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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Concerns

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Concerns

Postby stevelk » Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:01 am

Wow, I truly never thought I would post a message on a board, this is a first for me... I have a few concerns and I am hoping that maybe some of them can be answered by real people as opposed to all the data, success stories and nightmare stories one finds while researching online. Most of my concerns, and I am sure I am not the first, surrounds all the things that can go wrong during surgery...I tend to get a little concerned when it comes to my own mortality. I am a 31 year old male, BMI 44 (I am 5'9" weighing in at 290lbs) with no medical issues or problems going into the surgery. I also have one of the better surgeons in Manhattan doing the procedure (Dr. Alfons Pomp who has done more then 900 of these surgeries). All this being said do these factors play a part in reducing the chances of something bad happening or complications post surgery? I guess I am almost looking for a bit of reassurance, and I know that sounds a bit selfish.

Aside from the above concerns, I was curious if anyone cans speak to the following:

1. I have never had surgery before, what can I expect from this and is it normal to be nervous about all this? (Like real nervous)

2. How difficult is the first several weeks after surgery?

3. For those that are well underway post surgery.....was it all worth it?

Thanks for any information or response to this note in advance....it is appreciated.
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Postby taline73 » Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:50 am

I had my gastric bypass january 10
I already lost 40kg (sorry i don't know the conversion to lbs)
I don't regret it one second

Befor the surgery I was very much afraid... i was thinking that it will never work out for me
It's normal to be afraid...it's a major surgery
But you have to analyse yourself are you afraid from the surgery or are you doubting if this is the right surgery for you
If you're only afraid...then no worry..it's normal...we are only human :lol:
But if you are having doubts about the surgery then maybe you are not ready for it
Did you talk about this with your surgent?

After the surgery i had a major cold....that was hard to manag but i had no problem with the operation by itself
I had no problem with the liquid programm... i still rarely feel hunger

Was it worth it ...YES YES AND YES
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Re: Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Concerns

Postby dan1 » Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:42 am

stevelk wrote:Wow, I truly never thought I would post a message on a board, this is a first for me... I have a few concerns and I am hoping that maybe some of them can be answered by real people as opposed to all the data, success stories and nightmare stories one finds while researching online. Most of my concerns, and I am sure I am not the first, surrounds all the things that can go wrong during surgery...I tend to get a little concerned when it comes to my own mortality. I am a 31 year old male, BMI 44 (I am 5'9" weighing in at 290lbs) with no medical issues or problems going into the surgery. I also have one of the better surgeons in Manhattan doing the procedure (Dr. Alfons Pomp who has done more then 900 of these surgeries). All this being said do these factors play a part in reducing the chances of something bad happening or complications post surgery? I guess I am almost looking for a bit of reassurance, and I know that sounds a bit selfish.

Aside from the above concerns, I was curious if anyone cans speak to the following:

1. I have never had surgery before, what can I expect from this and is it normal to be nervous about all this? (Like real nervous)

2. How difficult is the first several weeks after surgery?

3. For those that are well underway post surgery.....was it all worth it?

Thanks for any information or response to this note in advance....it is appreciated.
:roll:
SLK
:D Steve, I just had my surgery a week ago. The actual surgery took a couple hours. It really wasn't as bad as I had thought. By day 3, I felt much better and was discharged fm the hospital.

Now it has been a week and a day, and I am going back at the gym on the treadmill and recumbant bike today. My energy level is good, and I haven't had to take the pain med in over 24hrs. I have followed the diet instructions carefully and can tell you that the key to a quick recovery is following the instructions and getting as much exercise as you can tolerate. I have lost about 9 lbs. since the surgery. It is really strange to eat a cup of creamed wheat and feel full.

I think the thing that I did that helped the most, was losing about 25 lbs. on my own before the surgery. I did that over 2 mos. through smaller portions of good food, and exercise. Hope this helps. :D
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Postby callen3640 » Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:30 pm

i am new to this message site, but obesietyhelp.com is another great place to go for research and message boards i also am scheduled for surgery in june and am nervous too but i know God is watching over me.
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Re: Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Concerns

Postby melsreturn » Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:11 pm

I had surgery 3 yrs ago this October. I weighed in at my highest, 251 lbs. Today I am 129 lbs although my lowest was 116. I was too thin, and needed to gain some weight as I was on the low end of the bmi scale. Anyway, here are some answers to your questions.

1. I have never had surgery before, what can I expect from this and is it normal to be nervous about all this? (Like real nervous)
This is a life changing experience. Yes, it is normal to be anxious. Once you have done the research on the different weight loss procedures, and come to a solid conclusion that (a) its right for you and (b) what procedure you will have, there will come a certain anticipation that yoru life is about to change. You are about to embark on a quest for health. Obesity stole a lot from me, and after losing the weight, I feel that I finally reclaimed all that I had missed or never expeirenced in life. But there are risks, and you must weigh those risks and see if it is worth it.

2. How difficult is the first several weeks after surgery?
they are very difficult. I couldn't eat anything. I threw up all the time. I felt nauseous just at the smell of food. I could barely drink, let alone eat. You aren't able to eat but maybe a thimble full of food. You may think you are hungry, but that hunger feeling is head hunger and you must learn how to overcome that or else you will struggle. Even if you think you are hungry, you can barely eat anything without feeling sick or full... if you have RNY, your stomach will be the size of a large thumb, and it will be swollen up the first several weeks so imagine how much food can get in a large thumb or thimble... not much.

3. For those that are well underway post surgery.....was it all worth it?
Yes it was worth it. I do have some "issues" such as hypoglycemia but you learn how to control those issues such as eating every few hours, plan your nutritional intake each day, journal food so that you're not consuming too many calories.

Weight loss surgery requires that your head be "in the game" at all times. It helps you lose the weight fast, but it does not promise you longterm success. You must change your eating lifestyle and habits from the very moment you wake up out of your surgery, and commit to living a bariatric lifestyle forever, mostly low carb lifestyle.

Hope this helps. If you have questions, please feel free to ask. Thanks.
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Postby drdisaia » Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:48 am

Hello,

I am a plastic surgeon who posts usually to my own forum here at MMH. I operate in gastric bypass patients mainly for the cosmetic operations that follow (tummy tuck, body lift, arm lift, breast lift, etc) and have seen a number of gastric bypass patients over the years.

My wife, father in law and mother in law have all had gastric bypass surgery. The last case (my father in law's) was a laparoscopic procedure. A very good friend and patient of mine had a laparoscopic procedure a few years ago. I have subsequently done most of her cosmetic surgery afterward.

The laparoscopic procedure reduces pain, but there is an unavoidable body adjustment to being bypassed (if you have a small bowel plus stomach procedure) that occurs over a few months. Taking protein liquid supplements helps, but eating regular food is difficult especially for the first month. People tend to feel kinda "without energy" for a month or two.

Most patients I see who are bypassed in good hands have been pleased after this adjustment period especially when weight they have struggled to lose basically falls off in six to twelve months.

Good luck to you.
Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD * Breast and Body Contouring
Orange County, Ca
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