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How can you digest food if your stomach is removed by gastrectomy?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
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In brief: Enzymatic Breakdown
The function of the stomach is to work like a washing machine, mixing the food with acid and enzymes to start the digestive process.
In the intestine, very strong enzymes further the digestion process and enable the nutrients to be absorbed. Absent a stomach, one must eat more frequent, smaller meals, but the intestine will continue to digest and absorb nutrients.

In brief: Enzymatic Breakdown
The function of the stomach is to work like a washing machine, mixing the food with acid and enzymes to start the digestive process.
In the intestine, very strong enzymes further the digestion process and enable the nutrients to be absorbed. Absent a stomach, one must eat more frequent, smaller meals, but the intestine will continue to digest and absorb nutrients.
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