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Gastric Stapling

I have a very long history of GI problems and have undergone 4 major abdominal surgeries including: gall bladder, blocked common bile duct post-op, RuenY procedure and then a reverse of said procedure.  My last GI surgery was 17 years ago, but I continue to have reflux problems, slow motility and food remaining in my stomach for at least 2 days.  This was verified at Johns Hopkins.  I have significant orthopedic problems including a total knee replacement, rotator cuff surgery, four back surgeries with fusion, and continued back and knee pain which is wearing me out.  My orthopod suggested I try gastric stapling to get my weight down to alleviate the pressure on my joints and prevent further surgical intervention.  I am 5'2" and weigh 215 pds.  It is too painful to walk for any length of time or exercise much at all.  I used to be quite active, but my ortho problems and weight have slowed me down.  I have tried virtually every diet known to man and lose some, but never enough. I always regain the weight. Do you think gastric stapling is a possibility for me?  Thanks.
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Gail:  Hi!  I am in the process of researching weight loss surgery and, after much research, thought that the BPD/DS (bilio-pancreatic diversion/Duodenal switch) was the best choice.  However, I've been reading about increased risk of pancreatic cancer with gastrectomy (BPD/DS involves a 'sleeve gastrectomy' and removal of about 80 pct of the stomach) and want to know people's experiences who have had gastrectomies due to cancer/ulceration, etc.

To get to the point, I am open to the RNY surgery now and am extremely interested in your experience.  WHy was yours reversed?  Rny does involve a stomach stapling to create a small pouch...

Please e-mail me!

all the best,
Teresa
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HI THERE YOUR QUESTION CALLED MY ATTENTION.  I HAD A GASTRIC STAPPLING 19 YEARS AGO,  AND CAN TELL YOU THAT IF ALL OF THE PROBLEMS THAT YOU DISCRIBE ARE SO BAD THEN YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THE STAPPLING.  I WEIGHED 220 LBS WHEN I HAD MINE DUE TO ALL OF THE PROBLEMS THAT YOU HAVE AND MORE.  IT WAS THE BEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE.  I LOST 90 LBS AND WENT DOWN TO A SIZE 5 FROM A SZ.  20.  I CAN'T TELL YOU THAT IT'S BEEN FUN FOR 19 YEARS BECAUSE ONE STILL HAS THE OLD EATING HABITS IN YOUR MIND AND IT IS VERY HARD TO BREAK.  BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT IT SURE DOES DICIPLINE YOU.  AND YOU CAN NOT EAT ONE BITE MORE THEN YOUR STOMACH WILL HOLD BECAUSE YOU WILL THROW IT UP.  I DO THIS EVERYDAY BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO CONSIDER THAT THE SURGERIES THAT ARE PREFORMED TODAY ARE DIFFERENT ARE NOT AS RADICAL AS THEY WERE WHEN I HAD MINE.  GO FOR IT YOU WILL LOVE YOUR SELF FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE IT IF ALL OF YOUR TESTING GOES RIGHT.  GOOD LUCK
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