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Keyhole surgery, swallowing problem, black stool. Torn esophagus?

Dear Doctor, I had keyhole surgery carried out to repair stomach hernia and tighten up ephosegus 10 days ago. I have not eaten much since then as the food hurts on way down so stuck to mostly sloppy foods and juice, however last night I had my first proper large meal and felt some discomfort. When I went to toilet early this morning I passed black,tarry stools and again this afternoon. Is this something associated with not eating much for 10 days after op and suddenly eating normal food. I am worried I have torn the ephosegus and will bled to death, was hoping to wait till morning to call my doctor as it is Sunday night thanks alan
Asked On : Thu, 19 Apr 2012
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Oncologist, Surgical 's  Response

You have already got the best possible treatment for your problem. It is always normal to have such symptoms after this anti-reflux surgeries for stomach hernia. Since you did not had food adequately and also had surgery, you had stress gastritis which has resulted in bleeding inside the stomach. This must be seld limiting and can be managed with antacids and proton pump inhibitors like pantoprazole. All the best.

D. Mohammed Ibrahim
Surgical Oncologist
Answered: Tue, 1 May 2012
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