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success stories with gastric bypass surgery??

challengeme
on 1/7/13 3:56 am

i just wanted to know what the statistics are for success with gastric bypass vs all the horrible things im hearing!!! i have had the lap band, hardly any weight loss, gained back, and cannot swallow large pills anymore. im thinking i need to go a bit more drastic and make major changes in my life. just need some advice on the gastric

Lori F.
on 1/7/13 4:43 am - St. Clair Shores, MI
RNY on 12/27/12

You can do a search on the forum and look through the before and afters to see countless success stories.

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poet_kelly
on 1/7/13 4:46 am - OH

View more of my photos at ObesityHelp.com          Kelly

Please note: I AM NOT A DOCTOR.  If you want medical advice, talk to your doctor.  Whatever I post, there is probably some surgeon or other health care provider somewhere that disagrees with me.  If you want to know what your surgeon thinks, then ask him or her.    Check out my blog.

 

wmamey
on 1/7/13 5:24 am
RNY on 06/18/12
On January 7, 2013 at 3:56 AM Pacific Time, challengeme wrote:

i just wanted to know what the statistics are for success with gastric bypass vs all the horrible things im hearing!!! i have had the lap band, hardly any weight loss, gained back, and cannot swallow large pills anymore. im thinking i need to go a bit more drastic and make major changes in my life. just need some advice on the gastric

Can you elaborate on what the "horrible things" are? I have been here on this forum for about 6 months now and the one thing that I have learned (and makes me really mad) is that many people attribute EVERY problem to bypass - including ingrown friggin toenails! Sorry if I offend anyone here but this is the number one reason I am not as present as I used to be here. I seriously mean if someone gets a wart post RNY it must because they had bypass surgery!! I had a very serious problem after surgery but hey - guess what?? It could have happened from ANY surgery!
I am going to take some serious crap for this but I don't care... seems like most of the problems posted here are NOT RNY related!!
However, as of an article I am reading while typing this (Few Know All the Risks of Obesity) http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/poll-americans-risks-obesity-18148034 most people don't realize that depression, sleep apnea, infertility, and yes even cancer can be worsened by obesity! To me that is the number one reason to follow through with WLS. I would do it all again in a minute! Now I apologize if I offended anyone and I will get down off my soapbox now!
            
wmamey
on 1/7/13 5:26 am
RNY on 06/18/12
Oh, sorry but I forgot to mention that I am considered a "success,"
            
Citizen (USA & Brit)
Kim

on 1/7/13 6:51 am - Castle Rock, CO

You'll get no flack from me for this - I agree 100%    Now you understand why we vets say we have to ignore certain posts and posters or our head would explode LOL!!!!!

 

 

OP:   There are many success stories around on here - just read a few posts from the last couple of days - Laura posted a lovely account of her WLS story on here yesterday!

Most people who post on here are the VERY FEW who have problems - the vast majority of us sail through with zero problems or complications.

10 years post RNY - Success - one day at a time

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Lose_to_Win
on 1/7/13 11:13 pm - PA
RNY on 12/20/12

Sin Kim - I'm not even 3 weeks out and even I have a little collection of folks on my "blocked" list, and certain thread titles I just will not open up because things can get so repetitive sometimes...

And, as you mentioned, I so far have zero problems/complications. Unless you count eating breakfast too fast today and feeling like I was ready to explode...ugh not fun. Lesson learned.

RachelFat2Fit.blogspot.com     HW 367 6/26/12  |  SW 335 12/20/12  |  1st GW 180

cajungirl
on 1/7/13 7:44 am

Proximal RNY Lap - 02/21/05

 9 years committed ~  100% EWL and Maintaining

www.dazzlinglashesandbeyond.com

 

Vivian Prouty
on 1/7/13 5:56 am - Fort Worth, TX
RNY on 11/22/05 with

I'm so sorry that your lapband didn't work for you.     I personally think that sometimes with WLS WE are the one's who govern whether we are a success or not by our choices.    Now that being said I am NOT blasting the lap band.    That is the only WLS if anyone comes to me and asks my opinion....I personally wouldn't do.   Not because it does NOT work...but because of the issues that can and often do eventually come up that can send someone to considering a revision.   ALL the WLS work if they are worked correctly by the patient.    I am 7+ yrs. post op RNY.   I originally lost 140 lbs.    I have had a regain ( not huge one ) due to choices that I made to eat things I shouldn't have.    Yep...LIfe does sometimes get into the way and I turned back to stress eating. It's a shame you can't get your "stinking thinking" operated on too.   LOL.    Gastric Bypass DOES work.   If you are scared about the malabsorbtion issues with the RNY....look into the Sleeve too.   Both are excellent surgeries.    My advice to you is research and do the WLS that will fit best for you and your lifestyle.    Good luck to you.

 

Hugs and blessings ~~~ Vivian

GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CAN NOT CHANGE;   COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS THAT I CAN;  AND THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE !!!!    THIS IS MY DAILY PRAYER.
Vivian Prouty      Obesity Help Support Group Coach  "LOSE IT 4 LIFE"


 

White_ Dove
on 1/7/13 6:52 am

 

I tell the story of needing to make a long trip from New York to California.  You have one year to complete the journey, all the money and resources that you decide to use are available to you. 

You start with the diet and exercise route.  All you take with you is a map.  The map shows what foods to eat and how many steps to take for each day.  You set out on your trip full of determination, but soon feel tired, bored and one day you just give up.  You never got to California and wish you had tried a different way.

