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    Bowel habits & what to eat post surgery

    I had a high anterior bowel resection with hand assisted laparoscopy on March 7 Almost 3 weeks ago.
    Is it “normal” to have my bowel habits “all over the place”…sometimes every second day, sometimes softly formed, other times bitty, or loose. Sometimes i think i want to go & don't????????????
    When should i start eating some fibre??? Currently eating rice bubbles, skim milk, little yogurt, eggs, salmon, rice, well cooked vegies, apples peeled.
    My tummy still seems a little full & just sort of tingling….is that the nerves???
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  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Hi Menemsha,

    Thank you for your question about bowel habits and what to eat post-surgery.
    As each person’s body is different, and experiences will vary from individual to individual, your question is quite difficult to adequately answer via a web post.
    If you would like to send your question through to Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nutritionist Adviser, with your email/telephone details, we’d be very to come back to you with some tailored advice.
    Our Nutritionist Adviser can be contacted directly via the following web form Support: Nutritionist Adviser Contact Form -
    In the meantime, you may like to have a read through the information available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website including:

    Life After a Diagnosis of Bowel Cancer -

    Diet and Bowel Cancer -

    Diet & Bowel Cancer: Your Recipe to Recovery (booklet) -
    We hope that helps and look forward to receiving further information from you.

    Kind Regards,
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia

    Please Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only.  It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.
    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.
    Bowel Cancer Australia, its directors, officers or medical professionals shall not be liable to any person, company or any other body for any loss, direct or indirect or consequential on whatsoever account for any omission or negligent misstatement.

  • Christine

    HealthShare Member

    I think what you are going thru is normal.  I had a similar operation (if not the same) in November.  I had the same compaints as you.  Now 3 months later, things are almost back to normal.  I was swimming at the local pool yesterday and thought to myself, I've recovered so well, its like the whole thing never happened.  Rest up, take things easy.  I found a blog from a man in USA who documented his recovery I don't know if I can post it here but I'll give it a try:

    Reading this made me feel normal and took the worry out of my recovery.

    Best of luck. 

  • Lynda S

    HealthShare Member

    So any hints as to what I can eat 3+ weeks post up.
    have gone to Weet Bix for breakfast & some well cooked vegs that I chew well, because it seemed like my stools were “sticky”….excuse the description………
    Thanks for your reply.


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