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Now I will ask my future surgeon😷 this, it's my small intestine after all and surgeon probably will wonder why I want to know?😛💯sounds about right to me but I'll be the operatee not the one performing the surgery.😛

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My bypass length was 7 feet. We did not discuss length prior but I trust my surgeon. Yes, the MGB does have a longer bypass length than GBP because there is only one connection.

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I guess I'm hop8my it is long enough to do the job and short enough that I'm not a bundle of malabsorption. Do I ask too much?🙊🙉🙈

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5 hours ago, Frustr8 said:

I guess I'm hop8my it is long enough to do the job and short enough that I'm not a bundle of malabsorption. Do I ask too much?🙊🙉🙈

That sounds completely reasonable to me!

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Let's hope my surgeon, Bradley Needleman MD agrees!😛

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Per the op report, my MGB surgeon bypassed 180 cm / 6 ft. I started out with a low BMI and am currently below goal weight, which is on the low end of the normal BMI range for my height. I look and feel great; debilitating joint pain & arthritis is MUCH improved and my energy level is awesome. I am also super dedicated to taking the right Vitamins & minerals, and I get regular lab work (2x per year) to confirm doses and nutritional health.

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How long since your surgery that you’re below goal weight?

I had surgery 10wks ago with the 7ft Bypass and dwn 30lbs plus the 11lbs from pre-op so 40lb also I was a sleeve to mgb revision so not a 1st wls surgery. I’m very content with the results though I can say I’ve dumped 4 times and was miserable, it takes 2 hours for me to throw up each time. I ate too fast but not bad greasy or sugary food. My stomach is finicky some days I know I’ll be on liquids because I’m nauseated all day. Learning each day

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I am more than 14 months post-op. I do not dump, which happens to approx. 30% of gastric bypass (RNY or MGB) patients typically after consuming sugar. Nor do I experience Reactive Hypoglycemia (RH), which may show up 1+ years after gastric bypass; it is low blood sugar occurring 1-3 hours following a meal.

Eating too fast or not chewing food properly and then getting the foamies and/or needing to vomit is not the same thing as dumping (aka rapid gastric emptying). Make sure you’re eating small, moist portions of Protein and to eat slowly, and then these incidents should abate. Good luck.

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200 cm' or 6.7 feet

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I never asked Dr Needleman his favorite lengths, how does one get the gumption up to ask?

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3 hours ago, Frustr8 said:

I never asked Dr Needleman his favorite lengths, how does one get the gumption up to ask?

Just ask the surgeon how many feet s/he plans to bypass for you, and why.

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I think the answer the average surgeon will give you? Short enough that you don't get malnurished, long enough that it is effective. Perhaps they will tell,you exact measurements, if I were he/she I would not. It smacks of mistrust to me, I would would why they thought I might make a mistake?

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I don't think it smacks of mistrust at all. I think it shows an educated, thoughtfulness with regards to a patients decision for surgery. I didn't ask before hand because I didn't know there were different lenghts but length of bypass is an important consideration and choice. My surgeon spoke openly about it with my husband so that we would know what exactly was done during the surgery. I have no doubt he would have been open to the discussion before hand if I had thought to ask.

I would not use a surgeon that was offended by the question. There are numerous good surgeons out there and as a patient, I'm letting them cut into my body and rearrange my guts so I better be able to ask specifics and not have a surgeon take it personally. It is a medical procedure, there should be nothing to hide. Having a bypass is a big decision.

I say ask and discuss with your surgeon all you want. Most surgeons don't have a hard set length and will discuss the positives and negatives with their patients of the different length options. If they won't, find a surgeon who will.

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In less than 2 days I all,Ihave,my answe won't I? Maybe surgeon will start making them our height, Excuse me Dr Needleman, may I have one of those 68.5 inch models? Don't have that size? Well give me,one from the🏫 Used Intestine lot over yonder!

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