I had a gastrogastric fistula from my first surgery that never got better. Right after surgery I developed complications - ulcers, strictures and pain. They did multiple endoscopies, and tried multiple medications, but the fistula grew, first one, and later, two. I had ulcers at the anastomosis as well. I was getting treatment for all this, but then lost my insurance. For three years, I just lived with the pain and I had to severely restrict calories to maintain my weight loss. In August, my company was bought out, and my insurance changed again. I saw my surgeon in September, and he ordered another upper endoscopy. I still had the ulcers, and had now had TWO gastrogastric fisulae instead of the original one that would not heal. I also had a hiatal hernia.
Fast forward to January - the original bypass was completely re-done, the hernia was repaired and the anastomosis was reconnected after removing an additional portion of intestine.
So far, things are good, and I am babying my pouch, even though I really would like some coffee : )
Thanks for asking!