I'm 18 months post op and have read just about everything I can on the after effects of UGI ops & difficult digestion after. I've also spoken to surgeons, doctors and dietitions. What conclusion I have come to after considerable thought is that nobody seems to understand what is happening in the digestion system post op. When I ask about bile, insulin, sugar, bacteria, dumping etc there is hesitation and obvious difficulty in answering the questions.
So either they do not know, or perhaps everybody is different and react in different ways. Now I do not want to be critical as my treatment before, during and post op has been excellent, but I've a nagging feeling that not enough is being done to diagnose all the varied digestion problems. I have seen on OPA the questionaire about sugar intake as this does sometimes cause problems. But doesn't more need to be done to treat the horrible post op digestion problems by analysis in detail of a number of people.. I wonder if anything is in progress? Are there current medical digestion trials in progress anywhere? I know the OPA has regular meetings which does help some people if they can get there.
I saw my surgeon a few days ago and explained by difficult digestion, wind, occasional pain, bloating, dumping etc and he just could not comment. My doctor & previous doctor could offer no suggestions either. Removing cancer from the UGI is not the full answer but just half way.
Wish I was ultra rich and could sponsor more in this field.