What happens when part of colon is re...

What happens when part of colon is removed?

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Los Angeles, CA

#1 Dec 8, 2007
Does it affect the amount of food you can eat? Does it affect transit time of elimination?

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#2 Dec 10, 2007
I had around 8in taken out...after recovering from surgery...everything is back to normal. No differences in amount of food or transit time...

United States

#3 Dec 5, 2008
I had about 3 ft of my small colon removed - all my food is eliminated undigested (Everything I drink and eat leaves right away). I am 6 weeks post op, and hope this will change soon.

Since: Jun 08

Trevose, PA

#4 Dec 6, 2008
I had 18" removed, my entire Sigmoid Colon. I have not felt this good since high school.


#5 Nov 4, 2010
I have had 13 inches of my colen removed and for about 3 years there was a little problem. Now it is great. No odor. Everyone should have it done

Gillingham, UK

#6 Nov 5, 2010
I had 24 inches removed -all the sigmoid and most of the descending colon. Everything is working perfectly normally -feel great!

Bellevue, WA

#7 Jan 4, 2011
Am scheduled to have much of sigmoid colon re-sected due to diverticulitis. Surgery in two weeks - has anyone else had their sigmoid removed? Surgery will be hand-assisted lap. Would like to hear success stories, as am a little apprehensive! Will I feel good in four weeks or so?

Chagrin Falls, OH

#8 Jan 7, 2011
Lynne, I will be celebrating my 4th anniversary of my procedure in February. No problems. It took me about 4 weeks but everyday after a week was better and better. I had to go a lot during the first 30 days but I got back to normal. So after you have your procedure, start brand new with good habits. Eat good food. Smaller amounts. And don't worry.

Laval, Canada

#9 Jan 7, 2011
Hi Lynne, I just celebrated my 3rd year post-surgery (hand assisted lap). I had an epidural instead of narcotics to manage the pain in hospital (you should look into it!!!). As soon as I got home, I started a healthy, high fiber diet (doc said so!!). It took about 3 months to feel "normal" . I was pooped from the surg. and anasthesia.

NO PROBLEMS since surg. I eat whatever, whenever, but to feel really good, I eat small portions, lots of natural fiber and lots of liquids. I don't exercise much but I'm a chef so I'm always running around.

For me, I honestly think surg. saved my life. I was always scared to eat, never ate in restaurants (my diver. pockets were really big so I kept getting infected). Now I travel, I have great fun with my kids ( 8 and 4 ). If I have to "go" 2 - 3 times a day (cuz I ate too much), so what??? I'm not scared anymore!!!! Good luck, keep posting and asking questions.

Fort Worth, TX

#10 Jan 9, 2011
this is a great post. thank you for asking this.

i had a friend at work who had alot of her colon removed. she was off work for 5 months and lost an absolutely ton of weight.

but she claimed she was left with diahhrea.

don't know what happened and i lost touch with her, but i'm glad others have good results. unfortunately, i may be facing this at some point.

oh does age make a difference. i'm 62. how about weight?

Dallas, TX

#11 Aug 8, 2012
I was wondering if randi in North Richland Hills Tx ever had your surgery? If so, how did it go? I am your age and am scheduled to go for surgery in a few weeks and am very apprehensive too.

Saint Petersburg, FL

#12 Nov 20, 2012
I am also facing this possibility and am apprehesive. I ride horses professionally and am concerned this may end my career that I love so very much. Wondering how long it will take to get back in the saddle - recovery time. Frightens me to hear what Lynne said...

I am not a person that believes in giving in to fear, but I also know how doctors can casually recommend surgery sometimes and dont want to just go for it unless I am informed. Still, to not have it - does it set up horrid risks? Given what I do for a living, I dont want to end up with a perforation.

George Town, Cayman Islands

#13 Dec 17, 2012
Had huge part of colon removed two months ago. Was eating almost everything but was forced to goon a special diet of skim milk some vegetables and a divorce from some fruit juices which.are acidic. So its smaller meals but more regular.otherwise i feel great because the diet has reduced.the gas build up.

