“And he doesn’t need a knee replacement any more. We are so motivated to eat the correct food now,” she said.
The couple underwent a vertical banded gastroplasty procedure 33 years ago where the size of their stomachs was restricted with staples and synthetic mesh.
Over the years, both started to gain weight again. And the synthetic mesh caused scarring to Deetlefs’s stomach, which led to complications.
“In the three months before my gastric bypass surgery, I felt extremely sick,” she said.
Her doctor referred her to a specialist in complex digestive laparoscopic procedures at a bariatric surgery centre at the hospital, who found that the scarring and fibrosis from her operation 30 years ago had caused stricture of her stomach. He recommended the gastric bypass operation.