Asked by vwadyko
Having Gastric Bypass Redone After 12 Years
Is it possible to have my gastric bypass surgery redone after 12 years since I had the original done? I've gained back all my weight during the course of that time mostly due to my being on bipolar disorder meds and now weight almost 300 lbs. and feel very ugly.
I am so sorry to hear that you have regained your weight lost from gastric bypass surgery. There is hope! There are currently five options for gastric bypass revision surgery. Learn about them in my sharepost here: http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/149347/desperate-bypass
Medications that treat bipolar and depression are notorious for weight gain. Antidepressants contributed to my obesity, as did unhealthy eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle.
Like you, I once was nearly 300lbs, and I too lost weight from gastric bypass surgery. I have kept that weight off since 2003 by making significant lifestyle changes -- completely changing the way that I eat. I also switched my antidepressant to generic Wellbutrin. It does not cause weight gain; in fact it helps with weight loss.
After your revision surgery, you will want to be well equipped to keep the weight off this time. Here are some shareposts that may help you in that journey: Living Life After Weight Loss Surgery 101 http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/149178/weight-surgery
Good luck to you on your journey, dear vwadyko! There are lots of articles on this site that may help you. You can search HealthCentral using the search tool at the top right of this page.
Keep in touch and let us know how you make out and if you need anything further.
Wishing you success!