Follow Up After Bariatric Surgery May Save Your Life – Suicide

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Follow Up After Bariatric Surgery May Save Your Lifefrom Mary Jo Rapini

Suicide is one of those things you can never change your mind about. It is final, and it hurts everyone who ever loved or cared for the person who commits it. A recent study reports an increase in suicides two to three years after surgery.
Considering that about 225,000 Americans are now having bariatric surgery each year, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, this is a problem we cannot ignore.
The latest study, which tracked deaths among Pennsylvania residents who underwent bariatric surgery, examined a longer period than previous research — up to 10 years following the procedure. Among 16,683 who had bariatric surgery between 1995 and 2004, 31 committed suicide by the end of 2006, the researchers found. The data translate into a suicide rate of nearly 14 per 10,000 men per year, and five per 10,000 women each year. Those numbers are substantially higher than the suicide rates among Pennsylvanians in the same 35-to-64 age range, during the same period. Among all men in the state, the suicide rate in 2005 was 2.5 per 10,000, while the rate among women was 0.6 per 10,000. Overall, 30 percent of suicides in the surgery group occurred within two years of the procedure, and 70 percent occurred within three years.
Study author, Dr. Hilary A. Tindle of the University of Pittsburgh, reports that the reasons for the higher suicide rates are unclear. She was not able to examine the details surrounding the individual suicides. She does state that this study does not imply bariatric surgery itself leads to suicide, but it may be the emotional conditions the patients suffered prior to bariatric surgery or they may have developed after the surgery which leads to suicide.
Read the whole article at Obesity Help

Study – Gastric Bypass Increases Risk for New-Onset Alcohol Abuse

And, from the "No, really?" files 

A study of 340 patients who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in Boston found that the surgery increases the risk of new-onset alcohol abuse, Medscape Medical News reported.

Stephanie Sogg, PhD, a clinical staff psychologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center in Boston, said she looked into the link after hearing anecdotal evidence about middle-age patients becoming dependent on alcohol.

Ms. Sogg and other research conducted phone interviews with participants to ask about their alcohol intake before and after surgery. More than two-thirds said alcohol affected them more after surgery. Seven percent reported developing a drinking problem after surgery.


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Air-Wick FRESHMATIC Odor-Detect

Dear Makers of the AIR WICK® FRESHMATIC® Odor Detect™ Ultra Automatic Spray,

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Your newest product “Detects Odor, Releases Fragrance?”  

Why haven’t you sent it to the bariatric bloggers to review yet?  Not that *I* need it.  But…

You obviously made this for our gastrically-enhanced boys.  

(Women don’t make bad smells.  Sorry to burst your, erm… BUBBLE!  We don’t make stinky, we bitch, or write ranty blog entries.)

This is when I get a comment from a pre-op:  “Wait, I’m going to have GAS?  WHAT DO YOU MEAN?”  Yes, certain types of bariatric surgery can trigger caustic wall-paper peeling gas.  That is reality.  

Back to the product:  I suggest the immediate mailing of this product to every weight loss surgery household in the United States.  And, perhaps a self-install kit for the pants.

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A very odor-sensitive MM.


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Intervention – Brittney – Gastric Bypass – Alcoholism

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Brittney is a post op.  Brittney has a problem.  

Welcome to the thousands of post ops with the same problem.  

Here is where I interject my link:  HAVE YOU READ WEIGHTY SECRETS?  

People ARE addicts.  People ARE Alcoholics.  It IS real.  There are entirely too much denial in our community about the reality of post weight loss surgery addiction.  I see it EVERY FUCKING DAY.  "Is it wrong that I watch Intervention while I drink a bottle of wine?"

Yes.  Very.  WHAT THE FUCK?

Brittney saw her food addiction transformed into a raging alcohol addiction after gastric bypass surgery. Now she stands to lose her family as they grow weary of her alcohol-fueled antics.

Watch preview here.

Watch it on A + E Monday Night 

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I need a healin’.


How's this for POSITIVE?

We've been asked to be positive.  And, to surround ourselves in positvity and only by positive people.  Fine.  I am trying.

I am positively in pain.  Again!  

My undiagnosed lower left quandrant is in another cycle of "Well, this could be damaging me interally somehow."  

It keeps going slightly away and coming back to this point.  Right at this moment, it feels like my lower intestine and uterus are being lit aflame and someone is turning a dull corkscrew into my left ovary.

Tylenol doesn't change the pain, and the trial of Bentyl that I have hasn't seemed to effect me yet, if it is at all a spamsmodic reaction.

It is the same as previously, with less upper gut stabbing.  When the upper gut stabbing hit, I went to the ER.  I thought I was having a heart attack.  It was pancreatitis.  This part is extra.

