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CDAWG919
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4/14/14 10:24 A

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I am having sleeve surgery tomorrow! Any last minute advice you could share? So nervous about nausea. How long did it last for you? Thanks for any info!



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4/13/14 12:08 A

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Congrats on your success, and your pregnancy! Thank you for sharing your experience with Baraitric surgery. I, too, am pursuing Gastric Sleeve after trying to lose weight on my own for over 5 years. I do well initially, losing anywhere from 15-30 lbs, and then slowly slip back into my old habits and gain it all back. I have tried WW, SP, and a multitude of other support groups. I sometimes feel badly that I can't do it alone, that I need the intervention of surgery. I have finally come to terms with it, and have completed almost all my testing. Psych eval, Echocardiogram, seminar, nutritionist. I only have a few more nutritionist appointments, .and a final physical with my Dr. I'm scared, but hopeful.



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I just got my write letter of approval today for surgery on the 31st... any your story is scary ;(
but still excited.. my sister had it done and lost 90lbs so far. What was your calorie range the doctor gave you? Mine said 80-90 grams of protien and 800-1000 calories.. but I've seen alot of people say they were told 600 calories. I'm going to take the full doses of all the vitamins they suggest and add bioten to help not loose hair.

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Hello, I had the surgery and things were great at the beginning. But after a month I couldn't keep anything down. I lived of very little amount of water. At first I was regretting having the surgery. I said no one told me about this. So I truly hope you don't experience any of this. I was put in the hospital for dehydration for 8 days. But now I can say I'm glad I had the surgery my highest weight was 239 now I'm at 148. I have just 3 more pounds to reach my goal. The surgery was done in September 2013.



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2/25/14 11:32 A

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Did you have any hair loss issues? I heard that is a problem. I am going through the process now to get the surgery.



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I am coming up on my 2 year mark post sleeve. I would do it again in a heartbeat. My husband and I both had it done (him 3 weeks before me). He lost 114 pounds in a little less than 6 months. I was down 116 pounds and almost 9 months post op when I found out I was pregnant. Needless to say I am now trying to get back on track after gaining a little more than I should have during my pregnancy. :-) The sleeve is a great tool to have and I am looking forward to eventually reaching my goal weight using it.' :-) I am an open book if anyone has questions

Today is a new day...make the best of it!


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I am just going through the motions to get ready for the "sleeve" surgery and was looking for somewhere to ask questions and get support. I'm doing my surgery in Southern California around the end of February. Does anyone have any horror stories I should be aware of just in case? I haven't seen any articles or posts where anyone has regretted the surgery. Everyone I have read or watched said they would do it again in a minute. I'm really worried about hair loss. Has anyone had any issues with this? Hopefully I will be posting only positive things from here on out. Next step, see the Dietitian and the Psychologist. Waiting to hear exactly what date my surgery is scheduled for....can't wait.



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1/14/14 1:56 P

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Oh wow....praying for you...



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DIVA4LIFE4
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1/14/14 1:40 P

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Hello,

Thought your blog was interesting....I just had the sleeve Dec 19th...and glad you umention about the exercise and food of the starvation mode...I didn't know that...

So is it that we have to eat more protein to not go into starvation mode...



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My brother is having gastric sleeve surgery next week and I am going up to help him for the first several days post-op. I have read about the surgery, but just wondering if there is anything that was helpful to you the first day or two after you came home? I am proud of him for his decision and just want to be as supportive as I can. Any tips are appreciated!



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I Started my journey last July and had a 6 month requirement with dietician.. I have now been approved for surgery and will be getting my surgery date this week. Scared but excited!



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1/3/14 9:26 A

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I started my gastric sleeve journey Oct 2013 by attending the mandatory seminar and met with the surgeon Nov 2013. My BCBS insurance has a mandatory 3 month physician monitored diet prior to approving surgery and I'm 2 months in. I've lost 6.5 pounds in the two months which happened to contain all of my favorite food holidays. I'm very excited about that. My 2 month appointment was yesterday and the surgeon said I am ready to pick a surgery date! I can't wait!





