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I'm debating on getting banded or a bypass.

So I'd like to hear how long you've had your bypass, and how is your current weight loss.

Have you gained weight back?

Would you do it again?

How much total weight loss?

Problems?

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I'm debating on getting banded or a bypass.

So I'd like to hear how long you've had your bypass, and how is your current weight loss.

Have you gained weight back?: No, but i had complications and still "eat my feelings"

Would you do it again? Nope.

How much total weight loss? From 250ish, to my sickest at 103, to now a healther 127.

Problems?: Too many to list, but no regret till recently..

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I'm debating on getting banded or a bypass.

So I'd like to hear how long you've had your bypass, and how is your current weight loss.

Have you gained weight back?: No, but i had complications and still "eat my feelings"

Would you do it again? Nope.

How much total weight loss? From 250ish, to my sickest at 103, to now a healther 127.

Problems?: Too many to list, but no regret till recently..

What did you have done? and if you lost so much weight, why do you regret it?

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What did you have done? and if you lost so much weight, why do you regret it?

RNY.. because of my complications. Lost a lot of my "life" and time... and it is just a lot.. ill say that much.

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Have you gained weight back? - No

Would you do it again? - Most days, yes

How much total weight loss? - 135lb

Problems? - continued issues with abdominal adhesions and more recently, some bad episodes with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

I should add - the issues I've had aren't the norm.

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Have you gained weight back?

Well... I "did" have a regain at the 2 year mark, and it took me about six months to get it back off. Last November I was put on medication that caused me to gain over 10 lbs in 9 days and I still have not been able to get that off, even though I stopped the medication after the 9th day (due solely to that weight gain) even with being extremely diligent in my diet, and exercise. It just doesn't want to budge and I'm almost a food nazi around here these days. :/

Would you do it again?
In a heart beat. No doubt about that.

How much total weight loss?

My highest loss was 137 lbs. lost.

Problems?
Well, one of my problems was self inflected. I didn't follow my preop properly so my liver cracked during surgery. Also due to previous abdominal surgeries, I had adhesions that caused problems during my surgery, the two things combined lengthened my surgery, my recover and my return to work.

I didn't realize that our active weight loss phases could be as short as mine was- and I was a bit more caviler with my early meals/diet. After that regain, I put the pedal to the metal but after getting back to my highest amount of loss, I could not get my weight to budge beyond that. After consulting with various doctors I'm told that I have to learn to accept that I will never get that last 45 - 50 lbs I need to lose off ( though I'm also told by two other doctors that I have 30+ lbs of excess skin that I'm carrying around that insurance will not pay to have removed.

I've also had other issues but have been assured that they're not WLS related (in particular, I've been since diagnosed with the most severe form of IBS which kind of wreaks havoc with my life at times- I was hospitalized three times last year alone) but the gastro specialist says that it is unrelated.

Regardless- prior to surgery I was on oral diabetes meds, cholesterol, blood pressure and arthritis meds. Day of surgery I was put on insulin (fast & slow acting). I was also walking with a crutch and told I'd need knee replacement surgery. I was the 'fat lady' using the electric carts to shop- to my ever loving embarrassment. Fast forward six weeks, and I no longer needed that crutch to walk, and at the three month mark, I was no longer using any prescription medications for diabetes, cholesterol or blood pressure. Last week on hubby's vacation we went hiking. Me- hiking!!?!? Yep! :)

Like Corrine, I do deal with some low blood sugar issues- but that is being shown as a far more common side effect and if you get it, and you're careful you can often minimize the effects (like eating a protein/healthy carb combo before working out, for example)

Hope that helps some!

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I'm 2 years out at this point, and be sure to listen to the good advice elsewhere on the forum, it is entirely too easy to fall back into old habits but if you listen to your docs and make a life change you can be incredibly successful.

Have I gained any weight back?: Yes, but only the 10lbs I lost due to a hospitalization for an unrelated medical issue; and I need to TRY and gain that weight.

Would I do it again?: YES! I can now be an active 30 year old guy and do things with my daughter I never dreamed of.

How much total weight loss?: 165 lbs give or take

Problems?: Internal hernia that caused *massive* pain

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I'm over two years out, I think I might've regained about 5lbs...Working on putting a STOP to that ASAP!!

Would I do it again? You betcha!

I've lost a total of about 90 lbs

Any problems? Nope, none at all

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What is so interesting to me is that the answers to these simple questions really highlight how dangerous and serious this surgery is, not to be taken lightly or for the faint of heart.

A girl at my office didn't know I had surgery and announced that a friend of her's had Gastric Bypass and died one week post op. Ugh....

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I'm debating on getting banded or a bypass.

So I'd like to hear how long you've had your bypass, and how is your current weight loss.

Have you gained weight back? 15 lbs

Would you do it again? Yes

How much total weight loss? 100 (was 115)

Problems? Two major GI bleeds out of nowhere....needed blood, reactive hypoglycemia, anemia, maintaining nutritional balance (calcium, potassium, B-12, etc), prone to illnesses....had several bacterial infections....lack of energy...

The good: I love my life

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What is so interesting to me is that the answers to these simple questions really highlight how dangerous and serious this surgery is, not to be taken lightly or for the faint of heart.

A girl at my office didn't know I had surgery and announced that a friend of her's had Gastric Bypass and died one week post op. Ugh....

But why would things like this happen?

