In September of 2012 I had Gastric Sleeve Surgery but dealt with severe Acid Reflux. My Bariatric Surgeon did two Endoscopies to see if the opening needed to be unblocked and we tried several antacid medications, but they did not work.
After I would eat, the reflux would start and it was so bad that it would feel like an elephant was sitting on my chest.
The surgeon’s suggestion was to do Gastric Bypass Surgery over the Sleeve surgery. But he had told me that he had never done it before and he has done over 8000 surgeries. We discussed the risks and I got a second opinion from another Bariatric Surgeon who said BYPASS was the only way to get rid of the reflux.
After several months of thinking about all of the risks and dealing with being sick (vomiting) all the time I finally said okay and he did the Gastric Bypass surgery in June of 2013.
One week after that surgery I was rushed into the hospital as a severe infection had set in and burst open. The hospital I was rushed into could not take me into surgery because I was a week out of my doctors surgery, so I was sent back to his hospital and he opened the incision in my room for it to drain.
But I was also in the care of Infectious Disease Doctors because the infection was Streptococcus and it was 5 and 3/8 inches down in my system. I had to go home with a Pic line and do IV treatment at home for three weeks before the line was taken out. But that incision never closed completely and he had to do surgery again on the incision to close it.
This past January I had Gallbladder surgery which was contracted and could not be found by a Hida Scan. The General Surgeon found it tucked under my liver and ever since then I have been sick.
What I really need to know is, has a Gastric Bypass ever been done over a Gastric Sleeve surgery and if so what kind of complications are there?
I am still having problems with eating and do not eat 4 ounces of food per meal. If I am lucky it maybe 1-2 ounces and I may keep it down.
There have been 5 endoscopies and to no end nothing ever shows a blockage. Just had an Upper GI and it was clear.
Please help me. I have lost 200 pounds since 9/2012 but can not take or handle not being able to eat like I should. I basically live on Protein Shakes and Protein soups. Please tell me if you know what the problem could be.