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I'm so sorry for your experience! Loss of bowel control can be such a frustrating situation - and can cause stress in and of it's own right. To address your direct question first, we do see this readjustment process, in some patients, lasting up to a year. Most of the time, the surgery heals within 2-3 months, and bowels readjust with return to more normal stooling patterns sooner than a year, more like 4-6 months ... but these changes also depend heavily on your diet. Can you tell me about the foods you've been eating since the surgery?
excellent - all foods which are relatively straight forward for your digestion, and nutritious? That is wise - Have they discussed the gradual addition of high fiber foods with you? Did they tell you to avoid high fiber foods?
If you'd like, that may be a wise option for you to consider, next, of course - provided you have the approval of your surgeon. There are meals and recommendations for high fiber foods on www.choosemyplate.gov that are fantastic. I particularly recommend the 10-tip series, found here: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/ten-tips-choose-myplate