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  1. Hi msmarymack, thank you for sharing your positive experience. It's great to hear you are maintaining even 5 years out, congrats! I am also concerned about not using NSAIDS anymore after a RNY, as it is my go-to for knee pain when it flares up. I am hoping that I won't need it once I weight less and my knees are less stressed. A sleeve surgery sounds so wonderful to me in theory, as I love the idea of not slicing-stapling the intestinal tract. On the other hand, I appreciate the (slightly) greater metabolic shifts brought about by the RNY and the reduced chance for GERD. I appreciate your input as I wrestle with the decision. Hi BrightDay1, Congrats on your successes! That is an amazing transformation. My abdominal surgeries make me a bit concerned for an RNY and a sleeve is better I heard in these cases. But my surgeon knows my history and doesn't consider it an obstacle. It sounds like a sleeve has worked well in your case, and I wish you all the best for the journey ahead. Thank you for sharing your story.
  2. Thanks cinwa. I'm going with RNY. At this point a sleeve is off the table, from everything I have learned combined with my personal situation. Do you know if your adhesions were a result of the RNY surgery itself of did you have a history of abdominal surgeries? I've had 3 c-sections and a tummy tuck so I think I'm a good candidate for complications from scar tissues and adhesions. How did the adhesions present themselves, what was wrong and how did they fix them? Thank you in advance for your answers.
  3. TammyP, congrats on your remarkable success! It is encouraging to hear from everyone who is doing so well. As a preop patient I'm obsessively researching, and now especially so since I'm spinning my wheels due to the COVID shutdown. My surgery would've been in June, but the March-May patients who have been on hold will have to go before me. So I don't know a date yet, but can't wait. Thank you for sharing your story.
  4. LeeC and Cheesehead, thank you for adding to the discussion. I am leaning toward bypass, and VSG is less and less on the table for me. But I am still exploring. Any long-term complications in terms of gallstones, blockages etc. needing follow up surgeries?
  5. I am in the pre-op stage waiting for the COVID-19 crisis to subside (Netherlands) so I can have WLS. BMI is 35 with two comorbidities. I am a good candidate for either VSG or bypass and the Dr. leaves the choice largely to me. He is slightly leaning toward a bypass because on occasion I get acid reflux at night, though I can largely control it by what and when I eat. If I had to go under the knife today, I would go for a bypass for fear of developing GERD and a slightly reduced chance of long-term weight loss failure. At the same time, a sleeve also appeals to me, why wouldn't it? When I see real success stories, long term, I do think to myself how nice it must be to have a less invasive procedure with comparable outcomes. Maybe I would be one of the successful ones. When it comes to bypass, the potential long-term complications of malabsorption and other side effects needing surgery (blockages, adhesions, fistulas etc) are a concern. I want to minimize the need for future surgeries. On the flip side a failed VSG journey might end with a revision to RYN so that is also a risk of repeat surgery. There are so many VSG failure stories out there. I would love to hear from some of you who are happy with the outcomes, 5+ years out.
  6. Everything else I know about gastric bypass has passed the cost/benefit analysis. I am concerned about the risks of surgery in general for example. But as it regards making a decision between a VSG and a bypass, all considerations on the whole so far have weighed in favor of a bypass, at least for me. This issue however popped up and there was one particular forum thread, which I can't find now, that was so graphic and devastating in its detail, that were I to find myself in a similar situation I would lose my job, any self esteem I have left, and I would be a recluse forever. A permanent condition such as this would be a major quality of life issue. I am feeling more confident now than before, so this thread has helped. Just to illustrate the kind of anecdotes I've come across, there was someone who shared that they pass gas involuntarily in meetings, during presentations or on the street and no dietary adjustments have helped. They described the situation as out of control, that they can barely manage in social situations even in the best of circumstances (mad dash to the bathroom for some privacy, if they can make it in time). This particular person described the problem as ever present, persistent through the years. There were several others who have shared similar stories and emphasized that no dietary changes, doctors' visits, medications, fiber, supplements, probiotics etc helped. Each positive experience I read here helps!
  7. Thank you cinwa and summerset for adding to the discussion. This is such good news. I am sticking to the bypass option. Anyone with experiences to share, please don't hesitate to still add your thoughts. The other, more negative threads had quite a bit of participation. It would be nice to balance those with positive stories.
  8. Athenarose and Res Ipsa, thank you for you replies. Your messages calmed me down. I'd prefer the bypass for many of the reasons RI stated above. Excellent reflections, thank you, it had many helpful points. The few threads that I stumbled across about this topic came from this forum, with catchy-terrifying titles such as: FLATULENCE in the EXTREME! Smelly & frequent flatulence! and about 3 more, all some variation on silent deadly ones and a lack of control. And almost all with an exclamation mark for emphasis. Reading threads such as these turned me off so bad I almost gave up on a bypass for this reason alone. Now I'm thinking I'll be brave and keep my fingers crossed that these experiences are truly the outliers and not the norm. Hearing that you two never had this issue fills me with hope.
  9. Hello kind people at Thinner Times. I've been approved for weight loss surgery, insurance will cover it. I am in the preop stage, and will have surgery imminently once the COVID crisis eases the pressure on the medical services. I am in the Netherlands btw, not that it makes too much of a difference. I get to choose between the VSG or a bypass. My BMI is 35, with comorbidities of hypertension and sleep apnea. From my research I came to realize that gastric bypass patients might have a terrible time with flatulence in terms of the amount of gassiness post op. Some complain about odor -this is not my concern. My concern is about my ability to control if and when I pass gas. My profession is such that I am frequently in/or leading meetings, or have to present in front of an auditorium full of folks and I cannot imagine dealing with side effects that will make me pass gas in public. If it weren't for this one side effect I would choose bypass in a heartbeat. I have mild reflux sometimes though I can avoid it if I don't eat too late or too spicy. My concern with a VSG is that I will definitely develop GERD if I already have a tendency to suffer from it. On the other hand, I cannot deal with a bypass if if leaves me out of control of my bodily functions for the rest of my life. My surgeon put me down for a bypass tentatively but told me to let him know if I change my mind any time. Please bypass people, if you could share some honest stories with me. Is your flatulence out of control after a bypass to the extent it interferes with work? I've only found a few threads/blogs about this, so this is not commonly shared, but the few threads that discuss this are terrifying. Many thanks for an honest discussion.