ileostomy reconnection surgery

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   Posted 2/9/2011 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my colon removed because of an infection that caused it to perforate in July of 2010> In january of 2011, several weeks ago, I had the reversal surgery and I am trying to get back to a semblance of normality. I am feeling pretty good. My stool is very watery but after 2 weeks I am having less bowel movements and more regular - about every 6 hours, but very watery. I am trying to eat different foods to reduce the liquidness - my doctor says that my intestine will eventually train itself to do a lot of the functions of the colon. I am wondering how others are dealing with this problem. I am glad to not have to deal with the bags and skin irritation.

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   Posted 2/9/2011 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
      I don't have this problem but heard eating marshmallows will help.

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   Posted 2/9/2011 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Dont' try the marshmallows, in fact stay away from sugar products until you get back on track! Sugar makes things much looser which you don't need right now.

Try adding some powdered fiber to your diet. Metamucil or Benefiber, psyllium, etc. Many people swear by the metamucil wafers. The fiber will help to absorb excess liquid. Mix it with half the water recommended on the can.


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   Posted 2/9/2011 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks - I did try marshmallows when I still had the ileostomy, but I have never liked marshmallows. Someone told me to eat a banana and an english muffin with peanut butter in the morning and this had a noticeable effect/improvement. All in all I think I am pretty lucky and have not had some of the other problems that people seem to have had. I am still much too thin and have trouble gaining weight no matter how much I eat. I lose 2 or 3 lbs in a day when I eat less. I am feeling great and am not anemic. I am looking to improve my diet. My surgeon left about 10 inches of the colon and he said that it with my small intestine with time will start to act as my colon did before.
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