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About Sunnyway

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  • Birthday 03/13/1948

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    I've had bariatric surgery twice, regained all the weight, and am now preparing for RNY revision.
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    Door County
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I had RNY in 1990. Back then RNY surgery involved stapling between pouch and stomach, not separation. It was open surgery and I was in the hospital for 7 days. I had no pre-op or post-op nutritional guidance. I was handed a 1-page low-cal diet and told not to throw up. Two follow visits post-surgery were to check the incision and I was then left to my own devices. I learned on my own to takeVitamin and mineral supplements; no one told me. I lost about 75 lbs from a high weight of 319, stopped losing after about six months, but kept the weight off for about five years before starting to gradually gain it all back again.
For the past 20 years, I've yoyo-ed with countless diets and food plans but always return to that same high setpoint. I'm now 73 years old and am going to give it another shot. My knees and hips are shot, I've got a pacemaker, and I figure I'll die within a few years if I can't lose all this excess weight.
I first learned about revision surgery about a year ago, just before COVID hit. This spring I followed up with a hospital bariatric clinic about 2 hours from my home. I've been on a liver-reducing diet for four months. I had a barium swallow that revealed that the staples from my prior surgery had given way and there was a fistula between the pouch and stomach, which explains why I stopped losing weight from the RNY. I had a conversation with the surgeon who told me that the leak occurred because of peristalsis of my stomach, not (as I thought) because I ruined it due to up-chucking too often. The new surgical methods are much improved and there is extensive pre-op and post-op guidance and follow-up.
I have completed the endoscopy and psych evaluation and am below the pre-surgery weight goal. The psych recommended therapy for PTSD related to childhood emotional abuse. I also want to address food addiction when I obtain a therapist. I have arranged for a consultation with a counselor via tele-visit. I do not want to fail again.

Age: 73
Height: 5 feet 3 inches
Starting Weight: 323 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery:
Current Weight: 272.8 lbs
Goal Weight: 175 lbs
Weight Lost: 50.2 lbs
BMI: 48
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
Surgery Status: Pre Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 05/14/2021
Surgery Date:
Hospital Stay: n/a
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval

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