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  • #29843
    gaynor
    Member

    Hi
    to put it in a nutshell I had a band for three years, it slipped and my local hospital left me in agony for three days, by the time I was transferred to a specialist my stomach was completely black and I lost my band and part of my stomach and was told I would have dieds had it been left any longer. Six weeks later rushed back as vomitting blood, I had developed an ulcer on the staple line, nearly died again.
    A horrible experience, so I decided no more surgery for me. I’ve just been told I need more surgery to sort ongoing problems, my stomach does’nt work properly apparently I have a huge mass of part digested food that has been there for ages, the top part of my tummy is floppy and does not contract to push the food through and it was suggested that I have a bypass at the same time as I have gained a couple of stones. So here I am again, I have an appointment with Shaw in a couple of weeks to ask waht my options are. Has anybody else had similar or can offer advice. Possibly I would prefer a Sleeve as I got on really well with my band.
    Thanks
    Gaynor

    #32424

    I am band to bypass revision and do not regret it for a single moment(again with Mr Sommers)
    My bypass is far easier to live with as i am able to eat a far healthier range of foods-that previously I wasn’t able to get through my band.
    I haven’t lost as much as anticipated and am still 8 stones overweight
    but am way way more healthy than i was pre bypass
    no bariatric surgery is a walk in the park as you very sadly have found out
    but I do sooooooo wish you well and ongoing health on your W L journey
    godbless xxxx

    #32418
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    Hi Gaynor

    My goodness you have been through the ringer haven’t you?! Thank goodness you have an appointment with Shaw Somers. He is one of this country’s top bariatric surgeons so you could not be in better hands believe me.

    I have no experience similar to yours on which I can offer an opinion but I do wish you the very best of luck with whatever surgery you proceed with. Please keep in touch.

    Doodah x

    #32428
    gaynor
    Member

    Ahh thankyou both, feeling better already, just hoping Shaw can sort me out.
    Gaynor X

    #32425

    If he can’t then no one can
    He is superb
    and a truely wonderful man
    you could not be in safer or more capable caring hands (literally!!!)
    all the best x

    #32422
    SJ
    Member

    Shaw Somers is wonderful! He removed my band (which was ‘fitted’ by another consultant at another hospital, which shall remain nameless). A year later he did my bypass. I do have some complications, but they are not very common at all! Like you, when my band came out, I thought, hell no more surgery for me! But when the weight started creeping back on, then flooding back on, I knew I needed surgery. I do not know a lot about sleeves, but I think that Mr Somers likes to do bypasses as they have been around for a long time, are well tested and are the ‘gold standard’ for wls. However, he will do what’s right for you and you will be so well looked after.

    Like Still says, living with a bypass is sooooooo much easier than a band. I do know a couple of people who have had band to sleeve, and they seem to be doing ok. Perhaps try to get to a support group to chat to some patients?

    One thing, the weight loss for a band revision is generally slower and often less than a first time bypass/sleeve. I was warned about this, not quite sure of the reasons. However, I have more than exceeded my 60% estimated excess weight loss though, I am currently at just over 110%! So I guess it comes down to the individual, we all react differently to the surgery.

    Without sounding gushy, Shaw Somers is ‘the man’ and if anyone can help you, he can!

    SJ
    x

    #32429
    gaynor
    Member

    Hi
    thanks S, I think my only real worry is that A) because of my stomach shape neither op will be possible and B) Shaw may not think I’m heavy enough for more WLS. Just have to see what he says. Wish my consultation was sooner !!
    Gaynor X

    #32423
    SJ
    Member

    My understanding is that if you have needed wls, then you will continue to. Even if you lost it all with your band, they see the likelihood of you regaining over time as quite high. I know people who are quite ‘small’ having revisions from band to bypass etc to ensure that the weigh stays off. Pouch size etc is taken into account to limit what you lose if you are not that overweight. Not sure about stomach shape etc due to damage, but if there’s a way, Shaw Somers will find it!

    Do message me if you would like to chat.

    SJ
    x

    #32426
    cazza
    Member

    Hi
    I had a sleeve done about 2.5 years ago then I stopped getting any restriction so I went back to see Shaw and ended up having a band put around the sleeve. But unfortuntantly but this is just me & my type of luck I have a leak in my band so again have no restriction but when it was working it was working well.
    I was unable to have a bypass due to having a colostomy bag and the concern that I would get malnurished, but speak with Shaw he will advise you on what he thinks is best he is a great guy.
    I go back to see him next Thursday 14th hoping he will tell me when he can fix my band as in quite a bit if discomfort around my left rib which is by the port site.

    Hope this may of helped in some way.

    Cazza

    #32430
    gaynor
    Member

    Ah thanks everybody, just looking forward to my appointment now. I’ll let you all know how it goes. X

    #32431
    gaynor
    Member

    Hi Cazza
    I am so sorry that you have had so many problems, I really hope Shaw can help
    Take care
    Gaynor X

    #32419
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    @cazza 17367 wrote:

    Hi
    I had a sleeve done about 2.5 years ago then I stopped getting any restriction so I went back to see Shaw and ended up having a band put around the sleeve. But unfortuntantly but this is just me & my type of luck I have a leak in my band so again have no restriction but when it was working it was working well.
    I was unable to have a bypass due to having a colostomy bag and the concern that I would get malnurished, but speak with Shaw he will advise you on what he thinks is best he is a great guy.
    I go back to see him next Thursday 14th hoping he will tell me when he can fix my band as in quite a bit if discomfort around my left rib which is by the port site.

    Hope this may of helped in some way.

    Cazza

    Hope you get sorted Cazza xx

    #32427
    Fenella
    Member
    gaynor wrote:
    Hi
    thanks S, I think my only real worry is that A) because of my stomach shape neither op will be possible and B) Shaw may not think I’m heavy enough for more WLS. Just have to see what he says. Wish my consultation was sooner !!
    Gaynor X

    Gaynor – sympathies for your situation. I think the guidelines are that for a bypass you should normally have a bmi of 40 or above (mine was 40.05 after pre op diet. It may be different in your circumstances though.

    As everyone else says Shaw Somers is the man!

    Good luck.

    #32433
    falcon
    Member

    I had a gastric band for years which worked brilliantly but unfortunately contracted an infection through another procedure. I have recently had a gastric sleeve, my BMI was about 30 when the band was removed. As I had already had wls my BMI wasn’t a prob, by the time my gastric sleeve was done I had a BMI of about 35 as I had gained in the 8 months without the band.

    I only had the sleeve op on 2nd May, I have lost 12lbs since then. I am still on the puréed food phase.

    #32420
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    So glad to hear you are now back on the road to recovery both surgery and weight wise 😉 what a time of it you have had?

    Doodah x

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