Gastric Bypass Surgery to control Diabetes

By Jessica39 Latest Reply 2015-07-18 20:00:38 -0500
Started 2010-04-14 22:28:50 -0500

Hello, my name is Jessica. I have just recently crossed the threshold of Pre Diabetes to "DIABETES". I recently discovered that my insurance will fully cover Gastric Bypass Surgery. I am preparing to have this procedure done. Has anyone had the surgery and reversed their Diabetes? Or has anyone reversed their Diabetes by diet and exercise alone?

52 replies

RebDee 2015-07-18 19:52:39 -0500 Report

The only two gastric bypass surgeries to consider are bariatric sleeve which changes your stomach from looking like a D to looking like ll. That is what I have and I love it. The other more surgical procedure is a Ruen Y.

RebDee 2015-07-18 19:54:25 -0500 Report

Do not get the lap band as it puts a foreign band into your stomach. I know of many who had to have it removed and then have the other surgical procedure called Sleeve.

Jessica39 2012-02-12 11:48:57 -0600 Report

Post Surgery Update: I had the Gastric Bypass Surgery on May 3, 2011 and my insurance paid 100%. Since then, I have lost 75 lbs and have cut my Diabetes oral meds in half. The trick with the surgery is to not lose the weight too fast. I have switched to whole grains and decaf coffee and tea. And I limit myself on soda (especially because the carbination hurts my stomach).

Okiedude 2012-02-12 06:38:27 -0600 Report

Jessica: Research all the different procedures at Usually the procedure that most insurance companies will cover is the Lap-Band which is not Major Surgery but also doesn't have a very high success rate. Next is the RNY procedure which can have a lot of side effects but offers better success than LB. the last is the DS procedure - which has the highest success rate - but is also the hardest for the surgeon to perform and carries the highest mortality rate. But it usually the DS patients that eliminate insulin use and almost always oral meds as well. I had the DS in August of 2004 and lost over 200 pounds, came off the insulin AND the orals. However today I weigh about 230 and use a little Glyburide to help me along; however that is because of my lifestyle choice. I also drink coffee and tea and caffineited drinks regularly. I watch my sugar intake and avoid carbs as much as I want to. G'Lucj…

drobinNC 2011-06-26 14:39:06 -0500 Report

I have a cousin who had this surgery and she gained all her weight back and then some. From what I understand, she did not change her eating habits or tried to exercise more than her normal way. I am trying to do a little more exercise: climb one flight of stairs, add a half flight (this is up AND down), then started walking around the shorter end of our building, etc. It has helped me lose a little but has rearranged my body so as to make all my clothes too big!! Please be sure you have thought this through with friends and family. Good Luck.

Anonymous 2011-06-27 00:27:00 -0500 Report

Hi Jessica ! I have two friends that have had this surgery and they love it but u must be committed and you will have to follow vert strict diet for the rest of your life, if you decide not to follows orders , the stomach will stretch baxk to where you will still overeat. But other than that , they love it.

Jessica39 2012-02-12 11:56:12 -0600 Report

I don't follow a very strict diet but I do limit my intake of sugary products because of a side effect of surgery called "Dumping Syndrome". This is what happens if I take in too much sugar: sweating, cramping, nausea, diarrhea, and lethargic feeling. Also, I am lactose intolerant. I am learning to live with that. A good side effect is the fact that I have to take vitamins every day because my body doesn't absorb what it needs from the food. The reason why this is good is because the vitamin supplements keep me healthy.

majikinfl 2011-06-26 13:20:44 -0500 Report

One thing to remember…Insurance may cover the surgery but it in all likelihood will NOT cover any after surgerires you need for removal of loose skin, or sagging Breasts,[all that is considered cosmetic and not covered by many insurances. Also depends how much weight you will be losing and how old you are.] a friend had it and she regrets it because now she is "just a saggy mess" to quote her. Just be sure you are prepared for the emotional changes as well as the physical ones. Get a good therapist and see them at least once a week. Talk to people with long term success, Like one person said it is NOT a cure its mearly a patch. Much success to you.

Infinity1956 2011-06-27 00:35:00 -0500 Report

Hi There! Yes they have aired many television shows with sagging skin, I do not know if they had insurance but they did not exercise and it appears that a person cannot even see the weight loss. It's hard to drop old habits , but if a person keep at it ,they will be okay. You gave some right on information. Another options as in my sister's case is to staple the mouth shut with braces and only do the liquid diet for about 6 months. It worked very well for my sister and by that time to take braces off , she had adjusted very well to eating the right thing and she keeps the weight off.

