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6/21/16 1:44 A

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I'm 8 days out of surgery and about 20 lbs lighter. Yes - you are reading right, I've lost 19lbs for 8 days! I have struggled with obesity ALL of my life, and being able to lose weight has been my greatest dream. My husband met me as a chubby girl, and over the years I gained more, especially after 2 pregnancies. I was 278 at my highest. In 2012/2013 I found Sparkpeople and managed to change a lot in my daily habits and nutrition and lost 44lbs. Then cancer happened, and my thyroid was removed. After losing my thyroid all hell broke loose on my efforts to lose weight. Fast forward to this year, I was bouncing between 242 and 260lbs unable to find anything good enough to keep me going down. Simply got tired of being fat. This was not an easy decision for me. My husband was very ANTI surgery, as a matter of fact, I was anti-surgery myself for the most part. In January this year I went to hear about the sleeve (for a second time, attended an info seminar last year to) and decided to give dieting and exercise one more try. I told my family that I want to get this done. I literally forced my husband and two teenage children to switch to low-carb lifestyle. In 3 months (March-May) my husband lost 37 lbs, my older son 33 lbs, my younger son 17 lbs. I was very disciplined and exercised, but only lost like 13lbs. And they wouldn't keep steady. I'd go up and down +/- 5lbs at a time. Then I told my husband that this is really ONE thing that I badly want to do for MYSELF. That it means a lot to me. That if he really cares he should stand by my side. I said, "I'm doing this! With or without your support. But it would be so much easier if I have you by my side, just like always". I have a pretty awesome husband. I don't know which button switched in his head, but from that moment on he stopped nagging and has been supportive and encouraging.
Doing this is not easy. It's not just the surgery itself, the physical pain...it's so much more. Just today, I struggled with the fact that there's so much food around me and I can't have ANY of it (yet). But in the end, I know it's going to be worth it all! If you want to do it - do it!

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Hello, I am new to this site and read your post regarding the sleeve. I just celebrated my 1st surgerversary and only wish I had done it sooner. Like yours, my husband was not on board with my decision. I started at 345 lbs and am now 222 lbs and still losing. My husband is very proud of me. lol, I hope you're able to get the surgery. It is truly a magnificent tool .



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I accidently posted a post under a new topic...it says Sucrolose...I would love any suggestions.

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I am in the same range and 69 years old. Anybody had surgery at a "Low" BMI (but still obese)/

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A friend at work had VSG surgery a few months ago & has lost 80 lbs and has not had any issues, so she introduced me to the local surgery center that did her procedure.

My health insurance has approved the procedure, I have met with the nutritionist, the exercise/fitness specialist & had the EKG/REE/Body comp testing done. My psych eval is scheduled for June 20th. I was excited to be moving forward on this, but my husband is VERY anti-surgery. He feels I can do the weight loss all on my own . . . I haven't been successful keeping weight off in the past, so I don't know what he thinks has changed . . . .has anyone had their spouse/significant other be against your decision? How did you handle it?

I was hoping to schedule the surgery for Sept or Oct, but I don't want it to cause a rift between my husband and I. When I tell him that I think I really need this tool he doesn't believe me.

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5/24/16 11:53 P

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Tina:

I also worry about weight gain. I have seen it happen time and again. What I am doing to hopefully and prayerfully stop this from happening is to develop other things to do - hobbies, etc. - so I am not mindlessly eating.

In the past, it was my habit to munch on anything while watching TV. I got rid of my TV!! That is not going to happen if you have a family but I am single so...

I also don't keep those things in the house that are a problem for me. I am just 4 months post op so still in the baby stages yet. I do want you to know that I have an issue when I go to the grocery store though. I still want the chips and cookies, etc.

What I have to keep reminding myself is to STAY AWAY from the chip and cookie aisles in the store. Believe me when I say - your family does NOT need those things either. Or very rarely. Now is the time to also go with the program set up by your doctors and nutritionist. Change the way you view food NOW.

I had only a month and a half before my surgery (I was self pay so didn't have to jump through the hoops for insurance) and I was not prepared as much as I would like to have been. I would like to have changed a lot of habits in the months preceding my surgery. For an example, (since you have a family) is to serve ONLY nutritious foods - protein, salads, veggies. Then occasionally treat the family to a fresh fruit compote (bunch of fruits mixed together).

When things like cookies (for an example) are not on the everyday menu, they become really special when you do serve them.

It is all a mindset and that, unfortunately, is the hardest thing to change.

