I have had many requests recently for information on the
StomaPhyx procedure. One of our readers has had the procedure and has
been kind enough to share her experience with us. She prefers to stay
anonymous and be referred to as Hooper’s Judge.
Surviving Chubby with
Gastric Bypass, StomaPhyx, and Behavior Change, One Reader’s
Experience by Hooper’s Judge
September... When I was a grade-schooler, this
month always signaled the start of the school year and was ushered in
by the purchasing of school clothes. While my classmates went shopping
at the local hot spot known as "The Mall" -- the place to see and be
seen -- Mom and I always would schlepp our way to the girl's
department at Sears, specifically to the Chubby section or "Chubbies."
Here, as the name suggests, was a selection of "charming chubby-sized
clothes" for girls too chubby to fit into regular sizes. With all due
respect to Sears’ marketing department's friendly euphemism, shopping
here was sheer embarrassment.
My goal was to get in and get out as
quickly as possible.
Well, it took thirty-something years for me to
get out of the Chubby section.
In 2003, I made a decision that would forever
change my life when I underwent laparoscopic RNY gastric bypass
surgery. Since that time, I have been following a program of lifetime
disease management to maintain long term weight loss. My program began
with a safe and appropriate operative procedure followed by changing
the way I eat
incorporating mild exercise into my life
attending Overeater's Anonymous meetings
for the rest of my life.
On August 26, 2008, I supplemented my program
with the StomaPhyx procedure, a new weight loss option for gastric bypass patients
who 1) have regained some weight across the years or 2) may want to
lose additional weight.
I looked into the StomaPhyx surgery because I had
regained 20 lbs. and had not been able to lose it. In July 2003 I had
my gastric bypass surgery and lost 85 lbs. In Spring 2006, I lost
another 5l lbs. This may not sound significant, but it was. My BMI
moved from obese to overweight, and my belly was much smaller so that
I was physically more comfortable and attractive and clothes fit
properly. I felt very, very good about myself.
Everyone knows someone who has had weight loss
surgery and lost a lot of weight, and subsequently regained some or
all of it back. Moderate fluctuations are normal, but some patients
regain a great deal of weight. Unfortunately, there is no operation
that a bariatric surgeon can perform that is foolproof. I'd be
overjoyed if my surgeon would perform such an operation that allowed
me to lose a great deal of weight that stays off no matter what I do.
I'd never have to change the way I eat, exercise regularly, or attend
OA support groups.
Obesity is a multi-faceted disease involving both
physical and the
psyche. I have
maintained long term weight loss using a multidisciplinary approach
that combines surgical intervention with behavior change. It's
concerning to me that so few programs take this approach, but rather
seem to focus either on the physical (surgery) or on the psyche
With the StomaPhyx procedure, my surgeon said
that I could easily take off 20 lbs. and that
I could take off 30 lbs., maybe 40
lbs, which would bring me down to my 160-170 lb.
goal. I would be overjoyed with that! My nutritionist and I graphed
this weight loss over 6 months and she said it would be easy to
achieve as the line graph was almost a "straight" line -- as long as I
stay with the program of diet, exercise, and behavior change.
StomachPhyx accomplished for me in 3 ½ weeks
what I could not do on my own in 9 months. I reached 185 lbs. in
September, 25 days after my StomaPhyx procedure, losing the 20 lbs. I
had regained around Christmas the year prior. In spite of my previous
efforts to lose those extra pounds, I was unsuccessful in reaching my
goal until I had the StomaPhyx surgery. My weight loss continued and I
reached 178 lbs. near the end of October – that’s a 27 lb. weight loss
in 2 months. I had not weighed that since I was 21 years old!
At first I could eat very little following the
StomaPhyx procedure but today my intake has normalized. Below are
typical meal plans that represent the foods I ate shortly after the
StomaPhyx procedure and what I eat today. I plan my food every day,
using a free online tool, to ensure that I meet the nutritional
guidelines established by my StomaPhyx surgeon’s nutritionist.
July 7, 2008:
Breakfast: 1 scoop Syntrax whey nectar lemon blenderized with ice and
water, 3 tsp magnesium citrate lemon, 1/3 c raspberries
Lunch: 1 scoop Optimum Nutrition (ON) gold standard whey chocolate
blenderized with ice and water. ½ c cream of mushroom soup prepared
with soy milk and ½ c frozen cooked cauliflower pureed together.
Dinner: ½ c cream of chicken soup prepared with soy milk and ½ c
frozen cooked broccoli pureed together. 1 Profect protein bullet
Metabolic Snack: 1 tbs natural creamy peanut butter blenderized with ½
c soy milk and ½ scoop ON gold standard whey chocolate
This meal provides 845 calories, 27 g fat, 51g carbs, 106 g protein
Feb 10, 2009:
Breakfast: protein drink
Metabolic Snack: hard boiled egg
Lunch: 3 oz roast turkey, home-made green bean salad, 2 oz home-made
eggplant dip, 2 oz home-made hummus
Dinner: 4 oz baked salmon with jerk seasoning, fresh steamed ½ c
broccoli and ½ c cauliflower, 1 pat butter
Metabolic Snack: 3 oz roast turkey, 1 c salad, 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
This provides 1,122 calories, 46 g fat, 55 g carbs, 123 g protein
It took more than 30 years for me to get out of
the Chubby section. Today, at 173 lbs., I am a size medium and living
larger than ever. My new goal is to reach 158 lbs. by my 45th
birthday. That will be within 6-months post StomaPhyx and also more of
a stretch goal than I had originally planned. My mantra is to shoot
for the stars so if you fall you’ll land on a cloud. I strive to reach
158 lbs. at 5’7” because I wish to be of normal weight as indicated by
a healthy BMI of 24.9.
Please send me your prayers of strength, hope,
and persistence in meeting my goal. I wish many blessings to you all
in your successful weight loss journeys.
My invitation to
you: I maintain a blog on Gastric Bypass, StomaPhyx, and Behavior
Change, and the clinical data I have gathered, so as to present a
resource center for lifetime obesity management for WLS patients and
those contemplating StomaPhyx surgery. My blog is free from any
advertising and no one will solicit you:
Written by Hooper’s Judge