VSG to RNY
I have been having terrible reflux and nausea since my VSG 8 weeks ago to the point where I am on IV nutrition since I cannot consume enough calories. My surgeon is going to go back in next week to see if it is a hiatal hernia that can be repaired. If it is not a hernia, he has suggested that I convert my VSG to a RNY which should end the problem. He did not feel a DS is warranted. I am not thrilled about this as I really did not want to have to deal with dumping and other malabsorbtion challenges. On the other hand, the current situation is not maintainable. I can't live hooked up to an IV every night. Is there anyone who has had a VSG turned into an RNY that would like to share their experience?
on 8/25/11 2:22 pm
"You're no fun anymore"- Monty Python
Revision to RNY 9/2011
"Let's try this again..."
on 8/25/11 3:27 pm
I have to say that my sleeve was made very large. In my surgical report it said the surgeon reduced my stomach by 50%. Not a lot by today's standards but this was in 2002. My reason for my revision was because I was having issues having to do with malabsorption. I also regained almost all the weight I lost and I had terrible reflux. I often woke up in the middle of the night to vomit acid.
The surgery was to lessen my malabsorption and because I had regained so much weight even with malabsorption my surgeon created a pouch out of my sleeve.
I had a lot of fear going it. I had heard such bad things about the RNY but I was doing so badly at the time that I didn't think it could get any worse.
I have to say it was the best thing I could have done. In hindsight I should have taken my surgeon's advice and had the RNY. I do much better with restriction. My reflux is gone. I haven't taken a PPI since my 3 month post op and I never have had it again. My other symptoms of diarrhea, gas, bloating and fatigue are also resolved. I have lost all my excess weight and then some. I have no intolerance to any of the foods I have tried except sugar. I am one of the 30% that do dump but for me that is no problem because I had already decided that due to my addiction to refined carbs I was going to avoid sugar completely. I found out I dumped by accident when I bought regular syrup instead of sugar free. It only reinforced my commitment to stay away.
I also have been working on changing my eating habits, something I didn't do the first time.
At the time of my first surgery I didn't know that the sleeve would worsen my reflux or I may have not had it.
As I said, I have had no issues at this point. I haven't thrown up since I was 2 months out, I have never gotten anything stuck, in fact I feel pretty normal. If it weren't for the fact that I can be satisfied with smaller amounts of food I wouldn't even know I had anything done.
I still have to watch what I eat. I should of the first time out but with my sleeve so large I was hungry all the time and that made it hard to eat right. Now I am hardly ever hungry. The RNY is a tool that is working for me so far.
WLS 10/28/2002 Revision 7/23/2010
High Weight (2002) 240 Revision Weight (2010) 220 Current Weight 110.
Just thought I would mention that only about 30% of RNY folks dump, so hopefully you wouldn't have to deal with that. Of course you would have to deal with the malabsorption. I would have had VSG myself if my insurance would have covered it, but I am very happy with my RNY.
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