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Diet Plan after surgery

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Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:53 pm
I am having the colon, rectum and anus removed.  After the surgery what is the best way to start on your food.  Maybe did you start out slowly and then add foods to it.  Did some foods bother you so you waited and tried the foods later after healing.  I know we are all different but just wondering!
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Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:51 pm
I had similar surgery 5 years ago (have a permanent ileo), and as I was severely underweight, my surgeon insisted I eat everything I could get my hands on whilst recovering in hospital (and after), even to the point where he would come in and check to see what I had ordered for my meals "that's not enough you need more!".  So I was eating steak, chicken,veges (lots of potatoes), pasta, rice, bread (carb overload basically) and also a protein shake with every meal.  The weight soon stacked back on and am currently trying to lose a few pounds so something must have worked!

As you say though, everyone is different, I am fortunate to be able to eat anything I want including popcorn, nuts, seeds, salads, raw veges, etc that many people have probs with.  All just a matter of trial and error.  Must admit it was an amazing feeling to have a healthy appetite again (after years with Crohn's), not to be on any medication, feel like I can LIVE my life now, instead of simply observing life pass by under a cloud of ill health.

Bon appetit!  
Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:20 am
After my surgery I was on clear liquids for days. The dietician gave me a sheet of foods of what not to eat...things with skins or seeds is a no no they say. I avoid a lot of foods I love cause of my ostomy..but I lost a lot of weight and the doctor would come in and ask what I ate and I'd tell him and he said that's not enough...even here recently I came home from the hospital on a Friday and went back in  ten days later and had lost another 12 pounds and I eat like a horse. My ostomy is always liquid so it goes out almost as fast as I eat it. Don't just eat huge meals. We're to eat many small meals a day. I get hungry a lot and it makes my tummy almost sick if I dont eat right away..good luck with your surgery and let us know how your doing when your able.  Barbara
Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:40 am
They will feed you and listen to your belly to make sure all is working well and advise you from there. I was told not to eat popcorn cause it could aggravate the stoma which in my case it doesn't. You might see a little blood from time to time but that's ok. In my case I lost a lot of weight (65lbs) but that was needed and now I can see my ankles again Enjoy your meals like
I do. So glad you are thinking post op. Please, please let us know when you get out.
Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:19 pm
I had serious problems with blockages when I first had my ileostomy, so my advice is to do EXACTLY what they tell you to do, avoid the foods they tell you to avoid (my first blockage -for which I had to have surgery - was caused by a peach, because I ate the skin with it). Then after a few months when things settle down, start to add things to your diet one by one, but always chew very well.
Good luck!
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:02 pm
HI after you have your surgery, you will probably be on just water for a days and then theyll just start you on soft foods like mash potato and then work you up from there. Youll probably see a dietician while in hospital so theyll be able to advise you properly x
Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:32 pm
Said I could eat whatever I wanted but didnt work--for me White Foods Diet - no roughage, no beef , and chocolate causes problems
Best advice is to solidify poop take Imodium 3 xday and citracell fiber drink 2x day and probiotics-- usuatly makes soft formed poop
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Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:18 am
Had the same surgery and in fact had 3 surgeries total as began with a colostomy, then a reversal then the ileo but had crohns and colitis so that was an awful experience but I can tell you WATCH WHAT YOU EAT AND ONLY EAT WHAT IS SUGGESTED as your guts need time to heal from the surgery! Also, I wouldn't eat popcorn or have high fiber for anything! Stay away from sodas and a lot of sweets as that tends to cause leaks or it did with me. As far as anyone eating anything they want, I cannot do it as if I overeat and trust me I feel it, I always leak! My stomach shrunk and I lost 30 pounds but am doing well now. A long road to recovery--about a year, but you will feel so very much better as time goes on. Just eat SMALL MEALS AND FREQUENTLY and don't overeat and be casreful of what you eat. Keep a food diary so if you have issues you know what food was the offender! Dont' eat a lot of newfoods or foods you haven't all in one day as you will never figure out then why you leak or don't feel well.

Good luck and know that it takes A LONG TIME TO HEAL and don't try and rush things and be careful of what you eat but eat SMALL MEALS!

You will be surprised how great you feel after your body has healed so keep that in mind!!
Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:07 am
I haven't seen any mention on this forum yet of iodine and potassium supplementation. After my surgery someone in the hospital gave me some paperwork and in it there was one paper that said I needed to intake potassium and iodine daily in order for my gut to properly work due to having bowel portion removed. I do notice less output and more gas pains when I forget to take them. That could just be my imagination because I believe what I "was told", of course.

I saw another post somewhere here (I'm still kinda finding my way around this forum) and someone is taking folic acid and one of the b vitamins. If I come across the conversation again I might ask it those are specifically recommended or just something the poster came up with on their own and how they feel it helps them.

Hope you are doing well, I'm not sure when your surgery was planned for.
Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:58 pm
   I have to take vitamin B12, potassium, and magnesium as they were low in the hospital and stay low so I will need them the rest of my life. I was reading somewhere that when part or most of our colon or intestines are removed through any kind of abdominal surgery, it interrupts our normal digestion/absorbing system, and since we can't process the foods the same anymore with a ostomy, we have to have those supplements. Our food don't stay in our bodies long enough to keep us going. But don't just start taking these on your own. Go to your doctor and get your levels checked. I have to go have mine repeated every 6 weeks to make sure I'm taking in enough.
Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:24 am

Hi there. Healthy eating is very important to live a long life.

Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:27 am

Hii.. I read an article about healthy eating habits. It is a food guide which tells about healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle. You can navigate here to know more about it. I think it will help you a lot. Take care!!

Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:54 pm

Hey JohnnieJones,

The folks that have written on this thread haven't posted since 2013, but I'm sure if someone else reads it again they will find the information that you posted helpful. Everyone needs a healthy eating livestyle!

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