Bariatric Surgery

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    Mar 30, 2014 11:37 PM GMT
    Has anyone here had or thought about bariatric surgery? Anyone have any info or sites I can check out? Any personal experiences?
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    Mar 30, 2014 11:49 PM GMT
    MTV'S TRUE LIFE had an informative episode on it.
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    Mar 31, 2014 12:46 AM GMT
    I had the gastric banding in 2002. I thought it would do the work for me, and it did not. I found ways to get most things through it. They have a newer procedure now called gastric sleeving, I don't know much about it. These are of course less invasive than gastric bypass, which is also irreversible.
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    Apr 15, 2014 5:04 PM GMT
    If you are asking for yourself then there is no substitute for going to your doctor to get a professional opinion.

    That said you'll hear all sorts on the net. Surgeons will show you data that it is the only effective medical intervention for weight loss at a population level. They may decline to be so transparent about some of the more unpleasant details in the early stages.

    I knew a woman who had a gastric bypass (think it was a roux en y) who said she basically just vomited if she ate a whole milky bar. Another who had a sleeve gastrectomy complained that they now hated food and, while thinner, were depressed and faced malabsorption issues. A man who had been fitted with a gastric band was currently in the process of consciously stretching it out, thereby undoing the potential benefit of major surgery.

    Make sure you have exhausted, really exhausted, all other avenues of weight loss before contemplating such drastic measures.
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    May 27, 2014 9:14 PM GMT
    I had bariatric surgery in October 2005....lost over 200 of the best things I ever did to improve my quality of life.

    ...always amazed that the horror stories abound from those that have little or no actual, real firsthand knowledge or training in this....and the stories are about 2nd or 3rd hand stories from friends, etc.......Let me tell you the OTHER....POSITIVE side of the story

    I had my surgery at the Ohio State University Medical Center.
    My surgeon was Dr Bradly Needleman.
    I had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass.
    My surgery started off Laparoscopic and was then converted to an "open" style because of complications and bleeding.