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Be Aware of Complications

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Hi all,

 

I don't want to scare anyone but thought I needed to tell you all what has happened to me to make you aware that complications can happen and they can be serious. Firstly I'll tell you about myself. I am a 34 yr old married woman with a 5 yr and 3.5 yr old sons. I had a lapband inserted in 2008 and after a small weight loss and lots of vomiting and adaptive eating I had it removed and underwent a gastric bypass. The procedures were done at the same time by an extremely experienced and highly qualified surgeon who specialised in bariatric surgery.

 

I have lost around 30kg's but I have to say it has not been the best experience of my life. I have had constant dumping, revolting gas and bowel movements even though I have watched my diet with only small cheats here and there. In July last year I had to have my gallbladder removed due to gallstones, which they say is common with large amounts of weight loss. Over the last few months I've noticed that I'm really tired and lethargic, boating after meals with relief on occurring after passing gas sometime after. I also noticed that people were saying that I looked really pale and my face had broken out in acne. 

 

On Monday 4th of March after having a sandwich for lunch I started getting extreme cramping in my stomach and felt nauseous. I ended up in the bathroom vomiting (heaving more than vomiting actual food). The pain subsided for a short period of time but then returned with vengeance. I was unable to move crippled over in pain and vomiting. My husband called an ambulance and I was rushed to hospital. I was given continuous injections of morphine that did not reduce the pain at all. The doctors were baffled and conducted numerous tests, scans to work out what was wrong. I ended up having an MRI as they believed I had pancreatictis. They discovered that my bowel had twisted and the blood supply was not getting through. I had emergency surgery where they removed 7% of my bowel and some of the stomach which was attached to the intestine that had died. The surgeons stated that they nearly lost me on the operating table and I was placed in an induced coma for just under 24 hours. The surgeons were able to reverse my bypass and gather enough healthy stomach tissue to create a new stomach.

 

It is now day 10 in hospital. I have spend 4 days in ICU and only had the tube which ran through my nose into my stomach, removed Wednesday. I am also back on free fluids until the surgeons are sure my stomach is strong enough to handle food and I wont be able to leave hospital for another 4 days. Oh and I have a surgical scar running from just under my breasts to my pubic line, right done the middle.

 

I am not writing this to scare anyone but I do think people need to understand that complications can happen. I was a healthy 34 year old with no history of bowel complaints. I read all about the complications post surgery but believed like most of us that it would never happen to me. Well it did and I can not believe I put my husband and sons through this ordeal. All I am saying is please only have this operation if you are 100% and don't blow off the complications cause they wont happen to you.

 

I am so happy to be alive and am more happy that my bypass has been reversed and soon I will be able to go back to a normal life without dumping, hideous gas and foul smelling bowel movements.

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Wow, what a terrible experience. I hope your recovery goes well. It's a amazing what a vast difference there can be person to person after gastric bypass. We just don't know how our bodies will react. Take care!

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What a horrible experience!  I am so glad that you have come through this.  You are right when you say that although we are aware of the complications, most of us believe that they will not happen to us. Unfortunately, you were in that small percentage of bypass patients where it did occur. 

 

For myself, I didn't feel that I had any other options left.  I also had the band and after having it slipped I began to think of the bypass as a viable option.  However instead I had a new band inserted and it was only after that band slipped again that I chose the bypass.  So far so good!

 

I wish you and your family the best of luck and hope you recover speedily and well.

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Another person mentioned a similar type of event late last year.  I think you're doing us a service by reminding us that this surgery has complications and when we experience something like you did to get to a hospital ASAP.  I hope you're recovering well and will soon be home.  I am sorry this has happened to you. 

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I'm sorry to hear you have experienced such a traumatic situation -- this is NOT an operation that people should rush into, especially if they are not in dire need.  I, personally, was at the point something HAD to be done to rectify some serious health issues.  As everyone knows (or should know) this shouldn't be about wanting to lose weight so they can "be skinny."

 

Unfortunately these procedures are becoming more and more common, and people are demanding to have surgery without always thinking about the consequences.  It scares me to think about the fact that its being offered as a solution to younger and younger people - especially teenagers.

 

Hopefully your story will encourage people to think more carefully before taking on such a serious path.

 

Good luck to you and hoping for your speedy recovery.

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sorry that happened to you :(

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