When I have to purchase things in family sized quantities, I immediately break the packaging down to single serving sizes. When I cook, I reduce all recipes to single or at the most, 2 servings and freeze one serving. This also helps me to curb how much I eat at any given time. That being said, I cannot even eat a full serving of food even at this time.

Some friends and I went out this evening for dinner. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings (it was their 1/2 off Tuesday). I ordered 4 wings ($2.80) celery and bleu cheese dip ($0.50) and a glass of water. I brought 2 wings and some celery home! All for just $3.30 plus a tip. I was full!

Ok, so enough from me. You might also check into the Facebook group called Bariatric Eating Support. It is very insightful but be aware that the Admins can be pretty forceful when someone asks a question about a particular food. They might come back with "you can NEVER eat that again!" type of response. But, the insight I am gaining from monitoring that group is how to get back on track if I do happen to fall off the wagon at some future date.

I wish I had had this surgery 30 years ago but who knows...???

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5/24/16 2:59 P

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Hello so glad to have found this forum. I'm having sleeve surgery in September. I'm working with the doctor and nutritionist but I'm not consistent with my program. Life, work, family etc always seems to get in the way. My biggest concern is having the procedure lose weight only to gain it back again. There's some fear there. Can anyone provide insight into this and how'd you overcome it. Thanks!

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5/23/16 10:14 P

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Just so you know, I am just 4 months post-op - surgery on 1/19/16. I have lost 50 pounds since surgery.

High weight = 267
Surgery weight = 239
Current weight = 189

3XL top down to XL or Large depending on style, manufacturer, etc.
22 pants down to 16.

I am SO pleased with my success. I have people already not recognizing me from a distance. Up close, I look very much the same but without the double chin!

My 3 year old granddaughter said, "Damma, you have a lap!" She is so sweet.



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Leal536... thank you so much for your response. I am at 10 lbs lost but thought I would have lost more. I will stick to the diet more. Thank you!

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5/23/16 12:25 P

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At 2 weeks post-op, I had lost 10 pounds. I do recall that I was hungry but then I was only on liquids at that point.

Follow your dr's plan for eating. It is so important for the healing of your stomach. If I was still hungry, I drank a bit more water and/or protein drink. I did not take in any foods until I was 3 weeks out. Then it was pureed foods like mashed potatoes occasionally, applesauce, etc.



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5/22/16 10:16 P

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Hello, just to gauge how much weight did everyone lose 1.5 weeks into it? I just had surgery and am finding myself to still be hungry :( so eating little things like mashed potatoes....

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I had my VSG on 1/19/16. My highest weight was 267. I did go on Atkins for a couple of weeks starting 12/1/15 then on the prescribed weight loss plan from my surgery center. My surgery weight was 239. Since 12/1/15, I have lost 75 pounds. Since surgery, 47 pounds. And I am continuing to lose weight.

I am 5'1'' so this is significant. I went from a size 24/26 (3XXX) top to size 20 (XL) top and size 22 pants to size 16.

I wish I had had this surgery years ago. If only someone (my Dr.?) had told me about it back then.

I am so pleased with my progress and pray you also have great success. Since you are scheduled this month, relax and do what the Drs. tell you to do.



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That is awesome Vontrice! I was just approved for my surgery on 4/30 /16 and my date of surgery has been scheduled for 5/24/16. I am so excited!!

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Hello everyone. I'm Vontrice, and I'm new to the group. I had VSG surgery on 06/10/2015 and it was the best decision that I've ever made! I would do it all over again and wouldn't think twice about it! I wish everyone success in your endeavors! emoticon



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I was told by my Dr. I didn't need to worry about dieting before surgery, but I had lost 62 pounds on my own without being asked. He did not weigh me, he went with the weight of my other Dr. that has seen me every month. My sleeve Dr. is more concerned with my over all health than just my weight. The only reason they really want you to lose weight is because of your liver. I have had to have a very long list of test to be done before surgery. The only reason I had to show where I was on a diet was due to insurance. My Dr.'s all agree I really need this but the only reason it has taken so long is to get approved by insurance. I have health issues, but I also qualify due to weight. I only have two more hoops to jump through before I can have surgery.

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Not in Federal Way but in Olympia WA. I am having VSG on January 19, 2016. I am pre-op dieting and have lost 11 pounds but now with Christmas, it is a struggle to stay away from the carbs! I am really trying as I want to lose another 10+ pounds before surgery. Feel free to PM me anytime.

