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Roux-en-Y surgery complications

Digestive Health | Last Active: Aug 6, 2019 | Replies (19)

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Thank you. When you say sphincter, sphincter of oddi then? This is the 3rd surgeon I have talked to in my journey. But he does seem to think that this will keep bile from getting into the stomach which is what my endoscopy and bravo tests revealed. Did you lose much weight by chance? And, were you able to gain this back at some point? Even if I am 50% better than now I will be happy.

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The lower esophageal sphincter (LES). This regulates the food to leave the stomach to the intestine. I had a lot of other things wrong that caused me to have the roux-en-y. I had bad acid reflux that was causing stomach acid to go to my lungs. I had a botched nissen fundoplication surgery 2 years ago. I had another hiatal hernia (came back after repaired when I had the fundoplication), I had a very rare condition called chilaiditi syndrome. I was in the ER at least once a month for the past few years with extreme pain. My surgery was March 15th and 4 hours which resulted in me losing the bottom 80% of my stomach, had some of my intestine removed, hernia fixed, and the roux-en-y. I was 205 before surgery and I now weigh 170 lbs. I have stopped losing weight. Due to losing the majority of my stomach I have to eat small amounts throughout the day. I was told when you have just the roux-en-y you also have to do that while it heals. I no longer have reflux and my digestive system is now working as it should. I'm grateful that i found this surgeon and I am feeling better. If you feel comfortable with this surgeon and you've done your research then you should have it done. Let me know if you have any other questions and I wish you the best.