Dec 28, 2011 - 5:32 am
Hi my 77 year old mum had total gastrectomy in Feb 2011 and went through 6 cycles of chemotherapy. She was doing fine except for occasional low energy and weight loss. But recently she has difficulty consuming food and liquids and retaining them. Doctors did scans and barium swallow and found some part of her small intestine was kinked/narrowed while her bowel had adhesions. She had laparoscopic surgery 2 weeks ago where the Dr released the twisted intestine. She was better and could retain her food but not for long and she is now back in hospital. She is temporarily on a nasogastric feeding tube to address her nutritional needs which are low, while the Drs are figuring out if a stent can be placed through the lumen to overcome the obstruction. If not they may consider placing a jejunostomy tube in her small intestine. Has anyone experiences similar issues? I would really appreciate any help or sharing/information about all this. Thanks a lot.