Kittycat Posted September 11, 2008 Report Share Posted September 11, 2008 Hi Everyone, For anyone who is questioning whether the band is the right choice over RNY or Gastric Bypass, read this. This is the story of my friend Pam: Pam, who had the RNY surgery performed one week before I was banded 3 months ago today, was hospitalized in the U.S for a week after surgery, spent another week in a U.S hotel for monitoring and then returned home to Canada. She was home for approxmately a week when started having difficulty keeping food down, she vomitted at every meal. She called the surgeon and he told her to change her choice of foods, softer, easier foods. By week two, it was getting worse and her abdomen was starting to swell and hurt. Her husband took her to the ER and they found that she had a severe stomach infection, she had emergency surgery that night and two more the next day to get the infection under control. She was in the hospital for 6 1/2 weeks, virtually in the bed the whole time, she had a vac unit in her open incision for the entire time. She was transferred to a rehab hospital to help her get back on her feet. She suffered from muscle atrophy and could not even walk. 8 weeks after the first visit to the ER was able to go home, still with the vac in her open incision to keep any risk of infection under control. At home she was basically in bed most of the day. Last week, she was back in the hospital with pneumonia. The pneumonia can result in further complications to her stomach, if the the infected lung fluid gets into her stomach (swallowing after coughing). Poor girl is still in the hospital today. Like most of you, I was banded, recovered after about a week or less and went on with my life. Although our struggles are ongoing and our primary goal is to lose the weight. Pam has had to fight for her life for over two months. Although Pam's experience is not the norm for RNY surgery, it can happen. She has lost over 100lbs now, but lost 2 1/2 months of time with her husband and children...and almost lost her life. I could have had RNY or Gastric bypass surgery at no cost to me, our Provincial Healthcare covers it. But I chose to pay for Lapband surgery myself and it's the best decision I have ever made! Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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