Gastic Surgery

Mickie G
By Mickie G Latest Reply 2011-08-13 22:28:58 -0500
Started 2011-08-10 23:15:37 -0500

I have had no success at weight loss. My last two PCP's have pushed for me to have the lap band surgery. I am terrified of being put under. I almost backed out of my hysterectomy when I found out I couldn't be awake for it. I realize it may seem silly to some, I just don't seem to be able to get passed it. My PCP called me childish and made the referral anyway.

I have heard about a Gastric Balloon, it can be done in the Dr. office with local anesthesia, it is left in for 6 months then deflated and replaced. This sounds like something I would be better suited for. Has anyone else heard of this or have any experience with this procedure? I have asked my PCP about it and she made it clear she had no information and had no idea where to look.

18 replies

MissPuff 2011-08-13 15:00:37 -0500 Report

Hi Mickie,
I agree with Jay about your fears of anesthesia. My mom has had to have a number of surgeries, but she is terrified every time - "What if I don't wake up?" It is a legitimate concern & should not be made light of. I usually do not have a problem with general anesthesia, but did have one time. So I understand your fear. It is NOT childish. And your PCP, to put it lightly, was a boob to treat you the way she did.

I also agree that gastric bypass is not always successful. There is a rigorous procedure to see if you even qualify physicaly & emotionally. I know this because my brother is in line for gastric bypass. He started losing weight with the strict diet he was put on, but he didn't stick with it. He went thru the psychological analysis to see if he qualified. But then he started gaining weight again. He came to visit & he said the first thing he wanted after his surgery was one of those Pizza Hut pizzas with all the meat & cheese in the crust. I thought, he doesn't get it. He will be allowed 2 ounces of food per meal from now on. No pizza, nothing like what he eats now. I don't know how he passed the psychological phase of the procedure. He is one who is obviously "not emotionally or mentally ready" as Jay put it. I'm sure he would be one who would put the weight back on.

Jay made some other good suggestions. There are other options. Do some research. And if you can possibly get a different doctor who will treat you with some respect, then by all means, do so! I wish you the best in you struggle you are facing.


jayabee52 2011-08-11 15:34:52 -0500 Report

Your fears, Mickie, may SEEM irrational and silly to others but they ARE VERY REAL TO YOU! Your Dr should not belittle you for what you you are afraid of. That Dr should be FIRED, IMO and a new more sympathetic Dr found. You don't HAVE to take the referral. And you don't HAVE to undergo an elective proceedure for which you are not emotionally or mentally ready.

Because of experiences with friends who've had the gastric bypass, and have lost the weight initially ONLY TO PUT IT BACK ON later, I have encouraged folks not to have them.

You can't unbreak an egg, you can't undo a gastric bypass either. There is the balloon idea you shared, there is also a gastric sleeve, that I hear you can be awake and under a local anaesthesia for that.

You can Google "gastric balloon" to find out more about it. Here is one such website I found on it: There were many more "hits" I could share, but all you need do is google the term and you can find all you need.

In short, you should NOT be treated the way your PCP treated you. Unless that is the only Dr in your town, you should fire her. It seems to me that she had an agenda which was NOT in your best interest. Perhaps an agenda to pad her pocketbook?

Keep us in the loop, Mickey!



Mickie G
Mickie G 2011-08-13 06:40:01 -0500 Report

I believe you have hit on the other part of my fear. It can't be undone and what is the next step if I gain any or all of it back? What will the next procedure be? She tells me that there are no magic wands and I have to help myself, but every time I try to talk to her about something that is going on with me, I am Diabetic and fat, or she wants to refer me to a surgeon. Who is looking for magic wands?

jayabee52 2011-08-13 10:51:10 -0500 Report

I had been Dx'd with type 2 in 1995. My weght had always fluxuated in my life but I was always pretty hefty. Sometimes I was just about round as I was tall, or that at least was what it seemed.

It was not until recently (Feb 2011) that I figured out I could get control of my diabetes without Diabetes medications by what I ate alone. I went on a low carb high protein eating plan of my own design. I was able to stay at or near normal Blood Glucose numbers. My A1c was 5.5 in May 2011 and even though I hadn't even considered the possibility, weight loss came as a positive side effect. I lost about 40+ lbs (and maybe more now) since Feb 2011. I started at about 215 lbs. last month I was 160 some lbs. My pants are telling me I might have lost more this month, but I haven't stepped on the scale recently.

It does take some determination to stay on this eating plan, and I have fallen off a couple times. But I like the new me so much that I climb back on almost as soon as I fall off. I AM WORTH IT!

You might be able to successfully do this too.

