resumed after 6 hours following surgery. Patient can resume normal activities in about 2 days’ time.

6. Why do gallstones form? Are some people more likely to develop gallstones?

Gall stones are formed because the bile inside the gallbladder gets precipitated to form stones. Sometimes cholesterol stones are seen too. Any individual can develop gall stones at any age.

7. Will I need to stay on a special diet after having my gallbladder is removed?

A fat free oil free diet is advised for the first month following the surgery

8. Could removal of my gallbladder cause digestive problems?

It is highly unlikely that removal of gall bladder could be the cause of digestive problems. But there is a rare entity called post cholecystectomy syndrome where patients do experience some bloating and dyspeptic symptoms, which can be easily managed with medications.

9. Is appendicitis preventable?

No, there is no way to prevent it.

10. Does appendicitis always present itself with typical symptoms?

Yes. A classical pain is experienced by the patient in the right lower abdomen. They may have other associated symptoms like vomiting etc. Initially the pain is around the umbilicus and gets localized to the right lower abdomen.

11. Are there long-term consequences of appendectomy?

No. There are no long-term reactions to an appendectomy.

12. What is a quick test used to evaluate blunt trauma to the abdomen?

CT Abdomen is still the gold standard for blunt trauma in the abdomen.

13. When can I get pregnant after metabolic and bariatric surgery? Will the baby be healthy?

It is always advised to plan for pregnancy after at least a year following the bariatric surgery so the effects are well seen and deficiencies if any can be corrected. Usually there is no problem with the health of the baby if the mother’s vitamins and minerals are within normal limits.

14. What is a hernia in the groin area?

A swelling that appears with or without pain in one side or on both sides of the groin is a hernia. It is a defect or a weakness in the area through which the abdominal contents protrude out.

15. How long does it take to recover from a hernia operation?

Again Hernia is a day care surgery. It can be done by laparoscopy or by open methods. Patients usually return back to normal activities 2 to 3 days after the operation.

16. What medications and supplements should I stop taking in case of cancer? Should I stop taking hormone replacement therapy? What about birth control pills?

Resistance or sensitivity of cancer to chemotherapeutic procedures is due to intrinsic properties of the tumor. But alternations can be noticed with the intake of concomitant medications and supplements that can alter any effects of the ongoing regimen. A few studies have indicated that women who have tested positive for an abnormal breast cancer gene are at a risk of growth of cancer. A steady and increased intake of oral contraceptives is known to cause breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, cervical cancer and liver cancer. It is always advisable to consult the doctor before taking any medications or supplements.

17. Why is colon polypectomy recommended in spite of the fact that polyps do not cause any pain or symptoms?

About 40% of the patients tested for colorectal cancer are known to have developed polyps. So it is often recommended that these polyps are removed before they turn into cancer.

18. Is it possible to undergo a laparoscopic surgery if I have already had abdominal surgeries, stoma or hernia in the past?

Yes. A patient who has already undergone prior surgeries, or has had a stoma or hernia can undergo a laparoscopic surgery. But it is extremely important to inform the doctor of a complete medical and surgical history before undergoing the current procedure.

19. Can weight loss surgery affect the health of an individual?

Generally, medical problems improve after surgery for weight loss.

20. What kind of diet is prescribed after a gastric bypass surgery?

Liquid, pureed and soft foods are recommended. Lots of fluid intake is also advocated to prevent dehydration. A strict dietary schedule will be provided by the doctor after the surgery, which has to be followed by the patient.

For all further queries take an appointment with Dr. Deepak for a comprehensive consultation on health and lifestyle.

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