When you need a GI operation after weight loss surgery

Melissa Miller before gastric bypass weight loss surgery.

When Melissa Miller, a legal professional from Middlesex County, needed to have her gallbladder removed, the gastric bypass surgery she had 18 years earlier became an unexpected issue. 

“My original bariatric doctor had passed away and other GI surgeons would not do the surgery due to the added complexity as a result of my bypass. Fortunately, I discovered Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri who agreed to help me on the spot.”

Obesity and subsequent weight-loss can cause gallstones to develop. Gallstones form when there is an imbalance in the bile causing a high ratio of cholesterol, which can result from a restrictive diet.

If you have an operation such as a gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or even the lapband, there is a chance you may experience gallbladder issues, usually within a few years of your operation. On average, between 10 and 20 percent of gastric bypass patients will need gallbladder surgery, also referred to as a cholecystectomy?

How is gallbladder surgery performed?

Gallbladder surgery is almost always performed laparoscopically, even for gastric bypass patients. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy requires several small incisions in the abdomen to allow the insertion of surgical instruments and a small video camera. The surgeon watches the monitor and performs the operation by manipulating the surgical instruments through separate small incisions.

The good news for patients is that minimally invasive gallbladder surgery requires only a few tiny incisions, less blood loss, smaller scars and markedly quicker recovery time. In most cases, patients can resume limited activities two weeks after the operation and are cleared to resume normal activities after six weeks.

Melissa reported that she had no complications after her gallbladder surgery and praised everyone on healthcare team at Raritan Bay Medical Center, located in Old Bridge.

Melissa was missing out on the best years of her life

“Before having gastric bypass at age 26, I was missing out on life,” Melissa explains, who at five feet one inch tall, weighed 260 pounds. “I wasn’t social, my best friend was my young nephew and I just didn’t feel healthy—ever.” She was also suffering from chronic acid reflux and joint pain in her feet.

After bariatric surgery, she went on to lose 130 pounds and has maintained a 110-pound weight loss for 22 years. “I wasted so much time trying all the traditional diet plans and gym memberships. I knew I could not achieve the degree of weight loss I desired without help.”

Melissa says the first time she met Dr. Adeyeri in 2013, she felt at ease. “Unlike other surgeons I had met, he was so different. He wasn’t deterred by the fact that another surgeon had performed my gastric bypass and felt comfortable performing my operation. I’ve never take to a doctor so quickly. I knew within the first five minutes of meeting him that he would be my doctor.”

Today, Melissa’s health is terrific.  She sees Dr. Adeyeri once a year for a check-up and a social catch-up.  She will be sharing her bariatric success story at an upcoming Raritan Bay Medical Center Bariatric Support Group meeting. The group will have a rare opportunity to learn from someone who has lived a happy and healthy lifestyle for 22 years– and counting.

“This surgery completely changed the course of my life,” Melissa says with a smile. “It was the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. Had I not had the courage to do it, I honestly don’t know if I would still be here today.”

Trust a New Jersey board-certified and fellowship-trained laparoscopic surgeon to to perform your GI surgery

Dr. Adeyeri performs gallbladder surgery, colon surgery, hernia surgery and other stomach-related operations every week. He is a highly-skilled NJ surgeon on staff at three hospitals in central NJ.

Make an appointment to talk with Dr. Adeyeri–and we’ll schedule your appointment to see him within a week–or sooner–if needed.

Call (732) 217-3897. Dr. ADeyeri has medical offices in Holmdel and Old Bridge.