Mickie G
Mickie G 2011-08-13 21:37:18 -0500 Report

I have started to work with a dietician as well as a specialist, so I am hopeful. Part of the problem is my thyroid and the other is Arthritis. I have come to the point that I hurt too much to power through it and the only answer given is loose weight. Id love to but how am I supposed to do that without exercise? I have no income or transportation, the kids and I are barely getting by and I
am in counseling for the depression. Being on this site and getting your responses and suggestions have helped. My counselor now considers this site as a new support line. Thanks all! and Thanks to you Jaybee52. God bless.

jayabee52 2011-08-13 21:56:34 -0500 Report

I think we are all God's blessings for one another here, Mickie.

Notice I said nothing about exercise as being a major part of my control plan for my diabetes. I have diabetic neuropathy. From my knees to my toes it feels like my legs and feet are on fire. Needless to say I try not to walk a lot due to the pain. What is more my kidneys are going bad. I will need to go back on dialysis soon. One of the symptoms of that is my stamina is shot. When I walk I usually can't go 200 ft without needing to stop and rest, and preferably sit down.

With those complications I can't exercise much. And I have had those conditions longer than my Feb 2011 start date with my experemental eating plan (which has become a way of life for me now).

Low carb/high protein/avoiding the high carb veggies/ having small servings of fruits, is the way I lost my 40+ lbs without exercise. Will it work for you? I pray it will. But you have to try it to see if it works for you.

Praying for God to shower blessings upon you and yours


MissPuff 2011-08-13 14:33:51 -0500 Report

Hi Jay. You are doing good. When I was diagnosed with Type 2 in late April, I weighed 225 & my A1c was 8.1. I was put on Metformin, which I was allergic to & had to stop after a few weeks, and now control my diabetes completely by diet. Since April, I have lost 35 pounds. I don't know my A1c yet - I get it checked in just over a week, but my BG is usually very good. I have had a few times when it has been high, especially last month, & found out I had an infection which my doctor said will make the BG elevated. So my A1c should be lower this time, but probably not as low as it would have been if it hadn't been if I hadn't had a sinus infection for a month. I feel so good about my weight loss. I'm able to wear clothes that I haven't worn in a long time.

Keep it up. I'm proud of you!


jayabee52 2011-08-13 21:31:25 -0500 Report

That sounds wonderful Sheila! You make me proud for you too! Please keep up the good work! It is worth the effort, because WE'RE WORTH IT!

James (or Jay)

calif granny
calif granny 2011-08-10 23:31:45 -0500 Report

Did you have a bad experience with your hysterectomy? You survived that surgery. Right? Unfortunately I have had to have at least 6 minor surgeries where I had to go under. No problems. It is a bit nerve racking just thinking about it. My daughter had a regular gastric bypass. She lost a ton of weight and looked really good. Over 100 lbs. But she has put most of it back on. Her husband went to get his legalization papers and a 3 day trip has turned into a year and a half. He’s still not back. She has the stress of raising her 2 daughters by herself until he returns. Anyway, no matter what you decide on, you have to be committed or you can put the weight back on. Good luck.

Mickie G
Mickie G 2011-08-13 06:46:51 -0500 Report

I trust my OBGYN completely! he is wonderful. I was under the assumption that I could be awake during the surgery, I didn't find out that it wasn't the case until I was going toward the operating room. I am so afraid I started to cry and told him I changed my mind. I needed the surgery and he addressed my fears with kindness and understanding. Had I not absolutely needed the Hysterectomy I would have gone home.
I do not know why I am so afraid, but it is real to me. I am in counseling, so
I am working on it.

Mickie G
Mickie G 2011-08-11 02:23:45 -0500 Report

I honestly do not know why I have this fear. Maybe part of it is my claustrophobia. I do not know. I do know I would like to have my Health Care Provider to be a lot less sarcastic and dismissive. Thank you for your encouragement.

calif granny
calif granny 2011-08-11 18:58:19 -0500 Report

Do you have a family member or close friend that can go to the doc with you? It is more comforting when you have some one with you. It is very scary doing it alone. I see you have gotten some good responses. This is a great site. I am so grateful to find it. thanks

GabbyPA 2011-08-12 11:12:28 -0500 Report

This is so very true, specially in hard situations. I used to take my hubby until I found my own voice to make my doctors listen to me.

GabbyPA 2011-08-11 08:10:29 -0500 Report

It sounds to me like you need a more understanding doctor. The risk of surgery should never be taken lightly by anyone. I do believe that for the most part, most surgeries are safe, but your feelings should never be dismissed. I would consider finding another doctor who will work more directly with you on a weight loss plan if that is what your goal is.

Mickie G
Mickie G 2011-08-13 06:32:57 -0500 Report

It is my plan. I am going to be working with a dietician as well as my specialist to reach my goal. I will also be getting a new PCP.

RAYT721 2011-08-11 16:59:04 -0500 Report

I am definitely with Gabby on her thoughts. The doctor can't refer you for answers on lapband??? I am not even a doctor and can tell you that google offers support groups for lapband and gastric. There are a number of people here and on Obesity Connect that are familiar with the procedures and who you can honestly and intelligently speak with. I think the doctor you're talking to is a few fries short of a happy meal. I'm just sayin'