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1/1/14 7:32 P

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Today in January 1 2014! I'm nervous because tomorrow I will be having the sleeve procedure. I found this forum and thought I would ask for some tips and advice. Thanks and happy new year!



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Hi Everyone,

I am just looking for a place to chat about the sleeve gastrectomy experience and journey. I had my surgery July 16th and have lost 54 pound, but more importantly 36 inches and I have gone from a size 22/24 to a 14/16.

I feel like the slowest of losers, pound wise but I am coming to peace with this as I am starting to buy into slow and steady wins the race. It comes off slow, but it comes off consistently. Others in my support group seem to loose more quickly.

I am so happy with my decision. The holidays have been interesting, but doable and while I wasn't perfect I did get through with a 2 pound loss!

My 2014 changes will be that I am going back into the kitchen (I have let my husband take control of the food preparation since the surgery) because I need some variety and actually miss cooking. AND I am joining a gym. I have not been very consistent with working out- I seem to do it in spurts. I had an issue about 2 months ago where I was burning more then I was eating and caused my body to go into starvation mode and actually gained SIX pounds, that was horrific. But once I stopped exercising the weight came off- so I have a little phobia about it now. But I am working on that in January.

I hope others join in here. Hope you all have a great 2014!

Amy

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SAMANTHARAEC326
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11/19/13 3:42 P

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I am just starting the process of having the gastric sleeve. Just got my intake appointment scheduled today and I am so excited. I was wondering if anyone could tell me about how long after the intake appointment the surgery will happen. I know it is different for different insurance and clinics but just an estimate would be great. I am on Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance and having the surgery in Lexington Ky.
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10/28/13 8:34 P

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I also am in the process of bariatric surgery. The gastric sleeve seems to be the one suited best to my needs. I also have to self pay. I still have no idea how it is possible for insurance companies to "write out" bariatric surgery. It will be a big investment and we are not wealthy but at my age it is now or never. I have lost a lot of weight before but maintaining has always been a problem. I pray this surgery is the tool I need to handle maintenance. I have had all of the tests and as soon as my dietician gives the nod I can schedule surgery. It is wonderful to have a place to read other peoples experiences with the surgeries.



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10/21/13 9:34 P

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I'm so happy that you are doing so well! I bet you're excited to reach goal. The juicing idea sounds good--especially since I'm not a veggie lover. I have my one-on-one on 1 Nov and my group session on 7 Nov. I'm surprised that none of your conditions were discovered prior to the surgery. Did the surgery contributed to any of your problems?



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10/21/13 2:33 P

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Hi,
I had sleeve surgery six months ago and it was the best thing I ever did. I have lost about 78 pounds so far and have about 30 to go. Eating still presents a challenge especially when it comes to getting in all my water and protein. I have taken to "juicing" and mixing unflavored shake into the juice which is a mix of veggies, tomatoes and some fruit. Good stuff and it makes you feel pretty healthy. I learned I have a cardiac issue with my aortic valve and will need open heart surgery to fix it. also, found out that I have a problem with my parathyroid that may need surgery too! Yikes! Good thing I lost all the weight. I track my food with Spark and that helps me. I would recommend the sleeve for anyone moving forward. It worked for me!
Good luck!



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10/17/13 1:21 A

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Good luck. I was very fortunate. I had already had a stress and sleep test. I have Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance. Once the doctor submitted my paperwork, it only took 3 days for approval. My doctor also did a complete blood work up to insure my vitamin levels were okay. I was a bit low in terms of calcium. I decided to go with the sleeve for a couple of reasons. The success rate was higher and I couldn't see the point of leaving part of the stomach behind. Seems like it could cause problems down the road.

Hope you are able to get everything done quickly.



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I just got back from my set of labs. Didn't know you could take that much blood from you. I've been told this is just the beginning.

