Have you had a gastric bypass or lap-band procedure? - page 2

I am looking for success and horror stories related to these procedures. I have a family member considering this surgery - the closest hospital/surgeon that performs these is over 100 miles away... Read More

  1. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from puggymae
    I am looking for success and horror stories related to these procedures. I have a family member considering this surgery - the closest hospital/surgeon that performs these is over 100 miles away from where we live and I know no one who has had these procedures personally. Thanks!
    I had gastric bypass 18 months ago and was best thing I ever did. I have lost just over 100lb and don't get aches or pains that I got before surgery, can do a lot more and enjoy doing it, like taking my dogs on more walks.

    If you want to pm me more than happy to answer any concerns
  2. by   jimthorp
    Quote from Blackcat99
    Please tell your sister to contact food addicts anonymous at 4623 Forest Hill Blvd. #109-4 West Palm beach, FL 33415 and ask about ordering the pamphlet called ' A guide to abstinence." It contains a very healthy delicious lifetime eating plan. I am a food addict and I have lost about 92 pounds. I am so grateful that I never risked my life by having any kind of bariatric surgery. This food plan gets rid of the constant food cravings that I use to have. I knew a guy at work who also talked about getting the surgery and when he finally did he died on the operating table! I have heard about people getting the surgery and losing weight and then regaining all of the weight back. Why risk it?

    Good advice. IMHO, fad diets and bariatric surgery do not address the real problem...a person's mental status about food and eating habits. Too many people want a quick fix...give me a pill or cut me here. In most cases the true cause of obeseity lies within ones own head. Surgery or fad diets will not fix this!
  3. by   tatgirl
    My mom had gastric bypass done in 1986. At first she lost alot of weight to the point she looked too thin. She had problems with certain foods ( greasy fatty) that she can no longer eat (she doesnt miss em!!). Now 20 years later, she has gained some weight but she is healthier and feels soo much better. before the surgery she weighed 300 lbs, now she weighs around 150.

    Wendy
    LPN
  4. by   midcom
    Quote from Valanda
    A friend of mine wrote a book about loss surgery and her experience with it. She also co-authored a second book. I think they would make for good reading even if she wasn't my friend. She also gives lectures across the US. The books are, "Weight Loss Surgery: Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You!" and "Weight Loss Surgery for Dummies". Her name is Barbara Thompson.
    She is not a nurse, just someone who went through bariatric surgery, asked many questions, learned alot, and wrote about her experience.
    Both of these books may be available in your local library.
    Barbara is a hero to many weightloss surgery patients. her book was one of the first ones written & became a "Bible" to many of us. I heard her speak while I was in the process of gettting approval for my surgery. Very inspiring.

    That said, I am 3 years post-op, very few problems healthwise. I never lost as much as I wanted & struggle everyday with not eating things I shouldn't and because of bad habits have gained 20 lbs back. However, I now weigh 190 instead of 350. I am healthy & able to return to school where I am preparing to be a LPN. I couldn't have done it if I hadn't lost the weight.
    Dixie
  5. by   midcom
    Quote from Blackcat99
    Please tell your sister to contact food addicts anonymous at 4623 Forest Hill Blvd. #109-4 West Palm beach, FL 33415 and ask about ordering the pamphlet called ' A guide to abstinence." It contains a very healthy delicious lifetime eating plan. I am a food addict and I have lost about 92 pounds. I am so grateful that I never risked my life by having any kind of bariatric surgery. This food plan gets rid of the constant food cravings that I use to have. I knew a guy at work who also talked about getting the surgery and when he finally did he died on the operating table! I have heard about people getting the surgery and losing weight and then regaining all of the weight back. Why risk it?
    I wonder how many "food addicts" who lose the "normal" way also gain it all back???? There are failures in every kind of weightloss. Yes, some people die from GBS but so do they from any surgery and many more, every year die from obesity.
    Dixie
  6. by   hope3456
    My brother was seriously considering weight loss surgery....until he checked with his health insurance company (pacificare - group ins. thru a school district) and they absolutely will not cover any type of weight loss surgery or any other type of obesity tx. And this came about as of 7-1-06....they would pay for it b/f then.
  7. by   Blackcat99
    Quote from midcom
    I wonder how many "food addicts" who lose the "normal" way also gain it all back???? There are failures in every kind of weightloss. Yes, some people die from GBS but so do they from any surgery and many more, every year die from obesity.
    Dixie
    When I use to go on "diets" I would still have the overpowering urges to eat and so I would have to go off my diet. Now I no longer "diet" and am losing weight. Many food addicts cannot handle foods containing sugar, flour and wheat. When I would eat foods like that it would cause me uncontrollable urges to eat much much more of it. I couldn't stop eating. I have discovered that by omitting sugar,flour and wheat in my truly healthy and delicious food plan I no longer have the cravings. The Food addicts anonymous program has a lot of sucess stories about people being able to keep the weight off for good. Since I no longer have these uncontrollable food cravings, I don't think I will gain it back.
  8. by   WickedRedRN
    I am 18 months post op RNY, no complications, no problems. Lost 125+ lbs, I now weigh less than I have lost. My best advice is to follow the plan set by your surgeon to the letter, and make sure your surgeon has an excellent post op support network (support groups, dieticians, follow up care, etc.)

