Re: Adjustable gastric band goes wrong
Thanks for the reply ray .my surgeon is supposed t b the top man in my locale and done 100s . At the seminar prior t surgery (which he held) he went through all the methods & seemed t me that he advocated the bypass above all other methods. There was also 2 bypass success persons who also spoke. The seminar was in front of approx 30 "fatties " like myself. About a week later I saw my surgeon at his clinic where he recommended (assumed t be true) that I was going t have bypass surgury. I told him that I didn't want the bypass & wanted the band. He told me that the I would probably fail with the band because I drank alcohol but that it was my decision. I opted for band. And u know the rest. The more I think about it since HIS FAILURE to fit band correctly (yes, I am putting all the blame on him) I am waiting for my t c him at his clinic at which time I want t c all the records of both band op and removal records.(which I very much doubt ill b able t c ) . My next appointment is in November (5 months after the op) . I have telephoned the hospital on numerous occasions t get an earlier appointment & t speak to him - alas t no avail) . I stil want the band and not the bypass as I have been told that the risks are considerably greater with bypass , risks I am not willing t take until all other avenues have been tried. Since I live I England , the op is carried out on our National Health system and yes there is greater failure rate to acchive target weight with band & that approx 20% of persons who have band end up back for the bypass.( in other words the cost t our health system is greater) & being cynical ,like I am , the bypass is being pushed more than the band ( thus more more value for money t the system). But you r correct about getting t the bottom of the first op I had and find out why an experienced surgeon like him MESSED UP & and also why a surgeon not competent in gastric surgery took it off when by rights he should have performed the 2nd op (or at least another gastric surgeon - of which there is another 3 at this hospital). The way I c it , he knew it was incorrectly fitted and did not have the time to re fit it atmy first op or 2nd op because there was more persons to be operated on tha day & that he wanted t go home early . Ps. He also dose the same work at a private hospital-where he probably receives more money. I bet patients at private hospital dont have the dame problems & that the number of ops r less. I would also bet that the ratio of G-band/G-bypass is greater & also that more care is taken with these patients. I was told off other band/bypass persons that eating sugary food like sweets,cakes,sugar glazed vegetables etc. can make u very ill and pass out . I was not infomed about this ay t seminar or subsequent appointments prior to or after my surgery , I was under the assumption that I could basically eat what I wanted unlike with t band . Anyway. Ill let u know the outcome of my next consultation where I am determined t get all my questions answered to my satisfaction . You r right to say what u have . Good luck on ya bypass ,but try to get asmany opinions from bypass patient as u can b4 u go through with it , after all bypass is pemanent . What about the sleeve method ? .any way whatever I choose I hope all goes well for u . Bye for now Jx
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