on 4/9/21 7:54 am
I wrote this blog post to help out anyone looking to have Gastric Sleeve Surgery.
about 30% of sleevers develop GERD (or if they had it prior to surgery, it sometimes - not always - but sometimes - gets worse). Often it can be treated medically, but some people end up getting revised to RNY.
RNY usually - not always, but usually - improves if not downright cures GERD.
on 4/8/21 1:05 am
on 4/7/21 7:16 pm
As someone considering the VSG - I spent some time going back through old posts looking for anything remotely related to GERD, acid reflux, stomach acid, etc for the past 4 years (roughly 250 pages). I read through the relevant threads and made lists of the respondents who had the sleeve procedure done and had positive (no GERD) and negative (GERD) experiences. There were 77 total respondents - 35 people who did not have GERD and 42 that did have GERD. While it's only anecdotal numbers and the known universe is actually unknown, it certainly seems significant that more people had GERD than didn't.
Incidentally - I did the same thing on the RNY board - I found 14 cases of people reporting having GERD after their procedure over there. While certainly less than 42, it's certainly not 0.
Anyway - I'm sort of a research geek and found this interesting. Hopefully someone will find it helpful.
I didn't experience that pre-OP, but it did happen to me years before. I contacted my physician. He gave me medication to stop my period (partly so that he could do a pap smear to make sure everything was OK). My period stopped within 12 hours. The pap smear was normal.
My advice: contact your primary care physician immediately.
on 4/7/21 8:01 am
The doctor's office did give me the name of a personal loan company (Prosper) - they don't do care credit. But we weren't considering that anyway as the interest rate is so high. I think we are going to cash in a retirement annuity account. If necessary we may go with either Light Stream or So Fi for a loan - they seem to keep showing up on top of "best of" lists.