I'm almost done with my options class, then its WLS time, my biggest dilema is choosing a surgery. Lap band VS RNY. I feel afraid and have done research, but the more I read the more I freak out, I weigh 271 and I am 36 years old. I know the surgery will give my the quality of life to live my life with my family, i just feel afraid. any words of wisdom???
Choosing which surgery to have is a very personal decision, and there are lots of options to weigh.
I chose RNY Gastric Bypass for several reasons:
- It has been around longer - there are people many years out from RNY who are doing wonderfully. It just makes me feel better knowing that it's been around for longer.
- I have a bad gag reflex! I've read a lot about food getting stuck with Lap-Band much more frequently than gastric bypass. A complication of lap-band is band slippage, which is more common if you throw up frequently - the heaving can move the band.
- The success rate speaks for itself. You lose weight more rapidly than with Lap-Band, because of the malabsorption and restriction. With lap-band you only have restriction, and you can eat slider foods (ie. milkshakes, etc) and have no success.
- I felt it would be too easy to "cheat the system" if I were to have lap-band. I was actually considering lap band first, but decided against it.
- More insurance companies cover gastric bypass vs. lap band
- The idea of going in for fills annoyed me. And, the idea of having a foreign object in my body creeped me out a bit. lol
- On the OH boards, I have seen a lot of people who have had Lap Band get revisions to RNY Gastric bypass b/c of lack of success.
There are many more reasons I'm sure, but that's just a few. I would advise NOT going with RNY gastric bypass if you are terrible about taking vitamins. You MUST take your vitamins daily.
My only regret with surgery is not doing it sooner. I was 31 when I had surgery. I wish I had done it in my 20's so I could really start living sooner. My quality of life has dramatically improved since I have had my gastric bypass. I did have a complication with an intestinal hernia, and even with that, I would do it again 100 times over.
I know it is a scary decision, and definitely not one to take lightly. At the end of the day, you have to choose what you are comfortable with. Make sure you are comfortable with your surgeon, as you'll have follow-up care with him for at least the first year post op before you go to your PCP.
I hope this helps, and please, anyone else, chime in! :)
Hugs to all!