Can I have a normal diet after the colectomy procedure?

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

Our purpose is to help you resume a regular diet as soon as possible following the surgery:

  • at first, your diet will contain plenty of liquids, low-fiber, and low-residue food. You will only be able to drink water right after the surgery, and you will receive IV fluids. The fluid 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 four weeks. This type of diet aims to help you reduce stool frequency

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

Following a colectomy, you need to focus on easily digestible foods, such as:

  • fruits: bananas, peaches, melons, pears
  • vegetables: cooked beets, spinach, potatoes
  • low-sugar and low-fiber cereals
  • soft foods: applesauce, yogurt, peanut butter, pudding
  • other cooked foods: white rice, pasta, toast, eggs

You should stay away from foods or drinks that induce bloating, like:

  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • beans and peas
  • cabbage
  • onion and garlic
  • sodas and other fizzy beverages

Not everyone recovers the same way after this type of procedure, and it can take a while for your body to readjust to eating high-fiber foods. Since the development is progressive, be patient and take the time to understand what your body is going through and how to return to your regular system efficiently.


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