what's life without a stomach.

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what's life without a stomach.

by adderla on Thu Nov 12, 2009 05:34 PM

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Hello Everyone,

What's life without an stomach? My Husband has just had surgery Nov 2009 the removal of his stomach due to cancer at the age of 51. which is is still in ICU. Would he be able to live a comfortable life without his stomach or would it be some complication in his near future. Could he live without a stomach or how long do he has to live. what are the side effect that might occur. I'm so clueless that I'm so afraid that when he does come home would I be able to provide him with care he needs. Like, What can he eat, What can't  eat,  If anyone could provide me with some imformation that had their stomach removed. I would surely appreciated your kindness. 

Thank You,

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by Frankie18 on Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:22 PM

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My husband had his stomach removed 2 years ago and is doing fine.  Food with sugar he should stay away from as many food will cause dumping.  You can make things with splenda or like I make banana bread and the such with 1/2 cup sugar and the same of splenda.  Dairy products do not work at all for people without a stomach.  Cheese is the exception as it binds.  I have a ton of recipes I have made up to adjust to his new life.  Soups  and gravy are a no go also.  I do serve him minestroni with moz cheese on top.  White bread does do well either. Make sure he gets a lot of fiber with out drinking the water with as instructed.  Try metamucil bars, they come in apple and cinnamon flavors and my husband likes both.  He eats these before a meal.  Also immoduim is another helper and you can have him take as much as he needs.  Of course meals should be smaller and more frequent.  I am sure you will give him a b12 shot once a month and do it on the same date that makes it easy.  If I think of more I will write more.  God bless you both.  PS my husband is doing very good.

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by Frankie18 on Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:24 PM

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I meant to type that white bread does not work well either

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by gdchiefochester on Thu Sep 29, 2011 05:36 AM

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On Dec 18, 2009 11:24 PM Frankie18 wrote:

I meant to type that white bread does not work well either

Hello, I am a new member  this site, I just happened to type Living Without A Stomach and this site came up, I read your story.  I had my stomach removed in November of 2008, with parts of my other inners, anyway I can just about eat what I want, in small portions, there is some foods I do stay away from like spicey foods, sugar, I love sweets, but it gives me the dumps and also gas.  I have alot of spar tissue from the surgery that causes pain and I also get acid reflux, ulcers and cramps, but all in all I have no problem and go about my day doing what I have too.  Sometimes I get mad because everyone at my dinner table can eat until there contint, because I get full from small portions and when we go out to eat I can only eat so much, but I have learned to get a doggy bag;-).  But if he or she eats right, then there won't be any problems.

God Bless You and Your Family !

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by Jamiez on Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:05 PM

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I am exactly 15 days post Total Gasterectomy. I feel fine. I'm just being cautious and mindful of what I eat, while I allow my body to heal. I have primarily been sticking to soft foods (sweet potatoes, smoothies, tuna fish, etc.) So far, I'm getting better and better each day, and taking it a day at a time. If anyone can provide their experience, I'm sure a lot of us would be grateful. I did find some great support with two organizations: no stomach for cancer, and can't somach cancer. Good luck to everyone, fighting the fight. May God bless you.

Jamie

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by cubdaddy on Tue Aug 07, 2012 03:36 PM

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My wife gives me Muscle Milk for breakfast and usually mixes it with fruits such as strawberries and or bananas. I eat soft foods,but in moderation. After eating whatever I wanted for 48 years it's hard to adjust,but I know it can be done..Tuna,eggs over medium,pasta,lo-mein,.There are also weight gain supplements such as benecalorie..Stay away from Boost, it has too much sugar!! Ensure is a good one..Good Luck and Stay Strong..Faith is a strong weapon!!

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by cubdaddy on Tue Aug 07, 2012 03:40 PM

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Could you share some of these recipies..and why not soup?

I had my stomach removed 6 months ago and I'm still adjusting to it!! I do eat some soups such as homemade chicken soup with plenty of vegetables and beef soup. I sure would appreciate the recipies though,,Thanks

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by Frenchman on Sun Sep 02, 2012 09:59 PM

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My husband is 70 and had his stomach removed on August 23, 2012. We came home this past Wednesday. We got 2 different directions on eating - 1 from the nutritionist and the other form his surgeon. The 1 told us not to eat sugars at all and the dr said it is allowable as long as you do not make it the entire meal and limit the amt. When he left the hospital he was on a full liquid diet and on the hospital full liquid meal was fruit juice, pudding, jello, ice cream???? The dr said to continue to stay on the full liquid diet for 2 more days and start try 1 new soft item each day. He tried a scrambled egg and did fine - he ate another 1 the next day & it came back up. It is a trial and error since everyone is different. He does drink the boost - Glucerne which is lower sugar and does well. Small curd cottage cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, cream soups, broth, (I try to make the soups and broths since canned is so high in sodium), greek yogurt (high protein), etc. The doctor tolkd us that eventually he will need to take in 60-70 grams of protein a day, but this is much later down the road. We have a friend that had her stomach removed three years ago and she has been eating solid foods trying to keep her protein up as well as calories. We are still waiting on the labs concerning the lymph nodes.

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by Kathyken on Tue Mar 26, 2013 09:16 PM

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I see this was 2009 how is your husband doing now.  My mother had total stomach removal on 14th Feb. this year.  She is still on tube feed at nite and we are trying to learn what to eat.  Having issues and the dr is not much help when it comes to eating.  I know everyone is different, but could use some advice.

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