I don't usually reply to postings, but this one really caught my eye.
I feel that the community has not given this person the benefit of the doubt and just assumed that he/she went back to old habits to gain the weight.
I had a VBGB in 1998 and lost roughly 150 pounds. Naturally, I became more active and began participating in life and taking care of my yard, etc.
When I was doing yard work, I sometimes felt a pull or a snap-like feeling in my belly but it didn't hurt and I didn't pay it much mind.
I noticed that it was starting to take more food to satisfy me but wasn't too worried until I stepped on the scale and saw that I had gained about 30 pounds back!
Little did I know I was actually pulling out the staples that had held my pouch together and that was why I had a bigger appetite.
Tests were done and it was confirmed that my staples had, indeed, been pulled out and that I was left with a stretched out stomach with a bypass.
Thankfully I had a good surgeon that knew his way around insurance companies and I was able to obtain approval for a second VBGB due to surgery failure.
I'm happy to report that I had the second procedure done in 2005 and today I weigh 143 pounds. That is 172 pounds lost and maintained in a total of 21 years.
I do not diet. I eat whatever I want. The key (for me), is EXERCISE! I am active at least five days a week. By active I don't mean taking a walk... I mean work... I mow 2 large lawns with a push mower, I shovel my own snow in the winter, I do things the old-fashioned way by using my body to get things done instead of using machinery, etc.
Unfortunately, my doctor retired so I cannot help you with his name, etc.
I wish you well and hope that by now you have found what you need to continue on your path to a thinner, healthier lifestyle.
Thank you all for your responses.
I have lost around 15 lbs on my own. But it is very slow going. It is approximately 1 lb a month..
I am loathe to change my eating patterns too radically because that tends to set me off to binging and other
and purging. Dieting causes me to overeat. So minor modifications are all I can do.
I am looking at the change to the DS from Gastric bypass but my insurance may not allow it.
My pouch has a very large opening into my intestines and I can eat a lot but I try not to.
The gain was due to my being out of my comfort zone. I moved in with my mother to care for her for and she had food in her house. Bread and cookies etc.. I do not keep food in my house unless I have control over it. My doctor also took me off of a medication that inhibits compulsive behavior. I have since moved back into my own home and gone back on my medication helping me to lose some of the weight.
I would like to get down to 200 lbs again.
I have looked into a lot of kinds of revision and the switch to DS seems to be the best.
Has anyone else had it or no if it even works?
RNY to DS is a very complicated procedure, and there are only a few surgeons in the country who do it if I recall. It's a relatively dangerous operation.
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VSG 2013, lost 150lb - RNY conversion 2019 due to GERD