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11/7/15 3:51 P

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my parents were very non-supportive in the beginning, my mom has totally come around but my dad's a major jerk about it, my mom thinks it's out of fear but idk... but my advice to you is if you want this for yourself and know it's your best option screw what anyone has to say. your health is your responsibility and if you are ready to take this step then don't let anyone hold you back :)

I'm only 1.5 weeks out from surgery but i have no regrets despite some complications... you've got this :) and if you ever need to chat feel free to pm me.

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There is a sparkteam "gastric sleevers" for people in various stages of VSG. It has been extremely helpful in getting me through the Pre op stages and has loads of advice and support. I will have my surgery on Monday nov 9.


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I had the sleeve in July of 2013 and for the first 18 months I felt no hunger and was able to lose 80 pounds. I went from a size 24W to a regular size 12. It has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself.

But I put on 6 pounds this summer and it scares the crap out of me! I fell off the exercise wagon and stopped journaling my food. I am living proof that the surgery is just a tool!! I would like to get the 6 off by my three year check up (I have time!), as I will be mortified to have gone through all this and gain any of it back!

Six pounds may not seem like much-- but it is scary to me since I went so long losing and maintaining. It is like BAM -- am I screwing up??

I am back to journaling and thinking of getting a fit bit. I am still taking all my supplements and work each day to get that damn water in. Back in 2013, I couldn't find any message boards for the VSG on Sparkpeople. I am happy to find you all here.

I will turn to you for motivation to keep on keeping on and support you back!

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How did everything go?

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Finally met with the doctor who will perform my gastric sleeve! I am over the moon excited. I've been wanting this surgery for so long. My hubby was anti-surgery at first but now is on board. I've had several friends undergo the procedure, another had the bypass and another other had the lap band. Except for the lap band patient everyone else is doing well! The gastric bypass patient is six years post surgery and looks fabulous!

The doctor gave me a check list of things to get done and I had everything done with 48 hours. I faxed all my paperwork back to the doctor with a note that said, "I'm not playing!"

I've watched doctors perform the surgery on YouTube, went prepared with a list of questions for my doc, and insisted that everybody who even thinks about looking at me from now till post surgery be in my insurance plans' network.

Just four monthly meetings with a nutritionist and consult with psychologist and we're able to submit to my insurance.

I'm so ready.

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Is there anyone in federal way wa here?

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My surgery date in November 10

I'm excited and nervous! Finding in doing ok with liquid...some days I have a small salad. But I hate the scale still... im scared the sleeve will not help me lose weight for good. I'm supposed to be losing weight pre op to shrink my liver etc. .but I can't seem to get the scale to move. I'm walking using my fitbit..averaging about 10k.

Has anyone else experienced this?



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Don't let the negative Nelly's stop you, if this is really what you want. If you have done all your research on your choice of Dr and having your surgery in Mexico then do it. I really, really wanted the surgery after my husband had his done. His was done at our local hospital. He lost 90 lbs. Got off of his high blood pressure meds, no longer had COPD, no longer uses a CPAP machine. He can walk and be more active now. He has mowed yards all summer long. His diabetes meds have been cut way back. Only you can make this decision. What has your Dr. said to you? Is anyone going with you to Mexico for the surgery? This surgery is life changing but for the good.



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Did anyone deal with lack of support from friends and family? My mother is worried about the whole Mexico part and post op care. My friends are telling me I don't need it, and that they're worried about me. That is honestly making my decision unbearable even though I was feeling excited and happy about my choice just yesterday.

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Hi , my follow ups are with my primary care Dr. She will do all my lab work to make sure all my levels are where they should be. Gosh, my BMI was like 42 but I would think that it should still work for you also. My starting weight was 252 and surgery weight was 238.8. I still have about 60 lbs to lose myself. Are you on the pre op diet now. My Dr. wanted me to lose 12 lbs. before surgery, which I did. I had no problems what so ever. Your going to do great. :)



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So, my bmi is 32, I still have 80-100lbs to lose. Is this still a good option, or will my weightloss be insignificant with the sleeve?

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Thank you for your response and support! I have concerns about receiving post op care. Did you have follow ups through the service you went through?

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Hi, I had the sleeve done in Mexico also, with Dr. Alvarez of Endobariatrics. It was the best thing I have done for myself. Your fears are valid. I was scared to death but my husband was with me and I had the best care in the world. Better than some hospitals in the states. You will be ok. I am 3 months post op on the 16th and have lost 51.4 lbs. You can do this. We are all here for you. Any questions, just ask! :) Congratulations on your decision.





