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Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss and life after bariatric surgery

3 months ago, in April 2016, I had bariatric weight loss surgery. Specifically, I had a procedure known as an “Omega Loop” or “Mini Bypass”. Or, if you’re of a medical bent, it’s called a Single Anastomosis Gastric Bypass. Terminology aside, the original plan was for me to have a full gastric bypass, but once the surgeon got in there he had to make an on-the-fly decision to alter the op.

Leaving for England soon!

So much is happening right now it’s hard to keep up!

I’m frantically selling up everything on TradeMe, and getting ready to depart for the UK on August 3. I have to say goodbye to my beautiful iMac and “downgrade” to a Windows 10 Gaming PC (17″, so I can edit video…). I don’t think Apple will release their new MacBook Pros before I depart.

I’ve recovered well from my weight loss surgery, down to 140kgs now (from a  start last year of 210kg!). I will vlog about this as well 🙂

 

Surgery Tomorrow: The End, or a New Beginning?

Tomorrow’s a big day for me, literally and figuratively. It could be a new beginning… or the end of everything. You see, I’m checking into Auckland Hospital for bariatric surgery – a gastric bypass, to be exact. Despite the complexity of the procedure, my surgeon promises me that he’s “never lost anyone,” but had to advise me of the 1-in-1000 risk of complications. There’s a lot for him to do – staple off a section of stomach here, remove a section of intestine there, connect the remaining shorter intestine to a 1cm hole he’s creating in the remaining stomach pouch, and reconnect the original stomach further on down the intestinal tract. And he’s doing this all laparoscopically, via 4 small holes. I should be out by Sunday. Or… I’ll know what’s really on the other side – most likely nothing. But I won’t be around to care.