Someone emailed yesterday to ask if I'd consider "childhood abuse" as the cause of my cyclical uterine/colon pain.  Um.  No?  I realize that we are in a community that has a high level of obesity related to abuse, I am not in that segment and I am thankful.

I guess it's time to find another doctor, who may likely shrug their shoulders at me, like the last OB I saw, "What do you want me to tell you?" after he pushed and prodded and told me I probably had fibroids and  "Did anyone ever mention a hernia?"  

Which came after surgery to discover this pain, BEFORE that, that revealed nothing out of the ordinary.

I walk around holding "it."   I lay in bed, lifting up and sitting back, trying to find an indication of an external hernia.  I can't tell.  

It's broken.  Something in my lower left gut/or girl parts is BROKEN, and HAS BEEN since at least December 2010.  I am telling you, if  I  end up gutted like a fish and the doctors find a tumor filled with errant sugar alcohols, I TOLD YOU SO.

I'm just "positive" about it right now because DAMN IT, it hurts.  



Positivity Button Installation Failure.

Coraline_OtherMother-thumb-550x332-12845 You know what's fabulous?  Thirty days post exploratory surgery for an unknown abdominal pain, and the pain comes back.  

I suppose my "Positivity Button" is trying to come out.    It's weaseling it's way out of my lowest incision.  

My apologies Dr. T, positivity is not for me.  I cannot possibly shoot rainbows and butterflies out of me arse even with the "button" installed just beneath five laparoscopic incisions.    

Perhaps through my umbilicus?  It COULD HAPPEN.

The sutures are just about healed, the stitches are coming out enough to freak out my four year old.  She thinks that I am her Other Mother.

I called this morning and was able to get an appointment for THIS Friday to see another doctor in my town NOT all the way in Boston.  The woman on the phone started selling me the OB's based on child-birth experiences and I said, "NO, I have pain, I NEED A DOCTOR."  

And, I got one.  That has never happened so fast.  

Let's hope they want to take my baby factory out.  Because, if there isn't anything wrong (there is, I was already diagnosed with cysts and fibroids, but I didn't know that they could cause pain) I will need a homemade surgical kit.  Undiagnose-able is unacceptable.  I'm sick of it.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Can Reverse Diabetes, mostly.

ABC News –

Gastric bypass surgery works by reducing the size of the stomach so a person can't eat as much and shortening the length of the intestine so that the body doesn't absorb too many calories. But it might also have the side effect of normalizing blood sugar. 

"The fast effectiveness is due to, we think, an elaboration of hormones made by the intestines,"  Schauer said. "These are called incretins and these are dramatically increased after surgery in hours or days.

"These hormones stimulate the pancreas to make more insulin. And that's thought to be the underlying problem with type 2 diabetes."


But, please do not forget that there are thousands of us who never HAD Type 2 diabetes (and some who did but clearly dropped into the opposite spectrum) who suffer with severe hypoglycemia post gastric bypass surgery.  

Aretha Franklin Gastric Bypass Complication Rumors and Video

I’ve been following this story loosely for months, because, OMG ARETHA!  And, if it turns out she’s been bypassed, I wanted to know!  So?  SO?  Gossip is what it is!  I love this woman!  Sing with me!

FoxNews –

In an appearance on theWendy Williams show Wednesday, music legend Aretha Franklin revealed that she has shed a remarkable 85 pounds after deciding that she was

But according to one expert, given her age and the amount of weight she has to lose, simple diet and exercise alone are not enough to have brought on such drastic results.

Beverly Hills-based surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Koplin (who does not treat Franklin) noted that losing such a vast amount of weight in a short period of time is incredibly challenging with diet and exercise alone.

“Losing this amount of weight with exercise and diet would require a strict, strict team, and is said to be impossible especially those above 40 with a slowed metabolism,” Koplin told us. “Surgical correction is the fastest way to see an 85 pound weight decrease in just a few months.” 

Franklin’s weight loss followed a major health scare late last year, after the 68-year-old underwent surgery for an undisclosed ailment in December after complaining of debilitating side pains. Fans and the media speculated that she was suffering with pancreatic cancer, a claim she consistently denied.

But Internet rumors are now swirling that indeed Franklin was not diagnosed with cancer, but became seriously ill – canceling a slew of concerts and appearances including the recent Grammys – due to complications surrounding a gastric bypass surgery procedure.

A rep for Franklin did not respond to our request for comment, and she has so far declined to elaborate on what caused her recent emergency surgery.

Nonetheless, Franklin is looking as svelte and healthy as ever.

Furthermore, an insider told us that her mystery illness is being very much kept under wraps even to those who work closely with Franklin.

“I don’t think it was cancer, nobody really knows what was wrong,” said our source. 

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