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  1. Hello, Sorry this a a long post but I'd really appreciate hearing from anyone who's had similar experiences. Has anyone had a gastric bypass that didn't work? I knew something was wrong pretty soon after my surgery as I had no restriction. I'd known all of my surgical team since 2010 when I had a gastric band. After a year of filling and un-filling and coming to the end of my free fill period (they would have cost £100 after that), the bariatric nurse and I could never reach that sweet point between nothing going through the band and so being sick all the time and no restriction at all so I knew I had to give up on this. Then in 2012, I lost 9 stone (125lb) by following a very low calorie diet (VLCD). I did this for 9 months, eating just four sachets of food at just under 600 calories a day. I got down to just over 10 stone (140lb) on my 40th birthday at the end of 2012. But in 2013 when I was off the VLCD, I struggled to keep the weight off. By October 2013, I had tried everything and decided to go for further surgery. I was initially going to have a sleeve but the team's dietician had said that sometimes band to sleeve revisions weren't as successful and I'd read that the bypass is the recommended revision for those who've had bands. Add to this that it was sold to me as the 'gold service' of weight loss surgery and I'd read that it's the operation that has been done for many years and has lots of experience and evidence behind it, I went for the bypass. I knew something was wrong pretty soon after my surgery as I had no restriction. In early December 2013, the dietician agreed that I should not physically be able to eat or drink Fluid in the volumes I could (I felt and still feel like nothing had changed) so he sent me for x-rays which were inconclusive and the measurements/calibrations weren't noted at the time. However, one of the surgeons said in an email that he thought the stoma was around 20mm in diameter. Everything I read says this is too large as food goes straight through the stoma, meaning I never really feel full. The smaller stomach and stoma should mean that I feel feel on less food. It took months for me to push for a second set of xrays and I really felt that I was being ignored. Emails were replied to only after a few weeks when I chased them up and I have an email from the same surgeon saying they were deliberately slowing things down in the hope things would rectify themselves. But they didn't. They did agree to a second opinion and I chose a surgeon in London who not only runs a centre which is ICE accredited (International Centre of Excellence) but has performed over 2500 bypass surgeries and specialises in those that go wrong. He sent me to another hospital in London on that day for some more xrays and then delivered his report. He identified and the xray specialist agreed that the stoma was too large to have any effect i.e. 'no functional effect' at the site. He also discovered that I had a sort of extra bit of stomach or additional reservoir. They call this a hockey stick or a candy cane but the effect on the surgery is unknown. He recommended that my hospital carry out an endoscopy to rule out a stricture. My hospital received the report and said they didn't feel the stoma was too big and in fact it was a good thing as "one of the theories as to how the bypass works is getting food that is eaten into the small bowel quickly as this has hormonal feedback to tell the person to stop eating". I have never read anything like that before and that certainly wasn't how they explained the procedure to me. I've always understood a bypass to be the creation of a smaller stomach so you feel full on much less food (that's what makes you stop eating, I know nothing about hormonal feedback) plus the shortening of the bowel meant some calories weren't absorbed after bypass. My hospital also didn't think the endoscopy was worth doing either as I'd had no sign of a stricture. Throughout, I have been asking the surgeons whether an endoscopy would help them to see what's going on inside there but they thought not. One of the most disappointing things was how disinterested my hospital were from the beginning. I felt that they'd taken my money and I had to fight to make them believe there was a problem. Even then, they really didn't move to try and explore what had happened. I don't understand this as they are still doing this procedure on people. I thought they would have wanted to know what had gone wrong with me so that it didn't happen to anyone else. Also very disappointing was the fact that I woke up to a LEAD surgeon I'd never met and never even heard of. Like I say, I've know this team since 2010. They hadn't mentioned there was a new member, let alone that he would be involved in my operation and certainly not that he would be my LEAD surgeon. I trusted this team and I felt this was a breach of that trust. I also trusted them to look after me if anything went wrong. I'm in the process of taking on a lawyer plus, because of my tweets about my experience, a local journalist who's interested in the fact that many bands are being revised, how surgery is sold to patients and what happens when they fail, has contacted me. I feel I should raise awareness that there are things that can go wrong that you don't hear about, as in my case. Would I advise anyone not to have bariatric surgery? No, all I would say is don't use a hospital just because its local to you or you know them. It doesn't mean they'll look after you if things go wrong. Find an ICE, look at patient feedback like mine and get a cast Iron guarantee that they'll take care of you if there are problems. The hospital's final letter to me told me that they would not be refunding my money and advised that I pursue diet and counselling. I feel like they just put me on the 'it doesn't work for some people' pile when I didn't even know such a pile existed. Aren't diet, exercise and counselling things we do over and over again before considering the massive step of surgery? In fact, my hospital's own website begins ... "If you’ve exhausted all other weight loss options, you might be considering weight loss surgery”. I'm still paying off the loan for this and I'm left in the cold! David & Goliath. Please share your feedback with me. Thanks for reading.
  2. Hi guys, I've read many times that the stoma should be between 10mm and 12mm. Mine is 20mm.I'm sure this is too big and that's why my bypass has failed. Any views welcome. Thanks.
  3. Bariatric Bypass

    Is a 20mm stoma too big?

    Thanks DrMeow. So what do you think of a stoma that's 20mm? My doctors say stoma size is irrelevant and that getting food out of the stomach and into the intestine is important as this provides hormonal feedback to the brain to say that you are full. What do you think?
  4. Bariatric Bypass

    Is a 20mm stoma too big?

    If you look at my stats, I joined in January but my surgery was in October 2013!
  5. Bariatric Bypass

    Is a 20mm stoma too big?

    Hi guys, I've read many times that the stoma should be between 10mm and 12mm. Mine is 20mm.I'm sure this is too big and that's why my bypass has failed. Any views welcome. Thanks.
  6. Bariatric Bypass

    Did you meet your surgeon prior to surgery?

    Thanks guys. I do feel it was a breach of trust. Like I said I knew this team well. They obviously took a decision not to tell me I would be operated on by someone else. I have no idea why they did that but it cannot be good medical practice. Feel free to follow me on Twitter by the way. I'm in the process of setting up a website and making a video for YouTube about the risks you don't get to hear about and warning that some hospitals may not look after you if things go wrong. Please follow me at @Marlow601
  7. I had known my surgical team since 2010, I'd met with them before my surgery a few times. At no point did they mention there was a new member of the team, let along that he'd be taking part in my operation and definitely not that he would be my LEAD surgeon. He came to see me in my room post op and that was the first time I had even heard his name! I trusted my team not to have treated me like this. Anyone else woken up to find a stranger had operated on them?
  8. Bariatric Bypass

    Bypass didn't work, 2 surgical issues

    Yes I was. I put it in lbs too as I know some members are in the US. As for converting to kgs, I don't have a clue :-)
  9. Bariatric Bypass

    Bypass didn't work, 2 surgical issues

    A couple of things I forgot to mention that I know my friends will ask when I ask them to come and read this - firstly I was self funded and the bypass cost me £11,450. The band was £6,995 if memory serves. There definitely seems to be a 'blame the patient' attitude from the hospital and I have not set eyes on either of the surgeons who operated on me since. That does not seem professional to me.
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    Bypass didn't work, 2 surgical issues

    Thank you! That's a kind reply. I wish you all the best on your journey too :-) And don't worry, I'll definitely keep you up to date!