>Save the Land Whales: BAN WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

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>About the only thing we at the new fat acceptance have in common with the angry man hating jealous fat girls of the old fat acceptance is we both oppose weight loss surgery. We oppose it on the scientific basis that it does more harm than good while the NAAFA types oppose it because it really does make a lot of people lose weight.

Uncompromising land whale enjoying a relaxing smoke and a delicious real Dr Pepper. No deadly aspertame or Splenda for this hot and hefty hunny.

Weight Loss Surgery KILLS! Link

The greedy corporate butchers will tell your that gastric bypass has a low mortality rate but the truth is 1 in 50 ghastly bypass victims die withing the first month of surgery and the surgeon/butcher who did it still gets paid! That is like bringing your Cadillac Escalade to the repair shop for an oil change and having them destroy it beyond all repair and then asking you to pay the bill. It’s BULLSHIT!

Melinda Murphy of CBS News also reports that 1 in 50 die from gastric bypass. LINK

A grieving friend of a land whale who was slayed by a surgeon’s/whaler’s harpoon/scalpel mournfully responds,  “One is 50 people who get gastric bypass surgery die within a month. That’s a fact. I know that MDs will claim 1 in 200 and that the CDC claims 1 in 100 but the real number is 1 in 50.

I was at the funeral. I saw her grieving family. I am grieving for her too.

I need to ask why this barbaric procedure is even legal. WHY? Why is it legal or medically ethical to destroy a perfectly healthy digestive system?

Why is something so deadly allowed?

Why are fat people butchered in this barbaric manner?

Weight Loss Surgery is Self-defeating and Self-perpetuating.

Think about it. Most of the people who get WLS are married women and most of them have kids. They don’t want to be fat and they presumably don’t want their kids to be fat. I can respect that but herein lies the problem. Once the fatling has been butchered she will have to eat lots of fat just to maintain say 120 pounds. Sure, true hyper-gluttons like Carnie Wilson can defeat gastric banding and gastric bypass but how many run of the mill fatlings have her fattitude? DAMN FEW! Formerly fat moms will be buying more fat food and as we know, FAT FATTENS BEST.  She needs calorie dense food to maintain even a thinling body weight but her kids who still have healthy digestive systems don’t need it. They will gain like one of Proud FA’s gainers. Because she is a fat hater she will have her kids at the WLS slaughter house to have their digestive systems mangled.

Gastric Bypass and Why it is So Deadly

Complications of abdominal surgery alone


Infection of the incisions or of the inside of the abdomen (peritonitis, abscess) may occur, due to release of bacteria from the bowel during the operation. Nosocomial infection, such as pneumonia, bladder or kidney infections, and sepsis (bloodborne infection) are also possible. Effective short-term use of antibiotics, diligent respiratory therapy, and encouragement of activity within a few hours after surgery, can reduce the risks of infections.
Commentary from BFB’s Fat Bastard: All surgery carries risk. The odd of getting an infection in a US hospital are 1 in 10. Add a surgery and that risk goes up even more. Add abdominal surgery and that risk increases even more. It gets worse. Add the fact that you are fat and you increase the risk even more. At this point the question is will you get an infection but how many.


Many blood vessels must be cut in order to divide the stomach and to move the bowel. Any of these may later begin bleeding, either into the abdomen (intra-abdominal hemorrhage), or into the bowel itself (gastrointestinal hemorrhage). Transfusions may be needed, and re-operation is sometimes necessary. Use of blood thinners, to prevent venous thromboembolic disease,  actually increase the risk of hemorrhage.

You may bleed to death!


A hernia is an abnormal opening, either within the abdomen, or through the abdominal wall muscles. An internal hernia may result from surgery, and re-arrangement of the bowel, and is mainly significant as a cause of bowel obstruction. An incisional hernia occurs when a surgical incision does not heal well; the muscles of the abdomen separate and allow protrusion of a sac-like membrane, which may contain bowel or other abdominal contents, and which can be painful and unsightly. The risk of abdominal wall hernia is markedly decreased in laparoscopic surgery.

Many good surgeons call laparoscopic surgery operating with chop sticks.

Bowel obstruction

Abdominal surgery always results in some scarring of the bowel, called adhesions. A hernia, either internal or through the abdominal wall, may also result. When bowel becomes trapped by adhesions or a hernia, it may become kinked and obstructed, sometimes many years after the original procedure. Usually an operation is necessary to correct this problem.

