Like everyone, at times you may experience constipation or diarrhea. Increasing your fluid and fiber intake can help prevent these problems. Here’s how:
Some foods may cause odor and/or gas. Post-surgery, you may want to try these foods in private and one-at-a-time, in small quantities. Knowing your body’s reaction to these foods means less time worrying and more time enjoying yourself.
After ostomy surgery, the way your body digests and absorbs medications may be affected. Make sure to review all of your medications — both over-the-counter and prescription — with your doctor, ostomy nurse and pharmacist.
Medications you may need to adjust include:
Diarrhea has many causes, including viruses and some medications. It can also be a sign of trouble digesting certain foods. In this case, you can reduce some fiber and bulk from your diet, cut back on certain foods, and eat other foods that thicken your stool. These foods include3:
1 http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/experts-recommend-5-9-servings-of-fruits-and-veggies-daily Last accessed 12/10/2015
2 http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/fiber-how-much-do-you-need (IOM primary source) Last accessed 12/10/2015