Post Gastric Bypass Small Bowel Obstruction
on 10/26/11 3:34 pm
I had a Roue N Y gastric bypass in 1993. I recently had emergency surgery for a obstructed small bowel. During the prep for the surgery it was discovered that I had a congenital malrotation. the cause of the obstruction was determined to be adhesions/scar tissue from the bypass and torsion of my small intestinerelated to the malrotation condition. My appendix was located behind my liver instead of the normal lower right quadrant position.
I have been doing a lot of investigation into the malrotation syndrome. Here are a few facts: occurs in 1 of 500 births, usually detected during the first year due to some type of gastrointestinal issue, looks to be a precursor to morbid obesity.
My question is, if this is congenital, why didn't my Bypass surgeon ever mention it? I have had probably a couple of dozen abdominal xrays and not once was it mentioned.
I am recovering satisfactorily but not sure why this has never been mentioned.
on 10/28/11 1:07 pm
I also have had two obstructions, mine were twisted and my GI system was decompressed with a NG tube and suction...5-6 days and they straightened out again...mine were caused by gas/ gastritis.. can you say??/.lactose intolerant!
My appendix was removed in my massive surgery for obesity 17 yrs ago....so I don't know if it was in the right place...
Would I have gastric surgery for the same thing again??... you bet!!!. I am alive and relatively healthy, can eat anything I want within limits.....I took the opportunity that was given me and had the Memphis by pass, whi*****ludes an RNY and a pouch and colon resection...and bandings...My surgical anniversary is October 31, 1994. The Ut f Memphis did a research on the patients of the Obesity wellness center there, my Mom and I participated and they did find a genetic link to morbid obesity.and published the study.