Venous thromboembolism

Any injury, such as a surgical operation, causes the body to increase the coagulation of the blood. Simultaneously, activity may be reduced. There is an increased probability of formation of clots in the veins of the legs, or sometimes the pelvis, particularly in the morbidly obese patient. A clot which breaks free and floats to the lungs is called a pulmonary embolus, a very dangerous occurrence. Commonly, blood thinners are administered before surgery , to reduce the probability of this type of complication.

Complications of gastric bypass


Anastomotic leakage

An anastomosis is a surgical connection between the stomach and bowel, or between two parts of the bowel. The surgeon attempts to create a water-tight connection by connecting the two organs with either staples or sutures, either of which actually makes a hole in the bowel wall. The surgeon will rely on the healing power of the body, and its ability to create a seal like a self-sealing tire, to succeed with the surgery. If that seal fails to form, for any reason, fluid from within the gastrointestinal tract can leak into the sterile abdominal cavity and give rise to infection and abscess formation. Leakage of an anastomosis can occur in about 2% of gastric bypass procedures, usually at the stomach-bowel connection. Sometimes leakage can be treated with antibiotics, and sometimes it will require immediate re-operation. It is usually safer to re-operate if an infection cannot be definitely controlled immediately.

BFB commentary from Fat Bastard


This is a fucking surgical staple! This is supposed to stop leakage!https://i2.wp.com/www.freepatentsonline.com/6638297-0-large.jpg


This is where the put the fucking staples.


Anastomotic stricture

As the anastomosis heals, it forms scar tissue, which naturally tends to shrink (“contract”) over time, making the opening smaller. This is called a “stricture”. Usually, the passage of food through an anastomosis will keep it stretched open, but if the inflammation and healing process outpaces the stretching process, scarring may make the opening so small that even liquids can no longer pass through it. The solution is a procedure called gastroendoscopy, and stretching of the connection by inflating a balloon inside it. Sometimes this manipulation may have to be performed more than once to achieve lasting correction.


Anastomotic ulcer

Ulceration of the anastomosis occurs in 16% of patients
Dumping syndrome

Normally, the pyloric valve at the lower end of the stomach regulates the release of food into the bowel. When the Gastric Bypass patient eats a sugary food, the sugar passes rapidly into the bowel, where it gives rise to a physiological reaction called dumping syndrome. The body will flood the intestines in an attempt to dilute the sugars. An affected person may feel their heart beating rapidly and forcefully, break into a cold sweat, get a feeling of butterflies in the stomach, and may have a “sky is falling” type of anxiety. He/she usually has to lie down, and could be very uncomfortable for about 30 to 45 minutes. Diarrhea may then follow.

Weight Loss Surgery Increases Suicide and Heart Disease Risk! LINK

Stefphanie Todd MD of ABC New Medical Unit reports that WLS increases suicides. 

Weight of the Evidence

In this study, researchers examined records of 16,683 bariatric surgeries among Pennsylvania residents. They found a substantial number of excess deaths attributed to both suicide and heart disease after surgery.

The death rates appear higher in men than in women, and increase with age, especially among those over 65 years of age. As post surgery time increased, so did the death rates, with heart disease topping the list.

“This study underscores that coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in these extremely obese patients,” said Dr. Anita Courcoulas, chief of minimally invasive bariatric and general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

BFB commentary: The reasons for this is simple. Food is love and when you take way the think you love and the thing that loves you the most you will become depressed.

Food is a  glutton’s true love. We don’t just eat to live, we live to eat. The more we eat the happier we are. Take away a concert pianist’s hands or a or a ballet dancer’s legs and they too may kill themselves.

Proud FA and I can tell you that fat indeed fattens best but gluttons do not live by fat alone so if you have weight loss surgery you will never be able to get enough calories eating non fat foods to get enough calories to even sustain the metabolic needs of a thinling let alone the whopping needs of a big fat glutton. Butchered gluttons then mostly take in artery clogging saturated fats because they are the tastiest but they are also the deadliest. As a result of all that vein goo and not enough essential nutrients the patient is worse off health wise then he would be if he remained fat – much worse off!

Not having enough carbs makes you nuts. Because WLS leave not room for carbs that are over two times bulkier than fats butchered gluttons are only able to get the calories they need from fat. When that goes on for more than a few weeks the glutton will develop ketogenic psychosis. 

What Can You Do? 
The WLS butchers have a major web presence. YOU can sign up on their site and tell the truth about WLS. Here are a couple of site with forums and chat that promote the carnage that is WLS. http://www.obesityhelp.com/ 



Stop by these forums and leave a link to Bigger Fatter Blog and tell em Fat Bastard sent you.

