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obstruction/ng tube/HELP! was posted 05/31/2000 08:32 pm by Carolyn
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My father-in-law had surgery for an obstruction in his small intestine 2 weeks ago tonight. They supposedly successfully bypassed it, he was eating chicken breast and about to go home, and then started vomiting green bile again. They thought maybe they(the doctors) gave him too much too soon and his muscles weren't ready for it yet. Even after a few days of rest, he started having heartburn and vomiting green bile again. The only thing that offers relief is an NG tube and he hates having it in. They tried putting in a PEG tube today, but scar tissue (and possibly tumor) from the whipple and intestinal bypass prevented them from getting to the stomach with the scope. Tomorrow they're going to try this surgically - they make about a 4" incision, pull the stomach up and insert the tube. When you do it this way, it's called a "G" tube. HAS ANYBODY HAD ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS AT ANY STAGE OF THEIR BATTLE? This is a 59 year old man who was in excellent health until last fall. Even after his whipple surgery all margins were clean, but there was slight evidence of perineural invasion. We were duped by a supposed met to the liver (that ended up being a cyst) and couldn't get into a study at MD Anderson b/c the "tumor" on the liver wasn't large enough the week after Easter. He vomited green bile off and on for 3 weeks, had scopes done and was gone over with a fine-toothed comb at Anderson and nobody could see the signs of what we're going through now. He's been in the hospital since Mother's Day, yet he remains determined to do any and every thing he can to get this NG tube out and get home. His spirit and determination is amazing.I appreciate any help you can offer.

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