what can i eat...............?? after surgery......

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mommyphotographer
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   Posted 6/18/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
i was wondering what i can eat after surgery when i get home. should i be going out to buy something special.  like what types of things are good for me to eat. and what should i avoid eating like few weeks after i am home. or how long do you have to eat a certain way..
i am going to be having a subtotal colecomy , or a total colecomy it depends on what he finds.

praying4healing
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   Posted 6/18/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Right afterwards they usually suggest low residue foods. Rice, mashed potatoes, pastas and such. I'm not sure if ur getting a colostomy or an ileostomy. I have an ileostomy and I was back 2 eating n e thing I wanted afer mayb a week or 2.
There are things they say 2 b wary of. Nuts, which I don't eat, encased meats like hot dogs or sausages, i v eaten them. Salads and ruffage, I eat chef salads where the lettuce is chopped very fine and they don't give me a problem. Fruits with skins like apples, and oranges, unless u take the fibers or skins off. But its pretty much individualized, once u get better u can see what works for u by trying a tiny bit at a time. Ur belly will let u kno what does and doesn't work.

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pamysue
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   Posted 6/18/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
And remember to chew. If you chew it up good, it will come out easy. :)

summerstorm
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   Posted 6/18/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
like prayingforhealing said, at first you are supposed to be on a low residue diet, the told me for 6 weeks. After that you should start introducing foods slowly. I haven't had any trouble with any foods, i don't eat popcorn, seeds or nuts though. Those can't be digested by anyone correctly, and can cause troubles, alot of people eat them with no problem though.
when i got home from the hospital i lived off cheese ravoli for a while, lol. Be careful to avoid foods that could give you gas at first also, like spicy foods, or beans.
I drank alot of juice at first, some of the meds can leave a funny taste in your mouth and that seemed to help. Be sure you drink lots, so make sure you have something at home that you really like to drink!

lasbutterfly
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   Posted 6/21/2008 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I followed the "bland diet" and had rice, pasta, baked potatoes, turkey, fish, and chicken.  I also ate a lot of saltines with peanut butter on them.  Later on, I added steamed vegetables and fruits.  Funny thing is that I've continued eating like this.  I've changed my whole diet and eat much healthier now than before surgery.  I'm eating 6 small meals a day and walking lots. 

summerstorm
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   Posted 6/21/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah you will notice that you get hungry more often. I think it's because our food goes through so fast, lol. I need to start eating less more often, alas i am such a pig!

siddiadn
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   Posted 6/22/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
soft foods that are easily digested...
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buxtonman
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   Posted 6/26/2008 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
like it was said before chew it up very good. i have had nuts, seeds give me a blockage and thick onions are bad u can get a blockage from that too. blockages a very very pain full!

mommyphotographer
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   Posted 6/28/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I am home now from surgery. only 8 days now. and my question concerning food is...... to you who say you have had a block age is this only the ones who have a bag or had a subtotal . i would appreicate anyones comments. i am ready to eat........... eat .................eat...............

summerstorm
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   Posted 6/28/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
just chew chew chew!!!
and eat easy to digest stuff at first stay away from nuts and ruffage for a while, also stringy meats. They are just too hard for your body at first. You will be able to eat them soon though. And when youdo eat a salad or something like that, drink lots of water, and eat a little bread or soemthign withit.

peggy113
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   Posted 6/29/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Your body will adjust in time.... tho mine occasionally reminds me it is still a little different than a normal digestive tract as you can see from my Chinese Food post!!!

Any pasta dishes are usually ok, soft foods til you adjust. My doctors and enterostomal therapists always told me that if you can imagine dropping the food you are eating into a glass of water and letting it set - IF it dissolves pretty much on it's own, then it is Safe. If it looks the same after a short while, then you should probably avoid it and introduce it slowly in small amounts, ie anything that is hard to digest - raw fruits, veggies, nuts, skins of any type.

Now that being said, there are some people that can eat anything and not have a problem. Rather than take that risk, you should slowly introduce the potentially problematic foods to be sure that you don't run into any problems.

The two most important things are to CHEW and to DRINK!!!!!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 6/29/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
this is a little random here, but if someone just happened by here who didn't have an ostomy and saw all these places where we are always saying
"DRINK DRINK DRINK!" they would think we are all a bunch of drunks, lol.

mommyphotographer
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   Posted 6/30/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you everyone for your help. i am 10 days post op now and i am eating things like instant potatoes, yams with milk and butter to soften it up, pudding, milk shake, and a few crackers. I am so sick of not eating things like spegetti, tacos, hamberg, fruits, vegis, and i guess i better stop thinking about it becuae i am getting hurgery talking about it. so i guess i better call my doctor tomorrow and see when i can eat some more. or do you guys have any more advice for me................?

summerstorm
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   Posted 6/30/2008 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
i think that pasta should be fine. Two weeks after i had surgery i started eating cheese ravoli and ate nothing but that for a week!
I would stay away from the tacos for now, but it won't be long till you can eat them.
usually you stay on the low residue diet for six weeks. after that you can start adding new things.
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