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Hi, I am a 26 year old female, 245lbs, 6'0. I dont have any severe medical concerns at this time. I am scheduled for the sleeve surgery tomorrow in Juarez Mexico. My mom is not supportive, which is making me have doubts. I have done research, I have wanted this for over a year, and lost 40lbs on my own, but I'm starting to wonder if it's worth it. I'm scared life post surgery, though if finally be thinner and healthier, won't make me happy. I'm also worried I won't lose enough weight and it won't be worth it. Is that a irrational fear? Help!

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I had it done August 3 at Lowell general. My I s is Harvard pilgrim. It took me 3 months to do all the preop testing and classes and to lose the weight they needed. Once all of that was done, I met with my surgeon, and he ok 's it, they then submitted it to my Ins.company . I was give a surgery date tentative of my approval - took my ins. Co. 2 weeks to give the ok and my surgery was the next week.
Hope that answers some of your questions

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Hello everyone
I wanted to know if any in the ma area that has had the sleeve can let me know the process I have completed all my classes just doing my sleep Apnea test today. With the NHP health insurance

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I have been on pre op liquid for 20 days and have one more to go. I feel like my liver had better be the size of a darn grape by now. BTW I have found that if you have a really tough craving just sniffing the food for about ten minutes makes you feel satisfied. Good luck!



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It is totally manageable - you will get very bored soon though. But persevere and finish the pre-op. It's to your own benefit that your liver reduces as much as possible before your surgery.

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Made it through day one of the pre-op. So far, today has been much easier. I don't really feel hungry at all.



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My surgery is scheduled for 09/28/15. Today is the first day of my pre-op diet. I've been hungry all day but it should get better after a few days. I'm really excited but also nervous.



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I too was sleeved on 9-9 just got home yesterday 9-11. I am on liquid also. i have been experiencing bad headaches thinking it is from not having caffeine or not getting enough water intake, I don't feel hungry or thirsty. but doing go other then not like sleeping on my back.

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I just had my Gastric Sleeve Surgery a few days ago 9/9/15. On full liquid diet for now. I had to do a two week liver shrinking diet before surgery and that was hard to get through but I made it and only cheated slightly. Liver was fine day of surgery. So hospital stay was good except lots of pain in stomach and I had a drain put in for fluid which hurt so bad when they took that tube out of my stomach. So came home 9/10/15 and have been taking it easy, trying to get my recommended fluid and protein which is harder that I thought as I am not hungry or thirsty at all. Certain things like taking my vitamins hurt and cramp me up after I take them but I was sent home with cramping medicine and it does help. Getting in and out of bed is hard because I am so sore and I have to sleep on my back which is hard for me since I normally sleep on my side or stomach so not getting all my rest in that I should. Hopefully soreness will go away soon. Also trying to walk more each day. Hope everyone that is getting ready to go through with this does well.

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Hi Everyone!

My surgery date is scheduled for 10/16/2015. I am excited and nervous!

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At my stage 3 class Monday someone else mentioned they had a rash that went to almost a full body rash - they said they were to it was one if two things, the body stress reaction to surgery giving her hives or sometimes it can be the start of shingles. -
Glad he is starting to feel better.

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My husband is 3 weeks out of surgery. The first two were textbook perfect. This last week has been different. He came home from work with a swollen foot - started swelling between the time he got in the car and arrived home. After taking his work clothes off I noticed red bumps under his arms.

Those turned into large red bumps (size of dollar coin or bigger) in his mid section - both front and back. The next day he went to ER and they prescribed him IV benadryl. Said it was hives. He had them so bad they got so big they merged into one another and he had it all over stomach, back, arms, legs.

He's still taking the pill form benadryl, has gone through 3 bottles of benadryl topical gel, cream and spray. Today, one week and one day after initial break out it looks pretty much back to normal. A few red spots here and there.

As far as eating goes - he is done with pureed foods and on soft foods now. Still does not have any kind of appetite. But is eating peaches, chili, grits, eggs, and has regular BM.

Anyone else heard of the hives? His bariatric surgeon does not think it's related to the surgery. The ER doc says he may never figure out what triggered it.

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So ready and nervous all in one. Headed for psyh and body comp next week. Havent told anyone about my surgery, except boyfriend, and he is so supportive. Really just feel its none of their business. Gonna tell work it's a hernia surgery. I am also gonna make a list of all my physical problems and hope they all dissapear. Any advise would be greatly appriciated. My biggest fear is the post op. Not sure why. Think its because im so used to eating so much and I will go to eating practically nothing and I already get bad headaches when i dont eat. Ok enough rambbling. Love to hear comments. O and im 5'4 205 lbs.

