Failing Miserably 5

Ten years ago, I had gastric bypass surgery. My weight was 341.3 pounds back then. After the surgery, I got down to about 200 pounds before I started gaining everything back. The same thing happened with my mom’s weight. We figured that it had to do with the medicines we were put back on after the surgery, and that may have factored into it. I’m starting to wonder if there might be something else going on.

When we were at the grocery store last week, we ran into another person who had the surgery at the same time as us. She had been losing at the same rate as we had. And, lo and behold, this woman has also gained back the weight. When I pointed it out to my mom later, she said that everyone she’s run into that had the surgery done by the same doctor that we had has regained the weight.

I know that the long-term failure rate is around 30%, but it seems odd that so many people from the same doctor failed. It seems like we were either ill-prepared for the surgery and its outcome or that he didn’t do something right. I’ve had endoscopy after endoscopy that has said that that I didn’t stretch my pouch out (except the part where it connects to the bowel) and that it looked “normal” for a post Roux-en-Y, so I’m guessing that it’s that we weren’t prepared for the surgery properly.

I don’t know. Maybe I’m just getting annoyed to get annoyed, but it just feels off somehow.

About Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.

5 thoughts on “Failing Miserably

  • Sara

    Dearest Janet, I think it’s the doctor surely, he is definitely doing something wrong. Maybe go see another doctor and explain everything about what this doctor has done.


  • Jenn

    I’m so sorry. 🙁 Having gone through the surgery myself, and having come so far since then, I cannot imagine dealing with weight regain. There are many factors that go into success after weight loss surgery, and it does seem pretty suspicious that so many patients from the same doctor had significant regain.

    At this stage in the game, is it possible to meet with another bariatric surgeon, and perhaps have a revision done?

  • Lisa

    I’m sorry that you’re going through this. I’ve had 3 family members go through the surgery and have the same thing happen to them. I know in Australia, the long term failure rate is much much higher than 30%. There is so much going on with weight struggles I feel and maybe this one doctor is only dealing with one part of the struggle which is why the success isn’t as good? Either way, I hope you’re okay.

  • Nonna

    I don’t have the specifics of how post-op works in gastric bypass (the only person I know who I know on the RL front [as in, not online friends] who had it didn’t regain but she’s now constantly freezing, which isn’t a pleasant side effect I’d imagine) but it is quite suspicious about how many of the doctor’s patients ended up regaining. Can you ask for an inquiry to be launched on the matter?

  • Manda

    I agree with everyone else that it does seem (at least enough to warrant further investigation) that the doctor is doing something to muck up the procedure.

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