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.