for the ladies out there

on 9/21/20 4:28 pm

i have a question for you gals out there-i am 2 yrs post op (RNY) & lost 245 lbs. I live in a rural area & decided to finally get a mammogram (the last one i had was 3 yrs ago) the radiologist said i had to have it repeated twice, the second time w/20 films, plus a sonogram. he said it was hard to read mammograms on gals like me who had had wt loss surgery. I wanted to say but that is not my problem, its yours. to make a long story short i wound up going 2 hrs to a major medical center with a teaching hospital where i was told that there was nothing wrong w/me. has any of you gals had this problem too?

on 9/21/20 5:42 pm
RNY on 06/03/15

I have not but I've heard of this before...

on 9/21/20 6:11 pm
RNY on 04/15/19

I have never heard this before! I haven't had a mammogram in years and I am way overdue. None of the medical professionals I have met have ever even mentioned it.

On another note, congratulations on your fantastic weight loss!

on 9/21/20 7:42 pm
VSG on 08/17/20

At my first and very recent mammo the tech said I could get called back for a second reading because they need a baseline image. Not sure if after your wls they may have needed a second image to compare.

on 9/22/20 3:40 am
RNY on 02/14/18

I had the opposite; pre WLS I would have to have follow ups every mammo; now it's only due to changes that they observe in between films. If you are at a new facility or they didn't have access to your old mammos, much more likely that they'd want to follow up, I think. It's frustrating to have to do them multiple times but better than ignore concerns and find out too late that there's an issue? Early detection is one of the key factors in positive outcomes from what I understand!

HW: 306 SW: 282 CW:144.8 GW: 145 (reached 2/6/19), next goal - 132.9


Janet P.
on 9/22/20 4:48 am

You're right, it is their problem but if it's something new for them, unfortunately you're their test case.

I do remember the first couple of mammograms after my DS. They did make a few comments about it being hard to read and had to repeat them a couple of times, but nothing like you describe. I was very large pre-op so when I lost my weight I looked like someone had hung tube socks from my chest - I referred to them as my grandma boobs. I've since had a breast lift so it's no longer an issue :)

Did they at least congratulate you on your spectacular weight loss??

Janet in Leesburg
DS 2/25/03
Hazem Elariny

on 9/22/20 8:06 am

I am scheduled for one next week so I guess I will find out. So dreading it!