I am expecting a call to schedule my one-year check after my (Toupet or partial Nissen) fundoplication. I will be asked to drink thick barium for the upper GI. I get horribly constipated from barium, and I'm just out of the hospital from a bout of diverticulitis with an abscess, so getting constipated is to be vigorously avoided.
The question is, is there an alternative to barium? I know they sometimes use thin barium or other meds for lower GI contrast. Could they mix in Miralax?
I just barely avoided being gutted like a fish, losing my entire sigmoid colon and having a colostomy this time. I refused surgery and then was offered a drain and IV antibiotics, which seem to have worked for now. If I get another attack it means surgery. I have to wait at least a couple of months for even a colonoscopy, which will determine if I need elective surgery. So I'm afraid of drinking the barium. I had other contrast for the 5 CTs, but I don't think that will work for viewing the stomach.