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I know this because my husband, Dan, is dealing with this now. He had a duodenal obstruction and had surgery gastrojejunostomy) in which the surgeon took a loop of small bowel and attached it to his stomach, bypassing the obstruction...( similar to gastric bypass for weight loss.) Dan suffered for a month with extreme belching, abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting until the obstruction was discovered. Along with the gastrojejunostomy the surgeon placed a J-tube for feeding and a G-tube to drain his stomach until the new outlet healed. Due to his inability absorb any nutrition for a month, his pre-albumin was 7.4 (critical). He was on TPN to build him up to tolerate surgery. He has now been on tube feedings only for 11 days and his pre-albumin is up to 9.3 (still critical but rising)...he will be on tube feedings for weeks to months until his level gets to normal. He is just now starting to eat a little bit of real food, but not nearly enough to build up his nutritional status.
I don't mean to ramble and I don't know if you were asking about
malnutrition, but this is what we are dealing with during this time on this
difficult journey. Hope this helps. If any other questions, just ask. Take
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