The Marketing, Scarcity, Rising Costs and Future of Vitamin B12

1ml bottlesIt is said that every person reacts differently and recovers differently after having a total gastrectomy (TG). But something that we all have in common is malabsorption of vitamins and minerals, which people experience to varying degrees. And one problem … Read More…


Planning A Post-Gastrectomy Pregnancy

As more and more young people discover their genetic predisposition for stomach cancer and choose total gastrectomy (TG), young women who undergo this procedure face a new challenge: family planning. TG patients are at lifelong risk for several problems associated … Read More…


What’s your new normal?

It just occurred to me that the two year anniversary of my prophylactic total gastrectomy has come and gone (September 12), without a thought, until just now. I’m recalling the time before my TG, when I was still in the … Read More…


Getting ready for your Total Gastrectomy (TG): Be prepared

Getting ready for your Total Gastrectomy (TG): Be Prepared
Unlike most surgical procedures, particularly those of an urgent or emergency nature, undergoing a prophylactic (preventive) procedure affords one a bit of luxury – time to plan and prepare for this major life changing event. Take advantage of this opportunity to help to make the entire process a bit less stressful. Careful planning before your surgery will allow you to focus your energy following surgery on your recovery. Read More


Choosing a Surgeon: Ten questions to ask

By Johanna Chelcun, MHS, PA-C and Karen Chelcun Schreiber

 For those of us considering undergoing a prophylactic TG, here are some questions you should consider asking your potential surgeon.  It won’t be easy to fit all of these questions into … Read More…


You’re Having WHAT? About Total Gastrectomy

Prophylactic Total Gastrectomy (Preventive Complete Removal of Stomach)

Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC) is the type of gastric cancer caused by a mutation in the CDH1 gene. Because it is nearly impossible to detect at an early stage, the recommended … Read More…


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