I feel like I need to say one more thing...the complications that you and I and many others have/have had are not that rare. I think anyone thinking about having the surgery needs to just read the surgery complications board. I am a huge fan of this surgery, contrary to what it sounds like, I don't have any regrets. I read that complications board, and it is like reading my own medical file sometimes. I think that people look at this as an older surgery, it's not "new" anymore, but here is the common thread I have found (in my opinion), there are many skilled surgeons that are so good they can do these surgeries with their eyes closed, but when the complications come up (beyond leaks/infections), most seem to falter, they don't know what to do. I actually had my surgeon say to my husband and I, "I need help", but he never got any, and that is where you have to be your own healthcare advocate, you can't wait around for someone to help you.
Jules RNY 10/30/2007