Sub Total Colectomy (Laproscopic) Food Suggestions

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   Posted 5/29/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone. I had a subtotal colecctomy (Laproscopic) April 20, 2009. Since the procedure, I was having a BM once a day in the morning. Two weeks ago I started having a BM every two days. Now they are entering the three day stage, and I am freaking out! So this week I took (2) dulcolex and I went 3 times in one day (on Thursday, yesterday). I was happy.
My Questions are:
1) Is it ok to have these delays since I've had this surgery?
2) What healthy foods/snacks are you eating daily (Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner)
3) I have pretty bad stomach pain after having a BM, is this a part of the healing?
Thank you, I see my doc next Wednesday, June 3.

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   Posted 5/29/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
For what reason did you have the surgery?

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   Posted 5/31/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Miraclelayne,

I had a subtotal last July. Do you know how much of you colon is left? I have about 2 inches. After my surgery I was having about 20 bms a day, I just went down to 2-3 a day a month ago. I still am on the low residue diet because many of the foods cause me to have diarrhea.  Has your dr said that this would be normal for you to have such infrequent bms? I know everyone is different, but I would check with your dr about this.

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   Posted 6/3/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello, sorry for the late response, it's been tough. I am going to the doctor today, so will respond later to let you know how that went.

The reason I had the surgery, I was diagnoised with Colonic Interia. Since I was 17 years old (now 38) my BM's would happen every 3 weeks. In the past 5 years, they had been 1-2 months. I tried everything, nothing worked except the colonic purge.

My surgeon removed all but 2inches of my large intestines, and also cut an inch of my small intestines to connect.

I am feeling better, just still very sore, expecially when I have a BM. And again my BM's are not happening daily, they have been more like every two days, and a couple of times, it was 3 days, but I took a dulcolax and that helped alot. But I am still amazed at how many of you, have 15-20 BM's a day after your surgery.



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   Posted 6/5/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
How did your doctor appointment go? Did you get suggestions on what foods to eat? I was told to stay away from foods that would not break apart easily, things that were not too fibrous. Not foods high in fiber mind you, but foods whose composition were too fibrous. For example, pineapple, fresh fruits and vegetables, like apples due to the skin, popcorn due to the seeds, etc. I try to eat softer meats like chicken that break apart easily also. Does that help?
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   Posted 6/10/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes, I went to see my doctor and he says that my small intestines are just as slow as my large intestines was. So at this point he wants me to take a teaspoon of Milk of Magnesia everyday, perhaps even 2 -3 times a day until I have a BM.

I am not going everyday anymore, actually by the 3rd day, if I have not gone, I've been taking dulcolax. I am so depressed with this. Also , I am still very sore.

As for foods, thanks for the suggestions, I will continue my fruits and vegetables, and chicken, because everything else, I think is hanging up in my small intestines.



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   Posted 6/10/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a subtotal colectomy on April 2nd. I never had more than 3 BMs a day. It then slowed down to one and then last week it came to a hault. I saw my surgeon yesterday. Basically he told me that it seems as if I have the motility disorder all over and he can cut and cut but eventually I won't have anything left. I am seeing a new gi doctor to find out what's going on. Did your doctor give you any hope? Tell you to take small bowel tests??? I took small bowel tests and they came back a little slow where it empties to my large intestine. My surgeon did leave a few inches of my colon, I have a feeling that that's what is dead. My rectum works fine, my anal rectal manometry came back normal in jan, I have urges when I need too... But I am kinda stumped too..
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