Burping after drinking water post surgery

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Burping after drinking water post surgery

by EricG on Wed Oct 12, 2011 08:40 PM

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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.

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by Carolj03 on Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:02 PM

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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...

Carol

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by doingfine on Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:12 PM

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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.

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by rickjenn on Sun Oct 16, 2011 02:36 PM

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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

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by EricG on Tue Oct 18, 2011 01:20 AM

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Thanks for the responses everyone. My quarterly CT last week was clear, so it must just be the surgery, as you all suggested.

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by candicane on Tue Oct 18, 2011 03:42 AM

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had my esophagus removed in jan. have gas boug ways all the time. also heart pounding when i eat. janet

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by carotgold on Thu Feb 13, 2014 01:17 AM

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Im 53 had colorectal cancer stage 2, im also a nurse, anyway had part of colon removed, that was 2010, i have had belching after anything since, its not cancer, i get checked every 3 months, now every 6 and the belching continues, drs just stare they offer no explanation, but its because they removed part of my colon, which absorbs your water, so i have dehydration and constipation and sometimes loose stools, i eat organic, no meat no dairy.  chemo also damaged my kidneys, not fun for me.

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