Reversing roux-en-y

Lauralealea
on 8/18/10 6:50 pm
Help..... I am looking at having to have my bypass reversed completely.  I have had so many surgeries including but not limited to bowel blockages, malnutrion, revision, hernias, adhesions etc...  So I am searching for any info on total reversals.  Anything will be helpful.  Also looking for Dr in MD who has done these.  Thanks.  Laura
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on 8/18/10 7:21 pm - OH
I know that it CAN be reversed, but that even many revision surgeons will not do a reversal.  I would first find out if your insurance will cover a reversal because it will undoubtedly be extremely expensive.  I would look specifically for surgeons who specialize in WLS revisions (perhaps inquire on the OH revisions board) and call their offices to ask if they do reversals or if they can refer you to a surgeon who does.

I'm sorry that you have had so many issues.

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cabin111
on 8/18/10 7:23 pm
Been around these boards for a few years...so I'll take a shot.  Just my input...2 cents...take it with a grain of salt and all that.
First, yes the RNY can be reversed.  It is major surgery.  Most WLS surgeons were general surgeons for many years before they became WLS surgeons.  It is complicated and with it's risks...among the major issues is weight regain.
This next thing I hope you don't take in the wrong way...because it sounds like you have been through a lot.  All of these complications could very well be in your past and may not crop up again.  Of course you would have to stay on top of your vitamins and labs.  But if you are losing and your surgeon thinks many of these things are in the past...you may want to wait and see what happens.  What does your surgeon say??  Brian
Pam T.
on 8/18/10 7:59 pm - Saginaw, MI
Laura - 

Definitely check the Revisions Board -- they might have some help in finding a surgeon in your area. Or the MD boards?

As for the bowel blockages, hernia and adhesions -- those are not necessarily RNY specific complications. Those can happen with ANY abdominal surgery and you'd still be at risk for those complications with a revision or reversal. 

Malnutrition -- you had surgery for malnutrition? I'm curious about what that mean exactly. Can you tell me more about it? Or do you mean that you've got vitamin deficiencies as a result of the RNY? If so, we've got some pretty experienced folks here who might help review your labs and vitamin routine to make sure you're on the right track with getting those corrected. 

Revision -- do you mean that you've already had a revision surgery?  What's your history of WLS? Did you have something else before RNY?

We're here to help.  Hopefully someone will come along with info on a surgeon on MD who can see you for a consultation. 


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SunShine2010
on 8/18/10 8:00 pm - Ranson, WV
Your not alone I want one also. Talked to the doctor somewhat about it he said most doctors who will reverse the RNY, will not do it until the patient is at least a year out. How far out are you, if you do not mind me asking? I am looking to have mine reversed also. I would rather have all my weight back, and loose it again myself. I have just been through so much already in the first two months. I am ready to pull my damn hair out.
    
Ladytazz
on 8/18/10 8:25 pm
What are the problems you are having, if you don't mind me asking.  You are still pretty new post op.  Hopefully things will get better for you.

For the record, I understand wanting to have the WLS reversed.  I had a DS in 2002 and I was having terrible diarrhea for years and I couldn't take anymore.  My surgeon did lengthen my common channel so I no longer have diarrhea.  I also had my stomach made smaller because I didn't want to gain any more weight.  I already gained back 100 lbs.  But I would have had the surgery no matter what because my quality of life was so poor.

WLS 10/28/2002 Revision 7/23/2010

High Weight  (2002) 240 Revision Weight (2010) 220 Current Weight 110.

MzDiane
on 8/19/10 2:42 am - Apopka, FL
SunShine,

    I am so sorry to hear that you are having it so rough.  I kind of kept up with you a bit and hoped that the problems would have worked themselves out.  I know you have heard it over and over, but if you can manage to just hang in there you may find that the complications will come to an end.  Know that I have you in my thoughts and prayers!
  300 lb HW / 289 lbs Pre-op /281 lbs Day Of Surgery       
moondancer2000
on 8/19/10 5:57 am - Ft Rucker, AL
TOUGH LOVE TIME!

I am going to tell you the same thing....SERIOUSLY????  You are 2 months out and you want to give up??  Why did you even have this surgery if you thought you could do it by yourself in the first place???  Did you think it was just simple thing to do just BECAUSE???  WTH???  Don't you think we ALL went through something?  You just had MAJOR surgery and did you expect to feel hunky-dorky right away?  I still have problem at 9 months out, but I don't whine about it cause it's all part of the HEALING process. 

