Anyone have the Sapala-Wood Micro Pouch?
There is a woman on the pregnancy board with the Wood-Sapala pouch! Gosh I'm sorry for you.
on 9/7/11 11:50 pm
Of the thousands of Sapala-Wood surgeries with which I am familiar I would have to say the statistics are at or below the average for post op complications. There are some really good surgeons still doing this procedure.
Still, at the end of the day I wouldn't particularly recommend any RNY in most cases, not when the DS is an option.
I am 12 years post-op following my micropouch procedure with Dr. Wood. While I did have problems early on - strictures and acute gastritis that put me back in the hospital and eventually on TPN for almost 2 months - I have no regrets. As stated, the usual RNY issues should be considered: limitations with regard to taking certain meds like NSAIDS, nutrient malabsorbtion, etc, it is very effective.
Remember that, whatever surgery you consider, it fixes your stomach, not your head, and I've known many to "out-eat" ANY procedure, including this one, if they are not committed to using it as a tool rather than a free pass. It IS possible to gain weight, but it is the best tool I've personally found to combat morbid obesity.
Just my 2 cents!
on 12/3/18 2:11 pm
I had the Sapala Wood surgery done by Dr Wood, on August 3, 2003. Everything was fine until 2009, when I started having pain in my "grape" stomach , and in my "detached" remnant stomach. I had moved to Buffalo by then. I called Dr. Wood's Office, and he refused to see me. Said he was not seeing patients from his "old" practice.
In the meantime, I found a lovely Gastro Doctor, who ran a bunch of tests and told me I had:
1. An ulcer in my "grape" stomach
2. A Fistula joining the new "grape" stomach to the old remnant stomach, and
3. A hernia
Because the surgery left the remnant stomach virtually inaccessible, the Doctor could not visualize an ulcer he suspected was in my old remnant stomach.
Since Doctor Wood was not willing to help me, I wound up going all the way to Long Island, NY to Dr Buscaglia, who was kind enough to try to help me. He was the ONLY surgeon I could find to help me. He was also the closest, and he was over 400 miles from my home.
Dr Buscaglia closed the fistula with a clamp, and ordered some vitamins for me, but there was nothing else he could do for me.
The fistula reopened in 2013 and I am currently bleeding internally, possibly from an ulcer in the active remnant stomach. I have also gained back most of the weight I lost after the 2003 surgery. I was 114 lbs for 9 years, and now over 180. It is very sad, and very depressing. So now, I am search for a Doctor to help me find out EXACTLY what my condition is, and fix the problems once and for all.
on 12/3/18 5:34 pm
I recommend you contact the following surgeon for a video consult; he is great at revision bariatric surgeries and complex abdominal issues.
Ara Keshishian, MD
10 Congress St, Ste 300
Pasadena, CA 91105