My name is Marsha, a 63 yr old female.
Update: I had gastric bypass surgery 10/29/2020 for surgical treatment of Chronic Gastritis/GERD/Esophagitis. Of course, one of the complications/side effects of the gastrojejunostomy (the fancy name for my surgery since it wasn't bariatric), is WEIGHT LOSS!
I had gained back 50 pounds since my sleeve surgery, so I'm using this surgery as an opportunity to refocus on healthy eating. My doctors want me to get down to 145 pounds to have a BMI of 24.9 - Normal Weight.
My recovery from the bypass has been significantly better than from the sleeve. A lot of that is because I know the pitfalls of not following the post-op diet restrictions. I ended up in the hospital after sleeve surgery due to dehydration/low potassium etc. I was determined to not let that happen this time around.
I had my gastric sleeve surgery 11/12/14. My BMI on the day of surgery was 36.1. My insurance company only approved one post-op night in the hospital. The day after surgery I had severe chest pain (esophageal spasms) and I was sure I was going to die. I couldn't help but question why the heck I had thought surgery was a good decision. So 26 hrs after surgery I was home, just praying I'd make it until morning. I woke up Friday morning ready to do laundry, wash dishes and take a needed shower. Needless to say, I'm doing fantastic. I'm following my post-op liquid diet, making sure I drink at least 64 oz of fluids and resumed my walking regime yesterday (limited myself to 3 miles, but it felt great) - just 4 days after surgery! The esophageal spasms stopped on day 3, just like my surgeon told me. And it felt so good to step on the scale this morning and be 10 lbs. lighter than the day of surgery!!!I hope that anyone considering a sleeve gastrectomy reads this post. My message to those nearing surgery - once you get past post-op day 1, you will feel 100% better and be ready for this new journey in your life. I feel like I've been given a "miracle" and I'm determined to do my part in order to maximize this "gift"!
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Starting Weight: 222 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery: 185 lbs
Current Weight: 138 lbs
Goal Weight: 145 lbs
Weight Lost: 84 lbs
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 08/18/2020
Surgery Date: 10/29/2020
Hospital Stay: 1 Day
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval
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