Jessica39 2010-04-26 23:30:03 -0500 Report

I posted pictures of the Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve surgery on my profile to show the difference between the 2 surgeries. During the Gastric Sleeve surgery, the surgeon removes part of your stomach.

JourneySong 2010-05-16 20:51:28 -0500 Report

Be careful. I had a surgery for colon cancer and another for Hysterectomy, both of them abdominal surgeries as yours will be if you proceed. Regardless of the results, you can expect this to knock you flat on your whatsis for at least 6 weeks, then slow recovery of your strength afterwards. You also need to look up what it will do to your digestion. This op you are considering reduces your ability to eat non processed foods if it is one that shortens the intestines, especially it interferes with the digestion of veggies. Are you sure you want to do that? I'll be plain, I've heard of this surgery and I'm no fan of it - the results of having it and changing what you eat afterward are just the same as no surgery and changing what you eat beforehand, I read, so why not just go on the diet and do the exercise without taking the surgical risk? Just my two cents.

Infinity1956 2011-06-27 00:37:29 -0500 Report

Well said and I respect the advice because that's the route I''m taking to leave all processed foods along, it's hard but I must keep trying.

Jessica39 2011-06-26 15:41:51 -0500 Report

It was worth it. I am -30 lbs now and feeling much better. Sure, there are a few complications, but I am doing quite well. I only spent one night in the hospital and what I eat is hit or miss. I throw up a lot less now. I would have never learned to eat this way on my own. I am stubborn and only a little disciplined. Now I am forced to eat healthier, slower, and less.

dyanne 2010-04-25 02:04:09 -0500 Report

Hi u need to do a lot of research for yourself before u make your mind up. They should have a support group through the hospital for pre-op and post-op people. u can learn a lot at these meetings. I myself have been thinking about it for a few years !!! Just remember there is no magic… u have to do everything the docters say … it is a tool… but unfortunately some people do gain weight back after some time… Look at Carnie wilson for example. Yes it is most likely your sugar would be under control without meds after u have lost some weight. If u choose gastric bypass u will be on supplements forever because u no longer absorb them through the stomach. Most people I know say they r so glad that they have done it… and just wish they had not waited so long. Just be as informed as u can and please find a group to go to first before u decide. Also ask your Dr about the 3 choices… gastric bypass
the newest is the gastric sleeve, and the lap band. If I do it I will have the sleeve done. you still absorb vitamins and r less likely to have hair loss. I hope I helped u some if u have any other questions feel free to ask me… if I can help I will… Let me know what u r going to do… good luck !!!!

RebDee 2015-07-18 20:00:38 -0500 Report

I had the sleeve in August 2014 and lost 70 lbs plus lost my hair right in the front. I am an advocate of the Gastric Sleeve. Next week I am having panniculectomy. I am a member of Kaiser Permanente in Southern California and did not have to pay for either my gastric sleeve or my panniculectomy

joni55 2010-04-25 15:47:14 -0500 Report

I have never heard of a sleeve. How does that work? I mean what do they do? I know about the lap band but don't know about this procedure.

Jessica39 2011-06-27 00:48:30 -0500 Report

The only difference between the gastric "bypass" and the gastric "sleeve" is that they remove the larger portion of the stomach.

lynnery27 2010-04-25 00:21:50 -0500 Report

Jessica I have recently gained alot of weight and had my medicine increased. Before This I had lost almost a hundred pounds and was taken off all medicine as long asa I watched my diet. I have never has to be put on insulin yet thank the lord. With Diet and exercise you can control your sugar levels and ultimately this controls the amount of meds you have to take. Just take the time to talk to your Doctor.

atuki 2010-04-24 16:32:35 -0500 Report

i know quite a few people that have had gastic bypass surgery. the surgery it. self is great,quick weight loss. but unfortunately the weight does have a habit of coming back if you don't keep up with a good excercise routine. stay active, get out and walk daily. join a gym or get a ymca membership to keep the weight off. i wish you the best of luck jessica. let us know how things turn out okay?

Infinity1956 2011-06-27 00:40:08 -0500 Report

That's so tru I believe that many people get so relax that they loss the weight, they forget that they can slip back into darkness real quick. Great Post.

joni55 2010-04-24 16:34:00 -0500 Report

It is my take on this that if you do not correct your eating habits, you can stretch your stomach and actually gain the weight back.

