Life after full stomach removal

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Life after full stomach removal

by claudia1 on Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:00 AM

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My stepmom just had her stomach removed last week due to cancer.   Can someone who has had their stomach removed for six months or longer, describe what problems you've experienced, what to expect with food consumption, energy, strength?   How much weight do you really lose? Problems with acid reflux, bile, gas?

I really appreciate any information.

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by Steeda on Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:00 AM

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Well my dad had about 70% of his stomach removed back in early July 07. The recovery was harsh (about a week or so) but now he is pretty much back to normal. He gets full quicker, but still has a pretty good appetite...so he just eats more frequently.

He hasnt really gained his weight back, but he's maintaining a healthy number (152lbs)

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by claudia1 on Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:00 AM

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That's great. Did your father have to have chemo after the surgery?

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by Steeda on Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:00 AM

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Yes, he did 3 rounds for 1 week straight each. After his 3rd round, cat scan showed up clean. No new growths or tumors. He just completed round 4 today. He has 2 more rounds then another scan (so 6 rounds total). If that one shows up clean then he will take a chemo break for a while and we will just monitor with cat scans every 2-3 months.

So far all is good, I just pray that his next scan will be clean.

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by Katrina1 on Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:00 AM

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I guess everyone is different, but I have had a lot of trouble with food. My stomach is not digesting the food, so they have me on reglan. Still this is not doing enough, so I am still losing weight. Have lost 73 pounds in the last year. My nutritionist says I may have to depend on more suppliments of fluids than anything. But My sister had the same surgery and she is eating pretty good. The acid reflex is horrible. I am still in a hosptial bed because I get sick if I lay down. Again my sister does not have that trouble. So it may take some trial and error to find what works and what will not work. I know one thing for sure the smaller more frequent meals are very important.

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by LabGuy on Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:00 AM

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I have been lucky.  Post gastrectomy I have to eat small portions but I eat anything I want. I lost 40 lbs and holding steady.  I occasionally have reflux at night.  We purchased a Tempurpedic bed so the head of the bed is elevated.  I do have cycles of constipation, gas and diarrhea but they are getting better.  I had my surgery last May.  I had chemo before and after surgery, plus radiation post surgery.

 

Tom

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by claudia1 on Sat Nov 24, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 11/19/2007 LabGuy wrote:

I have been lucky.  Post gastrectomy I have to eat small portions but I eat anything I want. I lost 40 lbs and holding steady.  I occasionally have reflux at night.  We purchased a Tempurpedic bed so the head of the bed is elevated.  I do have cycles of constipation, gas and diarrhea but they are getting better.  I had my surgery last May.  I had chemo before and after surgery, plus radiation post surgery.

 

Tom


Tom, what was your staging?  Did you have entire stomach removed?   My mom is doing well also.  She eats what she wants, but, of course, small quantities.   She'll start her first chemo in a few weeks, her stage was 1B.   I wonder if she'll have to do radiation, too.   did the doctor tell you why you had to also have radiation besides chemo?

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by silverdollar69 on Sat May 28, 2011 08:22 PM

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hi i had 80%  stomach removed after  finding cancer did chemo radiation, i  can't gain weight,am 6-1 and weight 130 i am skin and bones,i would love to gain to 160lbs,can,t eat things that are sweet hurts my belly , dumping syndrom .could you tell me what your dads daily food intake is for a day all what he eats in a day,i really need some help, trying to gain weight and energy back and also good luck to him. thank you

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by Katherine62 on Sat May 28, 2011 08:24 PM

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My experiences have not been "textbook".  You can read about my post total gastrectomy experience on my blog...

www.lifeaftergastrectomy.wordpress.com

Katherine

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by silverdollar69 on Sat May 28, 2011 09:37 PM

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hi Tom,i had my stomach 80% removed did chemo,radiation,i am 6-1 weight about 135lbs now,skin and bones,could you tell me what your daily take in of meals are for one day or days to maintain your weight,and also do you have a lot of energy, i am 54 years old,i trying to get weight and energy back i need to get back to work.thank you

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