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SLEEVE TO BYPASS REVISION

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Started by MissLaLa05, Apr 09, 2013 7:29 PM
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126 replies to this topic

    MissLaLa05

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  • Posts: 18
  • Joined: Sep 2012
  • Location: NY
  • Surgery: Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery Date: May 2013
  • Height: 5 feet 5 inches
  • Starting Weight: 280 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 160 lbs
Posted April 9, 2013 - 7:29 PM

#1
I had the sleeve done in 2009 and I lost about 70lbs but in the past year I have regained most of the weight back. I am now in the process of doing all the pre testing to do the bypass but i have so many concerns that I'm just confused as to weather I should have the surgery. I keep hearing that having revision surgery puts you at a higher risk for complications and gastric leak. I keep telling myself that its just like having any other surgery and there will always be a risk but I'm still scared to death. Has anyone here had sleeve to gastric bypass revision? I hope to here from someone just to hear from someone that had gone through the experience and maybe can share some pointers.


    babysteps

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  • Surgery: Gastric Bypass
Posted April 9, 2013 - 7:57 PM

#2

I had the sleeve done in 2009 and I lost about 70lbs but in the past year I have regained most of the weight back. I am now in the process of doing all the pre testing to do the bypass but i have so many concerns that I'm just confused as to weather I should have the surgery. I keep hearing that having revision surgery puts you at a higher risk for complications and gastric leak. I keep telling myself that its just like having any other surgery and there will always be a risk but I'm still scared to death. Has anyone here had sleeve to gastric bypass revision? I hope to here from someone just to hear from someone that had gone through the experience and maybe can share some pointers.


I will have mine in June and not worried at all we had the hardest one already and the most painful. I'm having mine coz I only have lost 35 lbs in 6 1/2 months :( . The risk is so low it's less then what the sleeve was :) So when will you be with me as a sleeve to Rny so very few of us. The sleeve is such a fad thing right now I'm sure there will be more of us down the road.


    abbybeep

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  • Posts: 157
  • Joined: Aug 2012
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: NY
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • Surgery Date: Aug 2012
  • Height: 5 feet 2 inches
  • Starting Weight: 252 lbs
  • Weight Lost: 103 lbs
  • Current Weight: 149 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 145 lbs
  • BMI: 27.2
Posted April 9, 2013 - 8:53 PM

#3
I am a revision.... However, not by choice I must say!
I can't speak as to what's different from the sleeve experience because my sleeve was so messed up that the 4.5 months I had it I couldn't eat or drink anything.
It kind of stinks that you have to go through it all over again (surgery...adding foods back...) I don't have dumping but I do think I became lactose intolerant (many are after RNY). I haven't had much dairy to check it out. According to my surgeon revisions need to be extremely cautious of anything that could cause ulcers because we are extra prone to getting them. We also have a much higher rate of stricture (I had a pretty severe one). Also, if something were to happen to our pouches, we don't have any stomach left to help fix the problem.
I don't want to be a wet towel by any means! I'll answer any questions you have that I can.


    MissLaLa05

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  • Posts: 18
  • Joined: Sep 2012
  • Location: NY
  • Surgery: Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery Date: May 2013
  • Height: 5 feet 5 inches
  • Starting Weight: 280 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 160 lbs
Posted April 9, 2013 - 9:50 PM

#4
Thank you both for replying. I'm waiting on insurance approval so I don't have a date yet. I was happy when I made the decision to have the gastric bypass because I felt like I was given a second chance but last week when I went to see my surgeon for the final visit before the surgery he told that my risk for gastric leak is higher because I had surgery before and that just killed my spirit. He didn't say that it will happen but he wanted me to know of the possibility that it could happen. I know with ever surgery comes a number of possible complications but I keep asking myself if i should put myself at risk, @abbybeep ...after all you have went through do you regret anything? I'm worried that if I don't go through with it I will the surgery I will regret it because I will continue to be over weight.


    abbybeep

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  • Posts: 157
  • Joined: Aug 2012
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: NY
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • Surgery Date: Aug 2012
  • Height: 5 feet 2 inches
  • Starting Weight: 252 lbs
  • Weight Lost: 103 lbs
  • Current Weight: 149 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 145 lbs
  • BMI: 27.2
Posted April 10, 2013 - 12:40 PM

