Monday, June 19, 2006

You can have your stomach removed?


These people have an amazing story...all 11 family members had their stomachs removed over the last couple years, because they were positive for a gene defect that caused stomach cancer. I had no idea you could even LIVE without a stomach. I knew that morbidly obese people could get their stomach stapled, but that just reduces the size of the stomach. This actually REMOVES it! The doctors form a small "pouch" at the bottom of the esaphogus, and attach the top of the small intestine to it. Could you imagine eating two bits of a sandwich and being full?