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    Newbie Regular User Geri's Avatar
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    Diet after Bowel Resection

    I was wondering what diet worked well for you after you had the Colon Resection? My Surgeon told me not to eat fruits or vegetables and no fiber for 3 months after surgery. I'm only at 7 weeks from surgery this weekend. I want to eat to improve my strength and immune system before I start the Chemo but I find that I have to eat all the "bad" foods just to keep on this no fiber, no fruit/veg diet. I am also diabetic and I find that the two diets don't work well with each other. On a diabetic diet I have to eat high fiber, lots of vegs and very few fruits and small amounts of meat. On the surgery diet I have to eat low fiber, no vegs and no fruits and lots of meat. I asked the surgeon about vitamins but he didn't feel that was necessary and just waved it off.
    *sigh* so confusing!

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    I'm really craving some homemade pizza! Think it's too early?

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    Hi Geri -

    After my resection I was told no fruits with skins, but not none at all. I slowly introduced roughage back into my diet after a couple weeks - broccoli and such - and I got off the stool softeners as things got back to normal. I'm about a month and a few weeks off of my surgery now and my diet is pretty back to normal (pizza yes!), except for 'bad' things that they keep saying not to eat, like my beloved fried chicken, dammit!

    Still, don't take this to mean you can eat what I'm eating, as we both know each person/surgery is different, and there may be a reason why they still have you more restricted. I'd ask

    Oh yea - the upside - we are supposed to have lots of protein, so STEAK is definitely on the menu!

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    Well, everyone is different but I gradually introduced roughage after about 2 weeks. By week 4 I was pretty much just eating normally.

    I lost quite a bit of weight due to my surgery and I was basically told to eat all the naughty foods I could in order to put weight back on. So week 2 after the surgery I had lots if rice pudding with lashings of double cream. Yummy.

    I had to start eating roughage after week 2 because otherwise I just had constipation all the time.

    You will see that by week 6 I regarded myself as pretty much healed up and I started riding my horses.

    Don't ignore what you have been told but maybe question if you have to go for quite so long without roughage?

    Nick
    Age 1/2 way to 120. Symptom of blood in stools May 2011. Colonoscopy June 2011 confirmed rectal cancer. CT scan June 2011 showed no spread to other organs. Anterior resection July 2011 plus 50% bowel removed due to thickening observed during operation. Biopsy confirmed stage 2 in rectum only. Completed 8 cycles of precautionary capecitabine (4600mg Xeloda). Returned to horse riding 6 weeks post op, jumping after 8 weeks and first competition 10 weeks after operation. July 2012, CT scan clear. June 2014, CT scan clear. December 2014, Colonoscopy clear.

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    I wasn't instructed mush at all about diet after my resections. Since you are diabetic, I am surprized that you were not referred to a registered dietitian. There are fruits and veggies that are better and worse as far as the amount of fiber and gas after a bowel resection goes. Also, if fruits and vegetables are cooked, then they will be easier to digest than the raw version. Of all the green vegetables, broccoli is actually pretty difficult to digest while cooked spinach is pretty easily digested. I generally think that most things in moderation are ok. I would be careful with the pizza since most toppings, including cheese, are high in saturated fat content, which is also on the limit/avoid list. I'm thinking that I had found an information sheet from a dietitian after one of my resections. I'll look around for it. Like dennper I was told foods to avoid, but I wasn't ever told to eat no fruits or vegetables.

    Sarah
    May 1988 acute lymphoblastic leukemia (2 yrs chemo & radiation)
    Sept 2009 papillary thyroid cancer (thyroid removal & radioactive iodine)
    Sept 2009 colon cancer stage IIIC (removal of sigmoid colon & resection)
    Oct 2009-May 2010 FOLFOX6
    July 2010 stage IV colon cancer, irinotecan & avastin
    Dec 2010-July 2011 avastin maintenance
    Sept 2011 tumor removal involving small bowel resections
    Nov 2011-April 2012 resume irinotecan
    May 29 2012 begin radiation treatments 15 total
    current age: 28

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    The link below is from Mofffitt Cancer Center. You will need adobe reader to open the pdf link on this site under the bowel resection heading.

    http://www.moffitt.org/Site.aspx?spi...22449D746A8613

    This information sheet has both recommended foods and foods to avoid. I hope this helps. Again, since you are diabetic, if I were you, then I would ask for a referral to see a registered dietitian to construct a diet specifically for your needs.

    Sarah
    May 1988 acute lymphoblastic leukemia (2 yrs chemo & radiation)
    Sept 2009 papillary thyroid cancer (thyroid removal & radioactive iodine)
    Sept 2009 colon cancer stage IIIC (removal of sigmoid colon & resection)
    Oct 2009-May 2010 FOLFOX6
    July 2010 stage IV colon cancer, irinotecan & avastin
    Dec 2010-July 2011 avastin maintenance
    Sept 2011 tumor removal involving small bowel resections
    Nov 2011-April 2012 resume irinotecan
    May 29 2012 begin radiation treatments 15 total
    current age: 28

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    Geri,
    Like (Nick) I was told to eat anything I could tolerate Excepting greens, particularly sprouts and broccoli and this I found out included apples, pears which initially wreaked havoc.
    6 weeks post surgey in was back to an entirely normal diet.
    I guess it's different strokes for different folks as we are all different in what we can tolerate.
    As I lost 32 lbs weight as my bowels went on strike my Doc put me on Fresubin 2 kcal supplement drinks, which sure did the trick for me and gave me the added calories.
    Hope you continue to improve
    Best wishes
    Barry
    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
    Radical resection April 011
    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    October -still the same pains but under semi control.
    Additional chest CT scan ordered for 11th November prior to surgery.
    Sinus surgery done and dusted.
    July 2014 PSA at 5.10. 2months of antibiotics in case of UTI, jan 2015 PSA at 7.20.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your still alive and kicking so far.

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    I was told to stay away from anyfood with greens, pulp or seeds in it. One good note after I had my resection, I gained 45lbs back now I have to watch how much I eat not to gain more weight. Best thing you can do keep a log book of what you eat and make notes. Also time yourself after eating how long it takes for a BM. A year later and strawberries still give me issues.
    8/18/2010 -Diagnose rectum cancer stage 3C. Scheduled surgery 1/11/11. Path report no cancer found. Now 2013 Still Chemo Doctor every six months. Two hernia's from surgery, seen hernia's Doctor on 6/29/12! Still cancer free!.
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    Hello all... I am here to learn and share the things what I have known about cancer. I haven't any personal experience of colon resection but as I knew, the person who had gone through colon resection should minimize the fiber intake for a couple of weeks. After few weeks (3weeks) the person has to go with healthy amount of fiber levels to make the colon clear and to avoid the constipation issues.

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    Zophai,
    As most people with a short colon will confirm, normally constipation is not the issue. In fact just the opposite.
    Definately any broadleaf greens (lettuce, cabbage etc) causes digestive issues and large quantities of gas.
    I now can tolerate greens but still have to watch the quantities.
    Afraid it's different strokes for different folks as we all tend to react to find differently.
    Barry
    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
    Radical resection April 011
    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    October -still the same pains but under semi control.
    Additional chest CT scan ordered for 11th November prior to surgery.
    Sinus surgery done and dusted.
    July 2014 PSA at 5.10. 2months of antibiotics in case of UTI, jan 2015 PSA at 7.20.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your still alive and kicking so far.

    Motto
    Do what I love doing, when I can until I can't.

 

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