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Should I follow a special diet after colostomy surgery?

Should I follow a special diet after colostomy surgery?

No special diet requ: After a colostomy you can eat anything you want but i would emphasize a high fiber diet because it makes the output more manageable. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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I have to go to surgery colostomy closure.What to expect after surgery?What should be my diet after surgery?Thank you

I have to go to surgery colostomy closure.What to expect after surgery?What should be my diet after surgery?Thank you

Follow advice: Following colostomy closure, i think it's a good practice to avoid very harsh roughage(nuts, popcorn, etc) until your bowel movements return to normal. Otherwise you should expect things to return to normal but it may take a week or two. It's best to follow your surgeon's advice, however. ...Read more

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If I have a surgery for my colon, will I end up with a colostomy?

If I have a surgery for my colon, will I end up with a colostomy?

Not necessarily: It depends on where in the colon your surgery is and for what indication ie cancer or benign disease. Sometimes the colostomy is temporary as the surgery may be 'staged' into two or more operations. You should consult your surgeon regarding the specific indications for the surgery and alternative options. The majority of colon operations are completed without a colostomy. ...Read more

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My dad just had a colostomy surgery and doctosr pu a bag for all the waste, is it permanent, kidney is removed?

My dad just had a colostomy surgery and doctosr pu a bag for all the waste, is it permanent, kidney is removed?

Ask the surgeon: I do not have enough information to guess what surgery was done and for what condition. Some colostomies can be reversed. Only his surgeon would know what is possible regarding his future care or surgical options. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis after having colostomy reversal surgery?

Can ulcerative colitis after having colostomy reversal surgery?

Not to worry: If there is no history of ulcerative colitis in the past there is no reason to believe a reversal procedure will precipitate one. If you did not have ulcerative colitis before surgery you don't have to worry about it after. ...Read more

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Will I have to get surgery and a colostomy if I have colon cancer?

Will I have to get surgery and a colostomy if I have colon cancer?

Yes; rarely: The primary treatment for colon and rectal cancer is surgical removal. Some rectal cancers are so close to the anus that it is impossible to remove it without having a colostomy; thankfully, this is the exception rather than the rule. ...Read more

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Hello!!...Considering Bowel Surgery Colostomy - Hollister - how can i remove my scars from my tummy?

Time: if you had a colostomy takedown. Time will heal the scar. Wait for 6-12 months. Minimize scar tissue by avoid direct sunlight on scar. If you want surgery to revise scar after that then see a plastic surgeon for minimizing scar. ...Read more

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Ive had about 5 episodes of diverticulitis since May....keeps returning monthly. Does surgery mean a colostomy bag is necessary?

Probably not : It's likely that you won't need a colostomy. It depends, however, on which parts of your colon are involved. Usually the disease is most significant in the sigmoid colon. It can usually be removed and a new connection (primary anastomosis) created without the need for a colostomy. I'd suggest you see a surgeon, go over your imaging, and discuss the options. ...Read more

Colostomy (Definition)

A colostomy is a surgically created outlet of your colon to the skin. It is sometimes referred to as a 'bag' since a bag is placed over the colostomy to catch the ...Read more