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by EricG on Wed Oct 12, 2011 08:40 PM
I had large parts of my esophagus and stomach removed 6 months ago (Ivor Lewis surgery). Then a few weeks ago I started getting a *lot* of burping after I drink water, or anything else. Has anyone else had this? Could it be an effect of the surgery? I'm concerned that it could be that the cancer has returned.
by Carolj03 on Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:02 PM
Hi EricG, I had my surgery 2 years ago and I go through quite a few episodes of burping. I love to burb...I usually feel better after and I think it holds back the acid reflux. I never use to burb in all my years and now I do it quite often. I have just had my 2 year cat scan and all is good...no cancer. Next scheduled CS is a year from now...
by doingfine on Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:12 PM
My surgeon was delighted when I began to burp and also to pass the gas. Surgeon said that is a sign that the intestinal tract is beginning to work well again. I was advised to use a straw to drink with for quite a while after surgery to cut down on gulping air. Oh, I was not to chew gum or drink carbonated beverages either. I still like my coke or ginger ale, so I let them go flat before drinking. My surgery was in 2004. I guess too much burping could be troublesome or at least annoying. Try the straw. Best wishes life does get good again. Give it time.
by rickjenn on Sun Oct 16, 2011 02:36 PM
Hi Eric, I had a similar surgery to you 3 years ago. I don't remember it starting quickly, but the amount of burping did increase over time during that first year. Once the esophageal sphincter is removed, I think burping just becomes a part of the "new normal." It takes a long time for your system to readjust to the new plumbing and to learn how to manage the changes. For me I feel like I am still learning how to live with the changes by fine tuning what and when I eat, but it keeps getting better. As to your concern that the cancer is returning, keep track of changes in patterns and let your doctor know. What you describe is probably a typical outcome from this surgery, but when things change it is good to tell your doctors and see if it should be checked further. Best wishes, Rick
by EricG on Tue Oct 18, 2011 01:20 AM
by candicane on Tue Oct 18, 2011 03:42 AM
had my esophagus removed in jan. have gas boug ways all the time. also heart pounding when i eat. janet
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