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Stent

So my mum had the ivor Lewis operation on the 3rd and is still in icu... She had a leak from the join and her left lung was filled half way with acid so she had to be rushed back down to thearter to be drained and have a stent put in ... They tried to remove the stent today with a endescopy but the leak has not healed at all so they have put another stent in ... Has anybody had this problem on her and how long they had to keep there stent In...

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Hi Calboy, sorry to hear your mum's still in ICU. My husband's stent was in for 4 weeks and removed without a problem. Your mum is certainly going through the mill. I do so hope the second stent works. Thinking of you all, Kate x

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They tried to remove my mums maybe a little to soon then ... Do you know if u can get a permenent stent if don't work ??

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Everyone is different Calboy. Perhaps your mum's leak was more than my husband's. I know these temporary stents are usually not left in long - just enough for the leak to heal. I have read about some people having permanent stents put in but - as far as I'm aware - these are usually used for palliative reasons to enable food to be taken when an operation is not possible. I must stress though, that I'm not a doctor and you need to write down a list of questions to ask the medical team. They are caring for your mum and are the best people for advice and info.

All the best, Kate

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Thanks Kate I will ask tonight

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Sorry to hear your Mum is still having such problems. I was wondering about her. Am still praying for you both

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Thank u X

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Hi Calboy, sorry to hear of the trouble your mum is going through. My hubby's IL wouldn't heal, although not with the acid issues you described. Mal had to have a Jeg tube and fed for 8 weeks as the silly join would just not heal. He had to keep having tests and Barium X-rays etc. He was completely nil by mouth - just using a sponge to moisten his lips. Everything went through the Jeg including meds, it was tricky but fairly easy to do. Good luck. xx

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