Gastric bypass surgery for Diabetes

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2012-02-12 07:01:32 -0600
Started 2010-05-17 14:43:00 -0500

I learned recently gastric bypass surgery cures diabetes, sleep apnea, acid reflux, cholesterol and high blood pressure. My feet sometimes hurt so much due to neuropathy that I am contemplating bypass surgery. I do not want to lose my feet or my kidneys. I know there are lifetime changes I will have to do but I need to take a risk in order to preserve my health and my life.

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Okiedude 2012-02-12 07:01:32 -0600 Report

Checkout the various procedures for yourself at If your insurance won't cover it and you can't afford what you are beingvquoted you should check out "MedNet Brazil". Surgeries are thousands of dollars less in foreign countries and you CAN find the same level of care as you would at a U S Hospital. You don't even have to speak the language at the better services because the assign an interpretor/guide to you. The downside is the plane ride back home, but you can get around that hurdle by using alternative means of transportation. G'Luck…

tazmanian angel
tazmanian angel 2010-09-19 11:00:15 -0500 Report

I had considered this opiton but when researching the insurance part; I was told that the employer has to have a rider clause on the policy to be covered. My best friend had this surgery and lost the weight with mnay problems during recovery, had ot have a rectum surgery; has had a severe brain injury; related to this who knows and no one can say for sure. I have looked into the banding procedure which seems to hae less side effects but there are some, I think you have to outweigh the odds and make an informed decission with your physcian as to what is right for you; also consider, can I forgo the long surgical procedure safely? I did not put on my weight all at once or even over a year, so I will not take it off all at once or in a year. Slow on Slow off!!!

begonia 2010-05-17 17:27:11 -0500 Report

they believe g bypass cures diabetes because several people who had the surgery became well afterward but it's only covered by most insurances if you are morbidly obese and after you have failed at several managed exercise and diet plans including formal dietition meeting and failed programs you've tried such as weight watchers and even's a lot of hurdles to even get close to having the surgery.i personally believe that it's mainly the weight loss that "cures"the diabetes and studies haven't been done yet to show that if you gained back weight later on which does happen to some cases that the diabetes would return.not to be a know it all but i have worked in a doctors office for over 10 years doing specialist appt.many times for gastric bypass and know that you better want it more than anything to get it because your insurance co.sure won't want you to have it.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-05-17 16:29:10 -0500 Report

That's what I was told also. I would do it if my insurance would pay for it. But they don't

cat1 2010-05-17 18:53:20 -0500 Report

yes I would do it in a heart beat. I wish I could afford it. It could possiably save my limps ,kindeys eyes. And help with a host of other problems.