I am scheduled for DS on July 2nd, however... Anyone can tell me why RNY be better?
Im 5'9, 380, 31 yrs old. Any input?
Reaching out one last time to make sure I'm doing right thing.
Eating the "wrong" foods might cause diarrhea or other problems with either surgery, too. Are you unwilling to change the types of foods you eat? If you're not willing to change the foods you eat, you might want to talk to your surgeon about whether or not surgery will really benefit you in the long run. You may end up losing weight initially but then gaining a lot back if you don't change what you eat.
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.
If you are considering RNY instead of DS, you will have to take vitmains every day regardless of which surgery you have. If you have the DS, you just have to take more of them (and the consequences of NOT being diligent about taking them can be more severe). IF youa re not committed to taking all of those vitanmins for the rest of your life, you should NOT have surgery. My suregon stoppped doing the DS about 2 years ago because too many patients were not being compliant about vitamins long term and were coming in with physical problems because of serious nutritional deficiences.
I started out very heavy (330 pounds but only 5'3") and seriously considered DS. To be honest, although I was nervous about the extra malabsorption and was going to have to go thjrough the hassle of providing all sorts of documentation to justify insurance approval for DS, it was seeing what the only person that I knew at the time who had a DS went through with oily, smelly diarrhea that made me choose RNY. She carreid a change of clothing in her car at all times. I have since met a number of DSers who have no trouble with that (or can control it by controlling what they eat), but I was simply not willing to take the chance of being one of the people who had the terribvle bathroom issues.
I know this might sound harsh, but if you are planning to continue eating the wrong foods after surgery, I don't think you are ready for weight loss surgery (of any kind). You can out-eat ANY kind of WLS and end up regaining weight or not losing as much weight as you would like if you don;t commit to changing your eating habits.
14 years out; 190 pounds lost, 165 pound loss maintained
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on 6/13/12 11:55 am
Other than the fact that my insurance doesn't cover DS (I might have been able to argue the case, since I had a BMI greater than 50. For me, I wasn't convinced I wanted ANY weight loss surgery until I learned that RNY was likely to cure or suppress GERD. Since that was the one comorbidity that I had that was ruining my life and livelihood, that was ENOUGH of a push to get me to have ANY weight loss surgery. Further research showed that ultimately GERD has the greatest relief the fastest in cases of RNY. Other procedures can actually exacerbate it. though ultimately many cases get better over time.
Many good people over in the DS forum discuss ways to avoid, minimize, or cover over problems with bowel movements. But there is no perfect WLS that results in euphoria in the bathroom. a lot of people who get the RNY have constipation issues.
I'd read through ALL of the latest posts in the last week or so in both the DS and RNY forum. Read the challenges of newbies, pre-ops, long term vets, daily food logs, food types they eat, etc. try to look at those lifestyles and determine which life (not from those trying to sell you on the surgery, just by reading what others write about their journey and the support comments they get)... you'll get a lot more info about both surgeries just by reading about the daily issues.
~Lady Lithia~ 200 lbs lost!
March 9, 2011 - Coccygectomy!
I chased my dreams, and my dreams, they caught me!
good luck with your decision