Robbibird3 2010-04-24 12:32:42 -0500 Report

I don't believe there is a cure for diabetes after it's diagnosis. I believe you can control it and keep your numbers down but for it to disappear altogether I find it hard to accept and believe in.
Consider this: Most type 2 diabetics are diagnosed when their bodies are in the overweight or morbidly overweight categories. You were not born this size, it took several years for this to happen and during that time your body built up a resistance to glucose and the inability to use it properly resulting in high blood sugars. Thus being diagnosed, your body will not suddenly use glucose properly if you lose the weight and get down to what doctors say is the ideal weight for your height and body structure.
At one point in time I weighed 310 lbs. and every doctor I went to said lose the weight and the pain you have now will go away. Well it took years and sickness to do so. I now weigh 218 lbs and guess what the pain didn't go away it got more intense. It was so bad with all my other medical problems that I seriously consider suicide to make it stop. It is so hard to struggle through my days with pain never getting better or relieved in any way. It's hard to concentrate to focus my mind to make the right decisions with finances, depression that never stops, anxiety that continues to build and the constant headaches because of all this stress I am under. By your way of thinking my diabetes should have gotten almost cured as I am close to my ideal body weight. Guess again honey, because my numbers are up again and those damn finger sticks have to come daily and several times a day at that.
So please do not consider this surgery as a cure for diabetes because it is not. If you don't have the will power to lose the weight on your own by making small goals at a time then this surgery is just going to be one more stressor on your body that we have no way of knowing how it will effect you because we cannot predict the future.
Diabetes has no cure just control, pre-diabetes can be cured because diabetes has not occurred yet.

daphnehope 2010-04-24 09:29:07 -0500 Report

Hi Jessica; my name is Daphne and I have a girlfriend in Washington that had the surgery and lost 60lbs. She has put a little weight back on, but is working on that. She looks wonderful and feels great. She struggled after surgery, with eating often, real tiny portions. Drinking water. She lost a little hair, I guess not enough of the right food, i'm guessing. When are you do have the percedure? Will pray for you.

Jessica39 2011-07-04 13:11:29 -0500 Report

The hair loss is due to malabsorption of vitamins. A side effect of surgery. She needs to make sure that she takes her vitamin supplements everyday.

joni55 2010-04-24 14:52:15 -0500 Report

Yes, we will. Please let us know. I have a lot of people in my life and I can pass the message on many sites and in my church.

galeb 2010-04-24 20:27:42 -0500 Report

It all depends on what part they bypass and how much is being removed. The first part of the small intestines absorb the vitamins, so if you remove that part guess what if you don't get the vitamins replaced by shots from your doctor, you become deficient. I don't know how they are doing it nowadays but in the seventies most people only lived for about 5 years after the surgery. Quite a high price to pay.

mlmeyers 2010-04-18 14:17:33 -0500 Report

My husband had the gastric bypass surgery though he is not diabetic and lost a lot of weight but 5 years later he has put back on some of the weight. It is successful but you still have to be disciplined! Over the years he started eating more and doing more snacking. He is not as big as he was before the surgery thank goodness he just needs to get back on track. He is starting to because of me and my diabetic condition has gotten worse so I'm now on limited carb intake I can only have 125g a day so we eat more meats like grilled or baked chicken or pork and a lot of salads. So as long as you are commited it can and will help. I hate when people say it's the easy way out because it is anything but easy! I would love to have the surgery myself but I think I am just a little under the 100lbs overweight that you need to be to be considered to have the surgery. That's a good and bad thing for me :(

shorty31 2010-04-18 15:10:45 -0500 Report

i appluad you for your honesty i went to my doctor to ask about that proceedure but i cant get it for the fact i have a chronic heart problem and my breathing isn't stable. i get so tired when i walk with some one people tend to be crule my mom has been nagging me to get that operation its not that easy you have to go thrugh steps first there is the talk with the head doctor just to see where you head is at .then there is the follow ups so my doctor is trying some thing different with me he doesn't don't want me to gain the wieght back also. because sometimes you do. but if it wasn't for my health i would have. what you are doing with your husband is vey good for you also that way if you do get the opperation you know what to look for. what ever you do just hang in ther it will happen for you.

joni55 2010-04-18 16:15:51 -0500 Report

You too. I will be praying for you. The doctor's answers are not the final ones, remember that. The man up stairs can have other plans for you. Love you!

sunney224 2010-04-18 13:35:05 -0500 Report

Has your Dr. discussed the Band (Realize or Lap) as an option?

joni55 2010-04-18 14:14:59 -0500 Report

Who qualifies for this procedure? I am curious.

