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I am rapidly losing weight following an ileostomy.What should

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I am rapidly losing weight following an ileostomy.What should i do?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Family Physician replied 3 years ago.
How long ago did you have the ileostomy?

How much weight have you lost?

Have you discussed this with your personal physician or a dietician?

Why did you have the ileostomy?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

4 weeks ago Have lost about 8 lbs no Fistula caused by diverticular disease

Expert:  Family Physician replied 3 years ago.
OK - Thanks

At this point, I would suggest talking to our physician about a referral to a dietitian. It is important to get a review of your diet, dietary preferences (foods you do and don't like) to develop a meal plan (possibly including supplements such as Ensure or Boost) to meet your protein and total calorie needs with nutrient dense foods.

Following any surgery, your body needs many more calories since the body is still healing.

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