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On June 30th, I had my Gastric Bypass reversed, due to a hernia and small bowel obstruction 😞 It was a 6 hour open procedure. I was hospitalized for 9 days and it’s going to take a bit until I fully recover.

After having some form of weight loss surgery since 2003, my anatomy has been put back to normal.

I’m sad that I no longer have a tool to help me with my weight but I’m glad that I’m alive and able to talk about it.

Thank you to my friends that prayed and supported me through this difficult time!

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Damn @Alex Brecher I'm so sorry to hear of your struggles!!! Heal well and prayers to you!

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Oh wow! Is this a risk for people who have bariatric surgery, or is this something you would have got anyway? I hope you recover swiftly!

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Alex,

Omg seems like you have been to hell and back!! So sorry you have had so many problems.

Why on earth would they leave the open incision? Did they think they were going to have to go back to Operating room??

Have you had complications from this surgery?

I am having RNY revision surgery on July 16th from my sleeve surgery 0ct 25th 2016.I have to have it because my GERD has gotten so much worse than it was before the sleeve surgery.

I didn't know you could have the bypass reversed.

Good luck with your new journey and you don't look like you need help with weight loss anymore.

Allie in SC

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1 hour ago, froufrou said:

Oh wow! Is this a risk for people who have bariatric surgery, or is this something you would have got anyway? I hope you recover swiftly!

There's a risk associated with all bariatric surgery. What happened to me happens to under 1% of gastric bypass patients. It was just bad luck.

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OMG Alex! [emoji46] I’m so sorry! I hope they’re managing your pain well...[emoji3064] You will be in my thoughts and prayers! [emoji1317] May you heal without any more complications and gain all of your strength back! God be with you and watch over you! [emoji2310][emoji171]

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18 minutes ago, allies journey said:

Alex,

Omg seems like you have been to hell and back!! So sorry you have had so many problems.

Why on earth would they leave the open incision? Did they think they were going to have to go back to Operating room??

Have you had complications from this surgery?

I am having RNY revision surgery on July 16th from my sleeve surgery 0ct 25th 2016.I have to have it because my GERD has gotten so much worse than it was before the sleeve surgery.

I didn't know you could have the bypass reversed.

Good luck with your new journey and you don't look like you need help with weight loss anymore.

Allie in SC

It's not really open. The incision is actually sutured at the lowest portion of the skin. The wound is left open like that so it heals and doesn't get infected. If you look closely you can see it's starting to close up at the top of the wound.

Gastric Bypass reversal isn't a simple procedure but it's definitely possible, as you can see.

Good luck with your surgery! I wouldn't let my complication worry you!!

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Sorry you're having to go through this. I hope you have a smooth recovery.

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1 hour ago, allies journey said:

So glad you are doing good.

How long do they think it will be before you can do normal things like going back to work etc..?

Anyway have a great day.

Allie in SC

I'm actually back at work today! 😊It should take about two more weeks for the wound to heal. I have to pack and clean it daily, which isn't very fun.

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50 minutes ago, Alex Brecher said:

I'm actually back at work today! 😊It should take about two more weeks for the wound to heal. I have to pack and clean it daily, which isn't very fun.

Oh my, dear!!! I am so sorry to see this :( Happy that you are indeed alive and able to tell this story. So I understand how they reconnected your original anatomy, and again I am happy that you are ok. Have you noticed any changed in what you are about to eat in terms of quantity? Additionally, you may also have the best tool (shift in eating habits) firmly established and will prayerfully continue to be healthy & happy. Many prayers to you!!

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