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Hello All. Hope all is well with you and yours. I am over 5 years out and recently feel like I am just a few weeks out from surgery. I can barely eat anything without throwing it back up. Truth be told I shouldn’t be eating the things I’m eating anyways. Is this a blessing in disguise? Are there veterans out there successfully living with stricture?  

currently 20 lbs higher than my lowest weight.

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they almost always occur during the first three months after surgery (I had two of them), so that's pretty odd that you've got one now. They're very easily "fixed", though. I'd go have it checked out in case there's something else going on - although even if it's a stricture, they'll need to "fix" it. You can't continue to not keep anything down.

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With a sleeve, you don't have an anastomotic stricture, as you ask about on your other thread, as you don't have an anastomosis - this is more of an RNY thing. Strictures with the sleeve are usually due to surgical defects, and as catwoman relates, usually show up early. I suppose that it is possible that you have a twisting stricture in your sleeve that can be delayed (as things are always moving around some in there) but that is nothing that you just want to "just live with" as that can also lead to loss of the blood supply to the stomach leading to loss of the stomach via necrosis (the tissue dies). Not a good way to lose that regain.

Not to be alarmist, but worst case scenario is that there is something growing in there that you really don't want growing in there - either in the GI tract or outside of it putting pressure on it. There is a whole laundry list of cancers that can do this, so it is best to get this checked out, as the sooner you find out what is going on, the better. It may be something entirely benign, but it is best to know just what is going on. And soon.

Good luck,

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Not a technically a Vet but I had a structure "develop" about 1.5 yrs post op. Dilatations are standard care unless the surgeon decides otherwise.

My surgeon discussed a treatment plan of about 5-6 dilatations or RNY conversion since i also had GERD and sleeve torsion

Good Luck 💚

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Sounds like a trip to the MD is warranted. Not sure if you are still in contact with your original surgeon but I know for me I would start with my internist and go to a different G.I. surgeon. No contact with WLS since 2015

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