A 48-year-old member asked:
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after having surgery for colon cancer, how do i best handle short bowel syndrome symptoms?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Please clarify: Short bowel syndrome results from removal of a significant portion of the small intestine, which is responsible for nutrient absorption. Symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. The colon is responsible for water absorption, therefore, removal of a large portion of the colon may increase the frequency of bowel movements, but will not cause profound nutritional deficiencies.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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