Can I have surgery at 500 lbs?
on 9/5/20 5:34 pm
I am new here. My Highest weight was 602 and now I am 512. I may need a hysterectomy in the near future. Has anyone my weight or higher successfully had a hysterectomy?
Very few surgeons are equipped for a patient your size. I suggest you contact Dr. Nowzaradan in Houston, TX. The phone number is (713) 661-6262.
He specializes in patients that other weight loss surgeons are not able to help. His office should be able to give you some of the answers you need as well as a referral to a surgeon. The TV series My 600 Lb Life is about Dr. Now.
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I don't know the answer re: hysterectomies, but I know a lot of surgeons (not just bariatric) aren't able to do surgeries on people with really high BMI's. It's too risky and they're often not equipped to do it. They may require you to lose a fair amount of weight first. Good luck in your search. It was fears like this (potentially needing a surgery in the future but not being able to get it due to my weight) that helped make my decision to have weight loss surgery.
I can only speak from my personal experience. I needed a hysterectomy for years, but was told when I weighed 360 pounds that I would have to lose weight before an surgeon would consider doing a hysterectomy. That was the final push I needed to consider weight loss surgery. I had my gastric sleeve in October 2016 (weight 299), and was scheduled for hysterectomy in January 2017, when I weighed about 240. So it may be hard for you to find a surgeon willing to do yours unless you lose a significant amount of weight. The suggestion about Dr. Nowzaraden is a good one, as he is one of the few I've heard of that will perform surgery on super morbidly obese patients. Good luck!
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Angela you need to have a conversation with a gynecologist. In my research over the years (I am absolutely not a medical professional) the concern doctors have with morbidly obese patients is not the surgery itself but the anesthesia and other co-morbidities that come with being MO (which I was when I had my WLS).
If you are considering WLS at any point, again, there are a handful of surgeons who will work on patients of your size. My surgeon did - assume he still does.
Janet in Leesburg
on 9/7/20 9:44 am
my surgeon did my RNY and i was lucky i was 402 at my highest weight. good luck
btw - you may be able to find a gynecologist who will do it. One of my former co-workers weighed around 400 lbs and needed a knee replacement. The first couple of orthopedic surgeons she talked to wouldn't do it because of her weight, but she did manage to find someone who agreed to do it. Her surgery went fine, btw...
Something else to think about...besides Surgeon, Anesthesia, etc, there is the added worry of the EQUIPMENT...
Medical equipment has come a long way, in the last couple of decades, to serve larger patients, but 500 lbs would probably still be considered "excessive". If you look for a hospital, where they cater to patients like Dr Now serve, they would already have larger equipment
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First, Congratulations on losing almost 100 pounds!!!
I agree with everyone with getting multiple opinions from various professionals. I Hope things go well for you soon and you are able to find the answers you need. Also, seeing what your insurance will cover is helpful.
on 9/8/20 12:10 pm
Welcome and congratulations on your weight loss so far!