Total Colectomy - vitamin supplements?

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   Posted 8/10/2011 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My son has just had a total colectomy due to multiple polyps appearing on his colon.

He is not doing too badly - all the usual problems of going to the loo a lot and loose stools etc. He is still in a bit of pain (operation was 1 week ago today).

He is experimenting with different foods and I am constantly scouring the internet looking for advice on what to feed him and get some very conflicting advice so was wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction. I know low fiber seems to be the way to go but it would be good if he could eat some fruit and/or veggies.

Also I am wondering which vitamin supplements he should be taking to make up for what he is losing in terms of healthy foods. I have heard that a multi-vitamin with iron maybe the way to go?


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   Posted 8/10/2011 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Also get his B12 and MMA levels checked. Sometimes without the colon we need B12 shots. Rosemary

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   Posted 8/11/2011 5:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Your vitamins are absorbed by the small intestine, so as long as that's intact, he should be fine.

The large intestine absorbs salts and water so without a large intestine, those are the two main things we should be consuming more of.
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