Colon resection and IBS

by Ken

I had 18" of my sigmoid colon removed years ago. I have since had IBS going from constipation to diarhera. Is there a relationship there?

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Mar 22, 2013
Re : Colon resection and IBS
by: Chris (Moderator)

Yes I think this can be explained. They removed a big chunk of your colon. Your colon acts as a sponge and dehydrates your stools. Before the removal, your colon was more on the "overactive" side. Now that a chunk has gone, the opposite is happening, there is not enough length to dehydrate the stools properly.

Of course, as you know, I am not a doctor, but this makes sense to me from a mechanical/physiological perspective.

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