Jessica39 2011-06-27 00:57:29 -0500 Report

You must have a minimum BMI of 40 for at least five years, or a minimum BMI of 35 with significant medical complications related to obesity. Be between the ages of 18 and 65. Show evidence of previous attempts to lose weight through a medically supervised program. And have a medical condition caused by being morbidly obese such as: Type 2 Diabetes, Sleep Apnea, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, etc.

GabbyPA 2010-04-16 09:13:17 -0500 Report

There are several people here who have control of their diabetes with diet and exercise. It takes great discipline and a willing body to cooperate, but it is our first point of attack.

The word reverse or cure are not really what happens. This surgery makes your body be disciplined and your symptoms will have a great chance of going away. I have heard many great things about it. Studies show that the weight loss as well as the reduced food intake help with our insulin resistance. It is a life saver for many people. I have a friend who did it over 7 years ago. She had great success, but it does come at a price.

Here is one question you must ask your insurance company before you start.

"Will they cover complications that may occur years from now on a reversal or repair of the surgery?"

My friend, 6 years after her surgery had lost weight and was doing great. She started having a complication and it took nearly 6 months, several appeals, and finally she had to pay cash for a repair surgery. Her insurance company would not cover it. She lost so much weight during that time because she could not keep anything in her system. They basically told her that she had to be dying for the insurance to cover it.

I say this not to scare you, but so you can make sure that if anything happens later, you will be covered. If you want to read the discussion I have it posted here:

You will have to keep us posted on your progress. Many here would love to do it, but cannot afford it. It would be great to have your first hand experience shared with us all.

Infinity1956 2011-06-27 00:45:29 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby ! You always makes sense and bring us good information because we must be careful when we choose to try different things and we all have had some problems with a insurance company after the dust clears. Thank you .

joni55 2010-04-16 23:06:32 -0500 Report

One woman was saying on a discussion that she started eating more again and actually put back on all of the weight she had lost. I think you still need to have control over your eating habits.

Junebug77 2010-04-19 10:52:34 -0500 Report

Bingo!!!! Hello is anyone else listening? This surgery is NOT the answer. Wholesome food, raw salads…please don't get this surgery. Look for your answers in natural whole raw foods. You can't get the nutrients you need by having this kind of surgery.

joni55 2010-04-19 10:55:49 -0500 Report

Surgery is something that is permanent. There would be not going back. I had breast reduction surgery. And, although I will never regret doing it, I do have some terrible scaring.

daphnehope 2010-04-24 09:41:30 -0500 Report

Wow; you seem like the person I need to talk to. Please read my profile. I'm scared. I'm not even that much overweight. 30 lbs. now that the weather has gotton nicer, I plan on walking. What kind of things do you eat to keep your sugars down. does this mean I can't have my red wine with dinner anymore?

Infinity1956 2011-06-27 00:51:16 -0500 Report

The trick of the devil is widespread, that's how it starts 30,40,50 and the numbers continues to go up if a person not careful. I knew I had gained siome weight, but it really hit home when I went to the store and had to but tripple stretch jeans. Please believe weight gain stalks all of us and we must stay on the right path to keep fighing against the little foxes. Ask God for his help and keep trying to do better daily.

mlmeyers 2010-05-16 21:18:12 -0500 Report

Some people do try the natural way and still don't lose the weight! Yes you can gain the weight back if you get off track that's why you have to be diciplined the surgery is not an easy fix it's a step to a better life. You still have to eat right and it forces you to eat smaller portions you just have to eat more times a day. You also get all the nutrients you need through vitamins and protein shakes.

Jessica39 2012-02-12 12:11:22 -0600 Report

Another thing the doctor recommends is Whey Protein. It can be used as a shake or sprinkled in your food. It is low cal and keeps you full to keep you from eating so much. I take my vitamin supplements every day and I am so glad I do because I know somebody who had the same surgery and didn't take their vitamins because they thought they didn't need them and now they have 35% bone loss and need a hip replacement at age 30!

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Jeannie Holmes 2010-04-15 15:11:16 -0500 Report

You are so lucky! My insurance won't pay for the surgery. Everything I have read about this sounds like it would cure diabetes.

Jessica39 2010-04-15 21:31:47 -0500 Report

I have Evercare thru Medicaid. And I'm jumping thru hoops to get this surgery but I believe it will be well worth it for me.

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