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Can I have a normal diet after the colectomy procedure?

You will be able to return to a normal diet, but it’s important to follow your doctor’s indications and start eating gradually.

Our purpose is to help you resume a normal diet as soon as possible following the surgery. At first, your diet will contain plenty of liquids and low-fiber & low-residue food. You will only be able to drink water right after the surgery and you will receive IV fluids. The fluids intake will last for 1-2 days.

On the second day following the surgery, you will be able to start eating solid food. The low-fiber food intake should last for approximately 4 weeks. The aim of this type of diet is to help you reduce the frequency of the stools.

It is important to drink sufficient fluids after the intervention; about 8-10 glasses each day.

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