Gastric bypass surgery

By jason123 Latest Reply 2012-02-15 11:00:15 -0600
Started 2010-09-18 17:38:42 -0500

How many here will use this option if it is available to all? I think currently one has to have a BMI > 40 to qualify for this.

30 replies

Okiedude 2012-02-12 06:53:21 -0600 Report

Check out the various procedures for yourself at "". I guess I must be the ONE PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE that is happy that I had the DS procedure back in 2004. The DS procedure has the highest mortality rate but I didn't die on the table. I was able to stop the 110 units of insulin within the first month (and have NEVER had to start again). I was able to stop the oral meds within a few months. I lost over 200 pounds at my lowest PO weight. Today, due to my lifestyle choices, I average around 230 pounds first thing in the morning and regularly have a fasting BG reading of 130. I drink coffee and tea. I drink carbonated sodas without sugar or cola like Fresca or SpriteZero. I exercise a little but am not as "regular" as I probably should be. We control our carbs primarily by what we eat, paying special attention to carbs from wheat products. You should read the book "Sugar Busters" for some great ideas (like ONLY eating "Stone Ground" wheat bread). G'Luck.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2012-02-12 18:37:15 -0600 Report

I had gastric bypass on Jan. 10th. with everything them make you do before and after surgery I have lost 58 lbs. so far. I am so glad to be able to get this even tho I had to take out a loan to get it done. My insurance wouldn't pay a penny for it. ( If I was on welfare it would have been free) I too am no longer taking 100 units twice a day of insulin. I am also down to 500 mg twice a day of metformin, but I should be able to stop taking that very soon. For the 1st time in 2 years my bs is under control. I only drink water and tea or coffee. I gave up pop when I quit smoking 4 years ago. My doctors had only given me about 10 years to live if I was lucky! I now feel so much better I believe I will get to see my granddaugthers grow up. YEA!!!!!!

GabbyPA 2012-02-13 09:42:40 -0600 Report

What an incredible story! You have to be so happy with that. And now your years left will be filled with great resolve and much better health. Bravo for you.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2012-02-13 17:06:54 -0600 Report

Thank you I still can't get over reactions from people who haven't seen me lately. They do a double take! By this time next year I should have all the extra weight off. YEAH

jayabee52 2012-02-13 18:39:12 -0600 Report

That is fantastic Jeannie! It is a bit of a head trip for me when folks who haven't seen me for over a year see me again for the first time. I've not had the surgery but I've lost 65 lbs in the past year. Some folks wonder if I've lost TOO much weight. (trust me I haven't yet lost the spare tire —— yet)

jayabee52 2012-02-15 11:00:15 -0600 Report

I like to reassure those who think I look sick that this was of my OWN doing. A side benefit from my extreme diabetes meal plan! That seems to at least quiet them about the issue. But I still get it from time to time.

mama dunf
mama dunf 2010-09-20 20:01:00 -0500 Report

I've had gastric bypass. By being a type 1, the surgery has helped with my weight and other medical problems, but not the diabetics. We are still working to get my numbers to balance. This surgery is NOT a cure, it's a tool to help us with our medical conditions. To have the surgery or not is a personal question we must ask ourselves. You have to be ready to rethink the way you eat and live. Also, I strongly recommend you go to a doctor who specializes in gastric bypass. There are doctors out there who have done the surgery, but have not been trained in it. I told my doctor that it's a "head-game" You have to get your head in the right place to do this. I've not had any major problems since my surgery, just getting my a1c down. But as we all know, that takes time and patience. I hope my input has helped someone out there. Like I said, it's a personal question to be discussed with your doctor and family. Good Luck!!

tinaML 2010-09-24 11:42:02 -0500 Report

I am very leary of it. I am however contemplating Lap Band for one because it is covered by insurance and for two I have friends that have done it and they are doing great. Also I have not heard horror stories reguarding this procedure. Anyone else have info on it?

GabbyPA 2010-09-21 10:46:21 -0500 Report

I would imagine that since a type 1 has diabetes for a different reason than a type 2 that it's help in your case would be less effective. Excess weight inhibits the body's ability to use the insulin, thus the resistance. The reduced food intake and subsequent weight loss aids in helping type 2 with this issue. I wonder if you are also insulin resistant as a type 1?

