Weight loss after resection?
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#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?
#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.
#3 Jul 24, 2012
benjamin,,,,i lost nothing ...but i think everyone else did....goodluck..
#4 Jul 24, 2012
Nothing? Really? That's amazing!
Did you start eating solid foods right away, then?
#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!
#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.
#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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