Your bowels

  • Your bowel habit may change after part of your bowel has been removed. You may be loose or constipated. This should settle into a normal pattern over a period of time.
  • Some pain medications can cause constipation. If this becomes a problem, increase the amount of fluids you drink and continue to exercise.


Eatwell Guide


  • You can eat anything you want after surgery unless you are advised otherwise by your surgeon/dietician or stoma nurse.
  • You may find that some foods upset you or can cause loose bowel movements. Avoid these for a few weeks after surgery and re-introduce these one at a time.
  • It is important you get enough protein after your surgery to help your body heal. Include good sources of protein like meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, tofu, Quorn, and quinoa.
  • In some cases if you are not able to eat enough you can be prescribed supplements (this is uncommon).
  • Please check our additional dietary information leaflet.