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symptoms of pouch dilation?

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Started by critterlady, Feb 11, 2010 7:54 PM
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    critterlady

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Posted February 11, 2010 - 7:54 PM

#1
What are the symptoms of a dilated pouch? No restriction or something? Just curious.
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    TXbandit

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Posted February 21, 2010 - 5:36 PM

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I had my band about 18 months, and had been getting regular fills. I had been eating more volume-wise and eating too fast. I thought I needed another fill. I got a fill and the next few days I couldn't eat anything solid and keep it down....went back and had a barium swallow and found I had a dilation (no slippage). I didn't have any other symptoms other than not being able to eat solids. Some say heartburn is a symptom, but I didn't have that....what are you experiencing? I think it is pretty easy to get a dilation after having the band awhile - beware eating too much too fast!


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Posted February 22, 2010 - 8:56 AM

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What does the doctor do if you have pouch dilation? Do you have to have your band removed?


    MrsFlipFlops

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Posted February 24, 2010 - 9:11 PM

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I don't know about the prior poster. I went in today and was told I have dilation. They said your pouch should be the size of an egg, but mine is the size of a small tangerine. They unfilled me completely. They said I didn't need to do a liquid diet or anything, just be careful about how much I was eating.

I got mine from vomiting due to gall bladder issues.


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Posted March 6, 2010 - 7:49 PM

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I don't know about the prior poster. I went in today and was told I have dilation. They said your pouch should be the size of an egg, but mine is the size of a small tangerine. They unfilled me completely. They said I didn't need to do a liquid diet or anything, just be careful about how much I was eating.

I got mine from vomiting due to gall bladder issues.

I have some tenderness at my port site and it seems swollen to me. Was just wondering what symptoms you had. I did find out last week that I have many gall stones, some nausea with it but no vomiting.


    MrsFlipFlops

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Posted March 7, 2010 - 12:09 AM

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I didn't have any tenderness. REally I just had a lot of heartburn, then vomiting and things kept getting stuck or taking a long time to go down. Seems like some symptoms I thought was gall bladder was partly my band too. They just did a fluro and saw I was dilated.


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Posted March 9, 2010 - 3:36 PM

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my 2 year anniversary is april 22nd so i went in for a last flouro exam and small fill on 03/06/10. i've felt fine the past 3 months but the week leading up to my appointment i did feel more hungry but not overally so.

as soon as i drank the barium... i hadn't even swallowed all of it yet... and the nurse said my pouch was dilated and pretty bad. i also was having reflux which i was not feeling.

she took .5cc out which now leaves me with 4.2cc in a 10cc band and i was put on liquids for 3 days. she said the pouch should go back to normal and to come back in a month.

what happens if it DOESN'T go back to normal? i've had nothing but problems with the band since day one with reflux and dilation over the past 2 years and i'm SO frustrated!

i've lost over 40 pounds... half of what i wanted to lose... and i'm okay with how i look and feel but i don't know what to do!!


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Posted March 12, 2010 - 6:43 PM

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I had a pouch dilation and let it go much too long without getting a barium swallow. My symptoms were horrible heartburn, throwing everything up and night time reflux. My pouch was so dilated that even with all the fill out, there was no resolution of my symptoms. This went on for, like, months. Stupid. I had to have revision surgery and i have gained 20 lbs. very depressing.


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