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Bowel Resection Surgery-Suggestions for a Paleo Recovery?

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Created October 03, 2012 at 4:00 PM

I am scheduled for a bowel resection next Friday because my diverticular disease can't be controlled. Currently, I am showing signs of yeast infection from the long-term antibiotics and will be on more because of the surgery. Plus, I will be unable to eat solid foods for a while and then only very soft foods for another couple weeks. I have been told that I could be in the hospital up to 6 days and then it could be 6 weeks to recover. I plan to make bone (both beef and chicken) broths to drink both in and out of the hospital (the "broth" they give you in the hospital is actually bullion flavored with MSG!) but I am at a loss as to meals that I can make ahead of time that would be ok post surgery. They suggest getting lots of protein but say nothing about fat, of course. Any probiotics that are not in pill or capsule form and easy to digest besides yogurt?

Have any of you had this type of surgery? What did you eat or drink or what would you suggest? How was your recovery? Any and all advice is welcome! Thanks!

EDIT: I also need to add that I am diabetic (controlled with diet) and so have to steer clear of high carb.

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on October 05, 2012
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what spices did you like?

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on October 04, 2012
at 06:25 PM

Seems to work well for me! I'm taking it for "IBS" symptoms. My Paleo-Friendly gastro doc put me on it.

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on October 04, 2012
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I totally agree. I have been hospitalized twice with this and was appalled at what passed for "nutrition" there. MSG, sugar, pasta...you name it. They were giving me, a diabetic, stuff with high sugar content (I didn't eat it) and then, when I wouldn't eat it, they were offering me things with Nutrasweet. I asked for low carb, thinking they would give me veggies and meat but they brought me mac and cheese. Finally, they special ordered eggs and bacon (which I am sure they will not be feeding to me post surgery this time) I am making food at home like broth, soup and kefir to take. Thanks!

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on October 04, 2012
at 03:42 AM

Thanks, MiM! I drink sauerkraut juice all the time.

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I appreciate the advice! I wasn't sure what they might have me eating and assumed that I would be on clears so this is news. I will ask when I have my pre-op next week. The stuff that is served in the hospital is amazingly bad but they will special order if it fits with the doc's orders.

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at 03:37 AM

This sounds good! I like your idea for fat to keep it all moving. With the pain meds, I have found that things do not move well. The kefir will help replenish my gut flora, too! Thanks!

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Thank you, Lovely!

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Thanks, New Era! I have never heard of this and will ask my doc. Does it work well?

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I'm on a prescription probiotic that is a chewable tablet called Rezyst. Maybe you could get your doc to write a prescription for that? It's crumbly like a TUMS tablet.

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on October 04, 2012
at 04:37 AM

Please, please, please advocate for yourself in the hospital, you will find that when it comes to nutrition, most RN's and MD's are clueless. If you have your own bone broth, then insist on that vs. MSG broth, if you want Kefir (when your diet is advanced to full liquids) in place of the horrible yogurt they provide, insist on it. My piece of advice to you after bowel resection is to drink fluids when you are allowed and get out of bed and walk in the halls as often as possible. Also, keep your pain under control, don't be stoic, take the pain meds, walk, hydrate and eat your healing foods and you will be out of there in no time.

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on October 04, 2012
at 02:34 PM

I totally agree. I have been hospitalized twice with this and was appalled at what passed for "nutrition" there. MSG, sugar, pasta...you name it. They were giving me, a diabetic, stuff with high sugar content (I didn't eat it) and then, when I wouldn't eat it, they were offering me things with Nutrasweet. I asked for low carb, thinking they would give me veggies and meat but they brought me mac and cheese. Finally, they special ordered eggs and bacon (which I am sure they will not be feeding to me post surgery this time) I am making food at home like broth, soup and kefir to take. Thanks!

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on October 03, 2012
at 04:30 PM

I would make soup... lots of different soups. Blended if necessary for easier digestion made from the base of the bone broth.

You can get powdered probiotics and mix them in anything... juice, apple sauce, water etc if yogurt is an issue for you. Make sure it is the type of probiotic that needs refridgeration so that they are active cultures.

Good luck.

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on October 03, 2012
at 04:41 PM

Thank you, Lovely!

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on October 04, 2012
at 02:27 AM

I had an emergency bowel resection last year and was off solid foods for an annoying amount of time. But my motto was as much fat as possible to help get things moving. I would have kefir with almond butter or coconut oil and cinnamon stirred in for breakfast and soup with sauerkraut most other times. once solid foods were a-okay I would make porridge with 2tbsp coconut flour, 2tbsp flax meal, 2c water - bring to boil and whisk in egg + fat and spices of choice.

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on October 05, 2012
at 12:01 AM

what spices did you like?

5f3e1f803d7a9b8704bb11cda26bcf9a

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on October 04, 2012
at 03:37 AM

This sounds good! I like your idea for fat to keep it all moving. With the pain meds, I have found that things do not move well. The kefir will help replenish my gut flora, too! Thanks!

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on October 03, 2012
at 11:41 PM

Do they typically advance diet from clear liquids (your broth) during the stay? I ask because the facility I worked as a dietary intern at always wanted to get resection patients off of clear liquids before they were sent home to make sure they could "tolerate" it...and it was usually some variation of a soft, low-fat diet (with carb control for diabetics). So, I would recommend, if you haven't already, finding out what their protocol is, and what food is available. At my facility the physician would order the diet, but the RDs had wide latitude on changing orders and advancement of diet - so you may want to contact the clinical nutrition department, too.

If you're trying to avoid gluten and such, make sure they know you're intolerant - don't be afraid to express your needs! You're the customer! Once you determine how their diet advancement works and see a menu, you can decide if you'll need or want to bring more than broth. If they give you problems, just be persistent. You deserve to know what you'll be asked to eat!

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on October 04, 2012
at 03:40 AM

I appreciate the advice! I wasn't sure what they might have me eating and assumed that I would be on clears so this is news. I will ask when I have my pre-op next week. The stuff that is served in the hospital is amazingly bad but they will special order if it fits with the doc's orders.

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:07 PM

You could make kefir or sauerkraut to help replenish your gut biota. If you can't eat the sauerkraut you could still drink the juice. Hope your surgery goes well!

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on October 04, 2012
at 03:42 AM

Thanks, MiM! I drink sauerkraut juice all the time.

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