Esophectomy recovery

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Esophectomy recovery

by Rexyracer on Sun Apr 26, 2015 01:47 PM

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Was reading some of the stories of other people's recovery from having their esphogas removed due to surgery and was amazed at how many were having issues. I had stage 2B (had an irregular shape), so mine was caught real early. My surgery was 17 days ago and I feel great, have not had any issues with the lower intestinal feelings and have been able to eat a liquid diet. What I have been able to eat is naturally smaller portions, which took some getting used to. I feel like I can escalate my diet to soft food such as eggs and noodles, but wonder if this might hurt my recovery. Anybody have any input?

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by bmary on Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:27 PM

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I was able to start puree foods on day 14 after surgery but very small portions and try not to drink alot while eating. I found that really filled me. By the 21day i was having soft foods like scrambled eggs, tuna, soft chicken, etc. chewing well helps too.

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by lisasteve on Sun May 03, 2015 12:16 PM

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Good Morning:

My wife had an Esophectomy on 3/12/15.  Within two weeks she was started on soft foods and now is eating many of the things that she had enjoyed prior to the surgery.  She is eating very small portions and is avoiding acid based foods, spicy foods, and food that may cause gas. Foods that she seems to tolerate well:

Broth with noodles

Cod fish

Chicken

Rice Krispees / Cheerios

Pasta with just a hint of sauce (new food for her but prior to the surgery a basic)

Eggs (almost any style)

Carrots

Cheeses / crackers

Spinach

She is avoiding

Beef (so far that just seems harder to digest then chicken)

Tomato sauce (just enough to coat the pasta)

Gasous vegetables

Pizza (booooooooooooo)

Her biggest challenge has been the acid/foam during the evening and into the morning.  She is sleeping in her bed with a wedge under her head to keep her raised a bit.  She has switched back to OTC Priolosec that seems to work the best to control the acid.

She is very fatigued at times and still moves a bit slow.  She is however going up and down the home stairs (13 of them) and taking walks.  

I shall try to keep you posted if we find new foods but so far she is eating more of a selection than we anticipated.

Good luck and hopes that your recovery continues. 

RE: Esophectomy recovery

by Rexyracer on Mon May 11, 2015 07:37 PM

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On May 03, 2015 12:16 PM lisasteve wrote:

Good Morning:

My wife had an Esophectomy on 3/12/15.  Within two weeks she was started on soft foods and now is eating many of the things that she had enjoyed prior to the surgery.  She is eating very small portions and is avoiding acid based foods, spicy foods, and food that may cause gas. Foods that she seems to tolerate well:

Broth with noodles

Cod fish

Chicken

Rice Krispees / Cheerios

Pasta with just a hint of sauce (new food for her but prior to the surgery a basic)

Eggs (almost any style)

Carrots

Cheeses / crackers

Spinach

She is avoiding

Beef (so far that just seems harder to digest then chicken)

Tomato sauce (just enough to coat the pasta)

Gasous vegetables

Pizza (booooooooooooo)

Her biggest challenge has been the acid/foam during the evening and into the morning.  She is sleeping in her bed with a wedge under her head to keep her raised a bit.  She has switched back to OTC Priolosec that seems to work the best to control the acid.

She is very fatigued at times and still moves a bit slow.  She is however going up and down the home stairs (13 of them) and taking walks.  

I shall try to keep you posted if we find new foods but so far she is eating more of a selection than we anticipated.

Good luck and hopes that your recovery continues. 

It has been almost 5 weeks since my Espohectomy and I can now eat whatever I want, but of course about 1/3rd of what I used to eat. Am having to rediscover what agrees and does not agree with me. Example: found out green peppers did not agree and caused major discomfort. But now I am being told by two separate Onocologists that they want me to get chemo and radiation, just to make sure. This has shocked me since my surgeon said everything was gotten out and it shouldn't be necessary (SIGH). Thought the saga was over but not yet.

RE: Esophectomy recovery

by steveb50 on Tue May 12, 2015 11:29 PM

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Hi lisasteve,

My husband has the foam problem when he eats too much at the end of the day.

Best,

Tracy B.

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