Hello everyone! I'm female & 49 years old. I had an open RNY Gastric Bypass and gall bladder removal at the same time in 1997 at St. Joseph's hospital in Burbank. I weighed 275. I no longer remember the surgeon's name though I did recently request my medical records but not sure if they still have them or not. I went down to 180 after RNY but never lower. Now I weigh about 255, BMI 45.2 After the RNY I followed all the directions. I've always faithfully taken my vitamins and supplements, some of them multiple times per day. At my very lowest I was 180 pounds but never went any lower. In 2013 I got pregnant at the age of 44 - I actually found out I was pregnant on my 44th birthday and immediately knew that I was going to have this baby AND that it would be born healthy. My first thought was, "Wow.. someone wants to be born." Women my age are spending thousands or hundreds of thousands trying to get pregnant and here I am... So I decided to run with what the universe had seen fit to throw in my path, even though I would be a single parent. (Long story, no child support either!) Children were never in my life plan, but I thrilled with being a mom. Since about 2013 when I was pregnant and after - my weight has really crept up. I'm currently sitting at 255. I want to live longer. I want a better life for me AND my daughter who is now 4.5 year old. I have been researching and researching all kinds of options and I came across the board a few weeks ago have been peeking around ever since before finally joining today. I need a revision, this much is sure, but damnit I have the dreaded Kaiser NorCal. Before I could get an appointment with a surgeon, they made me do some class that was for people who've never even had WL surgery, then they said, whoops.. that's not the class we meant. You need to take THIS other class. So then I took a half day off work and took a class with the psychiatrist at Richmond, (Dr. Z in NorCal who was actually very nice!) who basically said, "eat your protein first blah blah blah" We've heard it all before. Then, AFTER they made me take the class I got, "We don't do revisions. There's nothing we can do help you." So last year I talked to Dr. Rabkin's office about changing health insurance, but with the other option is Blue Cross and I'd have to pay $16,500 up front to him and then they'd reimburse me any fees that were not paid out by insurance. That's a lot, probably more than I can really handle. That's a lot considering I also will have to pay about $7,800 out of pocked for Blue Cross for me+daughter. I have Kaiser now because at my work it is free for me+daughter. We are also getting the new Sutter Health for next year and I need to call Dr. Rabkins office to see what the deal is there. Maybe I just pay the higher premiums for a year and then go back to Kaiser. So I've been saving for a revision in Mexico. I currently have $8,500 saved. However, I can't find a surgeon in Mexico do to the RNY to DS revision. One of them did scare tactics like my bones will break, I'll have malnutrition, and my I will smell like feces. He even said sometimes people's armpits smell like poop. They have all replied the same, "It is not possible to do a DS , we can reduce the size of your pouch and do longer the alimentary limb." I'm not sure that it would actually effective. I really want the RNY to DS revision, if possible. So I came to the board and I discovered that yes, people are able to get revisions with Kaiser if they fight hard enough. What I don't know is if they do RNY to DS conversions. Another thing that I had NO IDEA until quite recently - is that maybe there was something wrong with my RNY to begin with. I didn't lose that much weight AND I've had pretty bad heartburn the past 10 years. I mean, so bad I sometimes thought I was having a heart attack. A few times I even had to take off work. I have since learned that if the RNY wasn't done correctly, there could be an issue. Since I took the class last year and went away with my tail between my legs - NO MORE! I have an appointment with my Gen Practitioner to talk about the heartburn and see about getting and endoscopy done. THEN I am going to get an appointment with a surgeon, damnit! I just want to go through all the steps correctly to fight Kaiser on this! I want to have all my ducks in a row and ready to go. Thanks for listening!