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Having resection July 12-what should I eat when I get home?

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I'm sure I'll get information before I leave hospital but was wondering what worked best for all of you.

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hello, I am praying that everything goes smoothly. Mine went pretty well. I ate mashed potatoes and lots of scrambled eggs.

No nuts or anything like popcorn. I still don't eat hardly any b\vegetables as i have a hypercoagulation problem too. Watch for infection at the site and tell your doctor what you are feeling. mine ignored me and by Thanksgiving night my stomach blew up threw the stapes and I had to go to the hospital. Make sure you pay attention to what it looks and feels like. After 3 years i still watch what i eat. They took all of my sigmoid colon so i have to be careful. Sorry for rambling it is just that this is such a giant part of my life still. You take care and u have my prayers. Everything will go well, barb

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Thanks for the encouragement.  I had tramflap reconstruction after breast cancer and had necrosis in incision for about a year.  Lots of surgeries to close incision and scar revision.  I will be looking for anything that might not be right.  All of my doctors minimize the after effects.  Most told me I would be back to normal after 10 days but I am not believing this. One told me I could plan a vacation for 10 days aftersurgery.


Who would think mashed potatoes would be the meal of choice.  I just love them.

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Colon, liver?

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assuming a colon resection, the order of the day will be low residue diet. no nuts, seeds or other roughage.  The hospital will give you more guidance I am sure.  it is mostly an exercise in what not to eat rather than in what to eat and it is pretty easy to understand.

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My husband did eat lots of scrambled eggs. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes were easily digestible too. Make sure you keep up on your fluids!

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Google a list of gas forming foods and stay away from all of those!!!! 

Prayers that all goes well and recovery is quick and easy-


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Easy to digest, low residue, nutricious food sounds like the right choice. Eggs, rise, potato, avocado, pasta etc.

There is also something I'd like you to look into. Many people here talk about taking 800mg Cimetidine (over the counter) a day before surgery and for a few months after.

Research shows that it makes it hard for the carcer cells that get loose during and after surgery to get attached somewhere else. I believe in it and taking it myselsef.

Good luck with your surgery and everythig is gonna be fine.


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Will you be able to take cimetidine in the hospital?  Did anyone get approval to take this.  It looks like it has some serious side effects but what doesn't.


Thanks for the good wishes.  I'm going on a vacation this week to  get ready for this upcoming battle.

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and one week after surgery, 800 mg a day, divided in 2 doses.  I'm sure it probably does have side effects, but it is OTC, so you don't need an Rx.  You just need your surgeon to sign off on it before you go in so they will give it to you while in the hospital.  I printed out one of the studies for my surgeon to read as he had never heard of it.  May just be coincidence, but that surgery (my 5th) was my last one after multiple recurrences.  I've been NED for 18 months.  Good luck, and keep us posted!  Ann Alexandria

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Cimetidine has been used in surgery for over 30 years to pevent inhalation of stomach acid but they almost always use more modern proton pump inhibitors now.  So we got the surgeons to use cimetidine for my wife's surgery instead.  She has done extraordinarily well, with cimetidine being a key component in her daily chemo since the beginning.  

Some extra digestive support with betaine HCl and pancreatic enzymes also works best.

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Try soft foods at first.  My weakness has always been vegetables and salads and after about a week, that was what sounded good and it was fine.  Your body will tell you what you can eat and what agrees with you, but take it slow and only introduce foods a little at a time.  Good luck with the surgery.



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try to take some chewing gum to the hospital with you.  When are up after surgery you can try chewing a piece....it seems to start the digestive process up again....stimulates those juices so to speak and gets the bowld sounds going.

Make sure you eat plenty of small meals....5 or 6 a days rather than a bigger feast....yes for sure soft food like a scrambled egg is great.  I am always preaching the necessity of protein ....get those amino acids into you so your body can use the buiding blocks to start repair from surgery....tiny piece of cheese, peanut butter on a cracker....but start with smooth soft food...unsweetened applesauce is good


oh and watch the sugar intake.....sometimes easy diet contains too much sugar.....ginger ale, soda, smoothies, ice cream.....you will likely have a some antibiotics to prevent infection after surgery....The antibiotics kill off lots of good digestive flora and fauna...if you eat sugar you will encourage yeast growth and this encourages thrush in your mouth.....

hope this helps...you will do well


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Diet will depend on what exactly is done during surgery.  Best advice will come from the doc or dietician at the hospital.

I was encouraged to get plenty of protein to help with healing.  Since my recovery was slow and had little appetite was told to have either Ensure or Boost with extra protein.  I would take a juice glass full several times a day in the beginning.

Wishing you well with your surgery and a speedy recovery.

Marie who loves kitties

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Eating a whole lot when I came home, nurse suggested Carnation instant breakfast, that got me on the road to eating, I didn't eat anything special after colon/liver/ureter resections (had all at once) But once I felt like eating, I was eating burger, steaks spaghetti, just what ever I felt like. I had lost 20 pounds while I was in hospital, gained it all back in the month. Oh and my daughter in laws Mom made me her healing chicken noodle soup, that was good. And drank a lot of milkshakes.

Winter Marie

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I could eat anything I wanted.  I was told not to eat whole kernals or nuts. They tend to stay in the folds of the colon and could cause an issue near the surgical site. After 6 months I was told I could eat anything I wanted.  


I recomend Oatmeal (Whole Grain Steel Cut Oats) to slow down the colon so you can asorb more nutrition out of your foods. I waited until the third colon resection to do this. That was a mistake. The oatmeal really did work well for me. It is not the end alll solution, but it did help.   Lomotil helped slow things down also.  Bananas are a nice pick me up when I felt depleted.  Nupercanal, for the tushi is a must.


We eat a Mediterranean diet.  It is healthier and makes us feel great!   When we travel and get off of our diet a bit, we start to feel run down. We also juice for the added phyto and nutrients.  It also tastes great!  Both the diet and the juice, we exercise more.  We both walk 4-5 miles every day, and 8-11 miles once a week. We got more physically fit after I got cancer. We were fit a couple of years before I got cancer, but I started to feel run down and lethargic.  That turned out to be the cancer eating away at me.

Best Always,   mike

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