So I have been struggling – seriously – with being able to get enough fluids in and keeping my food down. I thought that it was mostly by body adjusting to the new system, but I discovered at my 3 week post op check up that I likely had a stricture. A stricture is when scar tissue forms at the opening into the intestines directly under my little tiny new stomach pouch – so that’s not good. No wonder stuff was coming back up all the time! It was bad enough that my weight loss was much smaller than the other 2 people in my 3 week class, because I was not getting enough protein or fluids. The nutritional aspect of the program cannot be overstated, it is SO important.
Here is why I love Dr. Snyder and his team so much – Dr. Snyder immediately whipped out his phone and texted Dr. Dan Siegel to get me in ASAP to do an endoscopic procedure on my stricture to get rid of it. Amanda, Dr. Snyder’s clinical nurse, gave me Dr. Siegel’s assistant’s number and I called her as I was walking over to my mandatory 3 week Post Op nutrition class to see if I could see them yet that day. I heard back from Michelle, the assistant, within minutes. She told me to come on over to get the paperwork started, but that Dr Siegel was not available, one of his colleagues was instead.
OK, that’s all good…so I got there late in the afternoon, and I discovered that Dr. Siegel was suddenly available, he squeezed me in at 6:30 the following morning at Dr. Snyder’s request. It was super easy – they knocked me out, cleared out the stricture and discovered that I also had an ulcer at the same location. Apparently, about 6% of bypass patients experience this as a complication. No biggie. I have to say that Dr. Siegel is as wonderful at what he does (GI) as Dr. Snyder is at bariatric surgery. And he made it clear that Dr. Snyder wanted the very best for me.
There is a very good chance that the stricture will come back since it happened so early, so I may need to do the procedure again. I still consider all of this no big deal, it’s just a part of getting to where I need to be.
I feel so incredibly blessed to be headed down this path with the amazing team at Denver Bariatrics at Rose Medical taking care of me every step of the way!
I am excited to see my weight loss catch up in the next few weeks! Even with all of this going on, I was at 207 at my check up. I started this journey at 237 on Dec 22nd.