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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 6/7/2011 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Can anyone give me a good explanation for why one needs to follow a low residue diet after placement of a permanent ileostomy? NO ONE, not in the medical field or anywhere can give me a rational scientific reason behind it! For those with a colon, it totally makes sense. But for someone without a colon? I don't understand. Any clarification would be GREATLY appreciated.
Thank you!
Dx UC in 2004. No real issues till Nov. 2009 - huge flare. Allergic to remicade, non-responsive to Humira. Steroid refractory. Dx as indeterminate, April 2010.
Total colectomy w/ jpouch formation, May 2010.
Pain/inflammation in diverted Jpouch, June 2010 - present. On Cipro, Flagyl, Prednisone, Azathioprine. Dx Chron's Oct. 2011 (disputed).
Scheduled Jpouch removal & permanent Ileo, May 19 2011

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Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 103
   Posted 6/7/2011 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jmch,
Well to my understanding (just had surgery for ileostomy June 2nd) your bowel is swollen, let's say even if they didn't cut anything and were moving stuff around things would be swollen but after having had a stoma created things are severly swollen so just to make sure you don't have an issue passing non digestible food like fruits and veggies which could cause a blockage till everything heals which is usually 6-8 weeks so it's not indefinite. You can start to reincorporate after that slowly ;-) someone else will also chime in I'm sure ;-)
Take care hopefully time will go by quickly for you ;-)
Dee stay at home mom of my 2 beautiful children
dx with uc July '10
Current on going undiagnosed bowel disorder


Post Edited (lifeinterrupted) : 6/7/2011 8:04:05 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 6/7/2011 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
pretty much what she said. and also, your small bowel now has to learn to be your colon, and its easier on your body to start with easy to digest foods.
after your 6-8 weeks is up, you can start slowly adding in new foods. i eat everything now.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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