I've just gotten out of the hospital. I had a gastric bypass done. 10 years ago I had a lapband put in in an effort to help control my weight. I did quite well with it until my depression took on a life of its own working for "the boss from hell". The lapband led to problems with acid reflux and GERD and possible Barrett's Esophagus.
After consulting with a gastrointestinal specialist for all these years, he decided that since medications weren't helping me anymore, perhaps I should consult another bariatric surgeon to have the band removed.
The wonderful bariatric surgeon was able to not only get approval to remove the band, but to convert my surgery to a bypass.
Now begins a new life again - one in which I picture myself healthier and able to spend constructive time with my grandson (and future grandchildren).
Wish me luck!