United States

#14 Dec 18, 2012
Thanks Matthew. I appreciate the input. The Diverticulitus episode I was in the middle of when I posted my concern has resolved and I am feeling fine now, however, I am still interested in this subject for obvious reasons - this 'condition is apparently stubborn and wants to rear its ugly head repeatedly in most folks. I am being even more vigilent about my diet now - adding psyllium supplementation every day, for instance - but still have questions about the 'what ifs'...

From what I am hearing, most people have no problem after this surgery but there are dietary changes that sometimes must be done. You mention that you were eating almost everything, but then you were forced to make some changes. What happened that made you have to change your diet?

Tampa, FL

#15 Jan 30, 2013
Well I'm 42. When I was 36 I got a bacterial infection which burned a hole in my colon. The waste from my colon could have easily contaminated my blood and made me sceptic. Fortunately the hole in my colon attached to my colon which is called a fistula. I read 4% of people with divuticulits have to have surgery. I was told I had a week. I laughed and told my surgeon "just don't leave me with a colostomy bag". He said "this isn't really a laughing matter... You should be happy to have one". I had laparoscopy and was in the hospital for 3 days. I returned home and had a catheter in for a month but no colostomy bag. For the first two weeks I had extreme indigestion in the top of my stomach (bottom of my chest). I rectified this problem by sleeping sitting upright. My surgeon mentioned I should eat whatever I liked (maybe not steak or hamburger for a few weeks). He explained doctors used to advise not eating nuts, pepper or seeds. He stated that was just because that's what doctors found in the infected piece they removers. My 12" was at the base of my colon that laid on my bladder so that made sense. It took me a year to feel "normal". Before the surgery I pooped 3 times a day about 20 minutes after I ate. Now I go once a day or once every other day. I have noticed when I exercise (walk) regularly and drink plenty of fluids I feel great. Your colon helps absorb liquid to help with digestion. When part is missing it should slow down the digestion. I love cheese but it doesn't love me. I am very happy with my surgery. I just felt like giving advice back. It has been six years. My mom is 69 and she had surgery 30 years ago and is fine. Good luck.

United States

#16 Feb 11, 2013
They took 15" of my colan just this last November. I think my body is still getting use to my new body.
I was moved around from dr to dr and we still couldn't help us. So to a neff. It might be good. Well see soon
Dora Smith

Mcallen, TX

#17 Feb 15, 2013
Peter Cartwright's Coping with Diverticulitis may take you two weeks to over a month to lay your hands on, as it was published in England, but it's well worth it. He has the best discussion about colostomy I've ever seen. Effects of taking out different sections, how to cope with a colostomy, how to plan the surgery, you name it. Questions I've NEVER found answered elsewhere.

Haslet, TX

#18 Feb 22, 2013
I'm 20 years old and have Ischemic colitis. I am getting part of my colon removed due to damage form the colitis I would like to know how fast recovery is and anything else anybody could tell me about it. I am way to young for this I need to know what to kinda expect.

United States

#19 May 28, 2013
My mom had 4 feet of her intestine removed and a big part of her colon. It was due to an infection where most of her intestine was necrosis. She is now having trouble with her kidneys. Anyone else have this problem?

Camperdown, Australia

#20 Jun 19, 2013
Renee wrote:
I had about 3 ft of my small colon removed - all my food is eliminated undigested (Everything I drink and eat leaves right away). I am 6 weeks post op, and hope this will change soon.
I lost 80cm of my small bowel and 40cm of the large due to emergency surgery for a twisted bowel. It has been 18 months now and I have been experiencing chronic diarrhoea ever since. This in turn has caused me no end of trouble with haemorrhoids. I rarely get any sleep as I am on the toilet all night and when I get really tired and do sleep I find that I loose control of my bowels in my sleep I am at my wits end as I can't lead a normal life and have not been able to get any medical assistance to cure me. No-one will operate on my haemorrhoids until the diarrhoea stops which after ever test my specialist could run I have been told that I have just have to live with this condition. I am actually seriously considering having everything removed and going onto a colostomy bag. I am depressed and desperate.

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