Had my RNY surgery in June of 2010
Basically I am in your shoes. when your doctor says complications can happen they CAN happen.
First, I would do this surgery again if I had too. I have NO REGRETS about my RNY.
Now the bad news. Many people who have RNY either regain weight or have other problems. This has happened to me. Sadly I am in Terminal Liver failure. I am not a candidate for liver replacement. I have Hepatic Encephalitis, severe malnutrition (I am just bones) and my gallbladder "died" (went necrotic) A year after my surgery the doctors have diagnosed me with autoimmune hepatitis.... My liver no longer works, and I often have seizures and Alzheimer/dementia from all the toxins/ammonia built up in my blood stream.
Because I am an RNY paitient (Had my surgery June 29 1010) of course I can have NO Tylenol or NSAIDS. I used to go o the gym and horseback riding post surgery but can no longer do that as I have broken bones. I have a tibial plateau fracture (Knee) I fell and dislocated my RT shoulder and broke it in 3 places. 3 months ago I had a grand Mal seizure and broke my left collar bone.
I am NOT trying to scare anyone, but please know there are many complications that can happen with RNY surgery. Hypoglycemia being one of the most common. (Yep, I have that too...And low blood sugar with a messed up liver makes for someone who can appear drunk, drugged or demented.) I am not any of those things. I am still me, logical and sane within my head but cannot get the words out without slurring or appearing "dumb".
Each surgery (RNY, D&S, Lap Band, etc) can ALL have complications. I take my vitamins and calcium and vitamin D3 daily but still have osteoporosis. I am 5'3 and have a VERY hard time keeping weight on me (On a good day I will weigh 110 lbs on a bad day only 100) I have no muscles anymore, I look like one of those starving people in another country.
Again, I am not trying to talk ANYONE out of the surgery they want. But be aware when they say complications it can happen. I might have 2 weeks or 20 years it depends on my liver and kidneys. I have been in the hospital about 5 times now and have had every liver test known to mankind. (No I don't drink or do drugs) I am in between because protein puts a strain on the liver, but to much carbohydrates will put me in hypoglycemia. Do your research and know that your surgery "might" be more than you bargained for.....
There is never anything "attractive" about some all skin and literally bones.
PS: The reason I said I would do the surgery again was that my PCP and Rheumatologist said I would be dead within 3 years without losing weight. Personally I think it was the gallbladder that caused my current liver problems as it went necrotic and I had NO pain from it and no "normal" symptoms.
To my friends on here I haven't chatted to in years, now you know why. It is very hard to type on occasion and make logical sense. If anyone ever wants to know what HE (Hepatic Encephalitis) is, there is a wonderful video on YouTube called "Wrestling the Monster" >https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&c d=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB0QtwIwAGoVChMIqfHswuKayQIVSxUeCh02 xQOX&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DNQBXlrb 8Xmk&usg=AFQjCNFqP6e1miGIwi0QfRk-EEQRN7DJXg&sig2=37r2Vg2I9od apnaUiOqBdA&bvm=bv.107763241,d.dmo
Warmly and with love,
I weigh around 105 lbs. I am also seeing a Therapist to talk about terminal disease. She is a blessing and great Therapist.
Does all of this mean that the RNY caused this terminal liver failure to happen?
I'm so sorry. :(