I am glad to hear that you have not had complications. That is a relief to me, as both of my friends had complications later. One was 6 years after her surgery. So keep on top of things and may you have continued success.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-09-19 18:15:36 -0500 Report

I would do it in a heart beat!

jason123 2010-09-19 18:24:35 -0500 Report

Good to hear different opinion! Do you have any success stories to share?

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-09-20 10:32:16 -0500 Report

I know 4 people who have had the surgery and are doing great

jayabee52 2010-09-20 17:08:03 -0500 Report

I knew a couple people who did it. One did great for a while but then started putting a lot of weight on. She was approaching the weight where she had the surgery. Another fella did it and when I lost track of him he was doing well. But it was too soon to know for sure.

I, personally don't think I'd do it.

Diane987 2010-09-19 15:39:02 -0500 Report

I have had three friends who have had this done one lost her life on the table, the second had complications that required further surgery, and the third had a successful surgery but is now regaining weight. I've said it before and I will say it again. I would rather be a fat, over-medicated diabetic than go through that surgery. From what I see, there are too few long-term success stories to make it worth the risk.

OMG-T2 2010-09-20 15:29:47 -0500 Report

You are SO right Diane987…it is FAR better to be a fat, over-medicated diabetic than to contemplate bariatric surgery - IMHO. A couple of years ago, when my sister, an RN, told me that she thought I should have a gastric bypass or possibly the lap-band, I never considered such a thing…even at 360 pounds. I told my sister then, and would tell her now (if I didn't weigh just over 200 pounds at the moment), that it took me years to inch up to 360 pounds, and it would take me years to inch back down. That's proven to be true so far, and it's a philosophy that many of my friends have adopted to essentially shut people the hell up when they hassle them!

I am totally of your POV here!

jason123 2010-09-19 16:43:15 -0500 Report

I remember seeing a story about a guy went through this surgery on Discovery Health Channel. It suppose to be a success story. I looked at the guy and was stuned, this is a AFTER picture?? He lost like over 100 lbs, but still look obese!…he was in even worse shape before of course, but that is a lot of scars and trauma just to be obese…

Cheryl*G 2010-09-18 22:43:00 -0500 Report

My best friends brother was well over 600 lbs. He had that surgery done. He lost weight but he also lost his life because his body did not know when to stop losing weight and his heart gave out. He went from over 600 lbs to 86 lbs when he died and it only took a little over a year to end his life. By the way he was only 24 yrs. old and he was going to be married the following month. I would never have that done. I will try and lose the weight on my own. So far since Feb. this year I have lost 69 lbs and I have 50 more to go.

jason123 2010-09-18 23:16:17 -0500 Report

Usually people who have good results just keep on bragging, ones got screwed never say anything or try to cover it up…it is good to hear some truth!

GabbyPA 2010-09-18 22:47:45 -0500 Report

Oh my! That is unbelievable. I am sorry for the suffering that must have been for everyone who loved him. Congratulations on the 69 pound loss for you. That is great.

GabbyPA 2010-09-18 22:37:34 -0500 Report

Personally, with what I know from friends, I would not do it. The success of 2 of my friends is astonishing, but so are the side effects that no one talks about. Life threatening effects. I have included a link to many other discussions on it, so you can see the good and the bad.

Harlen 2010-09-18 19:12:47 -0500 Report

No way in the world would I take that big risk ,you know you can die from doing that.Read all the info and you will see there are a lot of risks.
With diabetis its even harder to have the good nutrition that you need.
I wish you luck but I would never ever do it even if it was free.
Best wishes

jason123 2010-09-18 19:48:58 -0500 Report

There is always risk associated with surgery, that is definately true. I have a BMI of 22, so I will never need to do this. but if you are obese, and have a hard time managing, death could come sooner to you if you don't do it…some say it is the closest thing to a 'cure'…let's see what others have to say.

Harlen 2010-09-18 21:20:40 -0500 Report

I am fat 6ft 355
I love life and I love me and its just not worth it to me My BS is good and I am slowly dropping the lbs and its not going to kill me.
We all must make a choice in life and that ones not for me.
Best wishes