written by Olivia Baker, MS, RDN
When you hear that you need to have ileostomy surgery, you may wonder how this will affect your diet. The biggest concerns that patients with an ileostomy have include ostomy output, odor, and gas. While there is not an “official” ileostomy diet, there are some foods that can aggravate some of these symptoms. Some general suggestions to prevent or manage these concerns include:
It is a good idea to stay away from foods that cannot be completely digested during the first two weeks after surgery. This includes fresh/raw fruits and vegetables. Once you are cleared to begin adding these foods back into your diet, take it slow. Add one new food back in at a time, so you can help find what foods agree with you, and foods that do not. But it’s important to not eliminate a food from your diet without trying it a few times. A well-balanced diet will help your body recover from surgery and keep you on track for a healthy lifestyle.
Have more questions? Ask your care provider or ask them to schedule a nutrition consult with a Mayo Clinic RDN.