Very Important Disclaimers: I am NOT a clinically trained medical or mental health professional. Anyone who’s had bariatric surgery and is in medical or mental health distress, needs to be evaluated and treated by qualified clinically trained professionals (i.e. physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists and other type of medical and mental health professionals) in person and depending on degree of medical and mental health distress, in an acute care facility (i.e. hospital).
It will however be very apparent, in my blog why I borderline practice medicine and psychiatry in my blog when presented with a patient in some kind of crisis, with above disclaimers being made very clear.
The *MOST* frequent question I get asked by people when they hear I’ve had a gastric bypass reversal is that if I have any regrets of having my reversal.
It still kind of shocks me, because people ask that more than if I have any regrets over having a gastric bypass.
I don’t regret having a gastric bypass reversal, I would’ve died in 2010 without it.
The next most frequently asked question I get, is will one get fat after a reversal.
That’s a tougher question and that question probably is the reason why I end up having to borderline remotely practice medicine and psychology, even though I have no formal education or licensing, in either specialty.
There’s a devasting desperation in patients like that, though.
Whether it’s a patient who’s been told by a bariatric surgeon that they need one to save their life, they have peers and possibly other clinically trained professionals who pose that question to a patient in medical crisis and potentially mental health distress, in a patient who’s already worrying about that, in the first place.
Or they have a bariatric surgeon who won’t perform a reversal, even though their patient is at risk of death.
Well, if you’re dead you won’t be at risk of getting fat.
You could possibly be buried in a very teeny tiny coffin.
Above 2 sentences are definitely NOT my original replies to that question obviously, to a patient in crisis, it’s more of an attempt for a patient to see the gravity of their situation that they’re in, that’s after my getting an idea if and what any trauma led to a gastric bypass as a medical intervention and what trauma post gastric bypass a patient has experienced, and in my case I’ve written in several blogs what personally happened to me, where I was of heavier weight than most reversal patients and what played into that.
Would you do it again?
Do what, again?
My gastric bypass or reversal?
Yeah, it was the only alternative to, like, NOT dying.
Well, what about then, would you have a gastric bypass again???
I don’t regret having a gastric bypass.
I couldn’t have and no one else at the time I had it in 2001, could’ve forecasted my complications.
I stopped asking why my complications happened to me, a long time ago.
The why, doesn’t help anything or anyone, including me.
The hardest thing is, at almost 9 years post reversal, is how cyclical my ability to eat and/or the rare time I try or don’t even try that it’s much harder to lose weight, even though, I’ve had years, like this one, where it’s very hard to eat again.
And when I can’t eat, my reactive hypoglycemia comes back again, so I’m experiencing fainting and falling again, kind of frequently.
My labs though, just recently in the last 9 years are oddly normal, for how hard it is to eat again, especially in the last year.
While I’m recently showing signs of an ulcer, it doesn’t feel like multiple duodenal ulcers which I had for several years, prior to my reversal and can’t say that is bariatric surgically related.
I turn 50 in 12 days.
I had my gastric bypass, 3 days after my 32nd birthday.
I live my small life, looking that I’ve been on borrowed time in the last 11 1/2 years.
Not everyone though has let their complications, a need for a reversal, ruin their life like I let it ruin mine.
Chances are, while I know people who had more of a difficult long term recovery medically and mentally, most people do well long term, post reversal.
The other population of people that I help wanting a gastric bypass reversal bears mentioning it again, as I have discussed them in past blogs:
That is patients who have bariatric surgical regret, not fully realizing that the limitations, at least initially in the first year, possibly 2, that they can eat, but is within the range of normal for a gastric bypass patient.
The reason why it bears repeating, as again, I end up again having to borderline practice medicine and psychology with patients like that.
And there’s sorely lacking of peer and professional support, where when so many patients are happy with the drastic changes they have to make in eating to support their surgeries and cannot understand the regret of a few of their peers.
In that scenario, actually ALL of them, eventually lose their bariatric surgical regret.
Every patient who has found me, who was suicidal due to the realization of what they did to their digestive system, not only eventually do they find peaceful acceptance where they had surgery, most ended up happy that they did.
But it’s crucial to acknowledge that feeling of loss, that they aren’t an isolated case, mourning not being able to use food as a coping mechanism.
Because it’s an isolating and devasting feeling that needs to be acknowledged, if a patient is going to have any chance of acting in a manner that best supports their medical and psychological needs, when experiencing bariatric surgical regret and it goes unsupported, if not stigmatized by professionals and fellow peers.
No bariatric surgeon wants to do a reversal.
They won’t do it, if it’s NOT medically indicated.
Absolutely NO pre-operative gastric bypass patient should ever think that a gastric bypass reversal is ever done for reasons like that, not just because of my experience, but because a long term post reversal outcome, is just too unpredictable.
It will save a patient’s life, with all of us who had reversals having unique outcomes on what we’re able do with those lives, which will vary.
I’m sorry for those who were looking for an update, that you had to wait so long.
I’m sorry for those who are need of a reversal, that you’re going through what you are.
I’m glad that there is more avenues for support, such as support groups on social media and internet, as well as more reversal peers are also blogging and vlogging about their experiences.
I hope this helps and if it doesn’t, that those in need seek out support, as it’s out there, both online and offline.
As well as I’m dedicated to supporting the gastric bypass reversal community, as long as I can do it justice and that’s why I’ve talked about as long as I have, in case if I’m not be able to do this any longer, I’m hoping I’ve given others, the tools they need, with other peer and professional help, to not only survive a gastric bypass reversal, but thrive.
Note: Anything that isn’t constructive to myself or any patient population mentioned in blog, will NOT be posted.