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gastric bypass surgery

Posted by @mamak in Digestive Health, Apr 27, 2012

A family member had this surgery in July, 2008. She has since been diagnosed with anxiety/depression as well as advanced alcoholism. I have had 3 people tell me they have known other gastric bypass patients who also developed these same problems. Is this as prevalent as I'm finding just in my small circle of family & friends? There are some red flags flying here.....

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Posted by @bettyann, Apr 30, 2012

NO!...absolutely NOT. The red flags should have been detected long before their surgeries! I have witnessed, more than once, just the opposite experience. I have met and known people who BEFORE THE SURGERY had much depression.

If a person DOES have a post bad experience, it is usually because one does not have the support of family and friends because of not being able to indulge in over drinking and over eating ...which is a THE most common way Americans love to get rogether.

How much training and evaluation did this person have?... NO self respecting doctor would operate on a compulsive over-eater, an alcoholic, or anyone with mental instability. NONE of them. In Denver, at Kaiser, you have to pass PSYCHIATRIC evaluations before you are even accepted for this surgery. Gastric bypass is hardly a 'quick fix' and yet another 'diet trick.'

It takes several MONTHS of mental and physical preparation, all medically directed, before this type of surgery. Every person I know that has gone through this has had so much freedom from former habits...and granted, you have to be WILLING to change your lifestyle. AND one needs adequate POSITIVE support from friends and family...

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Posted by @mamak, Apr 30, 2012

Thanks Bettyann. I appreciate you taking time to respond. I do know that there was a lengthy preparation for this surgery and that the prospective patient had to meet definite criteria to even be considered. It's now three years later and over the past year depression and addiction has taken over and the observation of a close friend noted that she saw a change taking place following surgery. Then a nurse who works with patients dealing with psychiatric issues has seen this surgery in their medical history. It has just triggered a big question in my mind and I'm anxious to get whatever feedback I can on this subject. Thanks again for your input.


Posted by @scarlettjoe, May 8, 2012

I'm new here so please excuse any "Bo-Bo's" I might make. I had the roux-n-y surgery after seeing the surgeon once and his asst. RN once. I hemoraged post op and almost bled out before the surgeon would even come in, 5 hrs! He just said " I don't know what to do" and my daughter told him he better find someone who did. he turned me over to a gastro. dr. Who put me in icu and dropped an ng tube, he was afraid if he scoped me he might tear whatever was bleeding worse, so they. Pumped the blood to me and the Dr. Told my Daughter to call any other family members, we. Live 3 hrs. Away, because I probably would not make it through the night. He told me he was going to keep me heavily sedated so I wouldn't be moving much. I was in ICUs 3days. It was a good thing the Dr. And hospital had to be prepaid because my ins. Wouldn't pay, so they couldn't charge me the 52,000.00 they had to write off. This was in 2002 and I have many problems from it. But it did make the severe diabetes go away, which is why I had the surgery in the first place. I was on massive Amts of insulin the endocrinologist said my body just did not utilize the insulin. Has anyone heard of this before? I was an RN for over 30 yrs. but had never heard of this. My main question is because I got peripheral neuropathy badly before the surgery, and have to take narcotic pain meds for that and 6ruptured discs, 2at each level. I also have fibromyalgia. I don't seem to absorb the meds. Even my heart and blood pressure meds. I have to take lrg. Doses. My pain management dr.,whom I have only had for abt. 1yr, doesn't seem to take this into consideration. Does anyone know if pain meds. Can be measured in your blood not just positive or negative? Sorry this is so long, whew it feels good to be able to talk to people who understand and not just judge you for having to take pain meds!


Posted by @joanneo, May 8, 2012

Dear scarletjoe never be ashamed to take medication if doctor feels you need it you said it helps and that's a good thing. Being a nurse myself I do know pain medication can be measured in blood. Or urine testing. How are u doing right now as compared to then? Keep me posted. I care!!


Posted by @china, May 9, 2012

I feel ashamed that I take medicine sometimes. I hide my medicine when my friends visit. I take them but I'm not 2 happy about needing them to function.


Posted by @lizkat, May 9, 2012

Hi Scarlett
Not too sure about the surgery you had. I did have a friend who had the duodenal switch. He knew before the surg that he would have malabsorption issues afterwards and would have to take loads of supplements, which he does. It only makes sense that oral meds would be poorly absorbed as well. What about using transdermal delivery methods? I know they have that for pain meds.
I am fairly positive that you cannot get a 'level' of opiates in your system tested, but ask.
BTW I have fm and ruptured discs as well.
Glad you found us


Posted by @china, May 9, 2012

One of my childhood friends in Miami is having this surgery. She weighs almost 309lvs and is only 25. I told her that if she gets the surgery n doesn't eat healthy after that the weight will be back. She already suffers from depression. I'm thinking she shouldn't do it.


Posted by @jessiecms, May 26, 2012

No offense Bettyanne, but bariatric surgery is extremely risky and I wouldn't recommend it to almost anyone. The success rate is very low for lapbanders and the rate of alcoholism is very high in all surgeries. Since having the surgery, I have learned of all kinds of horrors and complications. The success rates are highly exaggerated. Yes, it takes months of preparations to have the surgery and yes you have to be screened by a psych. But many many many slip through. My psych wrote in his report that I was the most prepared patient he had ever seen and that I would be highly successful. After a year of severe complications, I gained all of my weight back and then some. You may know of some successful bypass patients, but unless you have really bad health problems from obesity, the risks just aren't worth it.


Posted by @opie12, Aug 10, 2012

I got lap band in 2006. Had serious infection and necrosis for 3 months in the hospital.. I have been in pain and diabetic ever sense and they removed my lap band. Over $300,000 in medical and numerous surgeries later, I need a pancreas transplant and my young son doesn't remember me healthy and my husband and family have care giver burn out. Go out and have fun doing stuff you like for exercise and never get a lap band. The risk is too much!


Posted by @infinitykitty, Aug 10, 2012

I've seen so many successful people walk out of this surgery you know when you lose such a massive amount of weight and what they do to your insides you have no tolerance to alcohol. It's not them it's their insides.

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