Gastric Bypass

By Shelly440 Latest Reply 2008-10-25 05:56:54 -0500
Started 2008-10-25 01:05:00 -0500

I would like to know people's opinions on Gastric Bypass and Diabetes. My doctor said that there was a very high percentage rate that I would be able to get off the insulin if I were to consider having this done. This is a very big decision and I have thought about it for over a year. I would like to hear from some others that have been faced with this option or who have actually gone through with it. Along with the diabetes I also have high blood pressure. I just want to make the right decision that would be the healthiest for me. All opinions are welcome. TIA.

Tags: weight loss

4 replies

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-25 05:56:54 -0500 Report

I am a member of You can go on their site and ask all your questions. This site is for anyone considering or all ready had the surgery. This would be a good place to do some research from actual people that have all ready had surgery.Hope this helps.

Anonymous 2008-10-25 02:33:56 -0500 Report

I have a friend that got it done but your insurance required her to attempt some kind of weight loss program before approving her for surgery. She had to lose 25 pounds before they would schedule it. I quess it showed committment to losing. Anyway she went to Weight Watchers and lost it in 4 months. Then she had to drink these protein shakes for 1 week before and after surgery. But the day after surgery she was takien off all diabetes meds and insulin. So far in 4 months she has lost 60 pounds. If you do not want that drastic, check out about Lap Band Surgery.

morris.js 2008-10-25 01:39:49 -0500 Report

Hi Michelle,

I had Gastric Bypass in March of 2005. I fought with my doc for 2 years as he wanted me to do it, but I had heard so many horror stories about it.

For me, it was a true blessing. I've lost over 100 pounds, and have kept it off. In fact, I'm still slowly losing weight. However, I'm also much more active than I have been for many years also.

Having said how well it worked for me, I must tell you that I was the exception rather than the rule. Many people have problems after the surgery. Some have complications and need more surgery, some have emotional issues due to the life style changes, and some gain all the weight back and more.

My surgeon insisted on my sitting in on a couple of support groups prior to the surgery to prepare me for what may come. Like I said, I had absolutely no trouble at all. I can still eat everything I could before, including my hot and spicy foods I love so much…LOL The only slight issue, is that I cannot gulp my food or carbonated beverages…that is actualy a good thing.

I hope this helps. If you would like to talk with me more about it, feel free to call or email me either here or my personal email. My numbers and adress are listed on my cantact page for my friends to use anytime.

John Morris

morris.js 2008-10-25 01:42:16 -0500 Report

Oh, I forgot…LOL I no longer need my insulin after the weight loss. In fact within about 5 weeks, I was off all my meds and the insulin till I was able to eat "real" food again. Then I needed to add 2 of my previous 6 oral meds back in, but still no more insulin.

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