Two Deaths from Gastric Bypass - Not Listed as Surgical Deaths

100less
on 11/5/17 12:25 am, edited 11/6/17 7:55 am - Stafford, VA
RNY on 03/02/04 with

I had RNY 03/02/2004. I lost 100 lbs and gained back 40. I had many, many complications. I almost died from pancreas problems the first month. I battle anemia, ostioporisis and many other health problems.

In 2014 my 36 year old daughter passed away a week after Gastric Sleeve Weight-Loss Surgery. Her belly was full of blood the cause of death was listed as unknown.

In 2016 my 55 year old sister died a month after weight loss surgery. She ate a sub sandwich fell asleep, vomited and aspirated the vomit. The cause of death was listed as aspiration.

Neither of these deaths were listed as a result from weight loss surgery.

You show know the facts before making this decision.

Do the research and pray about it.(edited)

Ashley the Tokyoite
on 11/5/17 3:40 am - Japan
RNY on 08/08/13
NHPOD9
on 11/5/17 3:41 am
On November 5, 2017 at 7:25 AM Pacific Time, 100less wrote:

I had RNY 03/02/2004. I lost 100 lbs and gained back 40. I had many, many complications. I almost died from pancreas problems the first month. I battle anemia, ostioporisis and many other health problems.

In 2014 my 36 year old daughter passed away a week after Gastric Sleeve Weight-Loss Surgery. Her belly was full of blood the cause of death was listed as unknown.

In 2016 my 55 year old sister died a month after weight loss surgery. She ate a sub sandwich fell asleep, vomited and aspirated the vomit. The cause of death was listed as aspiration.

Neither of these deaths were listed as a result from weight loss surgery.

You show know the facts before making this decision.

Pray about it.

I am sorry for your losses. I can understand, between those deaths and your own struggles, why you would feel compelled to warn others away.

However, this surgery doesn't guarantee us anything other than a chance to get healthier through weight loss. If we don't do our own part, regain and/or health problems will occur. And, because we are not a healthy segment of society to begin with, consequences related to this decision occur.

I know I was heavily informed of these consequences before I elected WLS and I'm sure your sister and daughter were as well. We just never think they will happen to us or we take the risk for the possibility of a better future.

Again, I'm sorry for your losses. However, I know that if I didn't have RNY, I would be over 400lbs by now, immobile due to pain, and I definitely wouldn't have a beautiful 18 month old daughter. I guess you also need to think of why they elected WLS and how they decided those risks paled in comparison to what they were facing without it.

Best to you.

~Jen
RNY, 8/1/2011
HW: 348          SW: 306          CW:-fighting regain
    GW: 140


He who endures, conquers. ~Persius

100less
on 11/6/17 7:48 am - Stafford, VA
RNY on 03/02/04 with

I understand completely. I had the same options and decided for surgery. I just wish they told the truth about the number of deaths--it is much higher than explained.

My surgeon did my surgery even though I was severely anemic. 30 Days in the hospital with pancriititus and my iron level at 4. No one told me I needed a blood transfusion. I would have died if I didn't follow up and do my own research. The hematologist was shocked.

Of course if I did die maybe my daughter and sister would have avoided the surgery.

Travelher
on 11/9/17 8:54 am, edited 11/9/17 1:02 am
Revision on 10/04/16

Wow. Every surgeon should provide their short and long term surgery stats. The very reason I chose my surgeon is that he has never had a death in his 20+years of practice. ANd he provided all the percentage numbers for short and long term complications his patients have faced. I'm sorry you had such terrible losses and I'm glad we didn't lose you too. Looks like you've gotten some great advice and hopefully, support on here.

Band-RNY revision age 49 5'4" HW 260 SW: 244 (bf healthy range 23-35%) bf 23.7% (at 137lbs) cw range 133-139. 1st round plastics scheduled April 13, 2018

Pre-op-16lbs (size 18/20...244) M1-16lbs (size 18...228) M2-15.6lbs (size 16/18...212.4) M3-10lbs (size 16..202.4) M4-11.4lbs (size 14...191) M5-10.8lbs (size 12...180.2) M6-8.4 (size 8/10...171.8) M7-6.4 (size 8...165.4 lbs) M8-11.6 (size 6...153.8) M9-5.6 (size 4/6...148.2) M10-5.8 (size 4....142.4) M11-4 (size 2/4...138.4) Surgiversary -1 (size 2/4...137.4) M13-2.6 (size 2/4...134.8)

SkinnyScientist
on 11/9/17 9:06 am

"Doctors bury their mistakes"

RNY Surgery: 12/31/2013; 

Current weight (2/27/2015) 139lbs, ~14% body fat

Three pounds below Goal!!! Yay !  

chevtow41
on 11/5/17 4:26 am
DS on 11/11/14

Eating a sub sandwich a month after surgery seems like a sound weight loss strategy. Not sure why she didn't wake up after the inevitable vomiting. Do you think they prayed before surgery?? I think the better bet would be research the surgeon and follow his/her post op diet plan

100less
on 11/6/17 7:56 am, edited 11/5/17 11:56 pm - Stafford, VA
RNY on 03/02/04 with

She didn't wake up because the doctor gave her pain pills. Oxicoton=poison.

Travelher
on 11/9/17 8:55 am, edited 11/9/17 12:56 am
Revision on 10/04/16

Wow, why was she on oxytocin? Was there a malpractice case here? So sorry this happened.

Band-RNY revision age 49 5'4" HW 260 SW: 244 (bf healthy range 23-35%) bf 23.7% (at 137lbs) cw range 133-139. 1st round plastics scheduled April 13, 2018

Pre-op-16lbs (size 18/20...244) M1-16lbs (size 18...228) M2-15.6lbs (size 16/18...212.4) M3-10lbs (size 16..202.4) M4-11.4lbs (size 14...191) M5-10.8lbs (size 12...180.2) M6-8.4 (size 8/10...171.8) M7-6.4 (size 8...165.4 lbs) M8-11.6 (size 6...153.8) M9-5.6 (size 4/6...148.2) M10-5.8 (size 4....142.4) M11-4 (size 2/4...138.4) Surgiversary -1 (size 2/4...137.4) M13-2.6 (size 2/4...134.8)

SkinnyScientist
on 11/8/17 3:00 pm

I am surprised that she got to eat a sub too a month out. I was full broths and MAYBE mushy food. Subs aren't mushy

RNY Surgery: 12/31/2013; 

Current weight (2/27/2015) 139lbs, ~14% body fat

Three pounds below Goal!!! Yay !  

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