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DEMARYA Posts: 7
7/29/13 5:21 P

Brandonpa, congrats on maintaining the 140 pound weight loss! Today I am 3 weeks out from my sleeve. Lost 15 pounds on the pre-op diet and another 15 post-op [but have stayed the same weight for 5 days now]. I do realize that plateaus are a part of this journey...

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7/29/13 2:41 P

I will not do this, but right now, my docs are considering draining the edema from my abdomen using a tube. Gotta do something.

BRANDONPA Posts: 73
7/29/13 1:44 P

I had the gastric sleeve 7/24/2012 and had my year anniversary last week. I can say with absolute confidence I would do it again in a heart beat. I am down 140 and (fingers crossed) have maintained my weight so far. It is still VERY hard as I am still thinking about food all of the time and there are times I sort of revert back to my old ways of thinking with food. So I do rely on spark people to help me through those phases. But overall love it, my health is great, I am doing more than I ever have and I would definetly recommend to anyone with any inclination to pursue this to go for it.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,855
6/30/13 7:05 P

I've known a few people who had WLS, one had a lot of complications and almost died because she was eating more then she was suppose to and got rushed into the hospital more then a few times. The drastic weight loss made her unrecognizable in not a good way, she looked so old once she had it done I walked right by her at a wedding after not seeing her for a few months.
Another girl had lap band she lost 75 lbs and then put it back on plus! I know of another girl who also had lap band she didn't lose much weight, the common thing with all of these women seemed to be that they all became drinkers.
None of them really liked drinking before the surgery , but afterwards they did I remembered seeing on a show that a lot do become drinkers after the surgery.....

DEMARYA Posts: 7
6/30/13 6:43 P

Trev, I hope you won't ever have the need to have weight loss surgery [by not having any of the other obesity-related health issues, pain and mobility issues, etc]. I'm glad that WLS is available for those that do have these related things going on.

And I know so many obese people that do have willpower, sometimes losing hundreds of pounds but for various reasons, are not able to maintain the weight loss. For these people [me included], it's much more than a thing about will power.

PAPASNAPDRAGON Posts: 5,771
6/30/13 6:00 P

Yes 150 lbs lost in 1 and 1/2 years and still losing

AGOALOF150 Posts: 217
6/30/13 2:43 P

I have not had WLS but if I were to do one thing, it would be lapband. However, I have problems with anesthesia so I won't chance it.

TREV1964 Posts: 5,115
6/30/13 1:25 P

At one stage I considered doing something like this but when I looked into what it fully involves I knew that it was not for me accept as a very last resort if absolutely nothing else out there works.

I know people who have tried self hypnosis so they believe that they have had the band fitted but haven't actually done it. In some cases this can work.

Apparently if you go to sleep every evening telling yourself you have had it fitted and cannot eat anything more than a couple of hundred calories of food at a time it begins to trick your sub conscious mind into really believing it has been done and this really begins to condition your thinking and can aid weight loss.

I am not saying this may work for you but it is another way of thinking about it and if it can save the surgery and you have a strong enough will power than it is possible that this can work.

Cheers

Trev

DEMARYA Posts: 7
6/30/13 12:58 P

I am having the vertical sleeve gastrectomy next week [7/8/13]. I have been unable to lose weight over the years on my own, even with exercise. And I am diabetic, have sleep apnea, arthritis in my knees as well as chronic low back pain that severely limits what I can do because of the pain. For me, the surgery is a necessity if I don't want to become wheelchair-bound.

I know that a lot of people are against weight loss surgery but the likelihood of someone that has a BMI of 40 and above to lose and maintain the weight loss is very low whereas maintaining the weight loss, if following the doctor's recommendations [as in any weight loss program] is high.

I also read about people who have never been obese but criticize our decision to have the surgery. It's not an easy decision and there's a lot of hoops to jump through. And these people that never had problems with excess weight should try being in our shoes for awhile and see what struggles and prejudice we face on a daily basis.

And of course there are stories of the people that have had problems. Yes, there are risks involved in spite of being screened before the surgery [though the risks are low]. And people do gain the weight back if they don't follow the guidelines [but the people talking about how much weight they regained usually do not talk about what all they're eating and/or drinking.

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6/16/13 12:11 P

I had weight loss surgery a little over a year ago. I have lost a total of 130 pounds. It is the best thing I have done for my health.

