I posted this on another forum but wanted to here as well.
I'm 2 weeks in hospital now due to strictures in my duodenum due to recent Crohns activity which has left narrowings down my duodenum. These 2 weeks I've been getting TPN and lipids to build myself up due to malnourishment.
One stricture is accessible by a scope. It narrowed to a 2mm opening which they widened to 9mm. Although I noticed an improvement, it was not significant. A upper GI revealed further strictures further down. My surgeon has told me surgery is the only likely way to deal with this, either a strictureoplasty, resection, or a bypass where they cut out the duodenum and reattach the bowel to the stomach. The latter is not the optimal choice.
Has anyone had surgery in the duodenal area? It sounds complicated :(
Regular Member...Veteran Sufferer.
CD since Fall 1987
Small Bowel Cancer - Sept 2008
Surgery to remove tumor - Oct 1st, 2008
Chemo - Dec 2008 to May 2009
Apri 2010 - NED (Cancer-free!)
March 2010 - Active CD and Fistula in Duodenum