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Week of April 2, 2001

    Question:   A year ago my mother had 2/3 of her stomach removed due to hemorrhaging ulcers. Before this operation she also underwent a procedure to prevent the acid from remaining in her stomach. In this surgery the surgeon cut and destroyed the muscle at the bottom of her stomach that contracts and controls the release of food into her intestine. The result is that she now has The Dumping Syndrome.    Dr. Ganiat's Answer

    Question:   I am a 33 year old women who for a new year's resolution decided not to eat meat, poultry, fish or seafood. I do still use eggs, and dairy products. I am using veggie burgers in place of some meat but basically eat a lot of veggies and pasta, and meatless soups. I am slightly over weight but am a confident person so this was strictly for a resolution.    Dr. Ganiat's Answer

    Question:   I had a stomach stapling surgery 16 years ago in a small town hospital in Texas. I am 5 foot 6 inches tall and at the time of surgery I weighed 219. After 6 months of strict dieting and lots of exercise I lost weight until I was 169 and never lost anymore. Now I am back up to 216. My questions are these: Have they improved on the surgery, was mine done correctly and can I have mine redone or corrected or did it just not work for me?    Dr. Ganiat's Answer