>Mike In GR Bariatric Surgery Flunkie and Asshole

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>He is!

Mike had WLS and actually got fatter. Only a total fuck-up can fuck up as much as this fuck- up. Mike can only have sex laying on his back because he’s so fat so he can only fuck up. Get it? In spite of the fact that Mike got even fatter after his gastric bypass he is still an advocate for the butchery known as weight loss surgery. If Mike and other assholes like him would simply admit that they are greedy gluttons we food sluts here at Bigger Fatter Blog would have to give him shit and he would either lose weight of happily continue his glorious gomandizing and greedy gluttony.

Mike before surgery

Mike after WLS

As most of our readers know, BFB is totally against bariatric butchery. We are not usually ones to whine about fat hatred because most of the time the old fat acceptance distorts and exaggerates it. The old fat acceptance are the real fat haters.

The new fat acceptance has declared war on Weight Loss Surgery. We are not anti-diet but we are strongly anti-WLS. The main reason we are against it is not because it can potentially make people un-fat. We are fine with people wanting to be un-fat. We oppose WLS because is is a very very very deadly procedure that has no therapeutic value. I will say it again. We oppose WLS because is is a very very very deadly procedure that has no therapeutic value.

Unlike the crazy girls in the old fat acceptance we will provide factual information for why we oppose WLS and why it should be banned.

It is a documented fact that one in fifty patients die within the first month of having WLS. Here is the proof. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/21/earlyshow/contributors/melindamurphy/main668323.shtml

The WLS industry admits to 1 in 200 deaths due to WLS and the CDC figures say that 1 in 100 die after having the procedure.

Who’s Mike in GR and why is he a Bariatic Surgery flunky and cock sucker?

Proud FA went to a WLS chat room and we were very effective in discouraging prospective WLS victims. We gave people the facts and while we met with some hostility from some very hungry, sickly and angry fat girls many people were with us and thanked us for desuading them from going into the meat grinder that is WLS. Like the good soldiers we are PFA and I did some recon. We found that many had not reached their weight loss goals but many many more are very ill as a result of having WLS. Then we targeted this asshole lying shit bum named Mike in GR. While many who had WLS actually gained weight Mike in GR was the only one in the chat room so we focused on him like a laser beam. We fucked with this lying nasty sack of shit unmercifully. Proud FA was brilliant.

We encourage our readers to fuck with WLS message boards and chat rooms because WLS is legalized murder. Here is where you can find that dick licker Mike in GR. http://www.obesityhelp.com/morbidobesity/members/chatroom.php

Keep telling the truth on the WLS industry and their pimps!

This is from Web MD:


Risks common to all surgeries for weight loss include an infection in the incision, a leak from the stomach into the abdominal cavity or where the intestine is connected (resulting in an infection called peritonitis), and a blood clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism). About one-third of all people having surgery for obesity develop gallstones or a nutritional deficiency condition such as anemia or osteoporosis. 3, 4

Fewer than 3 in 200 (1.5%) people die after surgery for weight loss.

After a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass:

  • An iron and vitamin B12 deficiency occurs more than 30% of the time. About 50% of those with an iron deficiency develop anemia.
  • The connection between the stomach and the intestines narrows (stomal stenosis) 5% to 15% of the time, leading to nausea and vomiting after eating.
  • Ulcers develop 5% to 15% of the time.
  • The staples may pull loose.
  • Hernia may develop.
  • The bypassed stomach may enlarge, resulting in hiccups and bloating.

Here are some more facts from another source:

A Gastric Bypass not only staples the stomach but bypasses part of the small bowel INCLUDING the section in which a lot of digestion of vitamins and minerals takes place. This means that even with a small amount of intestine bypassed, the post op might develop vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The stomach “is a critical digestive organ and cannot be cut away or bypassed without compromising the digestive process.” REF: Paul Ernsberger, PhD, Department of Nutrition, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106-4906

Gastric surgery for weight loss causes nutritional deficiency in nearly 100% of individuals who have it done. The most common deficiencies are Vitamin B12, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Carotene (beta-carotene and other carotene vitamins) and potassium.

  • Several studies suggest that the gastric bypass may have a high complication rate. According to at least two major studies, the complication rate (serious and can be life threatening) was 20 -40 percent (Mayo Clinic Study – 20 percent in five years – proximal gastric bypass, Livingston studies – 800 patients in 8 years – 40 percent)

  • Dr Edward Mason, inventor of the gastric bypass: “For the vast majority of patients today, there is no operation that will control weight to a “normal” level without introducing risks and side effects that over a lifetime may raise questions about its use for surgical treatment of obesity.”