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And for susc123, the discomfort your describing may be from drinking too fast and /or to much. I still can only manage 4oz of liquid for a meal OR 1/4 cup of either Yogurt, ricotta cheese, refried beans etc. Take it slow.

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I'm just 4 weeks out from gastric sleeve. I recommend trying Unjury chocolate slendor with fairlife milk... Good taste and protein.

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Your surgeon should have given you a complete diet before and after the surgery. If you have only had the surgery on the 31st, you are probably on a liquid restricted diet for the first week or two, then you graduate to a pureed diet, then soft foods, then small portions of regular foods.

Try different protein drinks to find one you can tolerate. I know the prepared drinks are more convenient, but I think the ones you make yourself are better tasting. You can put flavorings in them. My husband likes the mocha (chocolate protein powder and espresso powder) the best. I like lattes. Vanilla and espresso powder. Also pina colado is good - chocolate/mint is yummy, chicken soup protein powder is good as well. And you can put unflavored protein powder in everything. Pink lemonade (crystal lite), milk, whatever you are allowed to drink. Or soup. It goes great in soups or even broths.

Tell your doctor about your chest and side pain right away.


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I got surgery monday the 31 i hate the portein drinks and i feel always hungrey and i have chest and side pain. Can someone tell me what to be eating..

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Hi Nedyak -

I would imagine there would be some. But the question you need to ask yourself is whether the health risks of begin morbidly overweight outweigh the problem of loose skin.

I talked to a lady who had had the gastric sleeve surgery 4 years ago a few weeks ago. She told me she wore compression garments as she was recovering and that helped with some. And surgery is always an option as well.

Check out Amazon - they have a ton of compression items in all sizes for reasonable amounts.

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Hello,

I've been attending the meetings but still undecided if I would proceed with the gsleeve surgery. I am 34, 277 (1st weigh in) now at 266, still need 20lbs more before surgery(should I decide to proceed ). My worries is the lose skin. How much will there be after all of the weight lost?

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I am sorry you are having so many problems Mrs. Wrath. My husband's recovery has been totally the opposite. I just want people to know there are some very good results. He has graduated to pureed food, and eats squash, mashed potatoes and tuna fish. Also watermelon. And scrambled eggs. He does not have a problem getting about 4 oz (1/2 cup) down. But he's never hungry. So far I have to tell him what his calorie count and protein count is or he would probably never think about eating. That's the worst part of his operation so far.

He drinks Propel water (water with vitamins and minerals) and sips all day long. He's lost almost 50 pounds now 2 weeks post op (that includes the trying to eat less the month before the diet and the 2 week pre op liquid diet). Still no pain meds. His energy has not returned to full status, but he is still only 2 weeks out so will report that later.

I am a total fan so far.

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I am almost 1 month out - the first 2 weeks were pure hell for me. I was so dehydrated that between the blood transfusions I needed and all the Iv's it turned out I had gained 25- yes that's correct gained 25 lbs of fluid. My legs feet and hands were so swollen it took 2 weeks to leave my body!
I had such issuses trying to find a protein shake I could drink, everyone my husband brought home for me to try would make me gag- or vomit.
Now I am drinking carnation breakfast shame sugar free 13 gr protein and using fairlife milk 9 gr protien - it better and I am now able to drink 8 oz in an hr.
I am doing ok on soft foods- re fried beans, chicken, fish and cottage cheese.
I have noticed my taste buds have changed so much that the taste of yogurt or even bananas even makes me gag.
Does anyone else find getting more than 3 tbs of food in an hr a miracle!?!
Any tricks for getting the vitimins down other than cutting them up? I feel like they get stuck in my throat.
And does anyone else feel like there stamina is still miles away?
I use to workout everyday before I had surgery, now to walk a mile feels like I walked 10!!

I have a physical job -standing and walking and lifting stuff 8 hrs a day- and by hr 6 at wrk, I feel like I hit a brick wall.

I am also a " secret sleever" if that's a term- I have not told anyone I had this surgery - some people know I had surgery, I tell them hernia surgery, since my dr had to fix one. Only my husband 2 daughters and 1 friend who is also having the sleeve know .

Anyways with all that said - would I change having surgery - no. This is what I need
I was 304 day of surgery and today am at 277.
Thanks for listening

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Thanks so much!!


