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Colectomy and proper nutrition afterwards

There are situations in the human body when some problems with the large intestine arise. Of course, not all people will be affected by this problem, but some of us will, and this type of medical problem is not that uncommon. In some instances, the colon and the rest of the large intestine need to be removed, and the procedure that is done with this purpose is called colectomy, or surgical removal of the large intestine.

The nutrition plan that we are following plays an important role when talking about the procedure known as colectomy. This refers both to the way we eat prior to and following the surgery. This is important since, after the surgery has been performed, problems with the lower digestive system may arise, such as diarrhea or signs of insufficient hydration. In some degree, these troubles are normal and to be expected, since there is always the need for the colon flora to be reestablished after the surgery. In order to help themselves overcome these issues, people who have just had the surgery need to follow diet advice from their medical specialist.

Eat or avoid

The patient who has had their large intestine removed needs to watch what they eat. As we have said, there is always a period of modified intestine flora and activity that needs to first fall back into its place before a person can go back to their normal nutritive regime. Foodstuffs with low level of residue are recommended, since they are the easiest to digest.

Take care about the way you consume your food. If you used to eat quickly prior to the surgery, the post operational period of recuperation is the time to drop that old, bad habit. If you do not chew your food well enough, there might be some problems for your sensitive digestive tract. Make sure not to eat just a couple big meals a day, but instead have several small ones spread evenly throughout the day.

Stewed and sweetened apples are among the type of food that is good for consuming in the period following the colectomy procedure. Apart from apples, you can do yourself good by consuming bananas, as they have the ability to regulate the consistency of the stool. Eat food rich in protein, as well as cereals and rice. On the other hand, abstain from raw veggies that cause bloating of the abdomen, such as, cauliflower or broccoli. Fatty foods are no option, since they contain significant amounts of lipids.

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