Sometimes you need an extra tool to help you on your journey. I do agree with the poster who said it is not the "easy way" out and you need to fix the issues prior to the surgery. It won't fix the head issues, but it will help in a lot of other respects.

WLS is just a tool. It is useless unless you work it. It can work wonders, but it won't do the work for you.

I have no deficiencies, and in very good health. I look healthy and I feel healthy. My blood work is fantastic.

If you would like to know more, or if you want to talk about it, hit me up with a Spark message!

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6/16/13 11:48 A

my SIL had the sleeve, she doing well. I wouldn't do it myself. I think it is a tool to use for weight loss, but should not be used alone, a health lifestyle change is required.

ZIGGY122 Posts: 2,158
6/16/13 11:45 A

I wouldn't choose it for myself, I have to many issues and need to continue on the path of changing my brain to stop the emotional eating. Since being on spark I am gaining control and do not have many binges. Thank you Sparkies

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6/16/13 11:35 A

My sister in law had gastric bypass more than ten years ago. I often wonder what kind of counseling she really had first, or if she just interpreted everything the way she wanted to, and heard things the way she wanted to hear them. I believe she was likely about 400 lbs at her highest weight, at about 6 foot tall. She was a huge woman.

Then she got the surgery and lost over 200 lbs. But then started gaining it back. She would tell me that she could not eat much at a time and ate a ridiculously low amount of calories every day. I do not know why some people live in such denial and lie to even themselves! I watched her prepare food, and for example, in a not-that-large pan of mashed potatoes, she would throw in a whole pound of butter. Perhaps I'm at the opposite extreme and put in NO butter, and would rather people add butter to their own portion if they want it, that is just one example of where I don't think she learned much about calories or healthier eating. (and I would not touch the mashed potatoes she prepared!).

She all but stopped attending family events, but my brother would always take her home a plate of food, including pie, cake, and other concoctions. I also know she bakes a lot of sweets at home for her she and my brother. He is overweight too, and would be better off without it!

Well, of all bizarre things, something happened to her about a year ago and since that time she really does not eat as much and apparently is now considered anorexic! She weighs 152, again, at 6 feet tall. You would never know because she wears loose clothes, plus she undoubtedly has a lot of extra skin due to her heaviest weight. The weight itself might not be alarmingly low yet, but apparently as others mentioned, it can be hard to get the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you need after the surgery. I am now guessing that she only got enough of those types of nutrients while overeating, so the problem is becoming more and more complicated. She is so weak that she had seizures and falls a lot! She is now in a wheelchair and the doctor told her that at this point, they are recommending reversal of the surgery. All I can say is I don't think I would recommend that surgery but maybe lapband or the sleeve some mentioned would be better options. I have never considered any of it for myself because I guess I have always known, for me, it was about getting control of my eating habits and learning to cope with life without eating to cope.

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6/16/13 9:37 A

I agree with not doing it.

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6/16/13 9:36 A

I won't do it because I worry about nutrition deficiency afterwards.

KWOOD1955 SparkPoints: (31,051)
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6/16/13 9:27 A

Good for you, Brandonpa, on your weight loss and your new life!!

BRANDONPA Posts: 73
6/16/13 9:21 A

I had the gastric sleeve last year (7/2012). So far down 140 lbs and I am loving it.

DLDROST Posts: 8,082
6/12/13 9:13 A

Absolutely NO

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,552)
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6/12/13 7:18 A

@Frankie - me? No, surgery is not an option. Fortunately I've not been at the point where it's even been suggested. I grew up with an aunt who was morbidly obese and saw what she went through. So I would work REALLY hard to lose the 20 or 30 lbs as they creeped on.

unfortunately, as I age that gets more difficult. On the bright side, because I exercise a lot, I stayed in the 'healthy but overweight' category

SHERYLDS Posts: 12,066
6/11/13 6:31 P

just remember that the success of any weight loss surgery and a healthy outcome still relies on a person changing their relationship to food, developing healthy eating habits, and making intelligent choices. There is no free pass. A decision to live a healthy lifestyle is the critical factor

CARTOON3 Posts: 1,582
6/11/13 6:07 P

No. I think most people who have it don't look very healthy. Thats my opinion.

FRANKIEMARK Posts: 4
6/11/13 6:06 P

Yes, you are correct. It is NOT an easy way out. It DOES require hard work, patience and discipline. And, you must re-train your thinking and be committed to completely altering your life-style.
Have you considered or are you considering the surgery yourself?

