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Ulcerative Colitis: Life Right After Surgery

By Jake Sommerville

It is an unfortunate reality that numerous individuals suffering from ulcerative colitis will need surgery to rectify obstructions in the intestine. This surgery is often unplanned due to the fact that it’s usually conducted at short notice and under emergency conditions. There are numerous horror stories that describe sufferers of ulcerative colitis being rushed to hospital with abdominal pains and waking up right after having 18 inches of their intestines eliminated . Sadly, medical professionals are yet to find a cure for colitis and therefore surgeons are left to deal with symptoms when they’re otherwise impossible to treat. If surgery is unavoidable nevertheless, it’s possible to reclaim a normal life depending on the extent of the surgery and how much of the intestines were removed.

Surgery to rectify and intestinal obstructions or blockages from sufferers of ulcerative colitis can be divided into two categories, small intestine surgical treatment and large intestine surgical treatment.

Right after small intestine surgical treatment, the bowel is capable of increasing its absorptive capacity to compensate for the loss of the removed section of the intestine. Therefore, by allowing the intestines to heal correctly and adjust to the changes, a person with colitis can return to life as normal. This includes a return to the regular diet that was consumed before surgical treatment was performed. In severe cases where a more significant amount of the intestine is taken, the remaining intestine may be unable to fully compensate for the loss of surface area. The obvious alternative to an underperforming intestine is to increase the caloric value of food that’s consumed.

This should balance the deficit in food absorption and reduce the amount of weight that’s lost as a result of the surgery. In instances of severe ulcerative colitis, food supplements might have to be delivered to the stomach via a tube or alternatively, into the blood stream.

Following large intestine surgery, a special diet of high caloric value is rarely required. This is due to the fact that much of the function of the large intestine is related to water absorption. The initial diet following the operation will most likely be dominated by liquids and slowly transition back to a regular diet plan. In instances wherein the whole intestine is taken, an ileostomy will be formed using the surrounding tissue. Because of the function of the colon in absorbing water and salt, both will have to be consumes in higher amounts.

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Sommerville, Jake "Ulcerative Colitis: Life Right After Surgery." Ulcerative Colitis: Life Right After Surgery. 7 Jul. 2010. 18 Dec 2014 <>.

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