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gastric bypass surgery
January 15, 2007
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opinions? know someone that had it? I'm considering it.

January 15, 2007
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I know my aunt had it, and I know MANY others, from online support boards, that have had it done.

My aunt was thrilled to lose so easily.

However, she refused to take the doc seriously and tried eating spaghetti and chicken as soon as she got home and was seriously ill. She kept at it, until she was able to eat it.

which defeats the whole purpose of doing it, if you aren't going to follow orders.

She lost quickly...but looked SICKLY as she did...her skin sagged, she looked pale, it didn't look good.

I have had others say the same thing - it is a quick loss, but it's hard, and does take willpower...and if you didn't have the willpower before, the surgery isn't going to magically give you any, tho the vomitting from overeating sometimes deters some.

I wouldn't have it done...only cuz it's very invasive and it takes a long time to really heal and recover.

Why are you considering it and what have you tried so far?

I am seriously considering overeaters anonymous only cuz I realize the only way to conquer my bad eating habits is to get to the root of the problem - which is not what I put in my mouth but WHY I do.

January 15, 2007
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I know several people who have had this done with mixed results. Again, it is a question of following the doctor's orders in order to be successful.

I know one person who managed to sabotage the whole process and started loading up on eating pastries. Its interestting that this person (friend of a friend) had some serious unresolved child abuse issues which, we thought, may have contributed to the sabotage.

If considering, I am sure you will be told of the risks and maybe take a look at your own issues about overeating in the first place, and if there would be the potential to sabotage the good results (certainly can be done). There are also other new procedures as well.

January 15, 2007
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I have a friend who had it last summer and has mostly followed doctor's orders. She has lost 50 lbs in 6 mos and wants to lose a total of 100lbs. She eats what she wants, but can only eat in small amounts. She was mentally ready for this change and even took out a loan for it since her insurance would not cover it.

January 15, 2007
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my mom had it done in august and she's lost about 85 pounds so far. she looks great, and she's feeling better too. she had to go through very thorough testing to make sure she could physically AND emotionally withstand the surgery.

January 16, 2007
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i am only 15 years old and the docotr has recomended this surgery to me. im scared to death i told him no. there is a small chance but it is still there that this surgery can kill you. and i rather work hard to lose weight and gain muscle rather than doin it the easy way.

January 16, 2007
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I have requested that so many times, i am at least 100 lbs overweight, arthritis, bones deterioating and they cant get an insuarace co. to say ok. Good luck

January 16, 2007
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Sweet Emo.

I have a daughter your age, and I would recommend for her the same things you said. But for me.... I'm 47 years old, and have weighed close to (and sometimes over) 300 pounds for about 20 years now. I have tried to diet; tried going to the gym; tried walking. I'll have a little success, then fall back and gain the weight back. In my life time I have been on at least 8 different kinds of diets, used non-prescription drugs and prescription drugs to try and lose weight. I have been in a 12-step recovery program for a year and a half, and still I do not have the victory over food.

I want to be healthy. I currently take medication for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gastro-esophageal reflux and depression. I also have sleep apnea. I'd like to be around to see my grandchildren (God willing) and to enjoy my time left on earth. I want to be able to bend over and put on my socks without running out of breath, climb a flight of stairs without feeling my heart is gonna come out of my chest, and not take up 1 1/2 seats on the train.

Gee, I think I talked myself into it.

January 19, 2007
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Go for it! My good friend has lost almost 100 lbs after hers. She is so happy. No ill side affects (of course if she eats to much). But she is so happy. Was home after two days in the hospital. She is off of all of her meds. No more Cholesteral pills, no more high blood pressure pills. No more Sleep Apnea. It is a miracle..
They make it so much easier these days.
Go into it with a positive atitude. You will not regret it.

January 19, 2007
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I think that in some of the larger cities - there is a specialty center known as "Bariatrics" if memory serves.

There is also a type of "Band" that can be used in place of GPS.

January 22, 2007
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Just wanted to keep you updated. Actually, I'm desperate for people who will listen to my rantings! LOL.

So, how cool is this??? I have an appointment on 2/7 at the Barix clinic, which is 15 minutes from my house.

I went to my family doctor on Saturday. I weigh 290, am 5'2 3/4" (jeez, he couldn't give me that quarter of an inch?), and I have a BMI of 53. I told him I was considering GBS, and his response was, "Great! We refer people to the Barix Clinic. Cool. I told him I already had an appointment.

He told me they work hand-in-hand. They have referred many patients there. The only complication he saw was one woman who several months out had adhesions. He explained them to me, and also told me they were repaired and the woman is doing well now. He told me to expect a 6 month to 1 year process from consult to surgery, informing me that they will send me to various specialists for various exams, workups and tests, including cardiology, endocrinology, psychiatry, sleep study, and gastroenterology. Sounds like fun -- NOT!!!

He also did some extra blood work while I was there on Saturday, because he knows they require certain testing. Wasn't that nice of him?

Finally, he called me today to tell me my diabetes is not being controlled on my current medication (which was increased about 6 months ago) and now I need to double it. I'm thinking that this is a good time to prepare for surgery and get rid of this weight once and for all, so I can return to a better state of health.

Thanks for letting me rant!

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