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I have been a survivor of Esophageal cancer since 2006. I had the Transhiatal Esophagectomy which renders the sphincter valves useless so they remove them leaving a direct path up to your throat. I tried the wedge pillows for a while but always ended up slipping down and having aspiration that was always a horrible experience especially if it got into your lungs.

I eventually got my insurance to partially pay for an electric adustable bed that you could adjust head and feet.  I got my doctor to write a perscription for it, claiming it as a medical necessity. It is still an occasional issue since I move around alot at night. I had to learn to sleep mainly on my back with the legs slightly raised so it would put me in a slight valley that would keep me from slipping down at night.  If I don't raise the legs up, I tend to slip down a bit but I have learned to put my arm under the pillow which helps keep it under my neck.  I wake up at night and if I have slipped any, I reposition myself. It is quite an adjustment but after some experimenting, you will find what works well for you. 

1. I really suggest that you look into an adjustable bed frame. That has worked well for me.

2. Be very carefull about drinking or eating anything 2-3 hours before you go to bed or lie down.

3. Avoid foods in the evening that are hard to digest and create acid buildup like meats, etc.

4. Buy a wedge that you can take with you when you go on a trip or have to stay overnight somewhere besides your home.

Good Luck.  Be Well.

 I was in an interesting conversation the other day with a person who has received Gastric By-pass surgery and they show me an article that mentioned a paper that was written about how the surgery had changed the results of using a breathalyzer to deterime the changes in blood alcohol readings in a person who had had by-pass surgery.  Having a Transhiatal Esophagectomy like I had is slightly different but I would think since they remove the esophageal sphincter valve, it would effect acohol readings even more.  This made me curious as the whether there was any information available to substantiate this.  If so, I would think that those who are in remission should be very carefull.  In the article it said that after 6 month post surgery, a 5 oz glass of red wine could make your reading as much as .08BAC which is over the limit in most states. Any one who can direct me to some sources that could look into this would be appreciated.  Here is the link to the article they mentioned:

https://www.facs.org/media/press-releases/jacs/gastricbypass

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