I've only had 1 resection, it was laparoscopic, and I had no other complications or issues (like internal fistulas, etc.) I was on a soft diet for 1 month. Then, my doctor said I could slowly start introducing other foods over the course of weeks 5-8 so long as it was limited and every thing chewed very thoroughly. I think around the 2-3 month mark I was given the OK to eat more, but I remained more conservative than the doctor allowed for.
One thing the hospital did recommend was that my protein intake (for my body height/weight) be around 100g per day. So, I started tracking protein. It is really hard to get a lot of protein on a soft diet, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to without the Ensure/Boost supplement drinks. I ate eggs or egg beaters at least every other day. That helped, too. My soft diet did include fish. Canned tuna, and the frozen Gordon fish filets, for example...things I could make for myself without a lot of effort.
I tried to walk as much as possible, too.
Diagnosed in Feb 1989 at age 14Just diagnosed, worried about future?Tips on recovery from 1st surgery
1 Resection: 4" at terminal ileum + 24" of jejunum - June 2011
Current med: Humira (since Mar 2011)
Also take: monthly B12 injection, Calcium, Multivitamin