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Dietary: One would need to eat smaller & more frequent meals & chew foods very well as the new intestinal connection or internal intestinal pouch will not be able to hold as much food as a normal stomach. Sometimes a person is checked with blood tests for anemia or b vitamin deficiency. ...Read more
Very controllable: The pain usually relates to the incision. These types of incisions are usually treated with IV narcotic pain medications. I typically use a patient controlled analgesia (pca) system which means that the patient has a button that controls when doses are given. There are built in safety mechanisms to make sure too much narcotic is not delivered. ...Read more
Depends: It depends how long after gastrectomy. If the swelling happens a few days later, it can be due to infection or bleeding. If it's just mild swelling, sometime it is just due to bloated intestines. If the gastrectomy was several weeks or months ago, the considerations include ascites (abdominal fluid), a hernia, versus tumor regrowth. Talk with your surgeon to learn more. ...Read more
I'm a very active 31yr male i had a total gastrectomy 2yr ago due too a burst stomach ulcer, im on 12 wk B12 jabs i don't feel it's enough, r 4wkly safe?
Yes , is enough: After total gastrectomy , B12 is not absorbed by mouth , has to be given by injection , liver will store it for months, you doctor is monitoring you blood B12 levels, every 12 wks is fine. If you take every 4 wks excess is eliminated from body with any harm. ...Read more
What type of doctor do I need to see? I've had a total gastrectomy r/t a rare cancer and i've developed many new symptoms over the last year. I've consulted my primary care doctor, my oncologist, my GI specialist, a rheumatologist and despite my obvious
Not long ago, my grandmother underwent a gastrectomy, since then green secretions pops out of her, why?
Mouth or scar: If green pops out of her from her mouth then it if from bile. If green pops out of her from her wound then she has a fistula and should see her surgeon. If green pops out of her from a feeding jejunostomy that is no longer used then she has a non closed fistula. Hope this helps. If you have concernsake sure you go to the appointment with your grandmother. ...Read more
General Surgeon: Usually a general surgeon can performs this surgery. I would ask your primary care physician who they recommend. Sometimes this procedure can be done laparoscopically (the surgeon will make a few small incisions and use a camera for the surgery). However, laparoscopic surgery eligibility is determined case by case, depending on the surgeon's clinical judgement and experience, and even insurance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Opposite: Bariatric and weight loss is all about eating smaller amounts. It is not about the upper limit of how MUCH can you eat. To assist with decreasing your appetite, eating smaller amounts and staying healthy, drink 2 glasses of water before you sit down for dinner, or any meal. Pushing beyond safe limits of oral intake can blow out your gastric sutures with severe illness. Be well. ...Read more
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