Weight loss after resection?

Weight loss after resection?

Posted in the Diverticulitis Forum


Sacramento, CA

#1 Jul 24, 2012
I'm having my sigmoid colon removed in a few weeks via hand-assisted lap. I wonder: how much weight can I expect to lose post-op?

Sacramento, CA

#2 Jul 24, 2012
Perhaps I should note that I am only need to lose 12 pounds to hit my optimal weight.

Am asking because I am currently losing weight since my last diverticulitis attack, and I'm wondering if all this weight loss will make me too weak to go back to college eleven days after surgery.

Uniontown, PA

#3 Jul 24, 2012
benjamin,,,,i lost nothing ...but i think everyone else did....goodluck..

Sacramento, CA

#4 Jul 24, 2012
Nothing? Really? That's amazing!

Did you start eating solid foods right away, then?

Olivet, MI

#5 Jul 24, 2012

I gained 12 lbs (from the IV fluids, due to having kidney disease and retaining fluids) when I was in the hospital for the colon resection surgery. It took about five or six days after I got home to lose those 12 lbs. I didn't lose any more weight. Actually, I think I lost about 1/2 or one pound of my pre-surgery weight. I was able to eat anything I wanted after the surgery, but I believe I continued to eat soft foods and liquids for a few days.

About two months later, I changed my diet from standard foods to fresh juices and raw fruits and vegetables (after watching the Fat Sick & Nearly Dead documentary...available for free at www.jointhereboot.com or on Netflix). I've been on that diet 90 to 95% of the time since January 5th and have lost the 15 lbs I wanted to lose to get to my normal weight of 125 lbs. In the last three months, I've been trying to lose five more pounds, but it seems impossible. I did get down to 122 lbs for a day and then gradually got back to a range of 124 to 125 lbs.

Anyway, not everyone loses weight after colon removal surgery. I think it depends on how overweight a person is and lots of other factors. You might not lose any weight.

Hope you have a successful surgery and quick recovery -- and I hope you'll lose those 12 lbs!

Sacramento, CA

#6 Jul 24, 2012
Thanks, Deb. Congrats on your weight loss.

I'm a vegan but, strangely enough, not interested in juicing - although I, too, found Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead quite intriguing. I really can no longer handle raw veggies at all; too much for my gut to process, even at the best of times; I can only eat mushy (over-cooked) veggies now.

While I am hoping to lose a bit, I don't want to lose much. As I said, I have teaching responsibilities beginning eleven days post-surgery and I want to be strong enough to at least go to campus and work (sitting) for a couple of hours per day.

I have a feeling my post-surgical loss might be limited to, say, five pounds or so; I don't eat fast food, drink soda, etc., so the post-surgical diet won't be cutting out high-caloric foods. Also, because I am relatively close to my goal weight already.

We'll see.

Halifax, UK

#7 Oct 7, 2016
After having my sigmoid colon removed due to diverticulitis fistula I lost a sone and a half and was in hospital for 3 weeks ..7 days after my surgery I had to be operated on again because my small intestines were twisted and kinked ' this really knocked me for six and after 8 days of being at home im eating like a horse to regain the weight loss but can't manage to put on an ounce im emptying my stoma bag up to 6 times a day..plz advice.

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