Can anyone share their thoughts about continued constipation after total colectomy -- removal of the colon with no bag. The surgery went perfectly; the recovery was hospitalization for 17 days with tube down the nose into the stomach to remove bile; and little food and virtually no bowel movements. Since discharge the bowel movements have been rare. Any ideas on how long it will take or types of diet would be helpful.
Thank you all.
Hi - I agree with Calgal - after a total colectomy, the normal symptoms are regular (~8+ times per day) watery motions. I overcame this by eating plenty of fibre in the form of pulverised fresh fruit and pulverised fresh vegetables to which bran had been added as well as home made muesli (oats, bran soaked in milk to which grated fruit/nuts etc have been added). Also drink ~ 2 litres of water per day.
Maybe you should try this type of higher-fibre diet - especially if there is a chance that your constipation actually results from too much "bland processed food" as well as a lack of fluid.
However, I do think that you ought to consult your doctor/surgeon as well.
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