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May 26, 2012 · gastric bypass surgery in Digestive Health

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.

May 26, 2012 · Severe IBS-D and pain in spinal area in Digestive Health

I feel for you. I remember hearing, in a drug-filled haze, the word “normal” when I was waking up from my colonoscopy. I wanted to cry. I have severe symptoms and nothing has given me much relief. My regular doctor has been treating it (or trying to) for a few months, but I think I’ll go back to the gastro to get medicine that only he can prescribe (I can’t think of the name right now, but it’s on the Mayo Clinic site about IBS). Lomodal has helped a bit. Have you tried it? Also, you could try Marinol for the nausea, though it makes you pretty spacy (or it did me–my doc won’t give it to me anymore.) Good luck to you! let me know if you find something that works!

May 26, 2012 · Risks of gastric bypass surgery in Digestive Health

Hi Dan. I am so sorry for your loss. Bariatric surgery is very risky and, after being through it myself with a year of severe complications, I would not recommend it to anyone–and I just got a lapband! I can’t imagine the suffering I might have gone through had I had bypass. Thank you for posting. I think the bariatric world is very much in denial about all the possible complications, not to mention the very low success rate for lapbanders.