DATELINE tonight ...7 P.M. Eastern...stomach stapling pro's cons for 300 #'s plus wo

  1. They're showing the pro's and cons and what is medically involved in a stomach stapling on Dateline tonight at 7 P.M.

    Eastern time.
    It should be educational and interesting. Maybe it will count for CEU's...
    A 300 #'s plus female will be the factfinding patient.
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    well,what did you think? I missed it.
  4. by   Good_Queen_Bess
    I saw a programme (made in the US) about stomach stapling. It was on a girl of about 16. Her parents brought her up on a diet of pizza, take-aways, chocolate etc.......and guess what? She got fat! Why didn't they just hide the fridge? Put the girl of a diet for God's sake! Poor girl was in AGONY for months and really regretted having the op. It looked pretty gruesome.
  5. by   ptnurse
    My mother had gastic bypass surgery almost 20 years ago. I heard her say the other day that she would advise anyone against having the procedure. She has to take a lot of vitamins to make up for what she misses in her diet. She has had trouble with thin, brittle fingernails and hair thinning. She also misses out on the social event of "going out to eat" She just does not consume enough to justify paying for a full meal. My mom was always a GREAT cook and she really enjoyed food and I think she misses that too.
  6. by   passing thru
    It was an educational program. Showing what the surgeons do anatomically...and they perormed the surgery via laparoscopically.
    And showed the patient six months later. There was a lot of nausea and vomiting for a month. And a lot of pain. The patient on the show was pleased, has lost 140 # in six months.

    We are going to be seeing a lot more of these surgeries , I think.

    Because, at one time insurance companies did not want to pay for them.
    I am working for HCA Corp. right now , and last week I received information in the mail that Cigna pays up to $20,000 for gastric resection/gastric stapling.

    ptnurse.....encourage your mom to go out to dinner anyway. That is the problem with people who are dieting and watching their weight... "no use going, can't eat much."

    I have been re-teaching myself about going to the ""all you can shovel"" buffets.
    Copper Kettle has two dishes I like a lot and I like the variety...even if I just look at it.

    I decide before I go: a protein no larger than a cigarette pack, and one vegetable, and two desserts....LOL (i go for the ice cream).

    I haven't had stomach stapling; I realize this is still more than your mom could probably eat.
    But, I enjoy the "socializing" just getting out and going out and seeing every body, etc.

    I am fully aware that I am paying for more than I eat....but, all you have to do is look around and see that someone else is eating more than the price they , it all works out.

    Good thing too, or the place would be in bankruptcy and I wouldn't get to eat my favorite ice cream weekly.
  7. by   Audreyfay
    I can rarely eat all the food they serve me in a restaurant. If I know the restaurant, and know the serving sizes are large, I will order a take-home box with the meal. That yummy food makes good meals for the day(s) later. Go out, enjoy the food, and ask for a take home box.
    You can sign more doggie bags.