    PM me anytime you want for more info.
  9. by   selaz
    Quote from Blackcat99
    When I use to go on "diets" I would still have the overpowering urges to eat and so I would have to go off my diet. Now I no longer "diet" and am losing weight. Many food addicts cannot handle foods containing sugar, flour and wheat. When I would eat foods like that it would cause me uncontrollable urges to eat much much more of it. I couldn't stop eating. I have discovered that by omitting sugar,flour and wheat in my truly healthy and delicious food plan I no longer have the cravings. The Food addicts anonymous program has a lot of sucess stories about people being able to keep the weight off for good. Since I no longer have these uncontrollable food cravings, I don't think I will gain it back.
    Wow, that's really interesting. I notice that when I eat sugar and other refined carbohydrates, I want more and more and more --I am almost crazed. I feel like an addict. I talked to my Primary Care Physician about this and she agreed --cut out sugars and refined starches and limit wheat products. She said this should help with my triglycerides as well. Thanks for this advice...I am going to try this. How much weight have you lost?
  10. by   Blackcat99
    I have lost 92 pounds. I just need to lose 23 more pounds and I will be at my goal weight. Yes I would always fail when I would diet. I just couldn't stop eating once I started eating those certain foods. I'm just like the alcoholic. Once I take that "first bite" I'm a goner. I can't stop eating. My weight had reached 240 pounds and I was desperate. I was willing to do anything to stop killing myself with food. At first, I thought those people were crazy. How could they really expect me to give up all the foods I loved that contained sugar,flour and wheat? However, when I decided to do it I realized that they were so right. Food addicts anonymous saved my life.
  11. by   oignurse
    I had gastric bypass 2 and 1/2 years ago and have had terrific results. The key to a positive outcome is selecting a qualified surgeon whose practice is devoted to bariatric surgery. There is a great website, ObesityHelp - Gastric Bypass, LAP-BAND System, DS and Other Surgical and Non-Surgical Weight Loss Options., that is a great resource with statistics on surgeons, hospitals, etc. Do your homework to decide if this is the right decision.
  12. by   nnurlaw
    If considering a lapband or rouxNy surgery, first and foremost, choose a center of excellence. These centers are few and far between, but meet strict standards for care and have the lowest numbers of complications. Don't do it for the wrong reasons. This will not make an unhappy person into a happy person. Last, but certainly not least, you must complete a psychological eval (in addition to the cardio and pulmonary). Most centers try to educate clients about the reality of post surgical lifestyle changes. If the patient thinks that they can eat the same things and in the same amount, yet loose weight, they are NOT a good candidate for these procedures.
  13. by   Deac Jn
    First, Happy New Year! I have had the RNY in 2004 and lost approx 220lbs. Yes that is true. 220 lbs. Amazes me to think of "then" vs. now.
    I had no real problems post op. My issues involved more nutritional issues, had and continue to have problems with some foods dense protiens like chicken breast, and lean meats. I have no problem with soups and have learned to make them with veggies and good stuff like that.
    Physically I do get tired if I do not keep my calories up. It is a struggle to get 1200 cals per day into me. (funny, used to eat 1200 for breakfast) So I do advise people who go for the RNY to learn to eat 5 - 6 meals / day, lots of H2O and exercise.
    Even though I was so massivly obese, I had no real co morbidities before surgery. I had always exercised so that was no doubt the best factor in my favor. I had always lifted weights, so my muscle strength was a great assest post op.
    Follow up is long term and life long. It is easy for me to fall off the eating right bandwagon and eat junk foods chips etc, and fill up on them, esp. now that school is coming to an end, lots of stress and no time...
    So, get into support groups, and get moving, that I think helped me the most.
    That and a mind set of this is life long.

    Last word:

    This is a very hard lifestyle. At times bad gas, and diarrhea are present even though nothing has changed, it can be frustrating. Sometimes the exhustion is overwhelming. BUT I would do it all over again.
    In a minute.
    Hope it helps Be glad to email other info I can.

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