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How much of my large intestine can I have removed before noticing a change in bowel habits?

I may be having part of my large and small intestines removed due to chron's disease. I am wondering how much of the large intestine one can lose before experiencing an increase in the frequency of bowel movements.
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I underwent a total colectomy six years ago for torrential diverticular bleeding and, in response to another medhelp patient's question, I posted my own experiences (including bowel frequency) on:-

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/523166

For a partial resection, I suppose you will notice some effect but not as dramatically as for a total resection.

regards
Morecambe


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