Gastric Bypass????

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   Posted 3/28/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all...I haven't been here in a while. I've been struggling but I'm still in one piece.

How do you all feel about Gastric Bypass. I'm considering it and have heard that it helps Diabetics A LOT!!

I'm studying up on it and I'd love to hear some of your opinions. Weight wise, I more than qualify.

What do YOU think?? Is anyone else considering or been through it???

I appreciate and look forward to your input.

Many thanks!!!!!!

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   Posted 3/28/2008 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you thought about the gastric lap band? Less drastic, less dangerous, reversible and adjustable. Just my 2ยข... Scares the heck out of me... I've had all the surgeries I want.
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   Posted 3/28/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
My sister and I are considering all. Yes, doing it the old fashioned way is better. But I've been trying it for 30 years, up and down. I'm running out of years. I've talked to several who have had it and they can't say enough good things about it. I'd like to hear both sides though in order to make a wise decision.

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   Posted 3/30/2008 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a friend who had her stomach stapled in 1990, almost died from the surgery, lost 80 pounds ( she was about 150 pounds overweight- but it all didn't come off) and over the next 10-12 years re-gained all of the weight + 10 more. Last year she went to have the lap band- but the weight is very slow to leave her body. Now she's talking about the duodenal switch surgery- she is a type 2 diabetic and has never been able to be free of metformin.
All that and she can only eat about a shotglass of food (no liquid with it)- 6 to 8 times a day and is very limited in variety. She always has to eat protein first- and has to take certain vitamins every day. If she has the switch surgery- if she doesn't take them every day- she will die because the part of the intestine where absorption occurs will no longer be available. I tried to eat like her- I lasted 3 days- it wasn't easy to be around me.
If you ask me, it's in her genetic nature to be large. There is nothing natural about the way she eats, and  all that switch surgery will do is make her starve. I considered having the surgery at one time- but with my luck, I'll be just like her.
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   Posted 3/30/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I have four friends who had the gastric bypass. One almost died with the surgery. Was in a coma and in hospital for a month. She lost 100 pounds and has gained it all and more back. You can stretch your stomach back out. Another one lost some weight and gained most back. Another one had the surgery twice. Now, the man I know went from a 56 inch waist to a 34 and a medium shirt and the weight is still off. His stomach is too small and the doctor keeps talking about stretching it but his health has not been good since the surgery. I know one person who had the lap band. I think this is a better and safer choice. I am like Jeannie, I have had all the surgeries I want. Plus, I am a purebred chicken and think with diabetes, I will have trouble healing. The friend who almost died with the surgery just had another surgery and the wound would not heal Had to wear an oxygen machine placed in the wound for a couple months and see the doctor every other day to have the wound cleaned and packed. She is also diabetic. Yuck! Which ever way you go, I hope all goes well.

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   Posted 3/31/2008 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your replies. It seems to me that there are many horror stories as well as success stories. That makes it hard...What was the medical conditions of these people prior to the surgeries? We're they prone to complications to begin with?

I just know how dangerous my condition is RIGHT NOW. I've gone from being very frustrated with my weight to just plain giving up. And then my sister and I started talking about this and suddenly there was "hope", know what I mean??? I dared to get excited...I should save my excitment until I hear more.

Any more input out there?????

Lanie G
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   Posted 3/31/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know, Diane.  Personally, I'd do everything I could to avoid gastric bypass for a couple of reasons:  a strict eating routine afterwards which I don't think I could follow and fear of complications during surgery and after, not the least of which would be going under anesthesia.  I feel that I'd rather stick to my own eating and exerise plans which have been working.  Having this surgery requires a severe change in what and how to eat.  If I have to do that in addition to surgery, why would I not try to do it without going under the knife?  It would have to be a last resort.  Have you followed a low-carb diet plan as outlined in either Atkins or Bernstein?  And engaged in regular exercise?  If you have tried to for at least a month but for some reason the weight isn't coming off and the blood sugar is not coming down, then by all means consult with a doctor about other ways to do this.  And maybe the gastric bypass would be the solution.  Be sure to ask lots of questions, ok?

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