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judeye
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Joined: Mar 2003

Hi all I need some info.I was diognosed with esophagus cancer last march and under went surgery April 4th. They could not remove cancer, it was to big. sugested chemo/rad right after surgery while I was still in hosp.Of course they inserted a feeding tube in my side. Day 7 after surgery my incesion became infected and had to be opened and packed.After chemo/rad I had ct and they could find no cancer or tumer, praise God.They removed my feeding tube 2 months ago and it has never closed, also I keep getting little puss pockets in incesion. Is ther anyone out ther that has had simular problems. wondering how long it will take for feeding tube to close.

jenn_if_er1999
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Joined: Feb 2003

Hi! Judeye,
My dad was a stage 3 post-op and will begin chemo-rads soon . He had a leak that had to be packed too and it kept him on a feeding tube for 6 weeks his tube was the NG tube down the nose. It seems like several people have had a similar problem and once it is removed it takes about 6 - 8 weeks to begin healing . If possible increase your intake of protein it aides the body in healing. I found an awesome group where info is readily available by people who have gone through almost everything . it,s the ACOR listserv EC group . It has been a wonderful blessing to me and my dad. I wish you the best of luck and I will be praying for you! AMy

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judeye
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Joined: Mar 2003

Hi Just to let everyone know I did go to Dr. about feeding tube leakage and incision. Had surgery last Thurs to close tube site and they at that time also removed a stitch that was causing the infection. Am feeling pretty good today. Judy

jjm
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Joined: Jun 2003

I just had my PEG removed yesterday and after 2 hours I was able to eat normal with no food leaking. There is some bleeding and soreness but I just wash the area with soap and water, dry it well, and cover with gauze. It sure hurt when he pulled it out though! The liquid hit ceiling and I felt like I got shot in the stomach with a .45 bullet! God Bless JJM

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