My wife had surgery for oesophageal cancer 5 weeks ago. T2 N0. M0. All went well at first. Then she developed pneumonia and aspirated bile. She had abdominal pains. Her condition deteriorated and she had sepsis and was rushed into ICU. She was there for 17 days. 10 on a breathing tube and 7 with a tracheotomy. The good news is that she has beet the infection and is now in step down. It also turned out she had a herniated bowel that they had to operate on (whilst in ICU).
However, the swallow test she had before going into ICU showed that the stomach wasn't emptying, they have inserted a balloon once to dilate pyloric sphincter but that hasn't made a difference. They have repeated the swallow test since coming out of icu and it still is not opening. She has an NG tube and that is draining off bile, so the sphincter must be opening to allow bile to pass up to stomach. So why won't it open to let the stomach drain. I'm really worried. The surgeons are at a loss to know what is happening. Any thoughts and help would be much appreciated.