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Good luck!! My husband is 10 days out of surgery. Just started pureed foods yesterday. He's lost 47 pounds in 2 months, about 15 of those in the last 10 days. No pain; off most of his meds; looking very good.

He's having some problem getting his protein/calorie ratio balanced, but getting close enough for now. I would say go for it! He's never been this successful with weight control since he retired from the Air Force.

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Hi there everyone! I'm 35 5'8 and weight 296. I'm extremely interested in getting the sgastric sleeve...but I'm so scared! I've never had any surgery of any kind and I have superventricular tachycardia. Its maintained with meds. I haven't gone to aNY appts yet but I wanted to get some feed back about the surgery. Any advise? Any words of wiisdom? I'm just so nervous to be under anesthesia!

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My husband had the gastric sleeve surgery Tuesday, 8/18. He weighed 300+ pounds, and lost 35 with dieting and the 2 week pre-op liquid diet.

He had had a previous gallbladder surgery 20 years ago, so the surgeon spent a lot of time "unsticking" his organs from each other and the scar tissue that had formed. The surgery went well. He's meticulous with his tracking. Drinking mostly enough fluids. Since he had diabetes, the surgeon told him 40-60 gms protein would be enough. His creatinine level was low, but the nephrologist said it was a go on the surgery because it was within limits.

Now we are almost a week out. He has not taken paid meds once since he came home. He doesn't care for protein in his soup... but will do the chocolate mocha and pina colada mixes. (thank goodness for extracts) I do recommend the Unjury brand of protein mix. Mixes smoothly with a spoon. The unflavored you can add to anything. NO gritty texture and no gross aftertaste. He didn't care for the chicken soup flavor, but I like it.

I have been supporting him by not eating in front of him, and I'm eating 2 protein shakes a day. One meal (when he's away from the kitchen) and I've lost 8 pounds in 6 weeks. I have about 30 more to lose, but I was not in the dire category for medications like he was.

Now that he's done with the surgery - he has not had to take HBP medication nor any insulin. That is a major win in my book. He has lost 40 pounds, with about 60 to go. He is 54 for reference.

Also - I heard that once you weigh the first time, that is your reference weight. Even if you lose a lot before surgery, the morbidity range from your first weigh in plus factors (diabetes, HBP, kidney disease, high cholesterol) that will all be taken into account if you fall below the super obese category they usually look for in a patient.

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i'm 8 weeks post op gastric sleeve bypass.. going great ,no problems. eating reg. diet. losing slowly but surly. start weight 311lbs.current 261lbs.. 290lbs @surgery..
65 yrs, male... like to meet fellow sleevers!

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I have a question I don't quit weigh enough for the surgery but have some of the other issues that may qualify me for the surgery. The question is, is how many times do they weigh you? And when first consultation, right before the surgery etc... if they make you diet before hand what if you lose weigh? Do they weigh you again?

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I have an appointment with my Dr tomorrow, and I want to thank everyone on this thread for so much honest discussion. I have a lot of good questions to ask my Dr and a more realistic expectation of the surgery and recovery.

Thanks!



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I had my sleeve done on aug 3. They also found I had a hernia and repaired that.
I went into this thinking the recovery process would be a piece of cake ( for lack of a better term).
Instead it has SUCKED
Day 1 surgery day I thought I will go for a walk- they un hooked my right arm from all the Iv's and hooked everything to my left arm - gave me the ok to try and walk.
My husband thank god was with me, I stood mentioned I felt dizzy and boom - was out cold on the floor for 20 mins- nurses came running - my blood pressure dropped 60/40 and stayed that low for the next 20 hrs. I ended up w blood transfusions and so many " juices up Iv's" that my arms legs feet and stomach were swollen beyond belief.

Because the could not get my labs in range I had to stay an extra night.
I finally went home tired and wondering WTH was I thinking!!!

The giant bruise on me and just trying to walk up a flight of stairs leaves me panting!!! Previous to surgery I worked out 14 hrs a wk- so this came as a shock!!! I have a constant low grade fever- so that's a joy to! I can not stomach the vitamins - they make me vomit - so dr said just do antacid for now.

