Six years ago today I had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery. The primary reasons that I had the surgery were to address the health issues I had developed that were associated with my obesity. All of the health issues that spurred me forward to seek bariatric surgery have resolved, including:
· Type 2 Diabetes Melitus (T2DM) has resolved with an HbA1C that runs between 5.1 and 5.3, so I no longer take medications to keep it under control.
· My Hereditary Hemachromatosis is well managed; I have not had a phlebotomy since my surgery.
· Blood pressure which is normally about 100/65 is excellent and had dropped about 20 points.
· LDL and HDL cholesterol is fair, but with a family history of high cholesterol, I'm delighted.
· Recent sleep study shows that I no longer have sleep apnea.
While the health issues are what spurred me to have the surgery, the improvements in my quality of life are the truly tangible benefits of my sustained weight loss. They include:
· Being able to fit ANYWHERE, airplane seats, booths, turnstiles, amusement park rides, etc...
· Being able to shop for clothes in any store that my pocketbook can afford.
· Being able to handle the summer heat so much better.
· Being able to tie my shoes or paint my toenails and breathe at the same time.
During the past six years, I lost all of my excess weight and while I did experienced a regain; I also learned how to leverage the power of my tool, learning to maintain a healthy, stable weight. I have to say that when I was researching bariatric surgery, one of my biggest concerns was that I would not be able to maintain the loss of my excess weight. I’m delighted that I have been able to maintain the loss of my excess weight and look forward to continuing to enjoy the health and quality of life benefits that come with living at a healthy weight.
I'm delighted I made the decision to do this and would do all over again.
Congratulations. I too had the Roux-n-y 6 years ago in April. I also did it mostly for health issues too. I really can relate to your post as almost all of it applies to me. About a year and a half ago I had a health scare (nearly died) and gained about 35 pounds. My lowest weight was 133 and last summer I tipped the scales at 180. Today I weigh 143, which according to my friends and family is the lowest I should be as I was "too skinny" at 133. I lost the 38 pounds by watching my food intake, limiting carbs and sugars and focusing on protein and EXERCISING. Something all post op newbies should focus on. Please keep exercising, it really helps control your hunger and in turn controls your weight.
Good Luck All
Port Moody BC
RNY Montreal Dr Christou
Apr 17 2007