I just went through a resection (30 inches of small bowel removed) and it was done with a full abdominal opening (Nov 4th, 2008)....I was told they pretty much took the large and small out and went over everything visually inch by inch. Everyone is different in their recovery and in their diets...sooooo....
It really boils down to what you can tolerate and some common sense. Common sense should tell us to enjoy the foods we can but to ease in to them. Just like the hospitals progression of diet...we also need to proceed with some caution. I know for me I was of course nothing by mouth prior to the surgery and directly after...then liquids....then soft food....then low residue solids...and then when I was ready to go home after a week I was told to eat what ever I could tolerate...BUT....BIG BUT......hold off on the salads and raw veggies for a couple of weeks. A little lettuce would not be bad, but my doc felt that a whole salad would irritate the interior suture site. He also advised against green beans for a little while.
Otherwise...sushi....cereals....fish, chicken, beef, pork.....anything in small amounts at first to see how my body reacted. Since I got home I have used lettuce, tomato and onions on my liverwurst sandwiches. I had green beans at Thanksgiving (but they were cooked in the southern tradition and were very soft) I eat greens (collard or turnip) and spinach at leats 4 times a week. I have enjoyed shrimp and crab cakes, bronzed grouper, corn and okra, eggnog, nuts, strawberries and raspberries, pocorn, cucumbers and just about everything else you can think of....the only things that I really have stopped that I used to eat prior to my obstruction and resulting surgery is fried foods and alcohol. (I did have one small drink at thanksgiving without a problem) Everything though has been done in moderation and with the approval of my gastro and surgeon.
I notice and mull over every little burp, poot, and pain but so far nothing has been out of the ordinary and nothing worth worring about. My pipes to seem to be working better now than at anytime in the last 5 years. No big D (not even directly after the surgery) and everything seems to be formed and solid for the first time in a very long time. I still have some pain but that is in the large colon and I was told that there was limited activity there but it was not so bad as to reguire a surgical resolution.
It does sound like you ate a little too much salad to soon out of surgery.
I have posted this before...but a good meal to have to keep things calm or to calm them down, as well as helping to replace flora is to eat some Congee (Rice porridge) easy to digest, comforting and full of nutrition.
Last thing....I now make sure that I have bowl of cooked oatmeal at least four mornings a week. I believe the concentration of healthy fiber and bulk has been good for my system.
dx IBS 1999 UC 2000 CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose one shot every week. Also nightly dose of mesalamine.
Surgery Nov 4th, 2008 removed 30 inches of small bowel.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
52 yrs old