Last August I had an eosophagectomy for the removal of my oesophagus. Despite the fact that I am now in my eightieth year I recovered very well indeed and have progressed well since then. I lost my voice for several months which was an absolute depressing disaster, but now at last it's back with a vengeance and my bathroom arias are once again much appreciated by neighbours several doors away - I have also recovered my sense of humour.
Quite frequently however, I get very hungry and forget myself and eat too much too quickly or eat the wrong thing which means that I feel lethargic, weak and generally unwell and have to lie down for about an hour or so until the malaise passes, which it always does.
But what is the wrong food? I still do not know exactly what kind of food is disagreeable to my new re-engineered digestive system. If I knew more about the previous role of my departed oesophagus then I think it would assist me in understanding why my digestive system rebels on a fairly regular basis.
So exactly what does an oesophagus do? Am I right in assuming that it prepares food for the stomach and generally slows down and prolongs the entry of food so that the stomach can more easily cope with large amounts of food? In which case the absence of an oesophagus means that large amounts of unprepared food can get suddenly dumped into stomach causing all sorts of problems. I think that high amounts of sugar can also cause a problem. I think this is called dumping, but I don't understand the mechanism, or what do do about it. All I know is that I don't want chocolates for my coming eightieth birthday, although just one occasional choc is OK.
So what foods should I avoid please? There doesn't seem to be much research material available for patients like me. Can you advise please?