I am currently (7-19-990 still very happy that I had this surgery. My diabetes is "gone" and I feel so much better physically that I almost never feel tired. I am a strong advocate of counseling with the surgery to help you deal with your reasons for overeating, and the changes you have coming with the profound weight loss. The way people react to the physical changes in you can really effect the way YOU act. You need to learn how to deal with it. Thanks.
Here I am two years post op, and holding at 160-165. I have a hard time sometimes getting in my water every day. I also am very lazy about excersise. If I can maintain this weight with this little effort I will be lucky. My diabetes is still "gone" and I feel great. Some days I fill up very quickly when I eat and sometimes I feel like I could eat huge amounts. I have no regrets about the surgery.. it saved my life as far as I am concerned... thanks. jan It is now March 11, 2003 excactly 5 years later. I am still "diabetes free" and convinced that I did the right thing. I am now up about 10 lbs from right away after surgery but still considered a healthy weight. I can tolerate much richer and sweeter foods now and I can eat much larger quantities. Ask your surgeons about this. They told me that I would never be able to eat an entire Big Mac sized sandwich. I can eat that much if I am really hungry. Not much more, but still my stomach has stretched quite a bit. Still I have no regrets. I wish I could get my exercise like Al Roker, but I need to make it a priority. Good luck to all that are going through the process and mail me if you need...... Jan Today is 9-21-2003 I am still off all my meds for diabetes, but struggling to not eat high fat and high sugar. My dumping is lessening as Dr. Sarr told me it would. I am at about 178 lbs. and would like to take off the 10 I have slowly gained over the last 4 years. When they tell you this is a "tool" and not a cure they are not kidding. This is up to me and I am lazy about the exercise. I am having some reflux symptoms and I think it is because I am eating higher fat foods some of the time. I have been listening to Dr. Phil and his weight loss challange stuff because it is a head thing for me no matter that I had surgery or not.... I still would do it over... go into this with realistic expectations... I have seen so many try to get down to unrealistic weights only to gain it back..... Jan
July 99, 16 Months Postop
Surgeon: Micheal Sarr, M.D.
| Before Surgery||220-260|
| 6 months after surgery||165|
| 12 months after surgery ||na|
| 18 months after surgery||na|
| 24 months after surgery||na|
My surgeon was Micheal Sarr . This surgeon is compassionate, funny, and very honest about this process. He will tell you the truth about the possible complications etc. He also has the most realistic opinion of the whole subject of obesity. He truly understands what we have gone through to get to this point. He gave me hope when no one else did. He gave me a new life also.
blue cross, Wellmark
They approved within 2 weeks with Mayo clinic in Rochester MN They participated with them