Turns out I had a stricture in my esophagus.....

on 5/7/13 12:33 pm - Toronto, Canada

So, I'm 7 weeks post op RNY. A few days after my 3 week post op appt with Dr. Starr, my surgeon, I started having difficulty getting food and fluid to go down. At first I thought the problem was in my new pouch. I went and saw Dr. Starr and we agreed that I had probably irritated things when I had eaten yogurt with my crushed meds in it and that possibly something had actually blocked my new "stoma" - the new connection of my intestine to my pouch. I vowed to be more careful, etc.

But it didn't go away. IT was a very familiar feeling and I realized that I had experienced it back when I had the gastric band (not a successful venture for me), though when I discussed with my band clinic on several occasions, they told me it was just air blocking food/liquid from going down.

So, it kept happening. And it seemed random. I'd wake up in the morning and be able to get down a protein shake and some water. Or I wouldn't be able to - the water and/or shake would just sit there, building up pressure until I spit it up or forced myself to vomit. After a routine appt with my endocrinologist, who was the doc who encouraged me to have the bypass and made the referral, I was able to figure out that the "stuck" feeling was not in my pouch...........it was much higher up, in my esophagus, right below where my Adam's apple would be if I had one lol.

Anyway, it was beginning to have some serious effects on me. When I would feel things clear (with no rhyme or reason to it) I would have to decide what was more importan****er, protein, meds or supplements??? Basically, I went with water and protein and even then, that was sketchy. So basically, I haven't been taking my meds or supplements consistently for about 4 of the 7 weeks since surgery.

Made another appt with Dr. Starr and insisted that there was a real problem happening and I needed a scope. I suggested that maybe it was a spasm of some kind in my esophagus. Dr. Starr said that it could be and it could be a narrowing of the esophagus (stricture, basically).

So, though I had to wait another week, I finally had a scope today (totally painless, was knocked out) and it turns out I had a stricture. I don't have more details yet b/c Dr. Starr had to leave before I was awake, but the post op notes said that he had dilated the stricture with a balloon, about 12mm.

So, now hopefully I can get back to "normal"........back to where I can actually eat instead of not being sure if even sips of water would go down. So relieved it wasn't anything more serious!!




Highest weight: 428lbs Dec/12: RNY surgery at HRRH March 18/13. Current Weight: 315lbs

on 5/7/13 12:42 pm - Canada
RNY on 07/23/13

Wow, I didn't even know that was possible. Thank you for sharing that. Glad that you were able to advocate for yourself and have this resolved.

i hope everything goes smoothly from now on for you!


on 5/7/13 12:45 pm - North York, Canada

Wow, what an event! I'm just glad you stood up for yourself and made sure you got the help required!

Referral to Surgeon: February 12, 2013 Appointment with Surgeon: April 24, 2013 Endoscopy: April 30, 2013 Referral sent to Bariatric Registry: May 2, 2013 Orientation Appointment: May 27, 2013 Dr Klein Appointment: June 6, 2013 Second Upper GI Series: June 11 Dr Glazer: August 12, 2013 RN/RD/SW: August 29. 2013 Follow-up With Dr Klein: September 23, 2013 Start Opti: October 23, 2013 Surgery Date: November 14, 2013 


on 5/7/13 12:50 pm - Toronto, Canada

hi Andrea, so sorry to read that you had this stricture;  I hope that the procedure performed will have cleared that up.

best regards,




on 5/7/13 8:20 pm - Canada

Oh Jeepers!  I'm glad they were able to dilate it with the balloon during the procedure and that it didn't require something more invasive!

Hope this does the trick for you hun!  Let us know how things progress.  And good on ya for being persistent. 

Referral Oct 2012~Orientation May 31/13 at Ottawa Civic~Dr.Dent assessment July 16~Nutritionist and Behaviorist Sept 17~ Ultrasound Oct 17~Second appointment with Nutritionist and Behaviorist Nov 6~Approval for RNY!!~BLADDER CANCER DISCOVERED~Currently undergoing treatment for cancer, plans switched from RNY to sleeve...~GOT DATE FOR SURGERY...AUGUST 18th, 2014 with Dr. Yelle*....February 7/17...2.5 years post up and doing great. Starting process for OHIP funded panniculectomy...


Joanne D.
on 5/7/13 10:55 pm - Canada

Hang in there!


referral from GP July 2012     Orientation October 2012  SW initial Dec 2012   Nurse Prac. Dec 2012   Nutrition Initial Jan 2012  Nutrition Jan 2012      Psycho social Jan 2013    Meeting with Surgeon Feb 22 2013     Surgery May 2nd ( Dr. Jackson TWH)


on 5/7/13 11:07 pm - Canada

Wow so glad that this all sorted out for you now. Good for you on insisting there was an issue.



on 5/8/13 12:47 am
RNY on 04/15/13

I had a similar pre-op. I was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis. It was treated with Flovent(normally inhaled for patients with breathing problems) which I had to swallow, not inhale. It seems to have cleared up the problem and have not had any issues swallowing post-op. But the doctor did tell me that I might have required the dilation if the meds did not do the trick.

All the best as you get back to "normal".


Referral Oct '11 Orientation Ottawa Dec 9 '11 NP June 25 '12 Sleep Clinic July 27 '12 

Tr to Kingston Aug '12  NP/SW/Nut Oct 1 '12 Pre-Op class - Dec 12 '12 Surgeon  Mar 4 '13    Surgery Apr 15 '13     



   HW 304 CW 175 GOAL 150  

on 5/8/13 2:32 am - Ontario, Canada
RNY on 01/20/12

Glad to know they found out the problem. Hope you fell better now





on 5/9/13 5:45 am - Toronto, Canada

THanks so much everyone for your great support. Just goes to show you how doctors don't know everything lol. But, I still love Dr. Starr and would recommend him to anyone. And I'm grateful that, in terms of complications, this was a fairly minor one. Today I'm actually able to eat without fear of having to barf it up later cuz it got stuck lol. Yippee!!




Highest weight: 428lbs Dec/12: RNY surgery at HRRH March 18/13. Current Weight: 315lbs

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