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Our experience-Graphic at time was posted 07/29/2009 02:41 pm by EileenC
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Many have read this before, so can disregard. Frank had a bypass done both to connect part of the small intestine to the bile duct to allow drainage and to put a hole in the stomach and bypass around the blockage into the small intestine. At first the reason for the surgery was 'so he'll be able to eat again'. Well, the bypass for the bile actually worked very well with the exception of actual tube care. Frank came home with a G-J tube, the J tube was inside the G-tube. All had to be flushed every 4-6 hours round the clock. At one point the J tube withdrew into a ball inside the stomach and had to be replaced. There were constant tube clogs. Finally it was decided the bile bypass was working well enough and we just went with the G tube. He never progressed to the point that he could just have tube feedings at night nor did he ever eat again. His stomach was enlarged (not distended nor did he have ascites) but the MD said because the intestine was blocked the stomach just grew in size to accomadate more food and the food would sit there until he threw it up. Frank said that if he had known this would have been the way it was, he would not have had the surgery. One good thing from a caregiver/survivor standpoint is that his stomach did fill with blood and he would vomit it out. At the end, because he had had the surgery, and still had the tube, we could empty the blood out of the stomach by way of the tube. I do hope this wasn't too awful to read, but you asked for experiences and this was ours. My best to you.

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