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Hi,

I’ve been denied the surgery from a local doctors bc they only do laparoscopic surgery. I’ve had 4 previous abdominal surgeries ( ovarian cancer twice, vertical c section and total hysterectomy), and one laparoscopic gall bladder removal that took 5 hours. Has anyone had luck with old fashion cut open surgery? Or adhesion removal before laparoscopic? I’m 43, 5 ft 8 and 260 lbs! I’ve already had thyroid cancer and it’s removal. I’m kind of desperate here. I decided to order the meals and shakes here hoping it would help me out some. I want to lose weight I NEED to lose weight I just keep hitting a wall

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I had the most brutal Gallbladder surgery aged 17 in 1976. The surgeon cut me from the bottom of my breastbone to my pubic bone. What he was thinking is anyone's guess. In those days we questioned nothing and got on with it.

I was really really nervous that my bariatric surgeon would not be able to do the surgery on me because of the adhesions. I know its small fry to your surgeries but he managed it. I researched many types of surgery in case he rejected me because of the complications. I know some new procedures are being tried, You can have a balloon in your tummy for 6 months that limits the amount you could eat. Another one was done via the mouth using the endoscopy method. They gathered the stomach into a small bag and tethered it there.

Dont despair surgical advances are coming to help you, you deserve the break. Good luck

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What about a lap band? Would that be something you could do?

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4 hours ago, summerseeker said:

I had the most brutal Gallbladder surgery aged 17 in 1976. The surgeon cut me from the bottom of my breastbone to my pubic bone. What he was thinking is anyone's guess. In those days we questioned nothing and got on with it.

I was really really nervous that my bariatric surgeon would not be able to do the surgery on me because of the adhesions. I know its small fry to your surgeries but he managed it. I researched many types of surgery in case he rejected me because of the complications. I know some new procedures are being tried, You can have a balloon in your tummy for 6 months that limits the amount you could eat. Another one was done via the mouth using the endoscopy method. They gathered the stomach into a small bag and tethered it there.

Dont despair surgical advances are coming to help you, you deserve the break. Good luck

Thank you! I will continue to stay positive and seek a wider range of surgeons. I’ve never been the “textbook “ case anyway lol.

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1 hour ago, GradyCat said:

What about a lap band? Would that be something you could do?

I have not considered that, I am apprehensive about adding something to myself.

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I have had 3 surgeries on my abdomen (two exploratory laparoscopies for endometriosis in 2007 and 2011 and gallbladder removal in 2014) and no issues were raised about my suitability for a sleeve. As I recall it was barely discussed when I was doing my pre-op program.

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I have stage iv endometriosis with multiple laparoscopy surgeries and so much adhesions you can feel them through my skin. I had to have physical therapy to release the worst ones.

The surgeon wasn’t concerned about them at all and did my surgery with the davinci robot (7 incisions).

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