Hirschsprung disease

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What kind of diet is best after having the "pull-through" procedure for Hirschsprung Disease?

The best kind of diet to have after surgery for Hirschsprung disease would be a question to discuss with your doctor or nutritionist. Often those who had long-segment Hirschsprung disease will need to drink more water. Because a large segment of the colon is missing, the body will not be able to absorb as much fluid as before. Extra water will help the body hydrate like before the surgery. In addition, eating lots of fiber will help with digestion and clearing the stool, which reduces diarrhea and constipation. In babies, it may be necessary to insert a tube through the nose or through an opening in the abdomen. This takes food directly to the stomach.

"Hirschsprung Disease" National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Jul. 2013. http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/hirschsprung-disease/Pages/ez.aspx

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