I just got this through a message list, I reposted it here and at Obesity Help, the answers are getting interesting, I'm waiting on some horror stories:
"I know these Q's many seem weird, but I am considering sx and quite
frankly am scared to death of the consequences and just want to know
as much as I possibly can about what may cause a potential problem.
Like, was it a surgeon's error, was it bad pre-op care, bad post-op
care, etc. I mean nothing to be accusatory, and I ask with the
utmost respect for what many of you have gone through."
1. What type surgery was it?
2. When/where was it done?
3. Did you follow diet/nutrition rules?
4. What types of problems are you/have you had?
5. Would you consider your surgeon a good one?
6. Were all of your pre-op tests "normal"/completed with out concern for a potential problem?
So, if anyone is out there reading this that has had a complication of WLS - answer away.
I'll add replies to the bottom of the post - and link to you if you'd like to be linked. That sounds dirty.
First up, Anna:
1. What type surgery was it? Laproscopic RNY
2. When/where was it done? August 1, 2006 St. Barnabas Hospital, West Orange, NJ
3. Did you follow diet/nutrition rules? I had no rules prior to surgery - hence the 300 pounds I weighed. Since surgery, I follow the low carb, high protein diet as much as I can, but mostly, I eat soup.
4. What types of problems are you/have you had? The only complication I have had is a small bowel obstruction, caused by adhesions which were PROBABLY related to my surgery. I have had, however, 3 c-sections, and when I had my RNY, they had to clear away adhesions from my c-sections in order to do my surgery. Anyone who has had any type of abdominal surgery is at risk for developing adhesions, but not all adhesions attach themselves to the bowel to cause the obstruction (which had to be repaired surgically, which puts me at risk for more adhesions and another bowel obstruction). I also am losing my hair faster than Bill Gates makes money.
5. Would you consider your surgeon a good one? I would consider my surgeon excellent. If I did not, I would never have allowed the man near me with sharp objects.
6. Were all of your pre-op tests "normal"/completed with out concern for a potential problem? All of my pre-ops were fine. I was a very healthy fat chick.