Diet for after a colon resection?

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Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#1 Sep 11, 2012
I have an elective colon resection coming up. Can anyone give me their suggestions for a good diet after I am released from the hospital ? Also, if you have any recommendations for herbal treatments or vitamins that help the healing process.

Thank you in advance!

PS. Has anyone worn a corset- like article/girdle after the surgery?
Mom

Overland Park, KS

#2 Sep 12, 2012
lovedusty wrote:
I have an elective colon resection coming up. Can anyone give me their suggestions for a good diet after I am released from the hospital ? Also, if you have any recommendations for herbal treatments or vitamins that help the healing process.
Thank you in advance!
PS. Has anyone worn a corset- like article/girdle after the surgery?
After my surgery, I found that although I could officially eat anything I wanted, I needed to build up my diet just like after a DD attack. I have gastroparesis (very low gastric motility) as a result of my DD infections and multiple surgeries. It is anyone's guess if my gut will get over it after awhile or not. As a result I still have issues with raw veggies and some forms of beef-- which is sad because I am a salad eater.

For healing, there is a product made by Abbott called Juven. It is about the consistency of Kool-Aid, has 80 calories, and tastes ok. It is amino acids and has been through actual mainstream medical studies and is manufactured by a medical product company. You can get it from Abbott's website. I have also found Walgreens carries it. Many local pharmacies can order it in. It isn't cheap, but I think it is worth it. I have had to heal multiple wounds-- BIG holes that had to heal from the inside out. When I drank it faithfully I healed quickly, when I didn't my healing slowed.(I mean measurable healing with a ruler by my home health nurse.)

Also, the body uses albumin (protein) stores to heal. When we have an infection, an inflammation, or a wound, our body uses albumin stores up very quickly. When one has been dealing with DD, chances are one has had both an inflammation and an infection going and surgery is a wound to heal. It is important to eat protein to replenish albumin stores. Unlike things like potassium and other electrolytes, albumin stores replenish slowly. Having good albumin stores will help with healing. The hospital has a registered dietitian on staff. Ask what your albumin is and ask them to help you figure out how much protein you need for your specific case and for a list of protein sources. Obviously meat and eggs, but there are many others.

Hope this answers some of your questions.

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#3 Sep 12, 2012
Mom wrote:
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After my surgery, I found that although I could officially eat anything I wanted, I needed to build up my diet just like after a DD attack. I have gastroparesis (very low gastric motility) as a result of my DD infections and multiple surgeries. It is anyone's guess if my gut will get over it after awhile or not. As a result I still have issues with raw veggies and some forms of beef-- which is sad because I am a salad eater.
For healing, there is a product made by Abbott called Juven. It is about the consistency of Kool-Aid, has 80 calories, and tastes ok. It is amino acids and has been through actual mainstream medical studies and is manufactured by a medical product company. You can get it from Abbott's website. I have also found Walgreens carries it. Many local pharmacies can order it in. It isn't cheap, but I think it is worth it. I have had to heal multiple wounds-- BIG holes that had to heal from the inside out. When I drank it faithfully I healed quickly, when I didn't my healing slowed.(I mean measurable healing with a ruler by my home health nurse.)
Also, the body uses albumin (protein) stores to heal. When we have an infection, an inflammation, or a wound, our body uses albumin stores up very quickly. When one has been dealing with DD, chances are one has had both an inflammation and an infection going and surgery is a wound to heal. It is important to eat protein to replenish albumin stores. Unlike things like potassium and other electrolytes, albumin stores replenish slowly. Having good albumin stores will help with healing. The hospital has a registered dietitian on staff. Ask what your albumin is and ask them to help you figure out how much protein you need for your specific case and for a list of protein sources. Obviously meat and eggs, but there are many others.
Hope this answers some of your questions.
Hi Mom, You have given me gread advice which I will heed. I am going to order Juven this evening and do as you suggest regarding finding out in the hospital what my albumin level is.

I am looking forward to and yet at the same time dreading the surgery. It will be wonderful to no longer be in fear of having another attack and the severe pain that accompanies it. It will also be wonderful to be off antibiotics. I am also aware that a colon resection is major surgery and sometimes with it come problems of their own.

I hope that your gastroparesis is resolved soon and I will say a special prayer for you.

Thank you again Mom!
Joe

Chicago, IL

#4 Sep 12, 2012
When is your surgery? Mine is at the end of October. I've been feeling a little anxiety about the sugery too. I wish you the best of luck with your surgery.:)

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#5 Sep 13, 2012
Joe wrote:
When is your surgery? Mine is at the end of October. I've been feeling a little anxiety about the sugery too. I wish you the best of luck with your surgery.:)
Hi Joe,

My surgery is in two weeks, September 27. I have my pre-surgical tests later today and I have to admit, I am a little anxious too. I am currently on flagyl, levaquin for a UIT infection and am not feeling the greatest.

Thank you for your good wishes. That means a lot to me. I too wish you a successful and uneventful surgery!

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#6 Sep 15, 2012
Joe wrote:
When is your surgery? Mine is at the end of October. I've been feeling a little anxiety about the sugery too. I wish you the best of luck with your surgery.:)
Joe, I want to pass along a suggestion that was given to me. It might help you with your up and coming surgery. It is a CD entitiled:

Preparing for Surgery, Guided Meditation 2-CD set

By Jane Pernotto Ehrman, M.Ed., CHES

It is $20.00 plus $3.00 shipping for a total of $23.00

I have been listening to for 3 nights and it is very helpful.

Here is a link to her website. She mails it out very quickly and I am glad it was suggested to me.

http://www.imagesofwellness.com/
Lynn

West Salem, WI

#7 Sep 16, 2012
My surgery was on July 20th, and when I left the hospital on day 8 they said I had no diet restrictions, but to start slowly. I still find that the quantity of food I can eat is much less, but within three weeks was eating anything, including fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, if I eat fresh cherries each day, they keep my colon moving better than any laxative (and they taste good)!!

The only recommendation my surgeon gave me was to eat more protein as it aids in healing.

Life is much better 2 months post resection!

Since: Jul 12

Laguna Hills, CA

#8 Sep 16, 2012
Lynn wrote:
My surgery was on July 20th, and when I left the hospital on day 8 they said I had no diet restrictions, but to start slowly. I still find that the quantity of food I can eat is much less, but within three weeks was eating anything, including fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, if I eat fresh cherries each day, they keep my colon moving better than any laxative (and they taste good)!!
The only recommendation my surgeon gave me was to eat more protein as it aids in healing.
Life is much better 2 months post resection!
Lynn, So happy for you! Thank you for your update . I cannot wait to eat salads, fruit and high fiber foods. I love them and have not been able to for months.
Lynn

West Salem, WI

#9 Sep 17, 2012
lovedusty wrote:
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Lynn, So happy for you! Thank you for your update . I cannot wait to eat salads, fruit and high fiber foods. I love them and have not been able to for months.
I love salads too, and could live on celery and peanut butter! I have even had a serving of corn without any issues and also chocolate ice cream with NUTS!

I would recommend asking your surgeon if you are a candidate for a long term epidural block. I have had such issues with pain meds after previous surgeries, and this was another life saver for me. I had the block for five days post surgery, and my pain level during that time was ZERO to two at most.

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