The good news is most surgeons have stopped doing the gastric bypass by now and have switched to the gastric sleeve which is a much safer procedure and just as effective as the bypass with weight loss (not very effective unless the patient diets and exercises which of course, works very well without surgery).
The bad news is many surgeons are not saying anything to bypass patients like telling them to consider getting their procedures reversed (which would effectually give them a gastric sleeve). The reason they are not saying anything to the thousands of gastric bypass patients is, that would be like admitting the gastric bypass was a bad idea which it was, big time! Mason who invented the procedure, stopped doing them in the 1970's because he said the repercussions were too great but he only wrote about this in medical literature.
Surgeons are afraid to tell you the gastric bypass is a bad procedure because of the possible lawsuits they might get (most WLS surgeons are facing up to 5 lawsuits at any given time!). But if you are a bypass patient, consider getting the reversal procedure - you will still have restriction but will be able to digest vitamins again, hopefully...
We need some 100 micronutrients a day (which cannot be supplemented) plus a bunch of macronutrients like B12 etc which cannot be efficiently supplemented. None of which the gastric bypass patient can digest.
As one WLS surgeon said, he "buries his mistakes". Literally. Dead people don't talk and live gastric bypass patients are afraid to detail the gnarley side effects of this surgery.
In the UK, they force a reversal of the gastric bypass after a couple of years - that's because the govt picks up the tab for all the side effects which kick in long term... if you are a gastric bypass patient, consider getting a reversal. If you lost weight and kept it off, it wasn't the surgery, it was YOUR WORK and you can continue that without the bad side effects of surgery.
I have digestive problems from a lifelong case of GERD - they are very annoying albeit nothing like bypass patients suffer, but trust me, since I was clinically obese until 2010, digestive problems didn't help in the least, to keep my weight off. (In 2010, I hit my Weight Watchers goal and lifetime membership - and have kept off 106 lbs ever since, being on program)
We did not become overweight because our digestive systems worked. Just saying
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Gastric bypass patients should consider reversal!
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Thanks for the good article. I'm 12 days away from GB surgery . Really Confused now.
MrJeff0524, thanks for your comment! If you have any doubts, you should probably postpone the GB surgery, until you feel really sure and comfortable with it. Actually, most surgeons are preferring the gastric sleeve which is much less invasive than the gastric bypass (but of course, it's not reversible). Sleeve gives the same or better results than the bypass with far far less complications. Understand that even weight loss surgery surgeons admit that even with surgery, the patient does most of the work. Like Dr Terry Simpson, a weight loss surgery surgeon in AZ, says (and he was talking about the most powerful procedure, the Duodenal Switch)..."Success with weight loss surgery is 10% the surgery, 90% the patient!" So really consider foregoing the 10% of help you would get with the surgery, because if you can be successful with weight loss surgery, it's all your work which can be done without taking the risks and dealing with the complications especially with the more invasive surgeries like the gastric bypass. Feel welcome to write to me! (Sue)
Im looking for a way to get a complete reversal/takedown. Not the sleeve. My team says oh you cant do that. Yet thats all I hear and see now are people having this done. My life has been destroyed from this. I feel like im eventually just going to drop dead. Ive barely been out of bed and I did this to be better and active for my baby. Im the total opposite and the only reason ive lost weight is because I cant even eat!
To "unknown", they can do what they call a "takedown" on a gastric bypass...in which they take the pouch stomach and reattach it to the bypassed stomach. This gives the patient the equivalent of a "VGB" without the band. The patient has some restriction but basically, full digestion. Sounds like you have a good reason to seek "takedown"... What you need to do, is call weight loss surgery surgeons and/or gastrointestinal surgeons, until you find one who will do the takedown you need. Insurance should pay since it sounds like you are malnourished. There is a group on Yahoo called OSSG-GONE-WRONG. It has many members who have had takedown surgery and they might be able to help you find a surgeon to help you. You should move on this because, sounds like you really need this procedure...
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