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anyone have any questions ? or success stories with gastric bypass?

Leigh - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Hi,I know this community is new still, but I'm hoping we get more members and questions or advice through here! anyone like me, that had gastric bypass and all went well the first couple of years,then yr 3-5(post-op),,gall bladder took a crap,,then I had a partially blocked bowel that hospitalized me for 3 days, then 3 hernias that needed repaired and now one of those hernias is back???Im not if they are all related to my gastric bypass and abdominalplasty but wondering if I'm the only one???

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Mary - posted on 09/03/2010

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I've heard of many complications also. I've had quite a few belly issues but nothing severe blessedly! I hope that you are feeling better!

Michelle - posted on 06/18/2010

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i had my gastric bypass in october 2007 and im now nearly 14 stones lighter i did get pregnant only 4 months after the bypass which caused some problems i was still loosing alot of weight, i was only just getting used to foods and then i got meningitis i ended up having a feeding tube just to make sure the baby was getting enough nutrients as i was so ill i was in hospital for 15 weeks, it didnt put me off 10 monts after my first baby i found out i was pregnant again this time things went fairly smoothly only problem i had was low iron i was given iron infusions to sort that, other than that i have not had any complications at all i now have a 7 week daughter and am able to breast feed her as well

Leigh - posted on 12/03/2009

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ur story sounds a lot like mine!!! I once had lost 180lbs and now 150! I've gained about 30 lbs back over last 2 yrs and Im sqeezing in my size 14's and want to be in my 10/12, (which I own at least 20 pairs of jeans and shorts in that size! LOL ...i dont want ALL my hard work to be for nothing !! ya know ? its a long and NEVER ending road for the rest of OUR lives!!! good luck to you all

Kristine - posted on 11/06/2009

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Hi everyone! I had my RnY in May 2002 at 334 lbs. I hit my lowest weight of 158 in August 2003 and my doctor told me that I was too thin (I'm 5'9) and said he wanted to see me stabilize around 170-175. Well, I got pregnant a couple months later and after I had my son I hover around 195. I went from a 24/26 to a 10/12 and now sit firmly in a size 14. I'm not complaining too much, I still look "normal" but would love to get back into the 20 pairs of size 12 jeans in my closet (I love clothes! Always have, even when I was big). I've been extremely lucky and haven't had any complications other than my gall bladder which went off Christmas 2007 and I was finally able to get it removed in January of this year. I still have a few tummy issues, but I'm pretty sure they're related to my IBS (had it since high school) and are stress triggered. I don't regret it for a minute.

Leigh - posted on 10/18/2009

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hi rachel, I had my gastric bypass in feb 04,just over 5 yrs ago. as far as what to expect,,patience is key. Eat slow, chew well and drink plenty when your not eating. when you have recovered enough exercise is really important. I think i waited for about 8 months before i joined a gym cuz I was so heavy I really couldntdo much until I lost some weight. Expect to hit plateos (spelling?) where you dont lose any weight for 1-2 weeks, sometimes longer. Your metabolism has adjusting to do. Most hit them around 3 mo mark again around 6-8 months. And it is possible to gain weight back after you have reached your ideal weight. I was fine until dec 07 and have been battling with 30 lbs I've gained. I think you asked about your gallbladder,,most people i know including myself did end up having the gall bladder removed. Mine kicked the bucket about 1 yr after my surgery. keep me posted and please write in if you have any more questions..congrats on you success so far!

Dolores - posted on 10/12/2009

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So how are you doing? Are you having any problems? I am off most of my meds. since surgery, feeling great still losing I wll have my 9 month check up on the 27th. I have having a hard time with the fact that my clothes sizes.. I still think I'm in a larger size, and put them on and there to BIG. I really hate to by new , until I lose more weight. I have been shoping at resale stores, and have donated a lot of clothes.

Dolores - posted on 10/12/2009

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Good luck with your surgery,, the waiting I found was the hardest part..The most important thing is to take your protien and your upcal D, mulit vit. and sip your liquids.

If you have any questions just ask..D

Dolores - posted on 10/12/2009

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Sleeve, is where they just remove most of the stomach, it is the size of a banana, do not touch intestines at all, it is slower weight loss, than bypass.

Tammy - posted on 10/12/2009

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hi there,

I amnew to this group and I haven't had my surgery yet, but it is comming in 2 weeks. I have tons of questions about what it is like after the surgery and how much things actually change. I have heard of the gall bladder going after surgery though by a few people I know who have had the surgery and then had to have thier gall bladders removed. I hope everyone is doing well now. Take care.

Rachel - posted on 10/08/2009

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Hi guys.. Hope and I are newbees... we just had our surgery's together the first week in August of 09. She's lost 44 and I've lost 38. it's great to talk with other people who've had it and what we might be able to expect within the next 5 yrs. I was 333 pounds , a type 2 diabetic and I have severe degerative joint disease. SO far so good tho.. I haven't had to take any meds for my diabetes.. they said it cured it, I'm still trying to get used to the hurling..lol But I have some of the greatest friends to go thru this with and I'm sooo thankful for them! Did ya'll go at it alone or did you find a support group?

Leigh - posted on 08/28/2009

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what is "sleeve" surgery? is it a type of lap band? post op 5 years and still battling 30 lbs to lose that i have gained over last year!! this sucks!

Dolores - posted on 08/23/2009

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I had sleeve surgery on Jan. 29. 2009 and have had not complcation, a loss of 77 lbs. so far. Feeling great, about a 2 lb. loss every week.

