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    Cycling after having your colon removed

    I am about ready to have my colon removed due to repeated episodes of diverticulitis. Has anyone here had the same experience of having colon removal and if so, did you have to make changes to your cycling, like distance and hydration?

    My doctors says if everything heals right, I will be able to cycle again, so I am hoping for the best with that. But I just want to hear experiences from others....

    Thanks

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    The entire colon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    The entire colon?
    Unfortunately, yes, a complete colectomy. Probably in the next two days.

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    Your doctor knows best, but with my limited knowledge of anatomy, you should be fine as long as your colostomy bag is secured well...

    Good luck on the surgery and healing.
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    The biggest problem will be hydration. You lose a tremendous amount of fluid from an ileostomy until the small bowel adapts.

    Stomal herniation could be a problem. That issue would be helped by riding a recumbent.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks much. I will of course follow my doctor's advice. Should not need a bag long term perhaps short term on how the operation goes. And yes, my doctor did mention water absorption, some people have no problems, some do. Just wanted to see if anyone else had the same experience and how it was like.

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    Good luck, let us know how it went, particularly when you start riding again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpsblake View Post
    Thanks much. I will of course follow my doctor's advice. Should not need a bag long term perhaps short term on how the operation goes. And yes, my doctor did mention water absorption, some people have no problems, some do. Just wanted to see if anyone else had the same experience and how it was like.
    I met this rider. He was doing 2000 miles..no colon.

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    Sorry to hear of your problem. Possibly a recumbent or a trike might be in order.

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    As mentioned, there will be a period of healing and adjustment, on multiple levels. But, can't see why you wouldn't be able to resume cycling.
    I'm sure that you will be glad to be done with diverticulitis.
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    Operation went well, doctor says I should be able to start riding in July if everything keeps healing well. I get my staples removed tomorrow. Thanks for all the responses.

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    Best of luck and speedy healing to you!

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    I can't offer any advice but I hope everything turns out well for you.

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    6 weeks post-surgery, my first bike ride was today, 5.5 miles. Can't do any straining for a couple more weeks, so it's just easy riding for now. I am looking forward to years and years of riding my bike again. Thanks for the support


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    WTG! Thanks for the update. Keep riding!
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    Awesome Glad you are doing well !!

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    Excellent news! Thanks for the update

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    On the bright side, it will now be easier to climb hills without the added weight of your colon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
    On the bright side, it will now be easier to climb hills without the added weight of your colon.
    LOL!!!!!! Plus the 20 other pounds I lost during the last 7 weeks....

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    Hello;
    I have had my colon (large intestine) removed in 1997, after 20 years of doctoring for Ulcerative Colitis. I have a J pouch now,made from a part of the small intestine.
    I do all kinds of activities, and do OK with them all.(Doctors said OK). I just have to watch, and not eat heavily before outings, because you tend to 10-100 more than an average person...Sometimes in the parks, porto 0 johns are available, which makes it helpful.
    Sometimes taking Imodium helps. But the the best for me is eat light before, and when finished eat heavy. And always stay hydrated.That is very important.
    Also, at that time the scaring from incisions,ruined the muscles in the abdomen...(I had 7 operations there to date). For me it takes it's toll,and gives an uncomfortable pain in over doing things. I have lived with that and limit myself.
    The procedures today are more non-invasive, and less effecting the muscle mass. You should be good with that, just listen to your doctor, and a good rule of thumb "If it hurts" "STOP"
    Good Luck to you on your operation, and remember "Stay Positive" you will Ride again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    I met this rider. He was doing 2000 miles..no colon.

    Fred Tipps 50 y/o riding NM to FL. Camping all the way.

    Is that a Coca Cola in his bottle cage?

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    God Speed....Enjoy!
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