I still haven't decided between sleeve and bypass. Right now I am leaning towards the sleeve. Luckily my insurance pays for all forms of bariatric surgery. Can't wait to see what is around the corner. emoticon



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I'm scheduled for the gastric sleeve on 20 Nov and I am both excited and apprehensive. Excited because this is like a precious gift, a chance to get my eating habits back on track. Apprehensive because I know this will not be a quick fix or an easy journey. As with any other diet, I will have to make permanent life style changes and find venues, other than eating, for dealing with emotional issues. I think the negative reinforcement (becoming sick from eating too much) will definitely help me stay on track. The psychological counseling session was a real eye opener for me. She pointed out that I tend to have an addictive personality and that I need to be mindful not to transfer that addiction to some other area (such as gambling, drinking, spending, etc). My counselor also suggested I join TOPPS, as a support group and to help me stay accountable for my weight. While I think joining TOPPS is an excellent idea, I also wish we had a bariatric support group in our area--the nearest one is over an hours drive away. To those of you who have successfully undergone this surgery--how did you deal with your self-image issues, e.g. still seeing yourself as overweight? emoticon



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I am just starting the sleeve process. I have attended the information meeting and do know it is covered by my insurance.
I have done many diets and nothing really worked, except when I was on Phenteramine this summer for 3 months.
I do eat when bored and my weakness is pastries.



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Hello to everyone. My name is Kathy and I am preparing for bariatric surgery. I have been to the seminar and the Insurance appt so my blood work and first nutrition class is scheduled for October 3rd. I am so very excited as this journey starts. I am 55 yrs old and single for the last 12 yrs. I am raising a grandchild that is now about to turn 12. I started as an emotional eater after my daughter passed away in 2003 and now stress is more the cause. I decided that it was time for me to do ME and have tried varied diet attempts with little to no success. Hated the yo yo syndrome so after discussing with my Surgeon we decided this is the best route. I have changed my eating habits such as no longer using vegetable oil, no more frying foods, trying healthier selections etc so I feel I am off to a great start. I started out wanting the bypass but after all the research I am now leaning more towards the sleeve. I hope to share my journey with others because if it helps me and I can share that success then I feel maybe it will help someone else. emoticon



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Hello everyone! I have been reading your posts for a while and thought it would be nice to introduce myself!

I'm Fay, 24 year old gal looking to lose around 80lbs! My goal weight is 130lbs! That number seems so impossible but I still have hope!

I have not had the surgery yet since my insurance does not cover weight-loss surgery and I have to self-pay :(. But is has been so great to read your posts while I try to come up with the cost of the surgery.

Congrats to everyone, you guys n gals are doing so wonderful! I'm so excited for you all!!!

(if anyone would like to contribute towards my surgery I have a page set up on gofundme. Do a search for "fat girl" and mine should be at the very top!)

If you would like to support my surgery fund please search "fat girl" on gofundme


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9/8/13 11:09 P

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I had my sleeve on July 24th of this year. In Feb of this year I had my lapband removed and incredibly, the sleeve surgery was a breeze! Way easier than the lapband surgery I had in '08!
All will be good. No worries!



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9/8/13 10:56 P

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Oh ok that's wat was your start weight and will be sleeved in less then 2 months but don't have date yet.i want to know everything am super scared



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The good things:

- I lost plenty of weight so far, 35 kilos
- It is much easier to exercise, more energy
- You totally change your eating habits, even your taste may change, as did mine. I still love sweets, but often prefer a proper meal to a sweet snack, I eat more "salty" than "sweet" now. In general, my main sources of food are meat and salads, lots of green salads, lots of different tastes you'll be looking for, to add variety.
- No feeling of deprivation, cause believe me you will still be able to eat most of the foods, but most probably you won't feel like pigging out
- An important change in the way I think about food - you eat until you're full, and leave the rest on the plate
- Shopping is much more fun!

Bad things:
- While eating out with friends you may think you're wasting your money, cause most of the time you'll eat 1/3 of the portion they serve. I now have no problems asking for packing what's left. I sometimes eat it on the same day.
- Feeling sick and getting to know how much you can actually eat will take some time
- Vomiting may happen if you "eat with your eyes" too much and forget about the little stomach you have now
- I had to have my gallbladder removed, as there appeared tiny stones in it. The body, the liver is a bit messed up.
- You may get dehydrated. Sip on water all day long.
- Fizzy drinks can mess up your stomach.
- People will get jealous and may undermine your achievement, but personally they can kiss my smaller .....



