WLS 10/28/2002 Revision 7/23/2010
High Weight (2002) 240 Revision Weight (2010) 220 Current Weight 115.
10 years out; 190 pounds lost, 165 pound loss maintained
You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.
~Lady Lithia~ 200 lbs lost!
March 9, 2011 - Coccygectomy!
I chased my dreams, and my dreams, they caught me!
There are these little tiny things in your small intestine called villi. They are like fingers that grab up calories and absorb them. When they bypass part of the small intestine, suddenly there are fewer villi in there to suck up the calories.
However, your body quickly figures that out and it is afraid it's gonna starve. So your small intestine start to grow more villi in the part tht has not been bypassed. After two or three years, you have about the same number you had before surgery so you absorb about the same amount of calories again.
It's pretty cool if you think about it.
However. We continue to malabsorb vitamins because only certain spots in the small intestine absorb each one of those. That never goes away.
Please note: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. If you want medical advice, talk to your doctor. Whatever I post, there is probably some surgeon or other health care provider somewhere that disagrees with me. If you want to know what your surgeon thinks, then ask him or her. Check out my blog.