I Had Gastric Bypass Surgery 08/18/2005
08/18/2005 was the first day of my new life. I was reborn that day. I had Roux-n-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery. The day I went into the operation room for my surgery I weighed 495.8 lbs. Today I weigh 238 lbs and I live a totally different life then the life I lived before. I used to live to eat, but now I just eat to live.
I was not scared. I had read everything I possibly could read on the surgery beforehand. My two favorite books were, Weight-loss Surgery for Dummies, and The Thin Person Within by Barbara Thompson. There is also a wonderful web site, www.obesityhelp.com that has a ton of support available.
My bypass itself went smooth, however, a liver biopsy I had at the same time as the surgery hemorrhaged that evening and I had to go back into the operating room that night. They had to transfuse me with 8 units of blood. I spent 2 weeks in the hospital, but my work prior to the surgery had paid off. The surgeon and his team knew what they were doing, found the problem right away and took care of it. I was fine.
Once I was home, I think that the hardest thing to get used to was not being hungry...at all!!! Even after 4 years, I still don't get hungry. I was only able to eat a couple of ounces of food, now I can eat 3/4 to 1 cup of food, depending on what it is and how "dense" it is. Some foods are a no no and I don't even miss them. I like to exercise now, something I really disliked before. I'm getting to the point now where I'm going to need to have my extra skin removed. For you ladies out there, the hanging skin is awful, worse then you can ever imagine.
Basically, the take away point is this, do your homework: if you know your surgical team and the program that is going to follow-up with you, then you have nothing to worry about. I have heard some horror stories on Obesity Help from some people that lack care from their program. I can't imagine. You HAVE to have a solid program. Please feel free to ask me ANYTHING. I'd be very happy to let you know anything that I went thru with this surgery or after wards. I would do it again in a second, in fact, I wish I had done it 25 years ago.
If anyone looking to have the procedure done, I recommend David B Lautz MD at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. A #1 program.