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I'm new to the site and I am 50+ and will be getting my Sleeve surgery within the next 6 months. I am at the very beginning of my pre-op process; starting with the seminar next week. I am excited as I have been overweight for the past 20 years. This will be a new beginning.

I solicit much support and encouragement. Please let me know some of the things that have been happening since your surgery; the good and the bad.

When things go wrong...don't go with them. These are times that may test your spirit, sanity and faith. In life, things may happen to you and to the people that you care about. What matters the most is what happens in you!! That's what you control. Les Brown



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LACRIMA_MOSA
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I had my sleeve done almost 1,5 year ago, here in Poland.It didnt cost me a penny,and I lost 35kilos since the surgery day.I needed to have my gallbladder removed last April,which is typical after this procedure.If I can be part of a chat group or help anyone by answering any questions,I will be more than happy.



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Leslie, I set myself MANY reminders throughout the day & even at night after that fiasco.
Someone suggested to make markings (with a permanent marker) on my water bottle of how much water should be gone by a set time.
Now, I just make a mental note that at least half of my water bottle should be gone by 11am & finished (& refilled) by 2pm. I usually refill again around 4pm & again around 7pm.
To answer the question...yes, I go to the bathroom a lot...LOL
I still drink some during the night but not always.



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NAEBARTOLOMEO,

I am so worried about the dehydration because I am not good at remembering to drink water through out the day. I really have to make a conscious effort to drink. I am taking this time during my Pre-op to work on getting into the habit. I'm sorry it happened to you but I am so glad that you shared your story because it will remind me of what could happen if I don't drink my water.

Leslie
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Loser_Momma

First of all congrats on your surgery and losing 20 lbs. If you look in the Spark Teams and type Gastric Sleeve in the search you will find a team specifically for those of us having or had the Gastric Sleeve.

I will be having my surgery next Monday and can't wait. My husband had his in November.

Leslie
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For me, yes, it was extremely difficult to stay hydrated. I could only sip because everything is soooo swollen.

On a scale of 1-10, my pain was low (maybe a 2-3). It was more of just being uncomfortable. I couldn't bend at the waist because my bigger incision was at my belly-button (that's where the surgeon removed my stomach). The liquid pain medicine was awful & didn't sit well with me at all...I threw it up right away.

The nausea wasn't too bad. On a scale of 1-10, it was about a 3.

Be sure the water you drink it room temp. or even warmed up like hot tea.




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I was sleeved on April 25th and have lost 20 lbs so far. I weighed in at 396 lbs the morning of surgery. I am a type II diabetic and have high blood pressure, haven't had to take anything for either condition since surgery! I only had a 3 day stay in the hospital and the last day was only because I was having problems with my asthma but once my breathing go under control I was good to go!
I'm new to SparkPeople and I'm looking for a support group for those of us who have had the sleeve procedure. I've found a couple for those who have had roux-en-y / bypass procedure but not really anything for the sleeve procedure... if anyone knows of one please, please let me know!
:)

~Missy~

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I hated every minute of the training, but I said, Dont quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. ~Muhammad Ali


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WOW-that must've been scary! Glad it was temporary and you are well now. I was told you have to sip your water in the beginning, how much did you start drinking after you got home? I was told to drink 1/2 hour after eating, but just sips..so you probably don't get too much hydration.Am I right? Also, the worst feeling in the world to me is nausea, on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yours and how long does that feeling last?





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I had a 3 day stay in the hospital, went home late afternoon on the 3rd day. Did fine until I took my 1st shower at home. My husband had gone to the store & I didn't wait for him to come back home. (He wanted to make sure I would be ok) My daughter was home (sleeping) so I figured I'd be just fine. Half way thru my shower, I felt VERY light-headed & nauseous, like I was going to pass out so I got out of the shower, sat on the toilet, screamed for my daughter & passed out. When I started to come to, I heard her on the phone with 911 telling them that I was unresponsive for about 10 minutes. I was so weak, I couldn't open my eyes or lift my head to talk to her. Ambulance transported me back to the hospital where they said I was VERY dehydrated & overheated.
Moral of my story...DRINK, DRINK, DRINK water 24/7.
Once I came back home, I set multiple reminders on my cell phone to drink water so this wouldn't happen again. (even at night)

Once I got passed all that mess, my strength & energy slowly returned. Listen to your body, don't overdo it.