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6/11/13 4:43 P

I know 4 people who have had WLS.

one had gastric bypass years ago. She's had many complications and had to have additional surgeries because she does not follow doctor's orders.

one had the lap band. She dropped weight at first (though to be honest, I never could see it). Now she's gaining back. She does not eat as she's been instructed. She still eats a lot of fast food and drinks soda.

one had the sleeve. Doing GREAT. His wife is a vegetarian and she makes sure he eats nutritious food. He's dropped about 70 lbs. His BP and blood sugar are now in healthy ranges. He gets regular exercise, has lots of energy, and feels like a new man.

not sure which surgery the other person had, but she's kept the weight off for several years because she is eating as directed and staying active. She looks GREAT!

WLS is not an 'easy way out'. You have to fix your head too. People who are not disciplined enough to follow the guidelines after surgery will fail. You are consuming so much less, you have to eat high quality foods. You cannot push yourself to be more active than your doctor recommends, or eat solid foods before you are given the green light. It takes a lot of hard work, patience, and discipline.

Edited by: OBIESMOM2 at: 6/11/2013 (16:43)
FRANKIEMARK Posts: 4
6/11/13 4:14 P

I am a 67 and on 12/26/12, I had WLS. I opted for the vertical sleeve instead of the lap-band or by-pass. I did not have any serious medical issues YET!!! I do have bad knees which limit the kinds of exercise I can do and diabetes run in my family, so after yo-yo'ing for more years than I care to remember I finally made the decision to have the surgery.
It has been a God-send for me. Yes, you must change your entire life-style for it to work because this is only one tool of many that I must use for the rest of my life.
I did not have any complications and I have no regrets. I love my sleeve.
Would be happy to share my journey with anyone that is interested in hearing more about it.

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2/4/13 4:07 P

I have a friend who had it, lost over 100 lbs, had breast reduction and some skin removed and has kept her weight off for over 8 years now. She looks great, feels great and has much more energy. I have another friend who had it, lost 130 lbs and has gained 40 of it back. She is frustrated, and frequently not feeling well due to her poor food choices. Her surgery was 6 years ago.

I have contemplated it, but I am not sure the surgery would work for me. The key is making a lifestyle change - before/after the surgery. If I can do it after, I should be able to do it before, right? However, taking some weight off my bad knees quickly would certainly encourage me to be more active. Right now it is painful, much of the time and I am limited to certain activities, most of which I don't enjoy. My doc is not encouraging me to go in that direction, she recommended one of the liquid, strict calorie control diets - which I do not have the discipline to stick with.

Good luck with your decision!

SWIMOM Posts: 366
2/4/13 3:14 P

Two very dear friends have had two different types of weight loss surgery. Both are doing very well considering the seriousness of the health issues that brought them to take such a measure.

One friend; she had bypass in August of 2012. She's lost 50 pounds and in the gym a few days a week at least. This is a huge accomplishment! I do worry more about her nutrition challenges eating merely 700 calories a day though. I'm not so sure being able to only eat fewer thabn 700 calories and trying to burn off 300 a day is wise but, she is under her Physician's care.

The other friend; she had the sleeve last March because she says it suits her personality to have something she can have adjusted if need be in the future. She's lost 105 pounds and is now off of the oxygen she was on 24/7. In fact, we spent hours shopping last week and she hung in there really well. Her nutrition is stable and managable without a lot of effort.

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2/4/13 2:44 P

My brother has a lap band and has lost significant weight....

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2/4/13 10:45 A

My grandmother is 63 and had a gastric bypass almost 6 years ago. They take out part of the intestines so food is not absorbed the same and made the stomach smaller. She weighed 350lbs since she had kids at 25. Right after the surgery all she was allowed to have was clear liquid. 3 days after they they upped her to juice for a few days. Then baby food...ect.

She had a hard time emotionally for the first few months. She was depressed her love for food was gone.

When she started seeing the weight pouring off she started to feel a lot better. She was able to get off anti depressants and all her pain medication. She started walking every day. First .25 miles and now she can do 2 miles on the days she walks.

She has held the weight of 150 for the last 3 1/2 years. She is happier than ever and can do a lot more than she could at 30 yrs old.

Support is needed for any large amount of weight loss with or without surgery. If you have any other questions about gastric bypass, I would be more than willing to answer what I know about it.

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2/4/13 10:18 A

Has anyone had weight loss surgery? If so what kind and
how has it worked out for you? Any thoughts would be great.
The surgeon actually mentioned this sight for support.

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