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Dear Everyone,

My dr. recommended the Gastro Bypass Surgury to me it was my diabieites dr. I know nothing about it . I did weigh 293.50 and now weigh 212 I am 5 feet 2 inches tall. I lost the weight dieting and on Ionamin diet pills that help fill you up. I am afraid I will gain the weight back that I lost when off the pills that don't have the full effect anymore like they used to. I am tired of dieting. I am 46 years old have Medicare for insurance and Horizon Blue cross blue shield. I am scared of hospitals and pain. Can someone that has had this surgury write to me about information all kinds will be happy to receive anything that someone has to offer. Main fear is there a lot of pain afterwards and can you eat your normal foods eventually but less of it?? Do you get diarea all the time after surgury?? ARe the risks bad.



Thank you

Barbara
Dear Wisex,

After reading what you wrote . And checking things on the computer since I didn't talk to any dr's yet except the diabieties one who suggested the surgury is this the kind that you feel is less of a risk then all the others. I found this information on the computer.
My sugar has been good since I am losing weight but like I said it's not that easy for me anymore because I am cheating more and can't seem to stick to the diet as good as before and the pills that are appetite suppresents aren't working as the full effect because I have been on them for a long time. I tried stopping them for one week and boy did I eat away at food not just food I shouldn't have had but more food then I would have eaten with the diet pill.

Do you know anyone that has had this surgury if this is the one you are talking about???

Please write me back. Thanks for writing to me

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

In Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, surgeons use a silicone band to create a small pouch out of the top of the existing stomach. This limits food consumption without disrupting the normal progression of food through the digestive tract. The procedure does not involve any intestinal connections and there is no malabsorption component with this procedure. Although excellent weight loss can be achieved, it is generally slightly less than that resulting from a gastric bypass procedure. The band has its advantages. In order to accommodate for a patient’s future needs, such as pregnancy, the band is "adjustable." And hospitalization time is generally limited to approximately 1-2 days, depending on the individual. Recuperation is significantly reduced with most patients returning to work in 7-10 days. Post-operative problems such as nausea, vomiting and reduced energy occur less often with the gastric band compared to the gastric bypass.



Thank you so much

Barbara
i am having the surgery on 5/24/04. I have several friends at work that have had the surgery and have had great results.
I had GBS 8-17-05, My starting weight was 263 and my current weight is about 177. I feel great and had no complications or pain following my surgery. However this surgery is not the "easy way out". You still have to deal with the emotions and physical changes you are going thru. My hair is thinning out, but other than that I am totally happy with my decision to have GBS. I knew I would not look like a super model, I just wanted to feel better and be able to keep up with my kids. I am off the 5 meds I took before surgery. It has been about 6 months since my surgery, I do need to exercise to firm up what I can, but if I never lost another lb I am happy with my results. The self confidence I have now feels sooooo good. Best wishes & Good Luck with whatever method of weight loss you decide on.
With 15 days left until my GBS I am really getting nervous. Not because of the actual surgery itself but because I know that I will have a hard time with the food part of it. I mean, I didnt get to the weight I am by eating nutritious meals all the time. I am 5'3" and 243. I have NEVER weighed this much. I know that I am an emotional eater and will sometimes, or rather, often eat just to eat.
A family member had it almost 3 yrs ago and he looks so much better and is much healthier than before. He was on so much medication that his cupboards looked like a friggin pharmacy. Now, he is down to maybe 6 meds a day, which is a huge improvement. My father had major health issues because of his weight. He is gone now, but oddly, not cause of his weight. He had like 2 open heart surgerys, lots of heart attacks and was completely seditary. I used to be quite active and am looking forward to being able to be active again.
I am nervous, probably more nervous now than I was 10 minutes ago....I read all of the posts on here. Freaked me out a bit. But then again, you run a risk driving down the road these days.

All in all...Im excited to be given the opportunity to use this as a tool to achieve weight loss. I have tried all of the pills and programs imaginable. All had short term effects. Plus, I hated the pills because I felt cracked out all the time.

I would be completely thrilled to get to like 140ish.....

The countdown is on!!
Congratulations on your surgery date, time will fly by! Make sure to do your grocery shopping for soups, jellos, puddings, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, cream of wheat, yogurt, applesauce, lots of popsicles, etc. Any soft foods you like, cause you will still crave different foods and you'll want to have them on hand. I can not do milk or yogurt, but I lived on banana popsicles til I could have the mashed foods (about a week or two). The food list is pretty small at first, just liquids. But, you move pretty quick to the mashed foods. This surgery was the best thing I've ever done for myself, and I thank God for my ins finally covering it. Best Wishes, thinatheart (getting thinner)
[QUOTE=thinatheart]Congratulations on your surgery date, time will fly by! Make sure to do your grocery shopping for soups, jellos, puddings, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, cream of wheat, yogurt, applesauce, lots of popsicles, etc. Any soft foods you like, cause you will still crave different foods and you'll want to have them on hand. I can not do milk or yogurt, but I lived on banana popsicles til I could have the mashed foods (about a week or two). The food list is pretty small at first, just liquids. But, you move pretty quick to the mashed foods. This surgery was the best thing I've ever done for myself, and I thank God for my ins finally covering it. Best Wishes, thinatheart (getting thinner)[/QUOTE]

