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Posted by Victoria Stevens
on October 19, 2000 at 02:25:34:
In Reply to: Re: stomach stapleing posted by Liz on October 13, 2000 at 20:09:19:
I've had a gastric bypass (stomach stapling). Please see my post above in response to "Gastroplasty". I have a Yahoo club called "After Weight Loss Surgery" at http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/afterweightlosssurgery
But as I said before, surgery is not the final solution. You can gain back some weight if you have bad eating habits. Look up 'gastric bypass' in your favorite search engine. Yahoo clubs and egroups.com both have several places to learn more about this. It doesn't 'hurt' per se, but it is a total retraining of your eating habits. Also, procedures done earlier than five years ago have changed drastically and now provide excellent long-term results. RNY is the procedure I had and it's proven the longest lasting and successful. There are problems with gastric bands - steer clear of that kind. My surgeon redoes those all the time. Do your homework and prepare for at least a year of enforced behavior modification, and weight loss. You'll also probably need to have your gallbladder removed, since it suffers when you lose a great deal of weight so quickly. You need to have certain 'qualifications', the first of which is a BMI that's in the obesity range. Next are any health problems exacerbated by obesity (mine was severe high blood pressure, which is normal now), and a history of yo-yo dieting and doctor supervised diets, etc. Do your homework and find a reputable surgeon who had a 'program' that includes before and after support with a psychologist, nutritionist and peer support group.
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