My wife just had the gastric bypass surgery about 2 1/2 months ago. Her surgery was complicated by a lacerated liver when they retracted it; lost a liter of blood! (Received two units of PRBC's two days after surgery.) Additionally, she developed a continue ooze of liquid from the incision site as a result of fat necrosis. (The incision was never infected.) So, for over 2 months I lightly packed her wound twice a day. We're no longer doing that though.
My wife was over 225 pounds prior to surgery. For many years, she tried losing weight through a variety of programs including Over-Eater Anonymous, Weight Watchers, and through medical management taking Redux. Although her weight wasn't super high (many people who undertake this surgery weight 300+ pounds), she qualified for surgery with no problems with reimbursement from the health insurance company.
She spent over 1 1/2 years researching this program. The particular program she chose is multidisciplinary in approach with a strong emphasis group support (The meetings are about twice a month attended by well over 50 people who have gone or will undertake this surgery). She had to get a psych clearance. She also meets regularly with the dietician. It seems to be a well-rounded program.
She's happy she underwent the surgery despite the two complications. She's now lost over 35 pounds. Although she will never be able to eat the big meals she used to eat (and I still eat), she is able to "graze" throughout the day (about 5 to 6 times a day) eating very small portions of food usually about 3 to 4 ounces per meal. She, of course, has to take supplimental vitamins, minerals and iron probably for the rest of her life. She can eat any kind of food, just very small portions.
It's been an adjustment for me to see her eat such small quantities of food. I'm concerned about malnutrition. But her follow-up blood work shows that she is fine. Her energy level is almost back to normal (the surgery and complications really took a lot out of her).
I guess, despite the complications, it was a good decision. I'll tell you one interesting thing. When I hold her in my arms, it's like holding a different person. On one hand, it's a little wierd because I'm so used to holding a "well rounded" woman. On the other hand. . . it's exciting in so many ways. . .
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Hope this helps your decision making process.