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What diet is recommended after surgery for a signoid resection of the colon?

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Patients may resume their usual diet after sigmoid resection of the colon, reports the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Ohio State University. However, they should avoid foods that cause diarrhea or abdominal discomfort.

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While in the hospital, patients may not have anything except ice chips until the nasogastric tube is removed. They may then progress from a liquid diet to a normal diet, according to the OSU Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery. Once patients are eating a normal diet and passing gas or having bowel movements, they may leave the hospital. At home, they may supplement their diet with nutrition drinks or vitamins.

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