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But why would things like this happen?

Lots of reasons why you can die...blood clots in the lungs, severe infection, twisted bowel that dies and infects the blood, reaction to anesthesia, sudden respiratory failure,...and sometimes, no direct cause.

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But why would things like this happen?

Lots of reasons why you can die...blood clots in the lungs, severe infection, twisted bowel that dies and infects the blood, reaction to anesthesia, sudden respiratory failure,...and sometimes, no direct cause.

Those are known risks of any abdominal surgery - not necessarily WLS.

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i've read its a 4 percent chance of death after or during the operation.

i'm starting to get a little nervous now

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I'm debating on getting banded or a bypass.

So I'd like to hear how long you've had your bypass, and how is your current weight loss.

Have you gained weight back? yep about 15 lbs working on getting it away have lost 4 so far

Would you do it again? Heck yeah

How much total weight loss? 140

Problems? None

I'm also 7 years out (like Maire) one of the longer ones out on the board.

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I am one year post op from Gastric Bypass.

Have you gained weight back? - no, but haven't lost much in the last 2 months, I started at 318lbs and now I am 180 lbs and have been that for the past two months...think this is where I will level off. (138 lb weight loss and I went from a size 22/24 to a 10/12)

Would you do it again? - Yes...in a heart beat, I have had no complications whatsoever other than some vitamin issues, but working on getting back on track with them. This surgery has given me my "active" life back...I am no longer just a passive person watching life and others pass me by.

Problems? - none, other than the vitamin deficiency. My sister on the other hand had the surgery and has all kinds of problems...mainly low iron and she now goes in for weekly blood infusions.

My advice, do your research and do what is right for you and your lifestyle, this is not a QUICK FIX or EASY WAY OUT, this is a total life style change. Consult with your surgeon and go to support group meetings, that will help quite a bit.

Best of luck to you! :P

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Not sure if I am considered a lond timer. I am 18 months out.

Have you gained weight back? No, but I monitor it daily. I could if I let myself go.

Would you do it again? Wish I had done it 15 years ago.

How much total weight loss? 145

Problems? None - I have been extremly lucky. I know things could still happen. I take my vitamins religiously and make sure I get my protein in every day.

I truly feel that if I had not had the surgery I would have had a heart attack. My bloodpressure and cholesterol was high. Prediabetic. I weighed my options and this was the best way for me.

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Have you gained weight back? No, but I monitor it daily. I could if I let myself go.

Can you explain this a little more?

What do you mean if you let it go?

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I weigh almost daily, work out two to four hours a day on average and live on a perpetual diet. If I did not do all of those things, i would be gaining weight back in a hurry.

For a few people GB is a fix but for most it is just a dieting tool to help you completely change how you eat and live...it does not do the work for you after the initial 12-18 months...

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Have you gained weight back? Yes - I am 2 years post op and have gained about 10lbs over the last 2 months because I have started eating the dreaded carbs again

Would you do it again? ABSOLUTELY! yes yes yes

How much total weight loss? 172lbs

Problems? None - had a few scary stomache aches but they always go away - it seems to be caused by gas - it happened whenever I drank something carbonated. Otherwise all is well.

Good luck!

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I'm 18 months out.

Have you gained weight back? No, but I weigh every day. If fact, having hit my goal, I am still losing a pound every month or two.

Would you do it again? In a heart beat!

How much total weight loss? 92

Problems? None

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Have you gained weight back? - No - not yet anyway!

Would you do it again? - OMG! Yes! I wish I'd done it 20 years earlier - it's changed my life.

How much total weight loss? - 145 lbs

Problems? - None. DH also had surgery and he's had no problems either. Our own surgeon has a 1/798 mortality rate for GB (only a Swiss surgeon would put it that precisely LOL)

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I'm just over one year out, so I'm not sure if I qualify as a "long-timer" or not, but here goes:

Have you gained weight back? No, I'm still losing weight, but at a much slower rate--maybe 5 pounds per month.

Would you do it again? Yes, definitely.

How much total weight loss? 205 pounds so far. I'd like to lose another 40-50.

Problems? I was back in the hospital for an ulcer 5 weeks after surgery. Was put on antacids (my surgeon didn't believe in giving antacids pre-op, even though I've had lifelong acid reflux issues) and it's all better.

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Had my surgery 3 years ago this month (10/2008).

Total lost was 120 lbs, but I gained about 10 lbs (my surgeon said this would probably happen).

I would totally do it again, it was the best option for me.

Problems? Yes -- I've had some problems. Starting with recouperating from surgery -- apparently my 'staple line' didn't clot very well following surgery, so was in the hospital for 3 days following (vomitting blood clots etc. for the first 16 hrs following surgery). Was told that this happens to 1 in 40 patients. Since then, had a good 18 months w/out any issues and in the last 18 months have been struggling with severe anemia (low iron) and having to have venofer infusions to increase hemoglobin and ferritin levels, but am hopeful we'll get it resolved.

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I'm debating on getting banded or a bypass.

So I'd like to hear how long you've had your bypass, and how is your current weight loss.

Have you gained weight back? 10 more pounds to goal, so no.

Would you do it again? in a skinny minute!

How much total weight loss? 120 pounds so far!

Problems? Only one incident of reactive hypoglycemia (ate too many carbs at one time) but other than that ONE time, I've had ZERO, zilch, nada! Feel great and labs are PERFECT!

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