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Big Girl

Northborough, MA

#1 Oct 15, 2008
I've been considering gastric bypass surgery. My husband isn't too crazy about the idea. I'd like to hear the experiences of any of you who have had the surgery or know of someone who has had it. I've checked different places on the web...but, I'd like to hear from people who have actually had it.

“Waz up?”

Since: Aug 08

AOL

#2 Oct 15, 2008
My neice had it done and she has done great with it!!
please

Ashburn, VA

#3 Oct 15, 2008
I also have been thinking about this surgery. Any info would be appreciated.
fed-up

Connersville, IN

#4 Oct 15, 2008
I hope you have a good insurance company!If you do it should be pretty easy to get approved,if by chance you have state medicaid it will be a battle,but you will probably be approved,given you meet all the requirements!I am now looking into having it done thru medical tourism.I had a weight loss surgery done just over a year ago,but it was not a good experience,i had the Lap-Band done.I will have the by-pass done someday it will just take time to get it done,as for right now i am with-out insurance.I do have alot of info on the surgery's i saved everything from very start to the end!There is alot of info in my binder,more then you would think,but it is very good to know everything that the surgery is about!If i can help i gladly will.
seriously

Columbia, MD

#5 Oct 15, 2008
I have worked with 4 people that have had it done. Please talk with a professional before, during and beyond your surgery. All have had personality changes, from becoming all knowing (about everything) to more surgery and basically begging for attention to their "new" body. It apparently works on you mentally. Extra weight causes health issues but mental health is important as well.
Dawn

Connersville, IN

#6 Oct 15, 2008
I just watched a thing on TV last night about this and the only down fall I could really see was this.A lady that less than 100 pounds was ok but more than that .They had to get tummy tucks because 'yes'they lost the weight they wanted to but the extra fat on the belly didnt go anywhere.It just hung there looking awful.I also am thinking of having this done but will have to save up cause I have no insurance either.Has anyone heard about how much this cost?Hope I helped.
Dawn

Connersville, IN

#7 Oct 15, 2008
I just thought of something else.This is still a slow process to losing weight.Its not an overnite thing.Just wanted to let you know that.I never relized how many people really have this done.Its scary but seems so worth it.
Observer

Edison, NJ

#8 Oct 15, 2008
My cousin's daughter had the gastric bypass. She is diabetic, overweight, hypertension, high cholesterol and has severe arthritis. She is in her 30's. Her doctor told her if she didn't have the surgery she would most probably die fairly young. She thought about it and did have the surgery.(Note; she did diet, exercise, jumped through all the hoops, etc., but with all her problems one thing lead to another).

Anyhow, she prepared, took classes, foods, amounts, exercise, etc. She has done fine; will always only be able to eat a tiny amount and takes many vitamins daily plus a vitamin shot, which is pretty routine. It's been a couple of years now and I think she lost 100-150 pounds and has kept it off and she feels great. She had absolutely no problems with excess skin because she was young and had always exercised.
Have seen it for myself

Greenwood, IN

#9 Oct 15, 2008
I have seen many of cases and have many many of opinions.
If you are overweight as I am myself it is awful awful thing and ya know what we did it to ourselves I myself too. It would be great to have a fix that makes you feel better about yourself, or become healthy again but I have seen many good and bad.

I have seen 2 cases of marriages totally fail after weight loss surgery and these people swore that would never happen to them one marriage was of 17 years and yep I said 17 years! You become someone you haven't been in a very very long time and you are proud and want more then you've ever had before one of these people said I can't believe I let this happen and she said somehow she just let go of her marriage and now it's way to late. It's a hard mental thing to go threw for THE WHOLE FAMILY.

But yet I have seen some people go threw it and it not phase their marriage as of yet.

I have seen a couple of people completely come off of any meds they were on before their surgery.
and have seen so many kids more happy that Mom and Dad can do more of this and that then before.

There's a lot of things to stop and think about before just wanting to become skinny.
Know of somebody

Ashburn, VA

#10 Oct 15, 2008
David Wulff, the current candidate for coroner, had it done recently. He's also a physicians assistant here in town at the urgent care clinic on Western. He appears to have lost at least 100 lbs., and seems healthier and happier. He'd probably be willing to discuss it with you. I only know him professionally, so that's about all I know.
Busy Bee

Greenwood, IN

#11 Oct 15, 2008
Know of somebody wrote:
David Wulff, the current candidate for coroner, had it done recently. He's also a physicians assistant here in town at the urgent care clinic on Western. He appears to have lost at least 100 lbs., and seems healthier and happier. He'd probably be willing to discuss it with you. I only know him professionally, so that's about all I know.
I've read alot of good things here and Im curious to see how would affect a single person to a married couple. Is there any kind of special financing services does anybody know??
skinnyminnie

Connersville, IN

#12 Oct 15, 2008
I knew of someone who had this done. even though she lost the weight she also lost her sweet personality with it.
I can understand her wanting to flaunt her new body for she was severly over weight her whole life, but it turned her into a most undesirable person.
She went from a wholesome, sweet, caring person, to a self-absorbed, obnoxious, slutty-like person.

we were friends for YEARS, but since her surgery she now has a new set of friends, undesirables with no morals. it breaks my heart to see how surgery such as this can totally change a persons disposition.
I'd rather have my fat friend than the one she turned into.

