Weakness and a lack of power

Stomach cancer surgery is a big procedure. For some time later, most people feel weak and lack strength.

If the weakness lasts longer than a few weeks, contact your doctor or nurse. They can make recommendations for things that can help, such as physiotherapy.

After surgery, the majority of patients have difficulty eating. This may result in weight loss. Many people struggle to recover their weight. It is critical to consume small amounts of food on a daily basis.

Certain foods may also cause stomach (abdominal) discomfort and diarrhoea. Dumping syndrome is the name for the combination of these symptoms.

Tell your dietician about any eating issues you're having.

Antibiotics will be given to you after surgery to lessen the chance of infection. If you have any signs or symptoms of an infection, tell your doctor or nurse. They are as follows:

  • Feeling hot and cold
  • Feeling unwell
  • shivering feeling
  • nauseated
  • swelling
  • redness around the wound

Where the surgeon links the end of the stomach or food pipe (oesophagus) to the small bowel, leaks might occur. An anastomotic leak is what it's termed which requires immediate attention.

Treatment for leaks.

  • Stopping eating and drinking
  • antibiotics are part of the treatment.
  • emptying the leak tube's food supply

Endoscopies and scans will be performed to ensure that it is mending properly. If the previous therapies don't work, you may require further surgery to fix the leak. If you have a leak, you will need to stay in the hospital for longer.

After this procedure, around 7 out of 100 persons (7%) experience a leak. This is more likely to occur during the first week following surgery. People who develop a leak after they have gone home are quite unusual.

If you have shortness of breath or severe chest pain, see your doctor.

Breathing and chest difficulties

Chest infections, such as pneumonia, can be life-threatening. Antibiotics help treat the infection.

You can reduce your risk:

  • By quitting smoking before your surgery,
  • getting up and moving as soon as possible after your surgery, and
  • practising breathing exercises as instructed by your physiotherapist

Problems with the heart

Following this procedure, some patients experience heart issues. Other organs, like your kidneys, may suffer as a result. Regular blood tests will be performed to assess the health of your heart and kidneys.

Stomach acid reflux and slow stomach emptying

A difficulty with the contents of the stomach flowing back into the food pipe might occur after surgery (reflux).

Heartburn is one of the symptoms of reflux.

  • Antacids are medications that aid in the movement of food through the stomach and intestines.

Insufficient nutritional intake

You may need to take extra calcium, vitamin D, and iron after stomach surgery. This is due to the fact that these nutrients are absorbed by the stomach. Without all or most of your stomach, you won't be able to absorb enough from your typical food.

Without most or all of your stomach, you won't be able to absorb vitamin B12 from meals. This is due to the fact that your stomach generates a molecule known as intrinsic factor, which allows your body to utilise vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 assists in the maintenance of a healthy blood supply. Vitamin B12 injections will be required.

The thoracic duct is a tube that connects the oesophagus to the lungs. It's a lymphatic system component. Your surgeon may divide it during the procedure. It only leaks once in a while after your operation. This is more likely to occur during the first week following surgery.

  • More fluid flowing into your chest drain than your doctor expects is the main symptom.
  • Pain and shortness of breath are two less common symptoms.

The fluid must be drained as part of the treatment. Another tube may need to be inserted into the location where the fluid is gathering. If the duct does not heal on its own, you may need surgery to fix it.