Thanks to everyone for the encouraging comments. I read your comments to my dad, and he was also encouraged. Thanks to all of you, my dad is now actually considering having the gastrectomy - whereas before he would not even think of it or talk about it. Thanks again and again. Dawn
Dawn, I can only tell you my experience. I'm not a medical person, but I just passed my 3 year anniversary of a total gastrectomy and partial esophectomy due to cancer. All I can say is I'm glad I did it. I was on a feeding tube for a little over 3 months but have been able to eat most anything within reason.
I've done several total gastrectomies. It's surprising how well-tolerated it typically is. As with any surgery, there are no guarantees, and any big operation runs risks of bleeding, infection, blockage, etc. But the typical person who's had a total gastrectomy will be able to eat by mouth and will often be able to eat anything they want; but in smaller quantities at a time. It's possible certain things, especially high sugar foods like a milkshake, will cause cramps or diarrhea. But my advice has always been to try anything you want and see how it goes, and make adjustments accordingly.
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Surgeon has kindly addressed your question in his comments below and I agree with his assessment.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.