If you have 20-30lbs of stool in your colon will the extra pounds go away after surgery?

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   Posted 7/11/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am getting colectomy in august. I have colon inertia, just a question for all of u. Everyday my distension grows, more stool is impacted in my colon, the worse I feel, the more weight i gain? I am scared sad

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   Posted 7/11/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
i had surgery on june 20th and i did loose 10 pounds. and my dr took out 5 feet of colon. and thought i would loose like 20 pounds. but in fact my dr said you dont just gain poop weight (for lack of better terms) but you also just plain old gain weight from the stool not getting out like most people so the food you eat puts on weight. so i am hopeing after a few months i will shed even more weight. i put on 20 pounds in the last 2 years when i was at my worst. . if you ever feel like talking i am on msn also. and my email on there is coloskyphoto@live.com
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   Posted 7/11/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a total colectomy for colonic inertia in February. Three days after the surgery I weighed 14 pounds more than I did pre-surgery, and I was not even eating yet. The nurses told me that while having the surgery the doctors give you so much fluid to prevent dehydration (one of your colon's main functions is to absorb water, and on top of that ANY surgery dehydrates you) that it is not uncommon to gain a lot of water weight. I begged for a diuretic, but they said I was young and otherwise healthy, and my body would get rid of the water on its own. It took about ten days, but I went down to my pre-surgery weight minus five pounds. So be prepared for the water weight possibility. I was at 124 pre-surgery. My weight stayed stable at 119 pounds for a while and then I slowly started gaining weight, I am up to 132 now, which I know is not huge or anything, but I don't like it. I went to a nutritionist who specialized in digestive disorders and she said often after people have their colon removed, food stays in the small intestine longer than it would have before surgery and you absorb more calories, hence more weight. I would think that if you really have 20-30 pounds of stool in your colon you would definitely lose that weight since it is no longer inside your body. I don't want to scare you or anything, but I am still severely constipated, which would make sense as to why I am gaining so much weight. Everyone is different and most people are not constipated after the surgery, so don't think that will happen to you or anything. I wish you the best of luck :-)
Sigmoid Resection due to sigmoidocele 3/07
Total Colectomy due to colonic inertia 2/08

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