Since: Aug 07

Connersville

#13 Oct 15, 2008
Big Girl and please - Go to www.indystar.com (or whatever the Star's website address is) and look for Dan McFeely's photo and link to read his column (I assume he's still on the website's front page; left side).

He had the surgery a few years ago and wrote about his experience in a lengthy series of columns about everything involved with the procedure, before and after.

You can get his e-mail from the website. I'm sure he'll talk to you if he has time.
You'll learn quite a bit about the situation just by reading his columns.

Good luck to all who go through this procedure.

... kh

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Big Girl wrote:
I've been considering gastric bypass surgery. My husband isn't too crazy about the idea. I'd like to hear the experiences of any of you who have had the surgery or know of someone who has had it. I've checked different places on the web...but, I'd like to hear from people who have actually had it.
roun-en-y

Ashburn, VA

#14 Oct 15, 2008
I had roun-en-y almost 5 yrs ago, lost 100 lbs, and I am keeping it off.
1 yr ago, I had a tummy tuck, not a real pleasant
surgery, lots of complication, almost died from blood clot. After 15 pints of blood, 4 blood plasm, 3 surgeries, I am find now.

The roun-en-y cost $50,000 to 60,000. total cost, doctors, hospital, surgery-complete

tummy tuck cost $25,000. just for the tummy tuck not a full body lift or b00b job- the cost would be $50,000.-75,000.

The best surgeron is St. Vincent Hospital Bariatric Center in Carmel;

plastic surgery-Dr. KOLB in Richmond In. He is excellent. Saved my life
support group

Ashburn, VA

#15 Oct 15, 2008
There is a support group for Bariatric People
that meets on the last thursday of every month at the hospital in the cancer room.
there are people who have had the surgery and many who are wanting to have the surgery
October's meeting will be on the 30th from 7pm-830pm. Come a join us. you will get lots of support. All questions are answered nothing is held back.
See ya there
richard simmons

Connersville, IN

#16 Oct 16, 2008
try 1200 cal. diet. walk EVERY day for 30 min or more and drink LOTS of water, much safer than surgery
FYI

West Roxbury, MA

#17 Oct 16, 2008
richard simmons wrote:
try 1200 cal. diet. walk EVERY day for 30 min or more and drink LOTS of water, much safer than surgery
Good Suggestion! Exercise is the key. I know someone who had it and she lost weight but gained a lot back. It is still a struggle to keep it off. She has to watch what she eats and she "passes gas" frequently and is not able to control it. That is from the surgery. I say research it thoughly first and try exercise
Neutral

United States

#18 Oct 16, 2008
FYI wrote:
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Good Suggestion! Exercise is the key. I know someone who had it and she lost weight but gained a lot back. It is still a struggle to keep it off. She has to watch what she eats and she "passes gas" frequently and is not able to control it. That is from the surgery. I say research it thoughly first and try exercise
This a good idea IF you can do it! I have medical conditions that helped me put my weight on and then additional medical conditions that have prevented me from losing. The medical issues are auto-immune issues (not fat issues). So this suggestion just doesn't always work for everyone.

I'm having the Roux-en-y gastric bypass procedure TOMORROW. Hopefully, a lot of these medical issues will go away. There is hope!

“Waz up?”

Since: Aug 08

AOL

#19 Oct 16, 2008
Keep us posted on your progress! Good luck with your surgery!! May God watch over you!!
Been There

AOL

#20 Oct 16, 2008
Without a behavior modification program and plastic surgery to remove the excess skin (most insurance companies pay only for the procedure itself) there are so many head trips you go through. You're now a thin person with tons of fat that you have stuff into your pants or skirt so it's hard to change your mental picture of yourself when you look into the mirror. Unless you absolutely change the way you eat you will find a way to (once again) stretch your stomach out and start putting the weight back on and you must, you absolutely must exercise!

People DO treat you differently when you aren't fat and it changes you. Your man can get very insecure about the new you because someone else may want you now - and you may want someone else too. I don't recommend it without some very serious counseling and again, your insurance company may not pay for this but without it you will not succeed and the dangers you have put yourself through with the procedure will have been for nothing. And believe me that will eat on you and make you feel like an even bigger failure.

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