Bloating, weight management after colectomy

Post colectomy with ileorectal anastomosis I am most likely to:
Gain weight and be bloated - 0.0%
Lose weight and not be bloated - 83.3%
Gain weight and NOT be bloated - 0.0%
Lose weight but BE bloated - 16.7%

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/12/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
This week I will have a colectomy with ileorectal anastomosis for colonic inertia.  Currently, I am most often very bloated and distended and only seem to gain weight no matter what I eat.  After this type of surgery will the symptoms of bloating improve?  Am I more likely to gain weight or lose weight?  I do believe that my quality of life will improve because I am suffering so much from not being able to move my bowels at all.  But this is something that I would love some feedback on. Thanks to everyone who can respond.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 470
   Posted 7/12/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish you the very best with your surgery.  You will feel like a whole new person!!!

spleen/appendix/gall bladder-removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/bunion & 2 neuroma surgeries/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08/ c difficile
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
There's always hope and things will get better :)

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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 418
   Posted 7/12/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
"Am I more likely to gain weight or lose weight?"

I hope a few people chime in on this question.. as I would like to know as well! Best wishes on your upcoming surgery - be sure to post and let us know how you are doing.

On the poll - I answered "lose weight" (hopeful thinking - but I have no idea.. I just wanted to peek at the poll and there wasn't an option for being nosy!

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 192
   Posted 7/12/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I have lost weight since my surgeries...... my doc says that is not uncommon

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 7/13/2009 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I lost 20 with each surgery, so a total of forty and like you I never ate the caloric intake to ever gain weight. I was 141 before my TC and after my emergency ileostomy I am 103.5. I was down to 100, but have gained a bit back and my doctor said I needed to. I am at a perfect weight and as long as I am not obstructing I never get bloated.
Best of Luck Thursday......
Chronic Lifetime Constipation, Dx IBS-C for 7 yrs
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008, ended with four abdomal abscessses and 2 drains
Four abdominal abscesses- Feb 2008
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008, Dx Rectal Inertia
Admitted with Small Bowel Obsruction April 4, 2009 and eremgency ileostomy 4/13
Loop ileostomy April 13, 2009 and still recovering woth abdominal abscesses out 4/24
Cleveland Clinic in six weeks for further testing....awaiting approval.
"The Greatest Healing Therapy is Friendship and Love"

donna rae
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 7/13/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, nycnicky!

I had my total colectomy 2 months ago... I've lost about 20 pounds and have had no bloating at all. My colon was full of polyps just this side of cancer, so I did not suffer with colonic inertia before the surgery. I must say that now I must be very careful what I eat (very low fiber, no fresh fruits and veggies yet, low fat) to keep my BMs under 10 per day. I've also been put on a protein supplement... I can't digest animal proteins and the plant proteins I used to eat (beans, nuts, seeds, etc.) cause terrible, numerous trips to the ladies room!

The good news is that the surgical recovery was a breeze! I had a single incision, lapro colectomy and was up, walking and eating the next morning. I was released from the hospital in 72 hours!

All the best to you!
Donna Rae
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