Post op narrowing of esophagus

16 Posts | Page(s): Prev 1 2 

RE: Post op narrowing of esophagus

by andy2009 on Fri Apr 27, 2012 04:27 AM

Quote | Reply
this could be a good explanation as i eat way too much. on another topic, i got my ct scan andit showed no evidence of cancer - that is what i most worried about.now i can take my time to figure put. what is causing the pressure around my stomach area.

RE: Post op narrowing of esophagus

by doggone on Fri Apr 27, 2012 03:13 PM

Quote | Reply

Good show on the CT scan! I don't eat enough. My challenge is gaining weight! I am about to look for help on finding high calorie foods.

RE: Post op narrowing of esophagus

by SHELLYNDAVID on Sat Apr 28, 2012 05:54 AM

Quote | Reply

Yes, same here. Hi, my name is david i had the upper half of my stomach and 3/4's of my esophagus and they cut a piece of intestines and replaced them with it. It was all removed because of esophageal cancer and i also had the post oper. Narrowing so i also have been getting the dialations done. I have my 8th or 9th one scheduled for may 15th. About the 6th one i had done ripped all the way through the side of the esophagus and i thought i was going to the er but because they were full and the waiting was going to be 6 hrs or so i elected to stay home and the surgeon called me and told me what to watch for like high fever and so on and i ended up not needing to go to the er after all and it healed up pretty fast. I was back to eating regular meals in two days. But anyway i can swallow ok right now but i can tell it has shrank back down so i asked him if he would dialate it one more time or at least look at it and see if he thinks he can. I don't mind the dialations myself because i can always eat better for a long time afterwards. When i started getting the dialations it was going every two weeks to keep it from shrinking too much we just kept dialating it to keep it opened up. And it has worked quite a bit. I think this next one will be my last one needed. As far as my cancer goes well it was all about to be over and all was clear from the scans and a few months went by and i had a little problem with my intestines on the right side and went in for them to check it out and just by accident they seen something in my liver and said they would like to look at that a little more if i didn't mind so i told them to get after it and i now have matastizised liver cancer i'm batteling now. I am on my second bout of chemo for this and it has stopped growing and the scan has shown nothing growing in any other organs except my brain wasn't checked and it will get checked later but for now hopefully we got on it early and we are taking care of it. Other wise i have about two years tops right now. Which i'm ok with if thats the way it is. At least i get a couple of years to be with family and friends and my pets for two more years and i didn't have a massive heart attack and go right then. So i see that as a blessing to get more time even if its a year or two. But yeah if your still having problems eating i would tell them docs keep dialating until i say i don't need it anymore. A lot of times it's the insurance company telling the doc you shouldn't be needing them any more. If you can't swallow very well because of it keep getting them until you can. It will keep healing a little bigger each time until it feels good to swallow. Mines real close now i think one more will be it for me.

 

RE: Post op narrowing of esophagus

by SHELLYNDAVID on Sat Apr 28, 2012 06:07 AM

Quote | Reply

Unfortunately for you if they did not replace the parts they removed with a piece of your intestines as mine was done the pressure your talking about is because they pulled the remainder of your stomach up and re-attached it to the remainder of your esophagus and that feeling your talking about will be there forever. Now thats just what my doc told me and why he would always cut a piece of the intestines and replace what he removes instead of pulling the stomach up just because of that reason (feels like pressure on the stomach) and it feels like that because it does have pressure on it because the stomach was moved up in an area that is not big enough for the stomach. Sorry if thats your case, i don't know what if anything can be done but maybe there is. Call my surgeon and ask himdr.schwarz at utsouthwest in dallas texas. Great surgeon.

 

RE: Post op narrowing of esophagus

by SHELLYNDAVID on Sat Apr 28, 2012 06:11 AM

Quote | Reply

Oh and i also had a good show on the ct scan with no signs of cancer but it matastized to my liver and grew to the size of a quarter in one month. That's the time lapse from all clear and showing up when they looked at my intestines one month later. Wham there it was as big as a quarter right in the liver. Not trying to scare you any but have them keep checking regularly for a little while especially the liver wher it grows fast in little time. I thnk we have it back under control but we'll see.

 

RE: Post op narrowing of esophagus

by haggis on Mon Apr 30, 2012 03:59 AM

Quote | Reply

Had the same surgery last August, I will be going on the first of May for my tenth dilation, the last dilation seemed the most successful, I will now be scheduled for a dilation on a monthly basis, if I feel that I dont need the dilation just prior to the procedure dte, I can cancel and hopefully it will last through another month, end result being to have dialtion every three months for the balance of the year, I have no complaints, apart from gthe dilations I am doing remarkably well. It will eventually work itself out. 

Derek

16 Posts | Page(s): Prev 1 2 
Subscribe to this message board discussion

Latest Messages

View More

We care about your feedback. Let us know how we can improve your CancerCompass experience.