Re: Adhesions following bowel surgeries

From: Robyne Hinks (
Mon Mar 20 08:14:10 2000

Dear Pam I too have had most of those symptoms.There is a never ending history of bowel obstructions after bowel obstructions.A low residue diet is one of the answers(definitely no fibre as it tends to swell the bowel and that causes pain).To keep regular and reasonably soft stools use things like prune or pear juice at least three 350ml glasses a day and also agarol(I dont know whether you have it in the states).My dietician said that friut juices are not very high in fibre because it is the bulk of the fruit that has the fibre.Never have citrus fruit because your digaestive systemcannot digest the bulky part of citrus and it can clog your system very easily.Also any type of seeds nuts corn peas and most green veges.Go lightly on meat and chicken try to stay on fish.Soy products are better than dairy foods.Love Robyne

>----- Original Message -----
From: To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <> Sent: Monday, March 20, 2000 12:38 PM Subject: Adhesions following bowel surgeries

> I am a 46 year old woman who has had 3 bowel surgeries with a prominent
> surgeon at a prestigious Chicago hospital. These surgeries followed a
> laproscopic surgery for endometriosis at which time,a total hyterectomy
and > ovaries were removed. The first bowel surgery was a total colectomy, with
> rectum reconstruction. The second followed the develpment of peritonitis
and > an abscess, at which time a temporary ileostomy was put into place; and
the > third and last, was an ileostomy take down. Currently I have pain in my
left > side, which the surgeon identified as adhesions and a protrusion, which he
> labelled a loop in the bowel caused by adhesions. Since then a local
surgeon > and a GI doctor at the same prominent Chicago hospital have labelled this
> lump, a hernia. I had these surgeries for chronic constipatin and colonic
> inertia. The colon was found to be longer than usual, but other than that
> only endometriosis was found on it at the time of biopsy. I continue to
have > bowel difficulities, pain and am running low on trust after what I have
been > through these last 13 months. Has anyone had similar experience or would
a > doctor have an idea on what my next step should be. I am told that the
> hernia is not currently life threatening, and that it will take quite some
> time to regulate my bowels without a colon....I am using Miralax and going
> easy on the fiber, which doesn't serve a purpose without a colon....and
> trying to get some exercise when I can. I do some mild stretching
exercises > while lying on the floor, ride a stationary bike and walk or shop when I
am > not in the bathroom or in the doctor's office. Any support/suggestions
would > be appreciated.
> Patient Pam

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