    ***The RNY (gastric bypass) trades one disease for another: it trades obesity for malabsorption. By re-arranging your guts you sometimes have severe side effects, and can have long-term problems such as iron deficiency anemia, calcium deficiency leading to osteoporosis. (Dr Terry Simpson, MD, WLS surgeon)

    “The American Society of Bariatric Surgery says weight loss surgeries have increased from about 20,000 in 1995 to an estimated 45,000 in 2001. It estimates a 7 percent complication rate. But [Dr] Livingston’s own study of 800 patients found complication rates of 20 to 40 percent, with everything from intestinal leaks to nutritional deficiencies. “

    ABC News story, March 2001 (note: later in 2005, the insurance company actuarials also found a 20 percent re-operation rate in gastric bypass patients)

    A non bariatric industry study which CT scanned 72 gastric bypass patients and found by CT scanning, that 41 of the 72 patients (i.e. 56 percent) had some 62 “abnormalities” in their digestive tract.

    1. Gastric bypass does NOT suppress the appetite in most people according to a clinical study of 61 patients presented at the 2009 ASBS convention. On the contrary, 80 percent of patients in the study a couple of years post op, not only got extremely hungry soon after a meal but also many had an “uncontrollable urge” to eat. This caused weight re-gain in several patients.

      REF: Dr Mitchell Roslin, MD Lennox Hill Hospital in NYC as presented at the ASMBS convention in 2009 (Dr Roslin found erratic blood sugar levels in most of the cohort (study taken out to 4 years) and feels that either the gastric bypass should be very much revised or abandoned in favor of another procedure

    2. With a gastric bypass or BPD, you may have a high risk of osteoporosis. The place where the body absorbs most calcium, is bypassed. This means that no matter how much calcium supplements you take, it might not get into your body.

    3. With a gastric bypass, your stomach might not make the enzyme to digest vitamin B12 which means you may have to take shots for the rest of your life – Many post ops learn to inject themselves and buy the B12 and syringes from their veterinarian because insurance sometimes does not pay for vitamin shots.

    4. WLS does not CURE diabetes (no researcher used the word “cure”).

      If you restrict calories mildly and exercise at least 5 times a week, regardless of size you will keep your sugar levels down for many years after diagnosis.

      Also, with modern medications like metformin, few people who have TYPE II diabetes, get the complications typically seen 40 years ago.

      Finally, diabetes type II is GENETIC and NOT “caused” by obesity. If you do not have the gene which causes insulin resistance (your muscles do not take up insulin from the blood easily) then you will not’ get diabetes until you are old enough for your pancreas to “wear out” (a friend just got diagnosed at the age of 95). The poor food choices which can cause obesity in prone people, can also bring on type II diabetes in people with the diabetes gene earlier in life.

    5. You might have to go back to the hospital for repeat surgeries for hernias, bowel obstruction, blockage of the opening between the pouch and the intestines (this is very painful until you have the surgery done) and scopes (tubes down your throat to see if all if ok).

    6. Many WLS post ops end up still very overweight! Often from the quick weight loss, plastic surgery is required to remove a lot of loose skin.

    7. “Weight Loss surgery does not make most people thin – it makes very obese people less obese” (REF: Flancbaum, Louis: THE DOCTOR’S GUIDE TO WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY (NY, 2001) )

      At a 10 year study, the average BMI was found to be 35, still clinically obese (REF: Obesity Surgery, Vol. 11 No. 4 August 2001, pp 464-468)

      Another 10 year study of gastric bypass patients found that 34% of those whose starting BMI was over 50, had regained all or most of their weight. (REF: Annals of Surgery. 244(5):734-740, November 2006. Christou, Nicolas V. MD, PhD; Look, Didier MD; MacLean, Lloyd D. MD, PhD)

    8. Many Weight Loss surgery patients will gain weight if they eat less than 900 calories a day. If they have malabsorption, they may absorb even less.

    9. Dr. Greg Adams, a general surgeon at Valley Medical Center in San Jose: “I think it’s a plan of controlled starvation” ( http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=11856 )

      Dr Matheis Fobi, a WLS surgeon, calls the gastric bypass “induced bulimia”.

