On May 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM Pacific Time, funkyphillygirl wrote:
Well, I DO have a biased opinion because I also had RNY...but I did research heavily so that I made the right choice for me based on what I learned.
You mentioned that your mom had a difficult time post-surgically. I am so sorry to hear that. Was her surgery open or laparoscope? I am betting that, since it was 2004, it was open. Things have really changed since she had her surgery. Many surgeries are now laparoscopic - less pain, less chance for complication, quicker healing - all very positive changes. I have to say that I breezed without much trouble at ALL and mine was a laparoscope. That should be part of what you explore with a potential surgeon - how does he/she do these surgeries? is there any reason why you cannot have yours done that way? these are all great questions for a surgeon and his team. They will lay all of this out for you and talk with you about what is best for YOU.
I was in the hospital for 3 full days and discharged on the morning of the 4th day. I was kept an extra day for blood sugar control issues. I did not even need any pain medication at ALL after the first full day, even though it was readily offered to me. I just didn't need it. I came home with a prescription for pain medication than I never even had to fill. Liquid Tylenol was all I needed.
Even the nausea was very, very limited and I had none in the 4-6 weeks after surgery. After I started on solid food, I had 2 very small episodes of vomiting. But, basically I took a bite of something that didn't sit right and it just came right out. No drama, no dry heaves, no ongoing issues - nothing. It went in - and it came out. Done. And I instantly felt fine.
I also have not had any dumping at all in 8 months. My stomach makes some interesting noises sometimes, but I have not suffered any of the classic dumping issues. Not once.
I was prepared for all of these issues, but that's why I said I breezed. I followed directions to the letter, walked a ton, and was really in good shape very quickly. The morning of my discharge, the residents came in at 6 a.m. and I blasted the with "I Feel Good" off my iPod - because I DID feel good.
Again, I hope you don't mind me addressing these things so directly. I am not telling you what to do, but rather sharing my experience with you. But, as a diabetic, I do think the malabsorptive aspects of RNY or DS will make a big difference in T2. And all of that can only have a positive effect on your other medical issues as well. Talk to a surgeon - heck, talk to two surgeons. Go to info sessions, ask questions, read, check out this site - you'll get your brain wrapped around the significant issues for you and then you will come to know what is best for you. Look how much you've benefitted by just posting in here, right?!
Haha OOPS ur right about being biased....gotta LOVE 3rd shift tiredness! I definitely want to hear experiences and yes, it was open. My poor mom has this huge zipper scar-her bypass and her hysterectomy. It's horrible! On the other hand my boss had the laproscopic route and she's got 5 tiny little lines, that the only reason why I was able to point them out is because i've seen enough pictures of scars from other people.
I have to ask and excuse me if I don't make sense...it's 5:30am and I want my bed lol but did you have any gross farting issues??? I keep reading that people have serious bowel issues, I've even read that a few people know what days of the week they're gonna poop. Is that a normal thing? Do you not go like you are normally supposed to? I mean, it kind of makes sense being rearranged.