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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
Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Depends

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.

In brief: Depends

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.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Dr. Jason Hemming
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