Three weeks after my surgery, I went back to work. My first day back drained me & I fell asleep for 5 hours when I came home. After that first day, things went back to normal & 60 pounds later, here I am!!

Please feel free to ask me anything, I'm an open book !!
Best wishes !!!



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That is awesome! Can you tell me wat the first few days were like and how things are for you now?





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Hi everyone !
I was sleeved on 01-29-13 & have dropped 60 pounds so far !!



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Jane and Leslie,
Good luck to both of you. I've gone for my fitness evaluation and I see the nutritionist next week. The waiting is definately the hardest part. I wish more people on here would talk about what to expect on a day-to-day basis, generally. I like to be prepared!





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Jane,

Congrats on starting the journey to a new life. I will be having my surgery on the 20th and started the journey middle of January. Hope the time from seminar to surgery passes quickly.

Leslie
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Greetings all you wonderful folks! Hope your doing well..
I was told by my primary doc last week I MUST have the sleeve to basically save
my life and reverse my Type 2, HBP, Too high Liver Enz. etc etc
i am going to seminar some time in June.... will see...
have so many questions

Jane in Atlantic City ,NJ

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MDPETRO...congrats and good luck on your journey.Thanks so much for replying. I hope you stay in touch and let me know how you are doing. Right now I have doubts this will work for me..seems like it works for almost everyone else..why do keep doubting myself? Was it hard to stick with the liquid diet before the surgery or was it a now or never feeling? Best of luck to you and please keep in touch.I'd love to hear how things are going for you.





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Yeah I had to wait six months also due to insurance requirements. But just had last Friday, April 26 and it was worth the wait! I'm still in the hospital but headed home tomorrow. Hang in there, you're time will come but I agree that is the longest 6 months ever! Good luck!



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Well hello there. I just got the sleeve on April 26 and still in hospital sipping liquids. Going home tomorrow with a big smile. I choose this surgery for the same reasons you, seemed so less invading. Glad to hear of your success and looking forward to mine!



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Hi. Good luck on your journey. I hope to have sleeve in 4 months-gotta wait due to insurance.I was wondering if you can tell me what your first couple of days after surgery were like and if you had any negative side effects? Feel free to private message me if you want. Also, hopefully I don't sound too dumb when I ask this, but what happens to the fat? I have big arms and thighs and butt and I can't imagine where it all goes?

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My aunt got this done at 45 and is now smaller than her 21 year old daughter in law. I would LOVE to have it done!

Jamie
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getting to my 10% lost mark!


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no but I would like to have the sleeve done but i have no insurance-God bless anyone who has had it done



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Hi everyone! Spark newbie here. I sleeved 12/4/12 and i have lost 58 pounds and counting. This surgery is the best thing that i ever did. I chose the sleeve because i didnt like the thought of my intestines being rerouted and the odds of malnutrition are very high. Also its very unlikely that you will get dumping syndrome from the sleeve unlike bypass. Best of luck to you!

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Good luck on your journey! Let me know how the scope goes. Do they sedate you for that? I hope so. The bypass seems so drastic but then again isn't everything in this process. I'm looking at August for my procedure so I have a ways to go but keeping my eye on the big picture knowing this time next year I'll be healthier and happier. I'd love it if you'd keep in touch with me and let me know how you are doing along the way. Best of luck to you!





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i am in the last month of my 6 months for insurance to get the sleeve i go thursday for my scope of my tummy hoping for may for my sugery ,, the reason i am going with the sleeve i work in a factory on the line you cant always go to the bathroom asap things could get ulgy lol please keep me posted



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Hi. I am planning on having surgery. I have to wait 6 months for insurance reasons. I was wondering for those of you that chose the sleeve over the gastric, why you chose the sleeve. I was leaning toward the sleeve until the doctor said I'd lose more weight with the gastric. However, the gastric kinda scares me because of the enormity that they take out the whole stomach. I know health is the goal, however for e, so is the amount of weight I need to lose. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.





