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What is it like to live without a stomach?

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Submitted by mayajustin on Tue, 08/03/2021 - 20:54

Agustín López was diagnosed with a stomach tumor more than ten years ago and underwent emergency surgery to remove it. You now have a curve between the esophagus and the intestine that does the 'same' function.
Agustín López was exactly 50 years old when he was diagnosed with one of the most abrasive stomach cancers. He had vomiting, reflux, heartburn, some pain, indigestion from time to time and lost his appetite continuously. After doing some analysis and the corresponding medical tests (gastroscopy, colonoscopy ...), the digestive doctor gave him the terrible news and in just a few days he was admitted to have it removed.
" It was a very tough season. When they give you the news, you can't believe it because you never think it could be your turn, but it happens. It was also a shock that everything was so fast when they realized what it was. Once They operated on me, that night they had to undergo surgery again because my spleen had ruptured (they also removed it) and I was bleeding from the inside. I thought I wasn't getting out of that one, "he explains in statements to Vozpópuli.
The team of specialists made the decision to remove the entire stomach and make a curve between the esophagus and the intestine to perform the function of the organ, but obviously there are many deficiencies. A person who does not have this part of the body also does not have bile and the breakdown of food is different from that of someone with a stomach.
Stomach cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 111 adults will develop this gastric disease at some point in their life. In addition, the Spanish Federation of the Digestive System (FEAD) reveals in depth on its website that this neoplasm is twice as common in men and that it has an annual incidence of about 7,865 cases in our country.
One of the greatest dangers of gastric cancer is that in most cases it does not produce symptoms and when they appear they are not very specific, so much so that the diagnosis is made in advanced stages or as a result of tests related to other diseases. Therefore, control of risk factors such as treatment of infection by Helicobacter pylori, avoid high - salt diet and not smoke or consume alcohol, are key to reducing its prevalence.
Life totally changes you because you are physically limited speaking
Furthermore, there are several factors involved in the appearance of this condition. For example, nutritional (if we eat a diet low in fresh fruits and vegetables and rich in saturated fat), environmental (resulting from poor food preparation or poor refrigeration, smoking and the fact of already suffering from certain benign or premalignant diseases (previous gastric surgery, chronic atrophic gastritis, pernicious anemia or gastric polyps).
" I have never smoked, my diet has always been very varied and from time to time I went out with my bike to play sports. In the end, even if there are risk factors, this is a lottery. Once I had surgery, the postoperative period was long and difficult because they gave me six chemotherapy sessions and 30 radiotherapy sessions. I had discomfort and a lot of gas for months, "says Agustín López.
How do you live without a stomach?
The Guadalajareño, who lost 25 kilos in the process, assures Vozpópuli that after his recovery he lives almost a completely normal life, although he cannot make extra efforts. " After the operation they took me into early retirement because in my work I handled a lot of weight and it is true that I do not have the same strength as before. Life changes completely because you are physically limited, but in general I am fine. Even so, my day to day is quite normal although my habits of eating have changed. If earlier for three meals a day, now I do a lot intake, but take smaller amounts, "he explains.
I have never smoked, my diet has always been very varied and from time to time I went out with my bike to do sports
" There are some foods that suit me and others that do not, so I try. In the event that there is something that does not suit me in that curve between the intestine and the esophagus, I eliminate it from my diet. Also, I try to rest. after every meal so as not to feel very upset afterwards. Thirteen years ago they removed my stomach and I would never have thought that you can live so well without it, "he concludes.

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