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So, in 2008, had lap band put in by Dr. Hansen. I did pretty well with that and lost about 70 lbs. Then, last year, had to have a revision (lap band was just put back in after slip). Since then I have gained 40-50 lbs. Super depressing. So, now I am working with Dr. McKinlay. Looking to get gastric bypass or duodenal switch? I am starting to lean towards duodenal switch...if you have done this procedure, who was your dr., would you recommend him? would you recommend this surgery?
After my lap band issues, I wish I had done the gastric bypass initially or ds....I am curious of someone's experience with gastric bypass or duodenal switch 3-5 years out, or even currently...if you have had one...and who was your surgeon. I currently have BCBS Anthem, which should cover this...I think.
I had the scope down my throat test today, and I don't have an erosion, but we are thinking there is a leak or another problem with my lap band...any thoughts?
So, here I am in 2013, 5 years later. I lost about 70-80 lbs, but had to get a revision last year. Had my lap band put back in...it had slipped. A year later, I have gained about 40-50 lbs over this last year. Am currently working with McKInlay and wondering if I should get a DS or Gastric Bypass. Any recommendations? And if you did DS, who was your Dr., would you recommend him, how much weight have you lost, etc. I would love more info. Thanks, Sungirl....
I've had 3 surgeries RNY and 2 rounds of plastics in Mexico. Lots of great info on the Mexico Forum here on OH. My blog link is below (email me) and I'm happy to answer any Q's too.
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When it comes to New Year's resolutions, our family members and friends can get quite creative and even funny with what they resolve to do in the New Year. Here a few good ones I have heard along the way...Oh, and a few of my own!
1. I resolve to stop procrastinating about procrastinating!
2. I will stop sending Facebook messages and emails to my loved ones when they are in the same room as I am!
3. I will use my treadmill for something other than a place to hang my jacket.
4. I will not sit at the kitchen table in my PJ's all day. Instead, I will move my computer to my bedroom.
5. I vow to never take a laxative and a sleeping pill on the same night!
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they want to know that you are of pretty sound of mind and that you know exactly what you are getting yourself into. They asked me what I wanted from this, why I wanted it, etc... How has weight effected my life, etc...
When you lose a lot of weight at once, hormones are released and effect you emotionally and that can really mess with your mind. They just need to make sure that you are fully prepared and mentally capable of taking on the changes that you will be bring upon yourself.
Someone that has mental issues that aren't currently being addressed may not be able to handle the changes that the body and the mind go through.
there are pros and cons to both.
lapband is removable, RnY is usually not reversible. So thats one thing to think about.
However the BIG factor that pushed me to have Rny instead of the band was you could still cheat with a lapband. There are foods that are called slider foods, those would be foods like jello, icecream, milkshakes, etc... you following me? well you could drink a ton of calories in a miilkshake and not get full fast because its a slider food. Slider food passes the band without problems.
Also another factor to look at is sugar, if you have a sweet tooth and that is one of your issues then the band will not stop you from eating all the sugar you want. which to me doesn't really make sense, why have surgery only to end up in the same situation you are in now after time has gone by?
I have heard from several people that they knew others who had the band and it didn't do anything for them.
Personally it really comes down to what you really want, not what everyone else says. It depends on what you feel is the right thing for you. For me the band was a BIG NO as soon as I found out I could still get away with eating lots of things that I shouldn't.
I personally think that the band is a waste, and the only way to go is the RnY. I am almost 9 weeks out and I don't regret it.
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Performing operations laparoscopically since 1991. His practice offers Gastric Bypass, LapBand and Sleeve Gastrectomy options. Also an Instructor for Quarterly In-Service Program of Bariatric Surgery at Emory Dunwoody Medical Center and Northside Hospital.
Jim lost 215 pounds and found a love for running. With 58,038 Race finishers at an avg time of 01:17:35, Jim finished the 2012 Peachtree Road Race (10k) in 1:07:57, a goal he's worked towards since having Gastric Bypass.
Dr. Williams principal clinical and research interest include minimally invasive techniques, and the surgical therapy of morbid obesity. He has been involved in training surgeons in laparocopic techniques in the United States and the Caribbean.
Blogger, & Founder of Bariatric Bad Girls. "Melting Mama" as she's known through her blog has been blogging about life since her WLS in 2004. Her witty, honest approach to life after WLS has inspired and supported thousands.
Double-board certified, plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a board-certified general surgeon. In 1995, he created and began sponsoring Pink Ribbons, an annual October event during Breast Cancer Month to benefit breast cancer organizations.
An active OH member for 5 years and a frequent poster on the VSG forum! She's bringing her post-op experience as a Lap Band to VSG Revision. Courtney has lost 170 lbs and is training for her 1st half marathon in October. Her goal is to complete an Iron Man in 2014!
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Fellow-ship trained advanced laparoscopic surgeon. A member of the American College of Surgeons and the ASMBS.
The 3rd surgeon in the world to perform the totally laparoscopic DS and the 1st bariatric surgeon in the world to present the Hand-Sewn Duedenal-Ileal Anastomosis technique.
Dr. Stapleton is a licensed clinical psychologist, received her doctorol degree from Texas A&M University in Counseling Psychology.
A Ph.D Candidate in Sport Science at East Tennessee State University and for a number of years, served as ObesityHelp's Exercise Physiologist.
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On a daily basis we get calls from members in desperate need of surgeons that will accept Medicaid and or Medicare for Bariatric surgery. It breaks our hearts when we have to say "we don't know of any surgeons in your state we can refer you to".
Can you please help us? If you know of any surgeons in your state that accepts Medicaid and or Medicare, will you list their:
If they accept Medicare and or Medcaid
This list will remain here for our members to access and use.
Thank you so much!!!