Bypass surgery?

marysherba
on 10/19/19 8:09 pm
RNY on 12/27/19

Hi! I am 5'3.5"and weigh 219 lbs. Most of my life I was thin 120's. During late 40's gained weight rapidly and still going. Tried many diets and unable to lose weight. I wanted to have the sleeve but due to my GERD, high cholesterol, fatty liver and sleep apnea my doctor wants me to gget the bypass. Family and friends trying to talk me out of it saying I am not big enough and too many risks/complications? I have all my appointments made and have my heart set on the surgery. Any advice!

White Dove
on 10/19/19 8:41 pm

I just quit discussing it with people, got the surgery, and told them about it after I got home from the hospital.

There is a risk of complications, so you do need to be aware of what could happen. Most people only regret not doing it sooner.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

marysherba
on 10/19/19 10:27 pm
RNY on 12/27/19

Thank you! Good idea!

hollykim
on 10/20/19 6:35 am - Nashville, TN
Revision on 03/18/15 with
On October 20, 2019 at 3:09 AM Pacific Time, marysherba wrote:

Hi! I am 5'3.5"and weigh 219 lbs. Most of my life I was thin 120's. During late 40's gained weight rapidly and still going. Tried many diets and unable to lose weight. I wanted to have the sleeve but due to my GERD, high cholesterol, fatty liver and sleep apnea my doctor wants me to gget the bypass. Family and friends trying to talk me out of it saying I am not big enough and too many risks/complications? I have all my appointments made and have my heart set on the surgery. Any advice!

you are "big"enough of you think you are big enough and your stats certainly support it.

They are used to seeing you this way and they don't want you to

change cause change may be hard for them .

Do what you need to do for your health and happiness. WLS was the best decision I ever made for myself.

 


          

 

marysherba
on 10/20/19 9:21 am
RNY on 12/27/19

Thank you for your support. Did you have the bypass? Any complications?

hollykim
on 10/20/19 4:56 pm - Nashville, TN
Revision on 03/18/15 with
On October 20, 2019 at 4:21 PM Pacific Time, marysherba wrote:

Thank you for your support. Did you have the bypass? Any complications?

no, I had the sleeve and several years later I converted to the duodenal switch, which can be a second step to the sleeve.

 


          

 

Citizen Kim
on 10/20/19 9:36 am, edited 10/20/19 2:37 am - Castle Rock, CO

I didn't discuss my intention to get surgery with family or friends, because I don't encourage advice unless I ask for it - too many ignorant "experts" out there. I'm very strict about boundaries and they all know it.

I was a lightweight with only 100lbs to lose and did fantastically- better still, I'm still alive after 15+ years from the horrendously dangerous surgery people are warning you about (sarcasm).

Do your research, voice your concerns with people who have a clue and decide what is best for you.

Kudos to your surgeon for NOT giving you the contra indicated (for you) VSG. Choosing him/her is already one great decision you have made!!

Proud Feminist, Atheist, LGBT friend, and Democratic Socialist

marysherba
on 10/20/19 10:00 am
RNY on 12/27/19

Thank you, did you have the bypass too?

Citizen Kim
on 10/20/19 1:58 pm - Castle Rock, CO

Yes, if you look at the header on my post, it gives my surgery type (RNY is the proper name for gastric bypass) and the date I had surgery.

Proud Feminist, Atheist, LGBT friend, and Democratic Socialist

Imgonnalosesoon
on 10/20/19 2:28 pm
VSG on 03/21/19

I have a very similar story except that I wanted to have the RNY but due to scar tissue from prior abdominal surgeries my surgeon decided the Sleeve was best for me. Initially I was disappointed but then I realized "Dr. Knows best" and I'm now very happy to have had my Sleeve.

Yes there will be unsolicited advice from everyone including some of the clinicians at my pre-op appointments. On two occasions I had to defend myself that yes I am big enough and have enough health issues to warrant bariatric surgery. As for friends and family, I knew they would be judgemental so I only told a close few.

My health has improved dramatically (diabetes in remission, no more high blood pressure and on lowest dose for high cholesterol). So I traded 3 diabetic meds and 1 HBP med for a load of vitamins. I couldn't be happier.

Good luck to you and before you know it you'll be on the losers bench!

HW:212 CW:151 GW:125

Surgeon: Dr. Penner @ TWH

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