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Shared Success Story: Cyndi E. Had a Gastric Bypass to Duodenal Switch Revision

June 17, 2014 6:29 am

My journey to lose weight has taken most of my life.  Losing weight is not just about food or eating too much, but a combination of genetics, emotions, and habits. My experience began at age 13 and has continued throughout my life.  I have tried everything!  I had a previous RNY Gastric Bypass, and knew something was wrong.  I had seen another Bariatric surgeon who said there is nothing I can do for you because you failed. My primary Doctor asked me “does your husband love you?” Of course, but what does that have to do with me knowing there is something medically wrong with me?  Again, I was brushed off and told to come back in two weeks.  Leaving that day, I knew I was never going back.  I went home and googled, “Bariatric Surgeon”, as I had for the past 3-4 years. Then, through a series of events was put in touch with Barbara Metcalf, a bariatric nurse, who lived in my town.  As I explained my story to Barbara, she shared information with me about Duodenal Switch operation, and gave me names of two surgeons.

Egan-Before
Egan-Before

I contacted Dr. Ara Keshishian, in Glendale, and had a consultation that week.  Meeting “Dr. K” was amazing!  It was the first time a Doctor did not blame me for my weight.  He explained that each weight loss surgery has different measures of success, percentages of weight loss by surgery, and outcomes.   Dr K told me that I may have been a success with the RNY Gastric Bypass, based on the numbers, however it became clear that I did have complications associated with the gastric bypass.  I was scheduled for an Endoscopy the next week, which Dr. K performed. The endoscopy confirmed that I had a Gastro-gastric Fistula.  Simply put, this was an abnormal connection between the bypassed stomach and the small pouch created by the RNY Gastric Bypass surgery.  Food could travel two ways, thus rendering the Gastric Bypass ineffective, and causing weight gain.

Dr. Keshishian performed a revision to the Duodenal Switch Surgery on May 31, 2013.  This procedure corrected my anatomy, enabling me to lose weight and regain my health once again.  I have had wonderful success and I have lost 104 pounds.  More importantly, I do not have the complication of the dumping syndrome, episodes of nausea and vomiting and am leading a normal life. I am not prisoner to my weight, what I can and cannot eat or the fear of weight gain.

Egan-After
Egan-After

I contacted Dr. Ara Keshishian, in Glendale, and had a consultation that week.  Meeting “Dr. K” was amazing!  It was the first time a Doctor did not blame me for my weight.  He explained that each weight loss surgery has different measures of success, percentages of weight loss by surgery, and outcomes.   Dr K told me that I may have been a success with the RNY Gastric Bypass, based on the numbers, however it became clear that I did have complications associated with the gastric bypass.  I was scheduled for an Endoscopy the next week, which Dr. K performed. The endoscopy confirmed that I had a Gastro-gastric Fistula.  Simply put, this was an abnormal connection between the bypassed stomach and the small pouch created by the RNY Gastric Bypass surgery.  Food could travel two ways, thus rendering the Gastric Bypass ineffective, and causing weight gain.

Dr. Keshishian performed a revision to the Duodenal Switch Surgery on May 31, 2013.  This procedure corrected my anatomy, enabling me to lose weight and regain my health once again.  I have had wonderful success and I have lost 104 pounds.  More importantly, I do not have the complication of the dumping syndrome, episodes of nausea and vomiting and am leading a normal life. I am not prisoner to my weight, what I can and cannot eat or the fear of weight gain.

Our First Featured Success Story

May 16, 2014 9:47 am

Patricia Welborn

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In 2002, I weighed 336 lbs. I have been heavy all my life, no matter what diet I did I would gain it all back and more. In 1981 after living on pain pills and shots for my gall bladder, no one wanted to do surgery on me because at the time I weighed 450 lbs. The doctor, besides taking out my gall bladder, also did gastric stapling on me. I did get down to 225 lbs, but never lower.
In 2001 I had a friend tell me about a doctor in Delano that was doing a surgery called Duodenal Switch (DS).  I knew that I could out eat the RNY Gastric Bypass, which is when I met Dr. Keshishian; he gave me all kind of tests and said he believed the Duodenal Switch would help me.
On Jan 7, 2002, I had the surgery that has changed my life forever. When I had the surgery I could barely walk across the street and back without being out of breath. When I got down to 199 lbs I cried with Dr. Keshishian. He asked me what was wrong. I told him I just never believed I would ever weigh less than 200 lbs, considering I was a revision case,  he had told me that I might only lose 100 lbs.
As of this date, I have lost 195 lbs I am smaller than I was in the 8th grade. I really feel if I had not had the DS I would not be alive to meet my 7 beautiful great grandchildren. You are the only one to take care of yourself. This procedure is a tool and if you are not ready to take care of yourself, don’t have the surgery. You will be on vitamins and calcium for the rest of your life. I just know without this surgery I would not be alive today. I could have out eaten any other surgery. As far as I am concerned the DS is the Platinum of weight loss surgeries. What is really neat is Dr.Keshishian will be my doctor for the rest of my life, he cares about his patients. Thank you Dr.Keshishian for giving me my life back!