Does bigger mean more issues in WLS?

(deactivated member)
on 9/12/17 8:29 am

I'm going to ask something kind of controversial and it's more of an opinion or maybe your experiences but does having a higher BMI cause more issues when you're having the WLS done?

I noticed that some of these people posting in the forums when their BMI is not as high seem to sail through this an incorrect conclusion?

on 9/13/17 1:36 pm
RNY on 09/01/17

It's a fair question to ask, and I don't know the answer. I can only speak from my experience. I had a BMI of about 57, and the doctors considered me very low risk for surgery. It had more to do with other health concerns (well lack thereof) in my case.

As you know I am 13 days post op and have had no complications, during or since.

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(deactivated member)
on 9/13/17 1:56 pm

Thanks. I have been looking on YOUTUBE ... probably not a good idea .. and many people there are saying they had complications... and they have like over 50 BMI... that's why I asked.

Donna L.
on 9/13/17 4:03 pm - Chicago, IL
Revision on 02/19/18

Higher BMI is correlated with higher surgical complications in general. My BMI was 78 during my sleeve surgery and I had no complications, though, aside from developing a hiatal hernia- very common even without WLS when obese.

So it depends? If you have a BMI over 50, likely it's best to seek out the most experienced surgeons possible, especially if you are going for a DS. I made sure to research hard before I picked one in my case.

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on 9/14/17 9:26 am

Thank you!!! Good luck!!

on 9/14/17 9:59 pm
RNY on 07/23/14

My BMI was 54 pre-WLS. I had no surgical complications and recovered well.

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on 9/15/17 6:24 am
RNY on 06/03/15

I had no issues, other than a strictures (minor problem that is easily fixed). I do know some surgeons won't operate on people above certain BMI's (for example, over 60 - or over 70) because of added risk, but then some are fine with it.

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(deactivated member)
on 9/15/17 5:11 pm

Thanks ladies.....glad you are doing so well!!!

Cathy H.
on 9/16/17 10:13 pm
VSG on 10/31/16

My BMI was 60 when I was approved for surgery, and 53 the day of surgery. I had no problems at all!

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on 9/30/17 11:16 pm
RNY on 09/08/17

I'm another whose BMI was over 50 at time of surgery - I'm 3 weeks out, no issues, no complications!

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