So I make it to week 1 post op go see surgeon - I am retaining fluids still - like 25 freakin lbs of fluids!!!!!!!!!! My dr did not seem concerned, I on the other hand want to take a fork to my eye! And bonus, my labs are better but not great so I need more lab wrk😒👎. I get the ok to start with protein shakes - except they make me want to puke - we have bought every kind around - blah - I use to love the body fortress choc now it's like the smell and texture of the shakes make me gag !! I am living on water and maybe 4 oz of broth and 4 oz diet cranberry -

Oy vay - ok that's my intro and my vent - each day will get better, just hard to see the Forrest through the trees right now!

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Not at all! I had mine 07/09/2015, and I'm now down 32 lbs (5 weeks, 2 days). This includes a 2-1/2 week plateau when the weight lost went down to a trickle. (I'm over it now.) I didn't vomit once, haven't had any food issues. I've been following the eating guidelines though, not trying foods I'm not yet ready for.

The first two days after surgery I was EXHAUSTED due to just having been gutted (lol) and also from dehydration. I know, they warn about dehydration, but I couldn't do much more than sleep, so much of my drinking water time was spent asleep. After that, I've been fine. Just started going to the gym this week, even strength training. Not light training, I mean heavy (for me), but safely.

Absolutely no regrets! I feel MUCH better, and although I still get pain from being so heavy, it takes noticeably longer to get to that point. I can do more physical things now, and am sitting here in a bathing suit, getting ready to go for a swim. :)

If you're significantly overweight, I totally encourage you to do this. The success rate of WLS is way better than without, by far. I wish the best for you! :)

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Hey, just had gastric sleeve the 5th.. My biggest advice for those planning on doing it, give yourself a full week for recovery, and just know it is 100% worth it!

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Hi Everyone! I am 21 years old I am hoping to have the gastric sleeve done in dec. I am on a 6 month waiting period. I am just really nervous about having surgery just keep thinking what if something bad happens to me and things like that. I am not a smoker or drinker. So does it sound like I should have any complications or not? Any advice or information would be great!

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I only had back pain the second week of my post-op. I have since learned it was due to constipation so that may be what you are experiencing,

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My name is Tami and Iam 6 days post op gastricsleeve .Has anyone had pain through there back when trying to eat ?

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I had my surgery on May 21, the next day once i got home i was exhausted. The engery level is very low for a while. Moving around your home is about the most you will be able to do from my perspective. And i am still having taste issues with the protein shakes. Even before surgery anything that i had never tasted or dealt with was hard for me so now the shakes are still something that i battle with daily.

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I'm going for the sleeve on August 13th very nervous of the after affects. Also have 2 kids 12 and 7 that i have to keep up with. Are you able to move around when you get home after surgery. And what are some options for good tasting protein drinks have to be on liquids for 2 weeks starting on June 30th

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No regrets as of a year ago. I am still working on getting more weight off but it has been the best tool so far for me.



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For those who've had the Sleeve surgery, are there any regrets? If so why?

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So I've met with my regular physician to discuss weight loss surgery, he agreed since I've been struggling for more than 18 years now and said I would need to attend a class that would explain the different surgeries. He said once I was done to let him know so that he can refer me to the Bariatric Center. I completed the class on 7/8/15 and as soon as I got out of the class, I forwarded him a message that I completed the class, I was referred the same day and received a call from the Bariatric Center to attend one of their 2 hour classes which is today 7/16/15. I've started my diet and exercise on 7/13/15 and as of today 7/16/15 I have lost 3.5lbs cause I know I will have to lose 10% of my weight before surgery. I'm so excited about this, I know it's going to be a total life change but that's okay, I'm gonna be 50 on 8/2/15, and figure this is the perfect time in my life to do this. Trying to get my husband to do this with me cause I know he wants to lose weight too, and would be great to do this together. So we'll see how everything goes. I'll keep you all posted! :)

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On May 19th i finally made the decision to have surgery. That day i meet the nutritionist and started the process. I have dropped 16lbs and on Tuesday meet my surgeon. I will have the sleeve on Aug. 3. I am excited and nervous. I have been dieting my whole life it seems ( since HS). I started 6 years ago working out and trying to diet on my own. I felt like a failure!
Since i have started this next chapter, i understand that sometimes you need the surgery.
My husband is very supportive ( and my teenage daughters are aware) and i have a friend also doing the surgery. That is all i have told.
I do not plan to tell people i am doing this. Part of me still feels a sense of shame that i was not able to loose the weight "on my own".


