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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 answered

Specializes in General Surgery

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.

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Dr. Jason Hemming answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

If only a portion of your colon was removed then symptoms should not be common. At times dietary changes, bile-salt binders or immodium can be helpful.

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