Oh yeah I don't have much hair to pull out, but I will live with it, cause I get to LIVE now!



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on 8/19/10 1:05 pm
 Well, moondancer2000, what kind of problems did you have?
moondancer2000
on 8/19/10 2:39 pm - Ft Rucker, AL
I had pneumonia at 2 weeks because I was non-compliant with my breathing exercises.  I have developed orthostatic hypotension, it's when my bp drops very low when I stand up too fast.  Last few weeks my gut has been very very grumbly, don't know why.  But it talks and talks LOUD!!!  LOL There are days I am so freaking tired I can't move, but I do.  There are days nothing NOTHING tastes good and I don't want to eat, but I do. Pretty common stuff.  There are other stuff I am sure, but I view them as part of my life now and deal with it like I deal with other things in life. 


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/3rd goal 115/New GW ??/HT 5'2" NO MORE WEIGHT GOALS

Jeanne190
on 8/18/10 8:22 pm
RNY on 12/22/09 with
Wow!  I had no idea you could reverse it!  Thanks for all your information!  I love this board!  Sorry you've had so many problems....I just pray that a reversal would end the problems! 
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.  ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters to Lucilius
        
Teresa S.
on 8/18/10 9:31 pm
i too had these thoughts...when i was about two or so months out.... i started looking into getting it reversed. This was just me being in my paranoid stage that i went through the first four months after surgery.. the complications that i was having were weakness, vertigo, and labs were low...  i got in gear,,, not that any of you arent,, but i was not taking my vitamins, drinking my pills, and getting protein and fluids in.... mind you that i was but i was a toddler  to this game i was just learning what type of vitamin to take how much to take,,, nothing like what it says on the box....my point is me getting on here  and getting educated has done wonders for me... I now dont think of ever having to reverse my rny. me and my tool are getting along great now.. sometimes he gets mad at me... but at the end of the day and a couple of gas-x were fine:) tmi....i wish you nothing but the best of luck and at the end this is your decision and i hope you make the best one for you... good luck!!!!!!!
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bridget B.
on 8/19/10 4:12 am
being reverses has more of a surgical risk than the RNY and revision u had.  Good luck finding a surgeron who will do this.  I'm sure they are out there.  Sorry you've had so many problems
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soblessed
on 8/19/10 5:41 am - NJ
RNY on 07/06/10 with
I am so sorry, you are having these problems.  Again, you can find a lot of info on these boards and hopefully find a good surgeon to consult with.

Because the risk of revision surgery is even greater than with RNY, it is critical that you really research your surgeon.  S/he will need to be very experienced to keep the risk for further complications as low as it is possible to keep them.

Good, good luck to you and thoughts and prayers are with you!

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moondancer2000
on 8/19/10 5:49 am - Ft Rucker, AL
Are you serious?  Didn't you go into this know this was for the rest of your life?  Didn't you know RNY was a malnutrishous procedure??  That why we lose weight with out trying the forst few months.  Sorry you're having problems, but how about working through them? 


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HW 208/SW 197/CW 115/1st GW 130/2nd GW 120
/3rd goal 115/New GW ??/HT 5'2" NO MORE WEIGHT GOALS

khammesf03
on 5/20/13 3:42 pm - Chardon, OH
I'm almost a year post op and am experiencing some of the same. My surgeon suggested reversing my RNY TODAY. Each person is different and honestly I feel that each person needs to do what they feel is right for them. I definitely have a big decision to make but some ranting idiot surely won't sway my decision any.
P. Javellana
on 8/19/10 11:01 am - Central Florida, FL
RNY on 06/29/10 with
I see you had your surgery in January 2002.  That is 8 years out and I just looked at your pic and you look good.  I understand you want the revision, but I would start with talking to your surgeon or PCP and getting yourself on the right track.  I understand you have health problems and some of them big ones, but work through them. 

So let's say you do find a doctor to preform the revision, then you would probably have to pay for it since I don't know if the insurance company would pay, and then is there any guarantees that you won't have problems afterward with the same thing?  They did shorten your intestines, so all of that is not there, so it won't be the same as before.

Just weigh your pros and cons before you do this.  I would also get into some support groups or counseling before hand too.