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New Bypass- have I not thought enough about this??

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So: I haven't been here for a long, LONG while. 

Long story short: I was a runaway success with the band - lost over my goal weight, I ran a half marathon, wore all the clothes, got all the compliments. 

BUUUT but then I got greedy, got over-filled (basically lied about getting stuck and reflux), got a pouch, had to be unfilled, tried refills... lost all the sensation in my IGLES (lower oesophageal nerves which signal satiety with the band), so never got any satiety again. I could eat until I was bloated with zero satiety. Surgeon gave me the options of re-siting the band, a sleeve or a single-anastomosis bypass. 

I thought with my blown-out lower oesophagus that the sleeve wouldn't be ideal as my reflux would probably be out of control. And for many reasons I didn't want to re-band. 

So here I am, post op SAGB. 

TBH I had been looking forward to this surgery so much- to get back to the happy, healthy place I was before I started abusing the band- that I just wanted it DONE. 

But I had been rushing towards it so much that now I'm a bit like: WTH have I done?? I'm sore and tired and I know there is no easy going back from this one... 

I know it will improve from here, but now I'm just spoiled worried because less is known about the long term effects of the SAGB vs. Roux-en-Y, but the risks with ReY are just so much bigger...

Anyone? 

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I have a mini bypass, several years post band. Couldn't be happier.  I started optifast on August 1st, bypass on the 15th, have lost 37 kgs. I just eat normal food in small amounts, I'm not eating much processed food and nothing overly sweet. So much better than the band. Make the first 6 months work for you, as apparently it slows down after that.

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I’ve pretty much documented my entire journey blow by blow in the May bypassians and sleevers thread- but for me, I couldn’t be happier. 

Yes, it is permanaent. But I need permanent, I absolutely can’t have a day off .

i still occasionally want to eat things I shouldn’t have- but the RNY prevents me- and I think it’s been long enough now to really break those bad habits. 

Most interesting for me will be in 2 or 3 years time- because I kindof feel like a cheat for losing so much weight with (relative) ease. 

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Your story could almost be mine!  I too was a runaway success with my band, I got down to a BMI of around 19, took up running, ran a half marathon etc.  It was all great until I had to unfill it six years later for a cancer surgery.  After that, it was never the same. When I refilled, I just didnt get to that sweet spot again. I too fibbed about reflux, overfilled in a panicked attempt to control the slow weight gain and did not tell my doctors what was going on. And when I finally did, they didnt act.  I was having simply awful chest pain, long story short, I was very sick at the end of last year and it came out in an emergency.

I was pretty sure I'd not be a regain statistic as I'd been such a band star and I'd had it for 12 years,  but nope.  I lasted about 8 months at which point I'd gained over 20kg before I was knocking on my surgeon's door (he'd told me no more surgery).  He referred me on to someone else which pissed me off at the time but I couldnt be happier.  I had a sleeve, not bypass but I had my lower oesophageal sphincter all fixed up, a hiatus hernia repaired and all the adhesions and scarring from the band removed.   I have never ever regretted my decision to be banded but the beauty of it is that should a better surgery come along (for me, the sleeve) then I could move on.

However, I found this surgery tough!  This was my 12th surgery, I've had much bigger ones and bounced back much much faster.  I guess its a bit to do with the lack of food in the post surgical period, but I'm also battling anaemia and I just wasnt fit and in good shape when I went into it.

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