My name is Pilar and I'll have my bypass surgery on Monday March 9th. I have read your forum for months and I have to say thank you to everyone here. All the information you share is very useful and we can't feel alone seeing all that people sharing their experiences. So thank you very much to you all!!
I'm so scared and I can't sleep very well these days, but I hope this is the right decision and it will improve my life quality in a long term.
I'm 33 and I have a BMI of 45, that's morbid obesity. I don't have many additional problems but I'm suffering a thyroid illness that doesn't help me to maintain my weight. Even though I have good habits, I'm not able to stop my weight gaining. Not to mention to loss weight, that would be a miracle actually.
I've been fighting against obesity my entire life and it's exhausting. I started my research on surgery, I was afraid of not be able to eat anymore. I didn't want it but I needed help.
So, finally, following my endocrinologist's advise and consulting some friends that are doctors, I decided to have the surgery. The specialty of my surgeon is the "gastro-ileal bypass", (I don't know how to translate into English correctly, some help would be appreciate). It's a variation of the traditional bypass with a single anastomosis and theoretically reversible.
Dr Resa (http://www.doctorresa.com) has developed this technique that originally was conceived as a first step of the bypass for extreme morbid obeses where the surgery was very risky. His intention was to make a second surgery to finish the traditional bypass after the patient loss a certain quantity of weight (less risky situation). But then, he and his team realized that the second surgery wasn't necessary.
The risks are minimized and, after many years of practicing this technique, he and his team are able to make the surgery in about 30 minutes by laparoscopic way.
So I'm here to share also my experience, hoping that helps to others (like yours helps me) and thank you for your sharing. Also I have to admit that I'm here seeking for your support and good company :-)
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Weight Lost: 119.3 lbs
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
Surgery Status: Pre Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 12/18/2014
Surgery Date: 03/09/2015
Hospital Stay: 2 Days
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval