We have many members who have successfully had colectomies for colonic inertia. I hope they have the time to post info to you. My experience was very different because I had an emergency total colectomy. Your recovery time will probably be much shorter than mine. What kind of ostomy will you have? Will you have a j-pouch or ...?
My diet after surgery was total parenteral nutrition, followed by clear liquids and then a low residue diet. I keep the following print-out from the Mayo Clinic on our fridge to help my husband and children understand what I can and cannot eat: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-fiber-diet/my00744. Your surgeon should give you a timeline of when to eat what types of food. Take it very slowly and do not trust the hospital kitchens to give you the right foods. Nurses have plenty of clear liquids at their food stations so if the kitchen makes a mistake just ask for something more appropriate.
If you are going to have an ostomy, call Coloplast, Convatec and Hollister for their sample kits.
Hopefully, other people will post with their experiences. I found walking as soon as possible after surgery to be very important. At first the incision will look very scary. Over time it will zip itself up and look sort of like a mild crease in a bread loaf.
A few items I learned were helpful: a waterproof mattress pad that goes under your sheets, at least 3 disposable mattress pads, lots of small washcloths, popsicles.
I am very excited for you!
Diagnosed 1987 with lower left ulcerative colitis. Hospitalized often. Mega toxic pan colitis Dec. 1999. Perforated colon and total colectomy April 2011. First j-pouch surgery March 8. Five other damaged organs removed at that time. Ileostomy reversal June 26.
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