I looked into weight-loss surgery options because my life had become out of control. I had ballooned to morbid obesity and I recently had been diagnosed with, and hospitalized for, diabetes 2 and hypertension. My triglycerides were bad; my cholesterol was bad. They had been bad, in fact, for a long time. I finally got to the point where I felt like I was going to die. The reality was that I had been dying for decades but it had become so "in my face" apparent that I couldn't ignore it any longer. As they say, I hit bottom.
Even on medication, I never could get my blood glucose readings or blood pressure readings "normal." I still felt awful... and I was afraid of dying. Fat and desperate, I asked my primary care physician about weight loss surgery. He told me that several of his patients had had the surgery with great results. He recommended a surgeon to me and I phoned his practice for information.
I was promptly told by the receptionist that there was an 18-...
What is StomaphyX Revision Surgery?
StomaphyX is an incisionless revision surgery for gastric bypass weight loss surgery patients whom have failed to lose all of their excess weight, or whom have experienced some weight regain in the years following their surgery.
How Does StomaphyX Work?
StomaphyX is a surgical procedure in which the bariatric surgeon fastens the tissue of the stoma together, with a series of plications (like pleats in a skirt), thereby making smaller the opening to the gastrointestinal tract. After several weeks, the tissues of the plications fuse, making it strong and stable.
This effectively restores the size of the stoma created during the original gastric bypass surgery, which may become stretched as years go by. This smaller stoma, in turn, holds food in the pouch longer so the patient remains satiated with small amounts of food for longer periods of time.
The result is that the patient eats less and can achieve a weight loss of 20-40lbs , o...
For the past few years, I've been advising people with fibromyalgia to follow certain precautionary procedures when having surgery to reduce post-operative pain and fibro-flares during recovery. These procedures were originally developed by renowned FM researcher, Dr. Robert Bennett. While the tips all made good sense from a biological perspective, I hadn't had any surgery since being diagnosed with FM, so I couldn't share any personal experiences as to how well they worked. But now I can. On Monday I had a surgical breast biopsy and I can tell you that following these procedures made a huge difference. I've been fearful of having any type of surgery ever since my Mother had a portion of her large intestine removed about a dozen or so years ago. The whole time I was visiting my Mom in the hospital, we could hear a lady moaning and crying. I overheard the nurses talking about her, saying they felt so bad for her because she had fibromyalgia and...
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