Leigh - posted on 05/17/2009

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no , and ive had at least 6 surgeries. but ive heard it can happen, but rare! i did have a cat-scan in feb and they found some cysts on one of my ovaries and my umbilicus hernia had returned and eventually will have to have that repaired again! im sure anything is possible with ANY surgery! im glad your ok, good luck! you've lost a lot in a short period of time! but BEWARE,,after about 4 or so years its very easy to gain between 10-40 lbs,,, Im battling now with about 30 lbs and it sucks!! i like to warn people that gastric bypass is a great "TOOL",,but not the complete answer and gaining weight is possible!!

Leigh - posted on 05/17/2009

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no I have had at least 6 different surgerues and never experienced that, but i have heard "IT" can happen! but rare! I did find out in feb when i had a cat-scan that they did see a few cysts on one of my ovaries, and my hernia was back! So I will eventually have another surgery to repair a hernia that was repaired in dec 06..good luck

Melissa - posted on 05/14/2009

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Has anyone had a doctor find anything left behind post-op? My roux-en-Y was in November 2008. I've lost 113 lbs so far. I just had surgery last week for an ovarian tumor. While the doctor was in there, he found that a surgical clip had been left inside me from the gastric bypass. It had slipped down and was embedded in my bladder. Luckily, he found it and removed it.

Jennifer - posted on 05/14/2009

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I had my surgery in Dec 2007, I have lost a total of 119 lbs. I had no complications at all. But I also had no health problems before surgery other than being morbidly obese.

Leigh - posted on 03/04/2009

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Don't get me wrong, i would do it again in a heartbeat also!!!  i guess they educate yo0u on what to expect before and during the surgery and tell you how your gonna eat for the yer or so, but no one ever goes into LONG term complications.

Theresa - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi,




I had my surgery in 2004, since then I have had 3 more children and two of them were twins less than a year post op! 



I have had alot of difficulties since the surgery related to the sergery, but mostly only while I am pregnant.  I have to get iron infusions mulitiple times a week while pregnant, allong with the B-12 injections.  I also seemed to have had a medicial condition that was hidden by my weight.  I have low BP.  I was always told when I was heaver that I had great BP for how big I was, well it seems that my weight was the only thing keeping my pressure up.  I now take medicine to help it.  I have had the gaul bladder issue, and had it removed almost 8 monts after my by-pass.



There have been so other minor issues but nothing that would make me ever think that I am sorry that I did it!



 



Theresa

Leigh - posted on 02/24/2009

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Thanks, Im sure I will get through all this! But I would also do it all again as wel! I started at 342, and am at 175,,which puts me in a 12,,I originally got to 155, but that put me in a size 4/6, and I thought that was to thin for me!! Believe or not anything  > than 3 yrs post-op is dangerous because for most of us at that point we can eat anything and 4x as much as when we first had the surgery! So now I struggle with 10 lbs in both directions all the time. Idealy I need to be between 165-170,,because then I can fit in my size 10 jeans! and Im ok with that!! Exercise is key! and I started back up about 3 weeks ago!  Good luck to you !!

Melissa - posted on 02/24/2009

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I am sorry to hear that you're having issues that far post-op. Hopefully, you'll be able to get back to your surgeon. I know I trust mine, and I really wouldn't want to have to see another one. He thinks I may have an incisional hernia, but it may also be a hemotoma. So we are just watching it for now. Sometimes it seems like we trade one health issue for another with the surgery, but I'd still do it again in a heartbeat. It sounds your problems are related to the surgery. At my final pre-op class, they gave us a list of possible short-term and long-term complications. Both umbilical hernias and bowel obstructions due to an internal hernia are on the list. I know some other people that had to have their gallbladders removed post-op. Luckily, I had mine taken out a few years before the surgery. I hope you'll be feeling 100% soon.

Leigh - posted on 02/24/2009

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hi ! Your doing great! wow 78 lbs,!! All my complications were about 1.5-2 yrs post-op! First was my gallbladder (not even sure that was really related),then when I had my tummy tuck, my recovery from that was a nightmare!! But about 3 yrs post-op, I had a partially blocked bowel, that hospitalized me for 3 days, and at that time they discovered a umblicus hernia. THey were able to repair the blocked bowel without surgery, discharged me and I had to follow up with my surgeon a month later. The doc and I agreed that while he was repairing that one hernia , he'd do a little looking around inside and see if he could find the cause of the blocked bowel. Not only did he find that,,but 2 more hernias,,he repaired all 4 issues. All has been quiet for last 2 yrs until 2 months ago,,when I thought I was experiencing the blocked bowel and went for a Cat Scan,,,and thank god,,no blockage,,,,but another HERNIA! my first repair on my umbilicus hernia returned. I havent had it repaired yet, but hope to in a few months after we move back home to FL..we are military and Im trying to wait to get back to my surgeon back home! I hope I didnt say anything that would scare you!! My advice dont chalk up lower belly pain to "a gas bubble" or feeling gassy,if it lasts more than one hour. I was going on 3 hours and finally convinced myself it was more than gas and it got so bad, I wasnt able to drive or even ride with a neighbor to the E.R.,,cuz I couldnt get off the floor,,so how embarrassing is dialing 911....LOL  would love to chat anytime!!! take care

Melissa - posted on 02/24/2009

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Hi! I had my gastric bypass in Nov 2008. I am down 78 lbs and over 35 in. I also had complications. My potassium levels became critically low to the point my heart almost stopped.. So my doc prescribed a huge potassium supplement everyday. I am still trying to recover from the imbalance. No one ever told me about potassium. We were only told about the multi w/ iron, the calcium citrate and B12. The doc also said that I may also need hernia repair.

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