weight loss or weight gain with a colectomy

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   Posted 10/10/2008 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Can some of you share your experience of whether or not you gained or lost weight with a total colectomy. I am already overweight and I am concerned as I was reading some things in my research where people had gained more weight. Just was wondering what other experiences have been in this area.

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   Posted 10/10/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I certainly didn't lose weight, but after surgery I watched what I ate...limiting quantity, but eating everything I wanted to. I do excercise regularly with walking and light weights and know that I'll have to do it for the rest of my life. And, there is a plus!! Excercising gives me more energy and lifts my spirits emotionally:)

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   Posted 10/10/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a total colectomy with ileo-rectal anastomosis, where my small intestine was connected to my rectum with no bag, and I lost about 25 lbs. and pretty much kept it off

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   Posted 10/11/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
i lost weight right at first when i came out of the hosptial i was 122, which i thought would be good but i was way too skinny. But after about a month of eating regular i was at 135 which would have been great.
But then, i realized i could have milkshakes, and cake and all this other great stuff i had not been eating and i gained weight.
but i also started exercising and eating healthy things also, so i am combating it.
Really, even if you gain some weight at first you will feel better and then you will be able to exercise so you can lose the weight and to tone yourself back up

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   Posted 10/11/2008 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   

I just think that the body has to readjust to the new intake of calories.  When you have a diseased colon, it doesn't absorb well, but once the disease is removed, I believe it tries to "hord" all the calories it gets until it realizes there is more on the way.  Like a learning process for the colon!

Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 10/11/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
i also had the mistake of thinking that the opposite happened, i thought that since the food was in there a shorter amount of time you wouldn't get as many calories absorbed, so here i wasthinking i wasn't getting 500 calories from my milkshake
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