Staple Line Breakdown Question
on 1/25/09 7:27 am
I felt nothing.
on 1/25/09 1:24 pm
I mean, I lost weight at first! Over 140 pounds! I was at 110-115 for about 9 months - a year, then started gaining, slowly though, the weight has gone up and up since then. I never really thought about a revision until my scale hit 200, a number I thought I would never ever in my life see again, but here I am. UGH! It's so depressing, but I'll make it, I have to always remember, it could be worse.
I have gained weight steadily over the past 4 years after my pregnancy. I blamed the fact that I was unable to walk like I used too and my physical activity had waned since I had such pain from vitamin deficient nerve damage.
I have pain in my belly around the button. He said I had a fistula. I hope they can do a revision so I can feel better again.
To answer your question as to whether or not you could feel a staple line breakdown....No you cannot...I had Gastric Stapling back in the early eighties and I most definately felt nothing, no pain nothing other than I could eat a whole lot more. When the staples break open they don't normally tear or break the skin....I understand some have and one indication is that they could see low blood counts through blood tests...rare though. The only symptom you or anyone would have is the ability to eat normal amounts of food.
At least this is what happened to me, and they revised my Gastric Stapling, I think it was called a Gastroplasty and then went to full on RNY Gastric Bypass.
I am now trying for another revision...to Distal.
Hope this helps,
The staple line in my 1980 bypass broke down and tore the tissue in my stomach; I almost bled to death, but I didn't feel anything. I also didn't really notice that I could eat a lot more. I was passing black stools, but didn't know what that meant, got up one morning and passed out on the bed. Wife took me in to see my PCP and he about crapped when he couldn't get any blood out of my fingers. He rushed me to the hospital and the pumped me full of blood. No one knew at the time that the blood was contaminated with Hep C and I ended up getting that too. You can read the whole story on my profile if you want more details, but the point is I didn't have a clue anything was wrong.
Your surgeon sounds like a jerk to me; I would be looking for a different surgeon.
on 1/27/09 2:57 pm
I have decided to find a different surgeon...you know the saying "to go with your gut feeling"? Well, I'm gonna listen and move on. I talked to a WLS Center yesterday and will go see them after my upper GI. So my story continues.