Condition Management

This section provides information to assist patients managing conditions diagnosed by doctors at the John Flynn Colorectal Centre.

Controlling Gas

Everybody produces gas. The most common ways to reduce the discomfort of gas are changing diet, taking medicines, and reducing the amount of air swallowed. Eating fewer fermentable vegetables/carbohydrates and avoiding sweeteners can lessen the amount of gas produced. Those who are truly lactose intolerant may improve if they avoid milk products.

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Dietary advice for Colostomy and Ileostomy patients

There are differences in nutrition management for individuals with an Ileostomy and those with a Colostomy. Some dietary changes – some temporary, some long term - are required for individuals with an ileostomy. There are no restrictions or concerns with diet for individuals with a colostomy although initial temporary changes after surgery may be recommended.

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Dietary advice for Pelvic Pouch patients

Diet and medication can help to improve pouch function. It will be important to resume normal, healthy dietary patterns over the course of time. The following includes general dietary tips as well as a list of foods that may contribute to stool looseness and frequency experienced during the period of adaptation to pouch storage capacity.

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