has anyone heard of new procedure using a piece of colon to lengthen makeshift esophogus to prevent lining erosion?
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Hi, we saw the surgeon last wek and asked this question. He said he knew of people that did it, but he doesn't do it because he doesn't feel it is safe.
Using the colon to creat an esophagus is not really new it's been done for a couple of years but the major complication is having that tissue die and then the "esophagus" is no longer intact. I am a Stage IVa surviver since May 2006, had chemo radiation and then the esophagectomy done September 19th. I plan to go back to work next month, my weight has stabilized, my appetite is there and I can eat just about anything I want, but unfortunately not in the quantity I want so I have to learn to eat all over again. Old habits die hard.
Hope this helped some.
Vero Beach, FL