Feb 22, 2004 - 12:39 pm
I was recently diagnosed with colon cancer in the transverse colon and underwent an extended right hemicolectomy (removal of ascending and transverse colon) on 2/10. My surgeon has indicated that I can resume eating normally with the exception of eating smaller and more frequent meals (don't overeat). Before surgery, I also suffered from acid reflux which was treated with Prevacid. After surgery, I was released in four days, but ended back in the hospital after being home for three days because I was suffering from nausea and vomiting. Two more days in the hospital got that under control and I'm currently being treated with Protonix for the acid reflux and Zelnorm for irritable bowel syndrome. I'm experiencing some very loose stool and diarrhea, and it's hard for me to tell if it is from the medication or the surgery. Has anyone else had a similar problem? Does the stool eventually get firmer? Thanks for the help.