POPSICLES? I thought u couldnt have sugar...? I guess sugarfree ones would work. Yeah, I am soooo excited but dreading having to face reality - that I am a food addict. I cant believe my insurance is covering it. I have medicaid - and my health is OK but family history of every weight related complication known to man. So I am lucky. I have to come up with $500 before Mar 1st for my pre-op class though. It wil be tight but not as tight as my clothes are! Im looking forward to it.
Thanks for the inspiration!!

Jen
Hi again. :wave: Start out with sugar-free, til you find out if sugar will bother you, I had no problem with it. They were a life saver for me. It is hard to drink enough, so the popsicles help you through that. Best Wishes! :angel:
THANKS!
Yeah, just a few more days and I will have my surgery!!! March 2nd! :bouncing:

I am nervous, but mostly because I am finding that I am actually SAD about saying goodbye to many foods that I really love. Weird....I feel sad just thinking about it. I have been addicted to drugs and alcohol in the past, but didnt feel "sad" about letting them go because I knew that I HAD to do it if I wanted to live. This is the same thing, in my opinion, but my brain is not understanding that. I look forward to being a bit happier, and healthier. As it stands now, I get short of breath just from getting up from the couch or walking DOWN the stairs....... Looking forward to that improvement.

I will post more later or after surgery....
:angel: This surgery is one of the best things I ever did for myself. It is also something that I did not just jump into, I did alot of research, talked with alot of people who had had the surgery, and I attended WLS Support Group meetings for 3 yrs prior to having the surgery myself. The reason I had to wait so long was that my ins did not cover this until last year. I started the process in Jan 05 and had my surgery Aug 17,2005. I feel sooooo much better physically and mentally. I have lost down from 263 to about 176. I'd like to lose another 15-20 lbs to be at my goal, but I don't really care if I reach that goal-I am so happy with my results :bouncing: . Time flies by while waiting for your surgery to get here. It will be over & done before you know it. Hopefully you will be like me and have no problems. I never got sick and never needed anything for pain once I was back in my room. The only time I feel bad is when I overeat or eat too fast :nono: . You get kind of quesy, so you know better the next time. I've never gotten throw-up sick, but I have gotten a tore-up stomach a few times. Best wishes, I'll be thinking of you!
Thanks!! Between you and cookie, I am so excited! You 2 have been such an inspiration for me. I have seen how the whole thing works but havent attended any WLS groups. My brother had the surgery almost 3 years ago and I have seen how it has changed him. Mentally and emotionally, I feel ready for this. I have never been comfortable in my big body and have never accepted being heavy, so I really feel that once this happens and I do lose some weight, I will feel like I am "back home", weird as that may seem. I have been down to about 175 almost 2yrs ago, before I was prego with my daughter. I am glad that I held on to all of my "skinnier" clothes, size 14-18 stuff -
I am already packed for the hospital. Taking some books and cds to cure some boredom.
Having my last meal tomorrow night, and will start flushing my system on Tuesday by eating small, easier meals. My kids' dad is bringing me some garlic cheese pizza tomorrow when he comes to see the kids. Kinda nice of him, I guess. He knows this is going to be a big thing for me. So....

Anyway, I went to the store today and bought some popsicles like u suggested, and LOTS of sugarfee jello, mashed potatoes, and some other stuff. I bought some protein drink mix too that was recommended by the doc. So for Tuesday and Wednesday I will get started.

Im soooo excited!

Thanks!
Jen
I looked into RNY surgery but I was turned off by the 1% mortality rate. I also have an aunt who had it done 15 years ago who is going pass on in the next year because of a leak they never caught. The leak has destroyed most of her live. To me, it wasn't worth the risk and I decided to do it the hard way.

I do know people who have had it done successfully, and I also know those who were successful who went back to eating the same way they did before and they gained alot of the weight back.
[QUOTE=Szerek]I looked into RNY surgery but I was turned off by the 1% mortality rate. I also have an aunt who had it done 15 years ago who is going pass on in the next year because of a leak they never caught. The leak has destroyed most of her live. To me, it wasn't worth the risk and I decided to do it the hard way.[/QUOTE]

Okay, forgive me if this sounds mean, but gastric bypass surgery IS the hard way. If you didnt do it then you would never be able to fully understand how much harder it really is than to lose it another way - even watching someone else go through it. As far as the 1% morbitity rate....well, being morbidly obese causes many more health problems that have a much higher death rate than the surgery itself. Unfortunately, there are some people who have complications as a result. And there are many people who have the surgery and then dont change their lifestyles and end up gaining it all back anyway. That is an issue of the individual.

