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Julie

United States

#1 Apr 1, 2012
In late Dec. my husband had a 10" section of his colon removed. He has recovered beautifully. The problem has been that since his surgery he now has horrific toxic gas all the time, no matter what he eats. I have been trying to find out if this is normal after this type of surgery. He will not go back to Dr. till June and he thinks this is normal after his surgery. I am almost to the point of separate bedrooms it is so severe. I have looked and looked online but I can find nothing that really addresses this situation from this cause.
DianaL

Pittsburg, CA

#2 Apr 1, 2012
That sounds painful for both of you. I highly recommend Probiotics such as VSL3 or Florastor. After antibiotic use most of the good bacteria are wiped out along with the bad ones. Give that a try.
arod8301

Cibolo, TX

#3 Apr 13, 2012
My mom had 10 " removed from intestines due to diverticulitis. She now has a large section of stomach sticking out abnormally. Large. Very narrow. Looks like a cone a bit. Or an egg. Now gall bladder has to be removed. Next week but drs aren't sue. Please what do y'all think
George

Washington, DC

#4 May 24, 2012
Julie wrote:
In late Dec. my husband had a 10" section of his colon removed. He has recovered beautifully. The problem has been that since his surgery he now has horrific toxic gas all the time, no matter what he eats. I have been trying to find out if this is normal after this type of surgery. He will not go back to Dr. till June and he thinks this is normal after his surgery. I am almost to the point of separate bedrooms it is so severe. I have looked and looked online but I can find
nothing that really addresses this situation from this cause.
Julie,

Did you ever get any answers to this? Have been experiencing some of the same issues and was curious if it ever cleared up over time
Gillian

London, UK

#5 May 24, 2012
Julie, I seem to have more gas than I used to have -although it could be the fact that I have upped the amount of fibre I eat. However, it's pretty innocuous so I don't really mind.

I think the advice from Diana is a good place to start -probiotics might change the flora of his gut and get rid of the baddies that might be causing it to smell.

I should try cutting out certain food groups - say for a week at a time and see if it makes any difference. Dairy products are a good place to start as they seem to cause problems for quite a few people after the surgery.

Also, veggies can cause gas, especially if raw or undercooked and that can be pretty whiffy.

Have you had a word with the pharmacist, if he won't go to the doctor's. They might be able to recommend some over the counter preparation that might help.

Good luck with it - I truly sympathise -my husband has bouts of IBS and I DO take myself off into the spare room then as it can get very unpleasant trying to sleep next to him when he is filling the bed (and room) with noxious gas.

We tend to joke about it so at least it doesn't come between us as a couple.
Gillian

London, UK

#6 May 24, 2012
Julie

I have just remembered that charcoal tablets are supposed to help although we have never tried them -I keep meaning to buy some for his next 'attack' but keep forgetting.

Also, don't laugh, but you can get flatulence pants that have charcoal filters to absorb the smell.

Check this out:

http://www.myshreddies.com/flatulence-inconti...
Gillian

London, UK

#7 May 24, 2012
http://www.flat-d.com/flatdreusable.html

Another cheaper option -might get one of these to try!
zzzack

Austin, TX

#8 Jul 30, 2012
i had the same problem after 13 inches of colon being removed. my doc prescribed
xifaxan, 550mg twice a day. gas stopped after two days

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