By Cyndi E.
Sadly, 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,” and my primary Doctor even asked me, “Does your husband love you?” Of course he does—and 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 Googled “Bariatric Surgeon” as I had for the past four years and 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 the Duodenal Switch operation and gave me names of two surgeons.
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 WLS Surgery has different measures of success, percentages of weight loss by surgery and outcomes. He explained to 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 scheduled an Endoscopy the next week which he performed and 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 Gastric Bypass surgery. Food then 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 of last year. This procedure corrected my anatomy, enabling me to lose weight and regain my health once again.
I have had wonderful success and 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 by not being a prisoner to my weight— what I can and cannot eat and the fear of weigh gain.
The office of Ara Keshishian, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is located at 1808 Verdugo Blvd. #413 in Glendale. For more information, call 800-816-6647, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit dssurgery.com.