#5
Hmm that's a really tough question (would I do it again).
It's pretty amazing that I'm about 147 pounds now (I was 252 around the time of surgery). But I went through an awful lot of terrible stuff for a long time. Even after the bypass it was tough. I missed out on a lot in life for about 6 months. Also, I am worried about the long term effects of what happened, (i mean not getting in more than 100 cals per day for 4 months had to have hurt my body...) and I'm a bit worried about having no functioning stomach to work with if something terrible happens.
But- for you it's different because your sleeve functioned ok- and the possibility of complications is there but it's not too terribly high of a rate, I'm sure. So this could be an awesome thing for you! Before my bypass surgery my surgeon did warn me of the increased possibility of leaks too. He did mention that if your long-term protein levels are good (determined through blood tests) that your chances for leak are smaller. I don't know if that helps you at all.
Ultimately, some days I'm amazed with the weight loss and I'm happy. Other days I feel like I made the complete wrong decision... I guess only time will tell!


    MissLaLa05

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  • Location: NY
  • Surgery: Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery Date: May 2013
  • Height: 5 feet 5 inches
  • Starting Weight: 280 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 160 lbs
Posted April 10, 2013 - 8:29 PM

#6
Thank you so much for sharing your story with me Abby and I'm happy to hear that after a long journey you have lost all the weight and are happy. Although there may be some ups and downs you have reached your goal it was all for a great cause. I have been so scared ever since I spoke to my doctor last week and I have even reconsidered the whole thing but I worry if I don't I will continue to struggle with my weight. Chatting with everyone online has helped me and hearing everyone's personal stories has given me the strength to go through with it.


    mandela210

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  • Posts: 4
  • Joined: Mar 2013
  • Surgery: Gastric Bypass
Posted May 5, 2013 - 3:22 AM

#7
I am a revision I have had two bands a sleeve and now bypass. I just wish I had gone with the bypass first! I am 6 weeks post op lost 20 kilograms and doing great so good luck


    GG'sArtsMom

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  • Posts: 103
  • Joined: May 2013
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: MA
  • Surgery: Gastric Bypass
  • Surgeon: Sajani Shah
  • Surgery Date: May 2013
  • Height: 5 feet 10 inches
  • Starting Weight: 339
  • Weight Lost: 107
  • Current Weight: 232
  • Goal Weight: 180
  • BMI: 33.3
Posted May 23, 2013 - 8:00 AM

#8
I am shocked, I thought the sleeve was going to become the new "gold standard". I am so sorry for people going through sleeve fails. I went through it with a band and know it is a hard, and in my opinion, embarrassing, road. I didn't realize sleeve patients were requiring revisions due to low weight loss.

When my surgeon mentioned my options, sleeve or bypass, she mentioned that it wouldn't make sense to do a sleeve as I would be going from one restrictive surgery to another, and that made my decision easy.

Make sure you trust this surgeon who is warning you of a higher chance of a leak, if you have any doubt, look around. Mine mentioned it was a higher risk, but didn't harp on it, and I trusted her skill by the way she presented herself. She knew what she was doing and I could tell I was in good hands.

As Mandela said, I wish I had done the bypass in the first place.


    vicki s

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  • Posts: 1,032
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  • Gender: Female
  • Location: NY
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • Surgeon: Aaron Hoffman
  • Surgery Date: Aug 2013
  • Height: 5 feet 5 inches
  • Starting Weight: 219
  • Weight Lost: 39
  • Current Weight: 180
  • Goal Weight: 140
  • BMI: 30
Posted July 21, 2013 - 9:11 AM

#9
Im glad I found this thread..I hope some still come here...I am being revised on aug 1st, had the band then the sleeve, now bypass....I too am so very scared...It looks like not too many revisions on here and not alot of chat...Misslala05 did you have your surgery yet? Anyone? any information appreciated!!


    vicki s

    Bariatric Master

  • Posts: 1,032
  • Joined: Jan 2009
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: NY
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • Surgeon: Aaron Hoffman
  • Surgery Date: Aug 2013
  • Height: 5 feet 5 inches
  • Starting Weight: 219
  • Weight Lost: 39
  • Current Weight: 180
  • Goal Weight: 140
  • BMI: 30
Posted July 23, 2013 - 7:20 AM

#10

I am a revision I have had two bands a sleeve and now bypass. I just wish I had gone with the bypass first! I am 6 weeks post op lost 20 kilograms and doing great so good luck

Wow, you are my inspiration! congrats to you and I will look to you for advice after surgery...:)


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