    10. With a gastric bypass, you may regain all or most of the weight.. Despite the low caloric intake of most gastric bypass patients (under 900 calories a day) are expected BY THE SURGEONS to regain 40-50 percent of the weight they initially lost. This may be due to the body getting used to the new arrangement of intestines and stomach.. (there are over 3000 members on the Yahoo groups Weight Loss surgery support groups for those who are fighting re-gain). Revisions are risky, painful and for most, ineffective (30 lbs weight loss average)

      A 2006 study found within 10 years post op, that 34 percent of those whose starting BMI was over 50, regained all or most of the weight. 20 percent of those with a lower BMI regained all or most of the weight.

      Annals of Surgery. 244(5):734-740, November 2006.
      Christou, Nicolas V. MD, PhD; Look, Didier MD; MacLean, Lloyd D. MD, PhD

    11. Bad gut bugs: Disturbing the digestive system and compromising the stomach means you might have bad bacteria in the intestines which can escape into your bloodstream. This can cause many problems including lowered immunity, diarrhea, flatulance and immune disease like Lupus..

    12. Restrictive diet and exercise: There are many foods you might not be able to eat. And many surgeons warn that if you don’t exercise, you might gain back. If you didn’t like exercise before surgery, you might not like it after. And if you dieted and exercised without surgery, you would lose weight also.

      “Measure TWICE, Eat ONCE and vomit NEVER” (Dr Terry Simpson WLS surgeon from his book)

    13. You might be exchanging one set of problems for another.

    Dr Edward Livingston, director of the University of California At Los Angeles Bariatric Surgery program wrote: “By doing this surgery, you’re creating a medical disease in the body. Before you expose someone to that risk, you have to be absolutely sure that you are treating an illness which is equal to or greater than the one you are creating.” Ref: p 175, Self Magazine, April 2001 “Would you have surgery to lose weight?”

    If you believe this surgery will restore you to complete and normal health you are mistaken. You are trading one nutrition problem for another problem. Obesity alone, does not necessarily kill you. You need to understand that when researchers do studies on the obese and find that they are more likely to die, this does not necessarily mean that how much they weigh, killed them. Obesity is a symptom. It is just as likely that what they ate killed them. and also happened to make them heavy at the same time.

    Kaiser Permanante release form for Weight Loss surgery

    The RNY trades one disease for another: it trades obesity for malabsorption. By re-arranging your guts you sometimes have severe side effects, and can have long-term problems such as iron deficiency anemia, calcium deficiency leading to osteoporosis. (Dr Terry Simpson, MD, WLS surgeon)

    1. Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) might not fix depression. Sometimes WLS can cause an eating disorder.

    JoAnn Mann, RN and eating disorders specialist: “I’ve seen massive infection, I’ve seen people hospitalized for malnutrition. I’ve seen people obsessed with food. I’ve seen people unable to stop vomiting. I’ve seen people develop massive eating disorders, I’ve seen people who are terrified of gaining weight. Terrified. It runs their lives.”

    Dr. Jenn Berman, a Los Angeles psychotherapist and an expert on eating disorders, has counseled more than 70 gastric bypass patients in the past six years. The patients who come to her are unable to keep down food and suffer from chronic diarrhea and/or vomiting. Berman said some patients have developed eating disorders and are afraid that if they eat too much, they will be sick.


    1. Prolonged strict dieting (lower caloric intake) can permanently damage your metabolism which means you may gain back weight faster. Your body does this by cannibalizing it’s own muscles and even parts of organs. There is a growing body of evidence that starvation can cause brain damage and a lessening of mental abilities as well. This would make sense as the brain is not necessary to maintain life. (see Pool, Robert: FAT – FIGHTING THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC, also the studies of the Food Institute in UK on starvation or prolonged dieting or calorie restriction and permanent brain damage)

    2. The gastric bypass is NOT a new procedure. It was invented in the 1960’s and modeled on a surgery invented in 1880 for bleeding duodenal ulcers. When the gastric bypass was invented, scientists did not know how important vitamins are and how people can become very ill if they are lacking in even trace elements like zinc. Recently the inventor of the gastric bypass wrote for an article published by the U of I, that since the 1990’s we have discovered that the digestive tract is in delicate balance and that he felt it was best to NOT disturb that balance by rearranging the small bowel or bypassing the small bowel.

    The only thing ‘new’ about the gastric bypass is the mass advertising we see on TV featuring stars who are “new ops” who do not tell about what complications they have experienced.

