Would You Consider Gastric Bypass After Seeing This?

United States
December 3, 2006 12:42am CST
I watched Inside Edition a few nights ago and there was a woman that had gastric bypass. Before the bypass, she weighed in at 400 lbs. after the bypass, she weighed 85 lbs. Her body rejectd the bypass. she got so sick until she had to be fed thru a feeding tube. then, she had to try and gain some of the weight back so that the surgery could be reversed. she said this was the worst decision of her life. Think about this for a minute. If you were so overweight like this and could barely do anything would you consider the surgery after hearing this?
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@yorb24 (2181)
• United States
3 Dec 06
I'd try any other alternative first. If that didn't work, I'd probably consider the bypass if it meant it could save my life. I'm sure that isn't a common occurence otherwise people wouldn't be having them in the first place if it was so dangerous.
• United States
4 Dec 06
I agree with you.
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@mbs730 (2152)
• Canada
3 Dec 06
Wow that is horrible, I'm sorry to hear this. I have a friend who went through a bypass because everything she did try didn't work. She did try exercising, and eating better and less calories and her metabolism I guess was too slow. She ended up losing a lot of weight that way but ended up with a hernia in her gastric area and looked pregnant. Yuck. It's too risky. If I was that obese I would have to try medication like meridia.. which is also chancy but overall probably safer than a bypass.
@Tatsuya (1149)
• United States
3 Dec 06
If I were morbidly obese, which means weighing more than 300 pounds, then I would take the risk to have the surgery. If I weighed that much, I'd be worried about having a heart attack or something like that. At least with the surgery you have a chance at life. Yes, this person had to be fed through a tube, but when she gets back on her feet I think maybe she will change her mind. This is a very touchy subject, and they have a new product out that is a lap band (I think that's what it's called) that goes around the path to your stomach, so it controls the amount of food you eat. It is a reversible thing, and you can have it removed at any time. I would probably try the band before the surgery, but if it didn't work I would defintly have the surgery.
• United States
4 Dec 06
me before surgery - this is me christmas 2005 my avatar picture is 2 months old it taken after surgery
i have had this surgery july 2006 i have lost over 60lbs so far it does effect people differently i have had no problems so far guess it depends on the person and which surgery he or she had done cause there are several way to do the surgery for more information about this surgery visit www.obesityhelp.com www.obesityhelp.com/members/britanymommmy
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@emarie (5454)
• United States
3 Dec 06
one, i don't think surgery is for me at all. i'd rather work hard to lose the weight. people should understand that these types of surgerys are dangerous, you're altering the inside of your body, so many things can go wrong. this should be done in you've fully put all of yourself into all the other methods of losing weight, that should be the last resort.
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@nowment (1758)
• United States
23 Feb 07
I don't have to see this, I have heard so many horror stories due to gastric bypass, I know of one woman who is doing really well and I am happy for it, but so many horror stories are associated with this, I know of another who has had so many health problems due to this surgery, and is not able to work take care of her children etc any more because of this. I just do no see it as natural, or as a solution. What should be done is to find the real cause of obesity, overeating is not the issue for many, but eating foods that are either wrong for their personal systems, or eatting foods so full of additives, and chemicals that it creates problems for the body to break things down so they don't develop a weight problem, or so many foods with addatives that are addictive, find the answer to fixing those problems, take each person as an individual. Insurance companies are foolish, also instead of dealing with the issues when people are young and healthy enough they are often on their own, in dealing with this, and can't afford to. How many people have to go through what this woman you have spoken of or other such complications and horrors, before people realize this is not the answer? Before the AMA says STOP it is not safe? But it makes money for the medical industry, obesity makes money for the medical industry, and the medical problems and complications with obesity, or with this surgery create money for the medical industry. So the people are not really important since their only value seems to be how much money can the medical industry make off them.
• United States
4 Dec 06
There is nooooo way i am even ever considering gastric bypass I am obese now..thanks to my disability and my veryyy slow metabolism,,and many othe reasons.i need help in losing the weight and keeping it off..however!! i have done soo myuch reasearch..and this is the worst surgery i have found..too many bad reactions! But i am deff considering bariatric surgery..i think its for me..
@babray06 (1787)
• India
4 Dec 06
I am not a overweight person but I feel there are times when tough decisions have to be taken. Sometimes extra weight puts life in danger. At that point some action has to be taken. But later on you can always gain some weight to feel comfortable.
• China
4 Dec 06
If I were really overweight I would consider everything, even this. I think the risk would probably be work taking. If you let yourself go that much you should probably know you are taking a big risk either way. If you don't have the surgery you are at an extremely high risk for a slew of diseases. If you have the surgery you are at risk for your body rejecting the bypass...well I guess you have to decide which is worse. I'd choose having the surgery, at least I'd have a chance at getting my life back.
@crt1477 (343)
• United States
4 Dec 06
no
@rosey2006 (945)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I think it would depend on the situation that I was in.
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
4 Dec 06
I think that if I were morbidly obese, I would really believe that the pros greatly outweight the cons. There are many more horrible things that can happen to a persons body due to obesity than an isolated incident like is presented here. I believe that if it were me and I had the opportunity to have ths surgery, I would. All surgeries have risks, you just need to weigh the benefits as well.
• United States
4 Dec 06
it kills you faster
@Sikh_Boy (231)
• United States
4 Dec 06
i just found few harmful effects of this gastric bypass which i am sharing with u :Gastric bypass surgeries may cause dumping syndrome. This occurs when food moves too quickly through the stomach and intestines. It causes nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness, and possibly diarrhea soon after eating. These symptoms are made worse by eating highly refined, high-calorie foods (like sweets). In some cases you may become so weak that you have to lie down until the symptoms pass.
• United States
4 Dec 06
I don't think it's a real cut and dry decision. You never know until you get there. I personally think gastric bypass is relied upon entirely too much as a 'quick fix' and it's anything but. I guess you wouldn't really know until you were in her shoes and walking the distance.
• United States
4 Dec 06
I don't know I am overweight. I've considered it. But I've seen someone really bleed. This person had no knowledge of what was causing the bleeding, and received alot of blood products....I think after seeing that I would reconsider!!!
• United States
4 Dec 06
I personally know of 2 people that have had this surgery overseas. Both of the ladies are doing great and slowly losing weight. I think if I was in the situation where I was overweight, I would have the surgery. I think that every person is different and that each persons body reacts differently. Every person needs to decide for themselves.
@Meljep (1668)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Gastric bypass shouldn't be considered an elective surgery. Maybe a lap band around the stomach would be a better alternative. People should know the risks of bypass.
@Justme2007 (1848)
• United States
4 Dec 06
no I was thinking about it but that is all
• India
4 Dec 06
yes, i would. I would prefer to even die (if surgery fails or something) that lead a life where in you can hardly do anything. I believe that LIFE iS SHort, So enjoy it to the fullest by doing what we want & if we are not able to do anything then what are we living for?