Gastric bypass is in NO WAY "the easy way out". With gastric bypass if you eat the wrong thing, eat it the wrong way, or eat too much (even 1 tiny bite mre than you should) you get, in most cases, violently sick. Things can get stuck in this hole that is the size of a dime and it is incredibly painful. Without the surgery, if you are more disciplined and you eat a few bites too many of something, no big deal. You just exercise a little harder the next day and it will be okay. I know this from experience, I am not just talking out the side of my neck.

Im sorry that your aunt is not well. BUt she really is the exception, not the rule.

I had gastric bypass just over a month ago and have lost almost 1/2 of my excess weight already. The pain that I go through when I drink my water too fast, or the occasional throwing up is not fun, but it is worth it to me.

Jen
[QUOTE=juaquina]You know I personally know individuals who have had this particular surgery and have done exceptionally well with it, but my baby sister had this same surgery 3-months ago in which her doctor felt she desperately needed, she had the surgery which was successful no complications, she followed procedures and was doing good and then on Aug. 4, 2003 she abruptly passed away.
I'm still in awe of the whole scenario. What do you think might have happened. I don't understand, I wish she never had this surgery.[/QUOTE]

I am sorry for your loss but to try and blame her unfortunate passing on her GB surgery without all the facts is just not valid. She could have had health complications from her weight or genetics that caused her passing.

To my knowledge, all surgeons require a physical 7-10 days before the surgery and that would have ruled out some factors but certainly not all. I'm also having a probelm understanding her time line. If she had the surgery three months ago how did she pass away on 08/04/2003? Was an autopsy performed as is the standard response in circumstances such as hers?
[QUOTE=FormerJuJitsuChamp]It is a catch 22. Most people who are obese will remain obese, maybe, just maybe have the occasional short term period of weight loss. The fact is, an individual who is obese cannot just "put down the fork". Obesity is a disease. You would not tell someone with cancer to stop there often radical treatments.[/QUOTE]

That statement is just plain B.S.! Stop and think before you post crap like that here! A lot of people take hope or despair from what they read here and your statements just aren't true. In fact, no valid medical evidence supports it!

Obesity is a disease but it certainly doesn't mean you cannot "put down the fork"! Such a typical response from someone who has no real knowledge of obesity or its underlying causes. And cancer treatments are not "often radical" - Jeeze what an insensitive doorknob!
I just had the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery a little over a month ago (down 40 pounds) and considering what I had to go through before having the surgery I donít understand some of the posts here. I donít know if some surgeons are just bad at providing gastric bypass information or people are not following procedures. Did some folks not get the memo?

When I started the program here in Minneapolis I attended an orientation class (that was completely free by the way) where the details of the surgery were discussed, presentations were shown and we were able to talk with a surgeon. Most of the lifestyle changes were discussed in detail during this class. As I progressed in the program there was more information provided and more details about the surgery and the lifestyle that must follow afterwards. Any questions I had were answered thoroughly and I was given lots of information to read on my surgery. I had to have a psychological evaluation (required 4-5 visits), blood work and a physical examination by my own physician (7-10 days prior to surgery) and had to lose 30 pounds before I could even have the surgery.

In addition it was stressed (to the point of signing an agreement) that I would follow these requirements the rest of my life. These requirements included follow-up exams and blood work (making sure of vitamin intake) on a regular basis the first year and then annually every year for the rest of my life. I take a chewable multi-vitamin, a sublingual B-12 and two tasty, chocolate Viactiv calcium supplements each day. Before the surgery I took a multi-vitamin (as we most all should) and other supplements so not a big change there. Sure there is a lifestyle change but there would be no matter what you did if you are trying to lose weight. The surgery jumpstarts that and forces you to make the lifestyle changes we cannot or will not make. Is it hard? Well, yes, somewhat but it certainly isnít unrealistic to make these changes in diet and lifestyle. And the rewards far far outweigh the risk Ė honestly.

Yes, there is a 1% mortality rate from the surgery but letís put that into perspective. You have a 1 in 212 chance of dying from accidental poisoning, a 1 in 218 chance of dying in a car accident and a 1 in 229 in death from falling! (www.nsc.org) The national average of mortality for this procedure was quoted by some sources as 1 in 200. For the hospital where I had my surgery they quote a 1 in 1700. (I liked the odds better at my hospital!) Morbid obesity results in far more deaths than this procedure anyway. And something that keeps being ignored here is that ROUX-EN-Y GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY IS REVERSABLE! Itís recommended as a permanent solution but it CAN BE REVERSED. And from what Iíve read itís not much more difficult that the initial surgery.

My doctor told me something that helped me make the decision. I asked him what the long term effects of this surgery were. How would it affect me when Iím 65-70 years old? He said they donít have studies out for that length of time yet. Then he said something that really made up my mind. ďIt really makes no difference. At your weight you wonít live to see 55!Ē :eek:

WCPI





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