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    Old 02-19-2014, 12:07 AM   #1
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    Chronic Conspitation and Surgery

    Hi all,
    I have a verry cute daughter aging 2 and half year approx. she has the problem of conspitation for last 14 months. i was told by a friend to get Barium Enema radiology for her. and after the said radiology, Doctor has suggested that she would be operated twice. firstly her Colon would be cut and took out of the belly for 6 months. after six months another operation.
    i am very confused and upset about it.
    has anyone some idea about this sort of surgery in so little age??

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    Re: Chronic Conspitation and Surgery

    You did not go into details about your daughter's constipation but, on the surface, this sounds extreme. I personally would be hesitant to put any child (or any adult for that matter) through that. For one, colon surgery is major, risky surgery. There are non-surgical ways to treat MOST cases of constipation. Keep in mind that surgeons make their living doing surgeries so chances are a number of surgeries are not truly necessary nor helpful. And the side effects or complications can leave permanent damage, not to mention the immediate risks of surgery.

    That being said, again you did not go into details about the severity of your daughter's constipation or what other treatments have been tried. If she has some sort of "birth defect" in her colon, then this surgery may be necessary. However, I doubt this is the case since she has had this for 14 months versus since birth. Did it by any chance start when potty training started? (Here in the U.S., children are not potty trained until age 2 but I thought potty training started earlier in a lot of other countries.) Some children are abhorred by the "poop" coming out of their bodies and so their body reacts by becoming constipated. Could this be what is going on? If so, surgery will not "fix" it.

    I had an unnecessary surgery by a doctor I trusted for 20 years and my life has been upended as a result.

    Hope this helps!

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    Old 02-20-2014, 11:00 PM   #3
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    First of all i say great great thanks for the kind reply by you. as far as the details of her conspitation are concerned, i think she had no birth defect in her Colon. because she was alright untill she was on her mother's milk. when she started to feed otherwise she started to conspitate. earlier the conspitation was not much severe as she had the Bowel Movement after 2 or 3 days but due to Hard Stools, she felt a lot of pain. the situation has worsened ever since and from last few months she is going 8 to 10 days without BM. Firstly we thought that she was trying to stop potty because of pain. Child Specialists also claimed the same fact that she tries to avoid pain and has no such complication. but one friend of mine who is doing M S Surgery and is on house job in Govt Hospital suggested Barium Enema for her. and after seeing the x ray reports he and his seniors suggested the Colon Operation. and we are all scared about such surgery in so much early age.

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    Re: Chronic Conspitation and Surgery

    If it were my child, I would get a second opinion, preferably at a Pediatric hospital, and a very good one at that!

    You are good parents to be concerned. You do not say if you are in the US, but if you are not and it is impossible, then I would ask your doctor to consult with surgeons at such places as Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, John Hopkins, and Mayo Clinic.

    Stop at nothing to make sure you understand that your child requires this surgery, and what it will mean.

    I do pray you have a good outcome for your family

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