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I had gastric bypass surgery on July 20th. When I switched to the purée plan, I have been choking on food and barely able to swallow.

I am very depressed about this and wondering if anyone else has experienced this.

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I had a sleeve surgery in July 2019 and within the first two weeks it felt like I had a piece of hamburger stuck in my throat and could not get it cleared. It stayed that way for months. I ended up with additional issues that caused me to have a revision from a sleeve to a gastric bypass in February of 2020. (I am not saying you need to have anything changed just explaining my journey). In the process to having the revision my dr did a scope of my throat and almost immediately after that the closed up feeling of my throat and “stuck” food feeling went away and has not bothered me again. I would strongly suggest you speak to your team and explain what you are going through. I can Not emphasize enough the importance of getting your nutrition in and know how difficult that is going to be if you can’t swallow.

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Thank you so much for your reply. I’ve been feeling helpless and regretting my decision having this surgery. I’m going to call my doctors office in the morning. Did they do an X-ray with contrast die on you? What was the scope procedure like? Was it your bariatric surgeon that did the scope procedure or a gastroenterologist?

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The bariatric surgeon ordered the scope but a gastroenterologist did it. I was under sedation when they did it so all I remember was having a slightly sore throat when I woke up. I do not believe I had xrays with contrast at the time of this complaint but truthfully with the complications I had going on some of the procedures and tests timeframes get a little blurred. I can only speak for myself and my experience and it took almost a year for me to get back to feeling like myself and I will be honest I wasn’t the best about making sure I reported all my symptoms and following up with my team where I probably should have. I attribute that to me being so used to health issues being blamed on my weight that I just figured it would eventually get better. I was speaking with someone the other day and was asked if I would recommend wls to others and I honestly answered yes but with the caveat that they were warned to report anything that doesn’t feel right to them to the team. After my revision that’s what my surgeon advised my husband and myself They were like don’t feel like you are being a bother please if something doesn’t feel right or is bothering you call the office it’s easier to document and correct when we know as soon as possible.

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I haven’t wanted to be a bother to the office so I have been really suffering from these issues. You made me feel hopeful and not as depressed as I have been feeling. I’ll let you know what happens after my phone call tomorrow morning.

Are you able to eat healthy and normally now? I’m so sorry with what you’ve gone through. Sounds like you a a very strong person.

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I am sorry I forgot to include that in my answer. Yes I can eat and drink normally now. I actually went to a tasting for my daughters wedding last week which I know even 6 months ago would have never been able to happen. I know it’s hard to imagine while you are going through it but it can get better. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and yes let me know what your team says.

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Have you seen the Uvulitis post? I'm not having this issue...just trying to be helpful!

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Yes, it is common.

If it lasts a bit it is some sort of dysophagi, meaning that you are not able to swallow foods properly for some reason. It might go away as you heal a bit more.

Have a contrast X-ray + a scope of your surgery done to check there is nothing wrong.

With me food/drinks hang around the esophagus a bit, boucing up and down before entering the stomach where it hangs around a little longer than it should.

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3 hours ago, Kaylieghm said:

I haven’t wanted to be a bother to the office so I have been really suffering from these issues. You made me feel hopeful and not as depressed as I have been feeling. I’ll let you know what happens after my phone call tomorrow morning.

Are you able to eat healthy and normally now? I’m so sorry with what you’ve gone through. Sounds like you a a very strong person.

Don't ever suffer because you are afraid of bothering the office. YOU are paying THEM to be your providers of care! They work for YOU! Most people have a scope procedure before having bypass surgery - to check for esophagitis, hiatal hernia, strictures, ulcers, and general anatomy. The procedure is simple. IV sedation, you go to sleep and wake up a short time later. If there is a stricture, the doc will dilate. You cannot recover well if you can't eat, so I hope you call the office soon and get this taken care of. That's what they are there for - to help you. If you don't stand up for yourself, no one else will, so get brave and make the call. :)

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They nailed it above but in my case the dang hose the stick down your throat and a run of heartburn I had the same issue. Went in 6 months later got it stretched out and wammy no more issues. Was a easy procedure

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47 minutes ago, Kaylieghm said:

I called my doctors office office and they gave me a number to call for a UGI test. I called and can’t get in for two weeks. I can barely swallow Water, let alone food and pills! 😌

Go to the ER, you'll get all the tests

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On 8/10/2020 at 4:55 PM, Kaylieghm said:

I called my doctors office office and they gave me a number to call for a UGI test. I called and can’t get in for two weeks. I can barely swallow Water, let alone food and pills! 😌

How are you? I hope you've been seen and are getting the help you need.

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On 8/9/2020 at 2:12 PM, MsMocie said:

Yes, it is common.

If it lasts a bit it is some sort of dysophagi, meaning that you are not able to swallow foods properly for some reason. It might go away as you heal a bit more.

Have a contrast X-ray + a scope of your surgery done to check there is nothing wrong.

With me food/drinks hang around the esophagus a bit, boucing up and down before entering the stomach where it hangs around a little longer than it should.

On 8/9/2020 at 10:00 AM, Jdymitc said:

I had a sleeve surgery in July 2019 and within the first two weeks it felt like I had a piece of hamburger stuck in my throat and could not get it cleared. It stayed that way for months. I ended up with additional issues that caused me to have a revision from a sleeve to a gastric bypass in February of 2020. (I am not saying you need to have anything changed just explaining my journey). In the process to having the revision my dr did a scope of my throat and almost immediately after that the closed up feeling of my throat and “stuck” food feeling went away and has not bothered me again. I would strongly suggest you speak to your team and explain what you are going through. I can Not emphasize enough the importance of getting your nutrition in and know how difficult that is going to be if you can’t swallow.

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