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  • Long-Term Digestive Issues After RPLND

    Hi guys,

    I had an RPLND surgery about 2 years ago. The past couple of months I've been experiencing a lot of digestive issues, and they've been growing worse over time. Over the past couple days it's gotten to the point where I can't eat anything without having severe stomach cramps and bloating. I'm thinking it could be an intestinal blockage from the scar tissue from the surgery....but then again it could be a number of different things.

    Anyone ever develop a blockage years after the surgery? I'm due to meet with a GI specialist soon, but I'm just curious if anyone ever experienced something like this.

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    Originally posted by TJM90 View Post
    Anyone ever develop a blockage years after the surgery? I'm due to meet with a GI specialist soon, but I'm just curious if anyone ever experienced something like this.
    Get to a doc, probably not a blockage, but your symptoms are familiar to me. I've had three confirmed blockages, two requiring surgery. The first two were within 10 years, the last one was 41 years post RPLND. I've also had a dozen or so episodes that were probably blockages that relieved themselves before the symptom got bad enough to head for the ER.

    I strongly feel RPLND should be reserved for cases where it is the only option to save a life. It should never be performed otherwise. The risks outweigh the benefits, even if only a minority have problems. JMHO

    Dave

    Jan, 1975: Right I/O, followed by RPLND
    Dec, 2009: Left I/O, followed by 3xBEP

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      36 years after treatments (orchiectomy, chemo, RPLND) I was diagnosed with gastroparesis. Seems to have slowly gotten worse over the last 7ish years. Miralax + probiotics has been the only thing that keeps me going. I've also learned to eat a low-fiber diet as crazy as that sounds.

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