Heart Disease Community
appetite loss after surgery
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to angina, angioplasty, arrhythmia, bypass surgery, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, defibrillator, heart attack, heart disease, mitral valve, pacemaker, PAD, stenosis, and stress tests.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

appetite loss after surgery

My 77-year-old, previously robust and vigorous father (who would routinely bike 20 miles a day) had bypass and valve-replacement surgery nine weeks ago.  Ten days after that, he underwent cardiac arrest and went back into surgery to remove pericardial fluid and repair his sternum.  Two weeks later, still in the hospital, he had to have his gall bladder removed.  He was in the hospital for a total of six weeks, much of it flat on his back, and was under general anaesthetic four times.  In the three weeks since being discharged, he has continued to eat very little, despite my mother and I trying every trick in the book.  He is down to 125 pounds, 30 to 35 pounds under his pre-surgery weight.   Are there any novel approaches to getting more nutrition into him?

He is currently taking amiodarone, Norvasc, Lopressor, and Lisinopril, as well as Nexium and Mirapex (for restless legs -- something I've tried to get him to skip, but his torment from that condition is so intense that he's afraid to stop it).  Two weeks ago, he had been started on Levaquin for possible pneumonia, and that had a horrible effect on him -- weakness, tremors, insomnia, hallucinations, a trance-like state with wild movements -- and  a total loss of appetite.  That was stopped, and he improved, but when he was started on amoxicillin, the appetite again went from poor to zero.  Now he's off that, but he says he just can't physically eat more than he is eating, which I estimate to be something less than 1000 calories a day.  Any suggestions you might have would be very welcome -- we're very worried.
Related Discussions
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
212161_tn?1410016711
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
1755089_tn?1376057155
Blank
drewlevas uploaded new photos
11 mins ago
996946_tn?1411467927
Blank
LindaTX Tommy.....it's been 3 years... Comment
5 hrs ago
996946_tn?1411467927
Blank
LindaTX commented on Lolo cat of the week ...
5 hrs ago
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
212161_tn?1410016711
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