Is weight loss surgery success possible without help?

by Debbie
(Palm Beach)

Lost in the health care system after gastric bypass weight loss surgery.


I had my roux-en-y gastric bypass weight loss surgery November 16, 2006.
Starting weight: 278 pounds

Current weight:171 pounds


I was very happy with my surgery. There were no complications. I felt great and was walking around 2 hours after surgery.

For the first couple of months I did great. The weight came off easy and fast. My surgeon was the best. All my follow up tests were coming back great. I had a great new confidence and could not wait to see what the future held for me.

In July 2007 I moved to a new state. I continued to do great. Then came the difficult part.

I have not had a single follow up since July of 2007. I called every bariatric surgeon in Palm Beach and Broward County and no one will take me on as a patient. I am sombody else's surgical risk!

I have not had a single complication except for having to have my gallbladder removed in May of 2007. This is common I'm told.

I have become depresssed and am starting to gain weight (only 8-10 pounds, put it is not making me happy!) I need follow up care. I have tried to do this on my own but am losing track and need help.

I am still very happy I had weight loss surgery, but am concerned about my future success without any help.

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Cleveland Clinic
by: Cat

Debbie,
I'm in Palm Beach County and had my surgery in Mexico. Give the Bariatric Center at Cleveland Clinic a call. They're one of the best in the world, and they had no problem making an appointment for me. They're in Weston.

Weight Loss Surgery Results
by: Suzette

Debbie,

Your story is an important reminder that it's sooooooooooo important to think through and be fully informed about all potential scenarios after weight loss surgery...prior to undergoing surgery.

Knowing who will take care of you if you move is an important consideration that most people overlook.

And what if your surgeon moves?! (or heaven forbid...dies. Who will take care of you then?)

And what if your surgeon won't accept your insurance at a point in the future?

So many things to think about....

As far as getting the support you need, I'd highly suggest connecting with weight loss surgery patients in your area. Call local bariatric surgeons and find out when they have support group meetings!

Don't let 8-10 pounds turn in to 15-20+ pounds!

Although it's probably expensive, it might not be a bad idea to take a mini trip once a year to see the surgeon who performed your surgery. It would be money well spent if it keeps you healthy! (He may even know someone to refer you to in your new city.)

Reconnect with your intentions and the 10 Commandments of Bariatric Eating and get going again. You can do it!



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