• Diet

    Asked by lovmi3kidz on Sunday, June 9, 2013


    Should I expect diet changes after the colon resection?

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Long term, I have had to reduce my amount of fiber (salads, fruit). Too much has me crampy, gassy and running to the bathroom the next day.

      Immediately after surgery, it was first a liquid, then soft diet. But once the bowels were moving and I was discharged, I was able to go back to a normal diet.

      over 3 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      It depends on the extent of the resection. I had 2 parts of my colon resected (sigmoid colon, and rt colon) as well as a piece of my small intestine. Within a couple of months, during which I had to be on a low fiber, low residue diet to allow my colon to heal, I was able to eat anything, and proceeded to do so! I haven't had a problem in the almost 6 years post resection.

      over 3 years ago
    • catherinemarr's Avatar

      I had no long term dietary instructions.I agree it depends upon the area and extent of the surgery.Ihave learned that I will limit myself naturally with some foods,but Im unwilling to give up the favorite fiber-filled foods,so,one year post surgery ,Im still not regular,but its perfectly manageable .and Im able to digest everything in small amounts..catherine

      over 3 years ago
    • papabill's Avatar

      Post-rectal/colon resection for a number of months kept salads and fruits low and now have built up to moderate amounts of salads and fruits. One item I have virtually eliminated is carbonated drinks, especially sodas as they produce too much gas and its after effects Found substituting ice tea ideal in all regards. Also found Metamucel in the months immediately after surgery benefited and able to taper off over time.to "as needed". Keep the faith. Diet improves over time.

      over 3 years ago
    • Garfield's Avatar

      Yes your diet will change. After my colon resection I can no longer eat red meat. I find chicken and fish to be the easiest to digest. I wish you the best of luck with your surgery. I was out of the hospital in 3 days.

      over 3 years ago

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