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Has anyone had a stricture in RNY surgery?

on 9/14/09 7:32 pm
My daughter had RNY surgery 7 weeks ago.She has been in and out of the hospital for weeks,having trouble keeping food down.They found a blood clot at vein of spleen that was nicked and put her on blood thinners.She was feeling better and able to eat better and left hospital, but now today, can't keep anything down.She is going in for endoscopy and to fix possible stricture.Just wondering if others had this. This is very scary for the family.Can't wait until she is feeling better!
on 9/19/09 11:19 am - OH
Strictures are fairly common with RNY.  Fortunately, they are usually pretty easy to fix.  I hope she feels better soon.

on 9/21/09 5:31 pm
Thank you, Kelly for your response.They did a barium swallow and no obstruction, but no endoscopy yet. I hope they do one bec now she is eating a little and keeping it down since on Coumadin for the clot, but only eating about l00 cals/day for weeks. Doc is acting like this is normal, I think.just concerned. Did you have RNY???Did you have strictures or are you a supporter???
Kim T.
on 9/29/09 1:12 pm - Mesquite, TX
RNY on 10/23/09 with

Barium swallows do not always show strictures.  I had three strictures the first year after my surgery, and they weren't seen until the endoscopy.  Does she still have her gallbladder?

-Kim T

on 10/1/09 8:54 pm
She does still have her gallbladder and finally has an endoscopy scheduled for tomorrow. How are you doing and feeling, Kim?You look great!!!
Kim T.
on 10/2/09 6:26 am - Mesquite, TX
RNY on 10/23/09 with
Thank you for the compliment.  I ended up having to have my gallbladder taken out.  I had such bad nausea.  After they stretched my esophagus the third time, I didn't get any more strictures.  It doesn't sound like it is her gallbladder though.  Once my strictures were fixed, I didn't feel full after a tiny bite, I was just still nauseous.  I am having a problem with malnutrition.  I am in a small percent of people that didn't have good results with the surgery.  My body just didn't handle it well, but I am going to a new doctor now.  Hopefully things will get better soon.  I hope that the EGD fixes her problem.  I know she must be miserable.

on 10/1/09 8:58 pm
Kim, did you have trouble eating a lot? My daughter always feels full, like can't get down more than l T or so of food. Did you have trouble keeping things down?  Thx in advance for your answers.
Best of good health and happiness to you, Madi
Kim T.
on 10/2/09 6:22 am - Mesquite, TX
RNY on 10/23/09 with

I did have a lot of trouble eating.  I got to the point that that I couldn't even drink water.  Nothing stayed down.  I threw up everything that went in.  I hope that her EGD went well today.

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on 12/23/09 10:06 am - Ventura, CA
I had my RNY surgery on 16 November09.  I am having a problem with strictures, too.  I had an EGD with dilatation last week and another one this morning.  Now they are talking about putting in a stent to hold the stoma open or just doing EGDs every couple of weeks until the body finally gives in.  Not sure what will happen yet.  The gastroenterologist and my surgeon have to pow wow and see what they think might work for me.  I see the surgeon again next week.

on 12/25/09 8:45 pm
Good luck to you,honey. You'll be fine, just try and relax.This is a tough surgery. My daughter is a lot better now, 5 months after surgery. Hang in there.
on 2/19/10 7:45 am

I'm new to the site, I haven't posted a pic yet, sorry.  I'm post-op 7 weeks.   Hang in there, I'm struggling too!  Going for my second endoscopy this week.  The first dilation only lasted a week.  I don't know why the surgeons wait to put the stents in, its too exhausting and too much time away from work every time you have to have this procedure done.  

Let me know how you make out!  Right now I'm just drinking my protein shakes until next Wednesday.  

on 3/26/10 11:07 am - Rainier, WA
I had RNY surgery 8-19-09.  I couldnt keep anything down and would throw up almost daily.  On 12-14-09 I had an endosocpy to see if I had a stricture, while down there they found I had one and fixed it.  Since then I have only thrown up 3 times, all from over eating.  I am down 102lbs and am feeling great...The procedure was a breeze, it fixed the problem and hopefully that is the end of my RNY problems...Life is great...hope your daughter has as good as outcome and I did...Charmayne


on 11/1/11 9:04 am
My wife had R-n-Y surgery a year ago August.  She has lost over 184 lbs, and is still losing, and it's getting to an unhealthy point.  The problem is, she throws up every meal... she had spoken to her surgeon and dietician about this, and they've only told her to follow the diet plan, and it will get better... after reading up on strictures though, I think that may be her problem.  I've asked her to contact her surgeon to discuss this again - from what I see, NOBODY is throwing up more than 12 months post-op.

To us, this whole ordeal has felt like it's glorified bulemia - she is actively trying to gain weight - drinking Ensure, eating sweets, (when she can keep them down,) and nothing is working here.  Her sex drive is shot, (pretty sure it's being caused by malnutrition,) but when her normal doctor tests her levels, everything is fine!  (Except B-12, she gets injections of that.) 

I don't understand, and starting to get desperate.  If her surgeon won't scope her, is it time to find someone new?  Does this sound like a stricture to anyone?  Even more troublesome - if it is a stricture, can it be fixed after this long?
on 12/15/12 1:09 pm

My R-n-Y will be 3 years in April.  I am scheduled the 19 th to be scoped for stricture for the third time. Last August I had a stricture.

It does happen more than 12 months out. She needs to talk with her surgeon. My husband went in to see my surgeon with me.

It didn't matter what I ate, after 2-3 bites I would have to excuse myself from the table. Once they dilated me I was back on track.

I have lost 130 pounds and stabilized.  I would definitely talk to her surgeon. 

Mary F.
on 7/15/10 4:03 pm - Shawnee, OK
ok You said the procedure was a breeze. Do you have to be hospitalized? Do the put you to sleep or are you awake. What exactly does it entail?