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I was hoping to find an active thread on gastric sleeve or bypass.. I had the sleeve.. Im looking for a few people to chat with.. If anyone wants to message me or chat on here I am for it.. Would like all the support I can get as I cant get to many of the meetings as they are far away... Loving the sleeve.. I had my surgery on 11/8/12 and so far I am down 56 pounds since surgery.. 26 before surgery.. So a total of 82 pounds since about June of 201.. So pleased so far.. But I hit a stall and it scares me.. Hoping it starts coming off again soon.. Please Please Please hit me up... Looking forward to sharing progresses...

THOUGH THE STORMS MAY BE ROUGH GODS PROMISE OF A RAINBOW IS ALWAYS AT THE END... KEEP THE FAITH... LETS GET TO THAT RAIN BOW...


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hi im new here i had the sleeve on jan.21 and went home jan.23.i was back at work jan 28 and am now working out i would love to be part of a support group we have a support group here where i live with my dr.



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I found the CVS brand of B12 that is a meltable. Check with you local pharmacy and if you can't find it, ask the pharmacist

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The only protein drink I used was ISOPURE which was a little pricey, but it was like a fruit drink and had 40 grams of Protein and only 160 cals...

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I am so happy I found this board.

I had my Gastric Sleeve Surgery on 1/3/2012 and it was one of the best descissions I have ever made. I was obese my whole life. During my physical in 2011, my dr told me that I was 100% healthy except for my obesity so I said that is it I am looking into weight loss surgery. I only knew about the Sleeve because my husbands friend was the first one in RI to ever have it done.

My experience with this other than GAS bubbles for a few days after my surgery has been absolutely amazing. The day I hit my 10 Month mark, I was down 100 pounds. I am currently down 117 pounds total. I have never had any side effects nor have I had any issues. I am able to eat everything that I want (though sometime pasta and rice don't agree with me) but just in much smaller portions.

I would love to answer any questions that anyone might have, as well as share my experiences....

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I just had gastric. Sleeve on 1/8/13 feeling great. The next day after surge I was up and around! Did si good the doc decided to kick me out if hosp and sended me home. Only disconford was having lot of gas but that had been fix. I am ready to Back to work a d it only been 3 days. I am so happy I decided to do the surgery. Not regret what so ever. I was 315 when I stated and 267 the day of the surgery.




My goal: to loss weight and have more energy. To play witth my kids.

Had slevee surgery 1/8/13 happy I did it. Feeeling great already.

"Each new challenge will build your strength and character...But it also required success, and success require the vision to see, the faith to believe, and the courage to do".



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I am seriously considering this but I have many questions, like what is the diet like? How long before I can return to work? What is recovery like? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks all.



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I'm in pre-op right now - a complete liquid diet. Today is day one of a 7 day diet. I am scheduled for my sleeve next week. Most of my family has supported the choice though I've had some express their displeasure with the choice and say that I don't need it. It's hard to listen to that honestly simply because I have always been one of the biggest where ever I go. Anyway - I am still moving along with the process and preparations for next week. Nervous and ready for the change.




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I found out two days prior to my surgery that my insurance does not cover bariatric surgery whatsoever... I went through OBand for all of my testing and pre op and they actually worked with me on getting lapband instead of sleeve.
I had the surgery on Friday . I am feeling good but a little sore. I am going to have to change threads because I did not get the sleeve done due to the insurance issue.
I would talk to the doctors in your area and see if they offer .. financing .. or reduced rates.
crossing my fingers that you get a positive response



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I just had my sleeve on June 26th. I am going to look for these groups.

Whey proteing can be found at GNC. Unjury is good, and that can only be ordered from their site. EAS could get you through, but it isn'y my favorite.

I like Jillian Michaels, you can get that at Walmart or Sams.
B12 under the tongue, you can find it cheap at Sams Club.

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I have been obese most of my adult life. I have my surgery (sleeve) on July 13th. My insurance covers this (Thank Goodness) . I am starting to get a little nervous but am so much more excited for this change! I am glad I found this forum .
I was told about Designer Whey and Isopure protein drinks . My nutritionist told me there is a good iron and B12 that can go under the tongue ... but I haven't found these yet. Anybody know of these.. who they are made by?



