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Posted by: Anon | 2011-04-20

Colectomy

Hi, Doc

1. What minerals / vitamins / fluids is mainly absorbed in the colon (and if you can, provide a percentage amount of absorption comparing to absorption happening in small intestine). Considering supplements if deficiencies is a risk...

2.What food is important to eat &  avoid after having your colon removed? Diarrhoea is evident.

Many thanks

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Dear Colectomy
The colon is mainly responsible for the absorption of water (about 500 to 1000 ml),the absorption of sodium and potassium, and the production of vitamin K, vitamins B12, B1, and B2. Of the latter the most important are the production of vitamins K and B12, which may have to be supplemented after a colectomy. In general patients have to observe which foods cause problems like diarrhoea or odour formation after a colectomy because this can vary from patient to patient. Odour-causing foods include maize, dried beans, onions, cabbage, very spicy foods, fish and certain vitamin-mineral supplements. If you have already had a colectomy then it is essential that you should be under the guidance of a registered dietitian. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area and make an appointment ASAP. The dietitian will have to help you eliminate foods that cause problems, and also ensure that you do not develop deficiencies. The dietitian will suggest which vitamin supplements you require (e.g. vit K or vit B12).
I hope you will feel much better soon
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011-04-20

Dear Colectomy
The colon is mainly responsible for the absorption of water (about 500 to 1000 ml),the absorption of sodium and potassium, and the production of vitamin K, vitamins B12, B1, and B2. Of the latter the most important are the production of vitamins K and B12, which may have to be supplemented after a colectomy. In general patients have to observe which foods cause problems like diarrhoea or odour formation after a colectomy because this can vary from patient to patient. Odour-causing foods include maize, dried beans, onions, cabbage, very spicy foods, fish and certain vitamin-mineral supplements. If you have already had a colectomy then it is essential that you should be under the guidance of a registered dietitian. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area and make an appointment ASAP. The dietitian will have to help you eliminate foods that cause problems, and also ensure that you do not develop deficiencies. The dietitian will suggest which vitamin supplements you require (e.g. vit K or vit B12).
I hope you will feel much better soon
DietDoc

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