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I had a horrible experience with the gastric sleeve and the dr. whom performed the surgery, however that's neither here nor there at this point. I nearly died, have been fighting every since. I healed with extreme issues, had to have them corrected and had to start all over at stage 1. Now I am so unhappy because I cant eat more than 3 tiny bites of anything and stomach hurts with even Water. I have had dilatation treatments which are working wonders. I often get asked was it worth it because of how much weight I have lost. I have been going thru too much to actually enjoy my weight loss so Im asking others do they regret it or think it was worth it. I started out at 475lbs, I am currently 198lbs and losing 4-8lbs every week and a half. I am now on more meds than I was before the surgery. I lost soo much weight that my heart has not slowed down at all so they had to slow my heart down with meds.

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18 minutes ago, AmbrosiaoftheGods said:

I had a horrible experience with the gastric sleeve and the dr. whom performed the surgery, however that's neither here nor there at this point. I nearly died, have been fighting every since. I healed with extreme issues, had to have them corrected and had to start all over at stage 1. Now I am so unhappy because I cant eat more than 3 tiny bites of anything and stomach hurts with even Water. I have had dilatation treatments which are working wonders. I often get asked was it worth it because of how much weight I have lost. I have been going thru too much to actually enjoy my weight loss so Im asking others do they regret it or think it was worth it. I started out at 475lbs, I am currently 198lbs and losing 4-8lbs every week and a half. I am now on more meds than I was before the surgery. I lost soo much weight that my heart has not slowed down at all so they had to slow my heart down with meds.

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I am so sorry you have experience complications. Know that you are not alone. I can understand why you feel this was not worth it.

Some of us have no complications and others unfortunately have them. I fall in the category of I don’t regret this. I bounced back from surgery and maintain years out. I have compassion for anyone that experienced what you are going through.

Here is a link. There is a search button at the top of the forum. You can type the topic that you are looking for. I typed complications.

https://www.bariatricpal.com/search/?q=Complications

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I am so sorry that you're experiencing such difficulties. I hope it all gets better soon.

Even with complications (nowhere near as bad as yours), I'd do this again in a heartbeat. 50 years' worth of loss/regain was enough to tell me that I was never going to get to a normal weight on my own.

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sorry you have had the complications that you have had

for me i wish i would have done it ten years ago with all the pit falls i dont know that ten years ago i would have been able to be as successful or feel as good about it as i do today or as dedicated to my health i feel we all know when its time to make a change to live a better life for us

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2 hours ago, AmbrosiaoftheGods said:

nearly died, have been fighting every since. healed with extreme issues,.

OMG you've been through the ringer. I can only imagine what you've been dealing with.

when was your surgery? Who is helping/treating you now.

you've lost a lot of weight, but you are too sick to enjoy your weight loss. Eating only small

spoonfuls, yet continuing to lose too much weight the wrong way.

i have had no complications over the past 7+ years - i am so sorry for your problems

Venting is good and therapeutic - vent away

sending you healing thoughts❤️

get well soon

good luck

kathy

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I don't regret it for a minute, but then the only complication I had was a stricture - which is an easy fix. Sorry you're going through that!

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A meeeeeellllliiiiooooonnnnn percent it was worth it. I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

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3 hours ago, AmbrosiaoftheGods said:

I had a horrible experience with the gastric sleeve and the dr. whom performed the surgery, however that's neither here nor there at this point. I nearly died, have been fighting every since. I healed with extreme issues, had to have them corrected and had to start all over at stage 1. Now I am so unhappy because I cant eat more than 3 tiny bites of anything and stomach hurts with even Water. I have had dilatation treatments which are working wonders. I often get asked was it worth it because of how much weight I have lost. I have been going thru too much to actually enjoy my weight loss so Im asking others do they regret it or think it was worth it. I started out at 475lbs, I am currently 198lbs and losing 4-8lbs every week and a half. I am now on more meds than I was before the surgery. I lost soo much weight that my heart has not slowed down at all so they had to slow my heart down with meds.

Wow! So sorry, I just read this.

I'm so sad you've had this experience. I can totally understand your perspective given your set of circumstances!!! Bless you. I just pray that your current docs are helping you and that you get to heal!!! ((hugs))

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I would, for myself, do the surgery 10 times over again for the way I feel right now- but I haven't had the complications you have endured, either.

I am so sorry you have had it so rough! :(

I hope as time goes on things will settle down health wise for you and become much, much easier.

Wishing health and happiness for you... 💙

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Well,

Yes and no.

Today, went I could eat with the rest of the people at work, and the same as the ate, I was pretty pleased. I can do almost what I want, and most of which I cannont eat are things that are not really good for me anyway.

But I had some doubts. For about a fourthnight after surgery, I was beating myself up, thinking about what hell I had voluntarly done to my self.

But you learn to live with it. I was scared never to feel hungry again, and I was scared to have a very restricted diet. Unfortunatly and fortunantly, I feel hunger, thirst and as said before, I can eat almost anything.

So no - no regrets at the moment.

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I regretted it right after because of all the pain and I literally did not think i would mourn food but I did. It was the Spring and I couldn’t enjoy food and never realized how much of an impact food had on my social life. Needless to say as time went on , it did get better. I had only minor complication of an ulcer and for the most part over the last 5 years it has been ok although having doctors keep you on a Vitamin regimen so that you your not anemic has been a challenge. Over the last year I noticed I was having issues with food getting stuck and throwing up and finally went in for an EGD, turns out I had a hiatel hernia and needed a partial gastrectomy . Had that on 9/19 and I was put on a clear liquid diet for 2 weeks. I am so sorry for what you have been going though and for those of you whom had severe complications , I think sometimes it’s all about the surgeon , the support staff , and the follow up the helps us recover. There are also genetic and hereditary factors that are beyond our control. I would so do it again . I started out 5 years ago at 298. I have been maintaining 178 -182 for 2 years . Because of the recent liquid diet, I’m at 170 . Good luck and prayers for everyone

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