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Hi there. I am currently pre surgery. Only 4 days to go! I am a part of two gastric sleeve support groups on here. Gastric Sleevers and Bariatric health. They have been very supportive and informative on my journey to this point. Come on over and introduce yourself!
Crinkly Monkey: I am paying for the surgery myself. Costs $17-25K here in New Zealand. If you are from the states, I think it is MUCH cheaper ( although I did hear of a ladys insurance company paying $67 for her!!!!) Gasp. Do some research online. Many clinics publish the costs. Good Luck
Rach



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Is there a way to get this without insurance? How much does something like this cost?



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I agre - a support group would be great!

I am over a year out and down a total of 132 pounds - I'm still not at where I need to be - support group would be a little push that I need!



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I had gastric sleeve surgery on Feb 27, 2012 -- I would be interested in being part of support group here on Sparkpeople, if we can get a group together.



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I had the Gastric Sleeve 10/24/11 and am really glad that I did. I am having a difficult time right now but ;am hoping with the support of everyone I will get back on track.





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Rachel, I would bet you have the same success in ending your medical problems as I am. Especially the sleep apnea. I so hated that damn mask! Now I sleep silently. There are other benefits, as well. I like what your doctor has said to you. Best wishes to you , too! emoticon

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Great news about the sleep apnea! I've had a machine stuck to my face for years, hoping I will not need it in the future. I too am on blood pressure medication and depression meds. I think I will feel better mentally without the excess weight and hope to reduce those meds too. My doctor uses the word "tool" as well, says we are building a house with a good foundation. Best wishes to you.

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place. ~Nora Roberts~


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Hope you feel better soon.



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HI , I had the sleeve on 1/9/12. I lost 23 lbs pre-op and since surgery another 23 lbs. I chose the sleeve because it has less post op problems than bypass, such as malabsorption. I also have/had many medical weight related problems that I needed to fix. Since I have lost weight, my sleep apnea is gone completely. My depression is resolving, I have been able to cut back on my antidepressant. I have stopped taking my high cholesterol meds. Now working on reducing the blood pressure meds. I had a little bit of trouble preventing dehydration at about the third week post op. I was feeling so good, I was exercising a lot and I became dehydrated. That was a little set back, but now I am almost back to where I was energy wise. The weight loss is slowing, but still 3-5 lbs per week. My husband calls me his little waif. It hasn't been easy, but I keep reminding myself that this is a tool, this is the lifestyle I have chosen and it is working! I feel great.

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My name is Rachel and I currently weight 325#. I'm going to have the gastric sleeve surgery this June, already I've lost 1/3 of my pre-surgery weight. I live in Santa Rosa California where there is a fabulous program called "Healthy Steps". I've been obese nearly all of my adult life. I will be using Metagenics medical food and supplements on top of healthy eating and exercise. Really looking forward to the future and what it will bring.
p.s. Getting the sleeve instead of the bypass for many reasons; one of them is so I will be able to absorb nutrients and medication.

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place. ~Nora Roberts~


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I had the sleeve 11/25

Enjoy the life you have, it's the only one you got!


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I was sleeved November 25th.

Enjoy the life you have, it's the only one you got!


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Hi Mary,

The Gastric Sleeve is the newest of weight loss surgeries. They actually go in and remove about 80% of your stomach leaving you with a banana shaped stomach. Because your stomach is so small you can only handle small amounts of food. The benefits to this surgery is that they do not have to re route your intestines and you don't get the side effects of gastric bypass like dumping syndrome and vitamin deficiencies.. Hope this helps.



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I haven't heard of the Gastric Sleeve Surgery term. I guess I will be looking that term up on the internet.



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Thank you so much for your help.. I was able to find it.



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I did a search (Community Tab, SparkTeams) and typed in Gastric and it came up with a list of teams already out there. (I tried to post a link but it wouldn't go to the search I did.)

Good luck to you!

Edited by: CSIENK at: 1/26/2012 (12:39)
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Anyone on this sight have the Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

I was sleeved on 1/3/12 and looking to create a support group through SparkPeople.



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