Dialysis and Weight Loss – Part Two

Part Two

There are three options:  Lapband, the “sleeve”, and “gastric bypass”.  Each has its benefits and drawbacks.  How did I do it?   I had bariatric surgery for the Lapband.  The major plus for me and why I chose the Lapband is because it is reversible.   The others are not.   However,  I’ve spoken with fellow patients who have had the sleeve or bypass and they’re pleased with their choice and the results.  Whichever method, you need to discuss it with your doctors and investigate it carefully.



The Lapband is a device inserted into your belly that wraps around the stomach and serves to constrict it, forming a smaller stomach pouch before the rest of the stomach.   When you eat something,  it goes into the first, smaller part of the stomach above the band.  The food will sit there for a while helping you feel full.   It can also cause you to throw up if you eat too much and too quickly.  The successful part is that you stop eating as much and you reduce your weight.

For a year (or more), you should return to have an “adjustment” to the band to either increase or decrease the amount of fluid in the band and thereby tighten or loosen the band.  After an adjustment, you drink some water and make sure everything is okay.

The downside is that some people don’t follow the schedule for “fills” or increases in the tightness of the band.  You should have adjustments for specific periods after the surgery.  If you don’t then there’s not much benefit and the weight comes back.  That’s my biggest fear.  I’ve worked too dang hard to reduce.  I don’t want it coming back!

The Gastric Sleeve

gastric sleeveThe sleeve procedure is when the surgeon staples part of your stomach closed and removes a major portion to make it smaller so you can’t and don’t eat as much. It reduces the stomach to about 25 percent of its original size.  A new “stomach” is created is the shape of a sleeve.  The pyloric valve, which is a normal outlet that controls the release of food from the stomach to the small intestine, continues to function normally.

The risks of Gastric Sleeve include:

  • Acid reflux
  • Chronic nausea and vomiting
  • Dilation or stretching of esophagus
  • Inability to eat certain foods
  • Problems with the normal stomach operation
  • Weight gain or failure to lose weight

The Gastric Bypass

Gastric BypassThe gastric bypass is the most serious option as it is a surgery that completely bypasses your stomach and a large part of your intestinal system.  The result is you can only digest foods that don’t need the digestive process the stomach performs.  from Wikipedia:

Gastric bypass surgery refers to a surgical procedure in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower “remnant” pouch and then the small intestine is rearranged to connect to both. Surgeons have developed several different ways to reconnect the intestine, thus leading to several different gastric bypass (GBP) procedures. Any GBP leads to a marked reduction in the functional volume of the stomach, accompanied by an altered physiological and physical response to food.

As you can see in the image, the stomach and a large portion of the intestines are bypassed.  This procedure is very serious as it cannot be reversed (or no one has developed tha procedure yet).  However, in some cases a doctor may advise it and/or the patient requests it.

So, why is this important?  Why should obese people on dialysis reduce their weight?  There are several very good and reasonable purposes for weigh reduction in dialysis patients.  The first is because it eliminates the amount of fluid you can retain.  Less fat means less water retention.  When I was “fatter”, I could take off 6 kilos.  That’s a lot.   Now, I’m retaining about 3 kilos over a weekend and 1.5-2.0 kilos during the week.  That is a radical difference and means I’m stressing my body that much less.

Part Three is upcomming!

About DevonTexas

I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I could be hooked up to a machine that would clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I went to a dialysis center and had too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passed through a process where it was cleaned and the fluid was removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. In November 2017, I received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. My life went into overdrive. With a "new" functioning kidney, I no longer had to go to a dialysis center and my days were not open to be lived rather than recovering from dialysis which meant dialyzing for three days and resting for 4 days a week. I work full-time and often 50 hours per week. It is something I never imagined. I highly recommend it! HeeHee I want to advance knowledge about dialysis and transplant so that others can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them in www.DevonTexas.com All comments are confidential until I approve them. If you don't want your comment public, let me know and I will respect that. So, feel free to leave a comment. I also blog in LegacyTales in WordPress if you are interested in the ramblings of a Old Man. Give a peek and let me know what you think. https://legacytales.wordpress.com/ Enjoy.
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2 Responses to Dialysis and Weight Loss – Part Two

  1. Sharing for my buddy Devon. Jim

    Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:02:05 +0000 To: kidneystories@hotmail.com

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