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I also had problems with appetite after my J pouch was removed and lost 40 pounds.  I opted for a BCIR since I strongly did not want an ileostomy.  That procedure as well as the similar Kock pouch should be considered by those facing J pouch removal, especially if they have adverse feelings about getting a conventional ileostomy.  My PCP suggested that I drink a high calorie nutritional shake like Ensure.  In addition to that, I ate several extra small meals of foods that I could tolerate, including high protein foods such as chicken and pork.  Soups with a high calorie count also were helpful. Three months after returning home, my appetite had returned and my weight slowly began to increase.  With such a major operation, it takes time for your body to heal and adjust to your new plumbing.

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