    1. Experts differ about how many die from the gastric bypass. Estimates of death rate range from 1 in 1000 ( http://www.asbs.org ) to many surgeons stating that the death rate within 2 weeks of surgery is more like .5 percent to 1 percent. (The David Flum study of 62,000 actual patient records found that 2 in 100 died within 30 days of surgery). Many deaths from gastric bypass are attributed to other causes mostly “obesity”. This is due to the manner in which the M.E. investigates a death – the M.E. may not have access to the information that the patient recently had a gastric bypass. In the Fresno investigation (2001) investigators found some 27 deaths directly attributable to gastric bypass in the last 3 months of 2001 – none of them had been officially recorded as deaths from gastricbypass. Often the media tries to cover up a death from weight loss surgery. For example when the Detroit council person died after the insertion of an adjustable band, the news service reported that she had died “after minor abdominal surgery” and only when her family hired a very famous attorney to sue the surgeon did it come out that she had, in fact, died from Weight Loss surgery!

    Dr Gary Anthone: “As a matter of fact, one patient out of 200 that has weight loss or obesity surgery dies.”

    Merkle, associate professor of radiology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., worked with a team of investigators when he practiced at University Hospitals of Cleveland. They followed 335 patients who underwent a type of gastric bypass surgery known as Roux-en-Y between March 1998 and December 2002.

    Among these patients, 57 had complications and 17 required readmission to the hospital within 30 days after surgery. Two patients, or less than 1%, died as a result of postoperative complications.

    The complications included a leak in the juncture attaching the intestine to the stomach, which occurred in eight patients, and a disruption of the staple line compartmentalizing the stomach, occurring in five patients. Other complications of gastric bypass surgery included a blood clot in the lung, blood infection, bleeding, pneumonia, bowel obstruction, and injury to the esophagus.

  • Some physicians link some autoimmune disease like LUPUS and MS with WLS. This may be because the incoming food, not “sanitized” with stomach acid, retains the bacteria in it and that bacteria can get into the blood stream and cause different reactions to the body’s immune system. Autoimmune disease can also be caused by vitamin deficiencies.

    Gastric surgery for weight loss causes nutritional deficiency in nearly 100% of individuals who have it done. The most common deficiencies are Vitamin B12, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Carotene (beta-carotene and other carotene vitamins) and potassium.****

    Kaiser Permanante Release form for gastric bypass

  • Reversing the procedure: Dr Flancbaum says it’s like when you remodel your house, can you make it go back to the way it looked before you re-modeled it? (re: Flancbaum, Louis, MD: DOCTOR’S GUIDE TO WLS, NY, 2001). Dr Flancbaum states that the gastric bypass involves some permanent changes so even if they do a “takedown” you may have side effects remaining. Most procedures cannot be reversed – only the adjustable band can be totally reversed.

    I am also put off when people say something is reversible — because while we can change anatomy back, no surgery is truly reversible== kind of like remodeling the house– try to put it back the same way — doesn’t happen.
    Dr Terry Simpson, WLS surgeon

    After a gastric bypass or duodenal switch which rearranges your intestines, you will have a “high Maintenance” body. You will have to be careful every day, to take vitamins, eat nutritious foods, eat in a certain manner, be closely followed by medical personnel. If you are not compliant to the after surgery rules, you will LIKELY get very ill and may die. The most common cause of illness and death after a gastric bypass is non compliancy. So if you couldn’t stay on a diet, remember with Weight Loss surgery, compliancy won’t be any easier but if you are non compliant, it will really bite you.

  • Liver failure: patients are told that the old ‘intestinal bypass’ is no longer done due to the high incidence of liver failure in patients. However, many post op gastric bypass patients have elevated liver enzymes, a sign of possible liver damage. Also high levels of vitamin B12 are observed in longer term gastric bypass post ops and this, too, can be evidence of cirrhosis of the liver (also seen in alcoholics). Presently, the long term effects of the gastric bypass have not been studied (over 20 years from surgery).

  • Stomach Cancer: According to medical books, anyone whose stomach is cut open, cut in two or surgically modified (called a ‘gastrectomy’) is of higher risk for stomach cancer.

  • What the American Medical Association feels about the gastric bypass and other Weight loss surgeries:

    “Short-term outcomes are impressive-patients undergoing bariatric surgery maintain more weight loss compared with diet and exercise. Comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes can be reversed. But long-term consequences remain uncertain. Issues such as whether weight loss is maintained and the long-term effects of altering nutrient absorption remain unresolved.”

    They instruct their physicians to protect themselves from lawsuits by informing the prospective patient up front that weight loss surgery is investigational and that it is unknown whether Weight loss surgery will help that patient.

    1762 JAMA, April 9, 2003-VoL 289, No. 14