|Things to note:
- 90% or more of your stomach is stapled
off and removed from the body
- Most of your small bowel is bypassed.
- This means you could suffer protein
malnutrition in a few years in addition to other types of malnutrition
- in 1999, less than 25 percent of WLS
surgeons were doing this surgery because they said the weight loss isn't
any better than the others and therefore, not worth exposing their
patients to the increased risks. (Likely, less surgeons
do this procedure in 2015 because of the availability of other
procedures which are as effective and much less risky)
- The long term risks with the DS/BPD may
be similar to those of the old intestinal bypass, according to the ASMBS
but one can find more long term intestinal bypass patients surviving
than DS patients. Perhaps one factor in this is because intestinal
bypass patients have in-tact stomachs so can digest proteins and fats.
- Some patients you talk to, will make you
think this is not a risky surgery - don't believe them.
- Longer term patients tend to either get
takedowns or be rather silent about the repercussions. Some do not
- In a takedown, although the stomach
cannot be restored, the small bowel can be reconnected. The sooner the
patient gets a takedown, the greater the chance the bypassed small bowel
can start working again.
- Description and studies (Note:
the most recent reports available are from 12 years ago suggesting
the latest data may not be positive. Long term vitamin deficiencies
and chronic diarrhea seem to be usual issues with this surgery.
The latter can cause debility and more.)
- Medical data on the DS/BPD