Well you will have a shorter transit time and perhaps have increased bowel counts each day. But if your surgeon was able to retain most of your sigmoid, that's a blessing. I am however existing without 90% of my sigmoid (where my malignant tumor was located), along with from what I was told 13 years ago, 15 inches of my upper colon before they could reattach my GI tract. In between I had a temp colostomy for 8 weeks. Post takedown, I found myself living in the bathroom, but again, I've been told it's a combination of not having a sigmoid (which acts as the GI tract's reservoir, holding back stool through out your day so it can collect and then ideally be released once or twice a day). I also had my gall bladder removed during my resection, another aspect of why I may suffer so much. Currently, I have hit upon a good regimen - plain diet, a good twice daily probiotic, and a powder doctors prescribe for the excess bile that gets dumped into the colon, after you GB is removed (but thankfully this isn't your case!).
So short term, if you do find yourself having repeated very loose bm's and sometimes diarrhea, consider going on a low residue diet. I eventually went on one after my takedown and it pretty much saved me from living a life 10 feet from a toilet. I'm still on this diet about
75% of the time, it's just a way of life for me.
All you can do is hope for the best but reading your topic and situation, I'd say you're in a much better place than I was - post takedown. So hopefully things will return to normal for you. But remember to always know where bathrooms are located, just in case you ever need one in an urgent way. I am hoping this is not the case.
Post Edited (Marsky) : 9/16/2012 8:05:27 PM (GMT-6)