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Kirsten, are you willing to consider revision to other types of WLS, in particular the duodenal switch? We have a number of people on the DS forum who have had revisions from RNY to DS for weight regain or other problems. It can be done. Come on over to the DS forum and learn more about the DS. You live in MN, where one of the best DS revision surgeons practices, Dr. Buchwald. Please consider all you options, research everything and learn all you can before making this big decision.
PS you can pm me if you like for more info, including an article on revision from RNY and VBG to the DS by one of the leading surgeons in the field.
Dear mthzxter, You are not alone. As you can see from the other responses, there are many other people who have been where you are now, and who can relate to your present life with disabling obesity.
The good news is that there is hope for a better life for you with WLS. Several other people wrote with suggestions about getting funding for surgery, and I have nothing to add to this. I do want to throw in my 2 cents worth, though about the potential advantages for you of the duodenal switch, for 2 reasons: l. with the DS, people lose more of their excess weight, on average, than with any other form of WLS. Yes, there are some people who do great with RNY, but on average, with RNY people only lose about 60% of excess weight, while for DS it's more like 80%. This is especially important for someone who has a lot of excess weight to lose. 2. Knowing that you have Blount's Disease, it is even more important for you to get off as much of the excess weight as possible, as the excess weight, especially at a young age, is probably what caused this problem to start with. Losing weight won't correct the bone damage that has already occurred, but will make it so much easier for you to regain mobility. And, if you get to the point of having surgery for the Blount's disease, being as non-obese as possible will aid your recovery. I chose the DS after many hours of research and almost 3 years of agonizing about whether or not to have surgery at all. Even though I am a doctor, I had never heard of Blount's Disease before reading your post, it is not very common, but I did look it up, and now that I know about it I feel strongly that you should consider the WLS that will help you to lose the most of your excess weight. Please check out ALL the WLS options, and come on over to the DS board to learn more about it. There are many people on the DS board who are incredibly well informed.There are several highly qualified DS surgeons right here in CA, so travel shouldn't be a problem for you, just funding...please look into the great suggestions that others have already made. Please also feel free to email me for more info. We are here to help, just as others helped us before. Larra