Early patient results and the Rose procedure

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Early results are in.

First of all, most stomaphyx patients did NOT lose much weight (about 20 additional lbs).

Second, most of them complain about a lot of pain

And third, even the surgeons admit that after a year or less, the tacks which are tucking the pouch, pull out.

So, now they have a new one - also done through the esophagus called the Rose Procedure. The Rose is similar in concept to the Stomaphyx but instead of tacking the pleats in the pouch with plastic fasteners (like the background of this page) it calls for SUTURING the pleats in.

Even the surgeons admit the Rose procedure may not last more than a year.

A patient who regained from a Duodenal Switch surgery commented ... the DS/BPD surgery is the most powerful WLS calling for the removal of 75-80 percent of the stomach i.e. it is taken out of the body, and an intestinal bypass which while somewhat shorter than the original JIB, it only generally leaves about 2.5-3.5 feet (out of 20-25) connected ... she said she would not have regained all but 50 lbs if she watched carefully what she ate but if she could do that she would not have had WLS in the first place.  A word to the wise. Most surgical sites DO emphasize that you need to diet and exercise with WLS just like Weight Watchers or any other tool, plus you need to keep up your frequent bloodwork check and supplement a LOT.

That is, WLS is a tool but it's not a robot - it's a tool like the hammer.  It works but only with a lot of sweat and work on the part of the patient (and assuming the patient's body accepts the changes which is not true of some bodies).

My advice... proceed with caution on either of these revision procedures, because they may very much damage what stomach you have left and they don't last and most patients have not experienced more than a 20 lb loss from this but a lot of pain...

"Success with weight loss surgery is 10 percent the surgery and 90 percent the patient"
--- Dr Terry Simpson, WLS surgeon