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Athena has several good ideas. I was eating vegetable protein, not whey, smoothies made with fruit and veggies plus yogurt most of the time for 8-12 months before having my diversion to an ileostomy. When I did have meat it was chicken and didn't have beef for at least a year either. 

My surgeon at Mayo's was a woman and she spent 3 hours lysing adhesions during the lapro surgery to divert me. I still had pain but could eat more solid foods again.  She then spent 5 hours, out of an 8 hour surgery, lysing them during the j-pouch removal surgery. 

The local surgeon that did my j-pouch and hernia surgeries told me that there was noting to do and I'd have to live with it.  He had ordered a barium x-ray test done and there were no blockages. I looked at those x-rays. The barium made my intestines white on the film. Of course I wasn't having an obstruction problem when the test was performed. I felt he just ordered a test so he could dismiss my problem.

My GI at Mayo's was a man and I didn't feel dismissed, like I did with the local surgeon. I think it was the higher caliber of doctors at Mayo's not necessarily the sex of the doctor that was the difference. 

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