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Rare complications post VSG

MsMasala

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After finally finding competent specialists it was determined that my VSG back in 2014 was botched beyond what we initially understood:  leaving me vomiting 30+ daily, ultimately resulting in a partially paralyzed esophagus, rumination syndrome, and a myriad of other issues including having to be fed via nasal gastric tubes- an experience I wouldn't wish on anyone.

Monday (9/25/17) I had a revision to a gastric bypass at Mayo Clinic as part of a treatment plan to hopefully manage these conditions and provide me some relief. They were able to convince my insurance in less than a day without having to appeal through any denial. The ease and pace that they took to treat me has been nothing less than shocking.

 My recovery has been miraculous compared to the past surgery. Not only am I able to lay down and sit up without aid, I walked over a mile in laps around the hospital after being moved from recovery. The pain is manageable, the experience I had at Mayo with Dr Elli compared to my surgery with Dr Foote cannot be compared. I'm able to feed myself, and I have so much energy I have to remind myself not to push it as I have undergone an even more serious surgery than the VSG.

While they did not perform this surgery for obesity, I do have the benefit of looking forward to another bout of weight loss given that while I lost 150 pounds from the VSG, I am still no where near my goal weight.

If this provides the relief I desperately need, I have nothing but hope for the future.



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I've just read through your blog - I'm still kind of new here. What an awful experience! I'm so sad you had to go through that. But it sounds like you've finally found good doctors and are back on track! I'm glad you fought for yourself and got the fix you needed, and really glad this went well. Please keep us in the loop on your condition and progress!

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Wow! Congrats on your new and vastly improved surgery!!!!  Hope everything is by the book (text book of success!) this time! Glad you feel so much energy already.

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Oh wow! Can I ask what the mess up was with the sleeve? Sounds like a stricture maybe?? I'm so glad you found a team that cares and is treating you like you deserve! Best wishes. 

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7 hours ago, ktgrok said:

Oh wow! Can I ask what the mess up was with the sleeve? Sounds like a stricture maybe?? I'm so glad you found a team that cares and is treating you like you deserve! Best wishes. 

It wasn't a stricture. The surgeon failed to complete a duodenal switch, seemingly severed a nerve and caused me to develop esophageal paralysis along with spasms. Basically the motility of my digestive tract is severely compromised and unable to function correctly.

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15 hours ago, CJireh said:

Wow! Congrats on your new and vastly improved surgery!!!!  Hope everything is by the book (text book of success!) this time! Glad you feel so much energy already.

Thank you! I'm looking forward to the further changes my body will undergo now that I'm under the supervision of much more competent team of physicians

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Congrats on finding a great surgeon and getting your revision completed. I certainly haven't looked back nice my revision in early May. Mine wasn't done for weightloss reasons either, but weightloss is a huge bonus along with the total reversal of daily abdominal pain. Hope everything goes well for you both in recovery and into the future.

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5 hours ago, MsMasala said:

It wasn't a stricture. The surgeon failed to complete a duodenal switch, seemingly severed a nerve and caused me to develop esophageal paralysis along with spasms. Basically the motility of my digestive tract is severely compromised and unable to function correctly.

Oh my goodness!!! I know a DS is complicated and a lot of surgeons won't even try them..seems like this was one surgeon who shouldn't have either! That's terrible, I'm so sorry. I sure hope that the new surgery helps!

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@MsMasala did the surgery actually fix the paralysis of the esophagus?  Hope you're still feeling energy today too!

I am excited for the correction so you can experience the right way it is supposed to work (and the benefits of more weight loss!) 

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5 minutes ago, CJireh said:

@MsMasala did the surgery actually fix the paralysis of the esophagus?  Hope you're still feeling energy today too!

I am excited for the correction so you can experience the right way it is supposed to work (and the benefits of more weight loss!) 

No it didn't fix it. The revision was the first step in trying to control acid reflux. Once it's controlled they plan on addressing the other complications one by one. Unfortunately there's a significant possibility that full motility cannot be restored, but less reflux should help reduce at least the severity of some of the problems.

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