You rest and start the journey over.  This time you pick a bicycle and a map.  The bicycle is the lapband and the map is your food and exercise plan.  The bicycle takes you much faster than walking did.  But it is still a long trip and you find that everyday you want to go a little further off your map.  Soon you are stopping for pizza and ice cream and each stop makes your destination a little harder to get to.  One day you just give up and start back to New York.  The bicycle has worn out and broken and the trip back is difficult with frequent stops for adjustment to the tires and various repairs both to the bike and to you.

You still do not want to stay fat and decide to try again.  This time you debate about replacing the bike.  There is much better bike called the sleeve.  Its tires are permanently filled and it is better fitted to your body.  There will be much less chance of breakdowns on the road and you will never need a refill.  You take your map and peddle away.  It is still a lot of work and all of that work is up to you.  What you eat is absorbed by the intestines.  You lose weight by eating less and only by eating less.

Or maybe you decide that you would rather get a car this time.  After the RNY or DS you drive the car and follow the map, but the hard work is done by the intestinal changes.  The food you eat just does not get absorbed by the body and the miles of the journey are done automatically.    Because food you eat is not absorbed, the weight falls off easily and you sit behind the wheel and follow the map.  As you pass all the other people walking and riding bikes, some of them holler at you, “Cheater”. 

Sometimes you stop and try to tell them that it is so much easier and better to just get a car, but they are afraid of that contraption and continue to work on doing in on their own. As you pass the Hollywood sign and then stop to watch the sunset over the Pacific you ponder all you went through to finally reach your destination.  The surgery that you were so afraid of turned out to be so easy.  The goal is reached.  There will be more work to do but the car will last a lifetime and be up for all future trips.

Megan S.
on 1/7/13 10:25 am - Baltimore, MD
RNY on 03/07/13 with

White Dove...that was so great! I loved the way you explained it. It was exactly as you described. Thank you!!!

 

~Megan

cajungirl
on 1/7/13 7:45 am

You've gotten some good information.  I'll just add I'll be 8 years post-op in February and a success. 

Proximal RNY Lap - 02/21/05

 9 years committed ~  100% EWL and Maintaining

www.dazzlinglashesandbeyond.com

 

Kim S.
on 1/7/13 8:21 am - Helena, AL

I am a textbook success story.  But---the major lesson learned here is THAT ALL METHODS OF WEIGHT LOSS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY ARE, ARE TEMPORARY WITHOUT PERMANENT LIFESTYLE CHANGE.  PERIOD.

Every diet works.  All WLS works.  To keep the weight off, the recipe is the same for all.  Eat less, move more.  Forever.

             
     
DevilDocWife
on 1/7/13 9:12 am - Merrill, MI

When I had my first visit with my surgeon I was set on lap band surgery..... I was younger and had heard "horrible stories" as well. Until my surgeon laid all the facts out. So before talking to Dr. I thought  1. Lap band was reversable ( false.... your insurance company wont just go in a take it out cause you think you dont need it anymore ) 2. Mortality rate of gastric bypass/ longer recovery ( False it is done laproscopic like the lap band is and is the same recovery and no more risky then say getting your galbladder out ). "HORRIBLE STORIES" ... lets touch on that.  These stories are from when they only did gastric bypass with a large wide open incision. So you take a morbidly obese person that has rolls and heavy belly fat and cut them wide open and send them home to recover the incision was getting infected and the infections were causing problems and death.... secondly to avoid infection they were telling patients to go home lay flat on your back for weeks until the incision is healed.... So  blood clots develop and people were dieing. Well when done laproscopicly it lessens those risks by large margins. I had my RNY surgery and was walking around the mall the next day. Not to mention until recent years you were not hearing of younger people getting the surgery it was only for people that it was there last chance or death and typically were 50 plus. I have inspired many young people to get the suregery and I have followed them and have found that the younger you are when you get the surgery the less complications or problems you have. For instance I dont have an problems eating most things including sugar, I dont get sick like some do.

I have also found that people that are over weight are usually instant gratification people. If we are hungry we want it now.... if we see something we like we just buy it. If we want to be skinny we want to be skinny yesterday. So when losing weight if it takes a long time overweight people get frustrated and give up and go back to old habits. Lap band takes a lot longer and more work to get the weight off and your average lap band patient will only loss 70% of their excess weight, leaving you still in an overweight category. I have met dozens of people that have had the lap band and are not happy... either they didnt loss weight at all or they just have never gotten to their goal weight... or there weight goes up and down so much. As far as gastric bypass patients the only problem I have heard it stories of people that know someone who lost the weight and gained it all back ( this blows my mind ) cause I would never want to go back to the weight I was. I lost all my excess weight in 9 months and have kept it off for over 5 years now and I have had two children in the middle of it..... so not even pregnancy could keep me down. So in my experience RNY is the way to go. I am not a doctor just a living testimonial and know of many more like me. Not sure how old you are but the younger you are when you get it the easier it is for recovery and I find the more sucessfull you will be. I find that people that have the surgery in there 60's and have been over weight and have had bad habits for 40 plus years struggle more with keeping the weight off. So anyway just my 2 cents or maybe my $2's on the subject. Hope I could help. Message me if you have any questions! WOULDNT CHANGE GETTING RYN FOR ANYTHING!