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Good morning! I just had my first appointment yesterday which consisted of meeting with the dietician about what to expect from the process. Currently I have to lose 10% of my body weight before we move forward. Then I will begin driving to Wade Park (I am a Veteran) in Cleveland for tons of testing, psych eval, etc. My surgery will actually take place at the VA hospital in Huntington, WV (Wade Park doesn't have a bariatric surgeon). All in all I've been told to expect the process to take 6 months to a year beginning with how long it takes me to lose the 31 pounds. After lots of research, I have decided I will go with the gastric sleeve. My current weight is 308 with 174 being the max "healthy" weight for me. I can't even imagine being one anything, but we'll see. Love this thread because I'm seeing lots of encouragement & advice :) :) :)

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Hi all -
I am seriously considering asking my Dr for some type of WLS, but am so unsure of everything, so I thought this would be a good place to start asking.
First of all - what surgery did you get?
Whats the recovery time like? How long are you in the hospital for? (I have a 2 year old and can't afford too much recovery time!)
What about the excess skin? Does that require a second surgery?

For those of you that had surgery, are any of you Canadians? What was the wait time like from Dr referral to the surgeon, and then surgeon appt to actually getting the surgery?

I'm 32 years old and have about 130-150lbs to lose - I've been trying on my own for years but I'm just not seeing any results. I work my ass off to drop 10lbs over a course of months, whereas others I know can drop 10lbs over a matter of weeks!

Any info or insight anyone can provide would be huge - Thanks!



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Hi everyone!! I had the sleeve done on 7/2/14 I weighed 244 and I am 5'5 I am almost one year post op and now weigh 137!! I feel great and have no regrets!! I used surgery as a tool not a solution and it's really helped me!! I've been going to the gym since getting the green light 6werks post op also. I eat mostly healthy and avoid junk as much as possible. The beginning is challenging in getting foods in but what worked best for me is making my own protein shakes adding in some fruit and veggies as well. Stick with it you're worth it!! My choice to do this was I was extremely tired of the up and down weight losing 70 gaining 90 etc. i did not do this as an easy out, you still must do the work to get there.

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This is my first ever post and I am looking for some advice and assistance. I have recently seen a doctor regarding my weight ad he has agreed its time I consider surgery. I am 27 and I'm done...... like really done. I have read all these posts and heard all of your stories and alot of the time i feel like ppl are writing my story... it has taken so long for me to be told that surgery is an option. I have however just found out that due to my lack of insurance I will have to wait a year or pay the out right costs..... I just cant wait another year..... I can physically and even more so mentally .... I guess I'm searching for help... real help and real advise on what to do? has anyone ever paid up front? has anyone got any idea how i am ment to... I'm at the end of my tether and rather than being excited i feel defeated....

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Thank you for all your positive output on the sleeve surgery I had the lab band put in and my doctor went head and totally removed it it slept on me for the very last time and we want to replace it by doing the sleeve now I have to jump threw the hoops again to get it approved because I don't have any health issues just that I keep gaining my weight back on I lost over 200 lbs but I have gained some back
My Doctor told me we probably have a good chance to get it approved now since my body weight is back up to 40 now I Just have to pass the phyic and am scared




now I have to

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hello ladies!

im 25 years old and i am scheduled to the have gastric sleeve done in August. im so nervous and scared abt the whole thing but i have to do whats right for my health after numerous attempts of losing weight unsuccessfully. i don't really have family staying around me to support me except my dad and brothers and im not mad about that because my family as a whole isnt too supportive about anything anyways. I am also doing this so i can began to have children. my husband and i have been together since i was 17. so becoming a mom and expanding our family is important to me. has anyone had any children after the Sleeve? if so how'd it go?

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Hi everyone. I had VGS on 5/26/15.. The surgeon advanced me to stage two,soft pured foods. I have very little appetite and I think I am not getting enough in.. I ate one egg one day and then two the next day. Two eggs was too much and I didn't each much the rest of the day. I fave tried sweet potato and cream of wheat, not much else except for the protien shakes and liquids.
What are you eating at this stage, one to two weeks out?
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Hi..I'm jon 30yrs old
they are giving me my date for surgery on June 1st which is tomorrow. I've done a lot of research for the pass year or so I've been reading a lot of you'll comments and post they are very helpful.I'm still really nervous and feel worried but I know it's for better health I've been trying really hard to cut back on the eating cus I knew this day was coming but it's still so hard.specially because I am a chef...and I was wondering and had a few questions if anybody here has had any kind of like different taste in there taste buds?
does the food you use to cook taste the same?
this is very important because this is how I support myself and family
how long are you out of work/in the heat of a kitchen ?
what is the best way to keep muscle?
Because I was a football player/boxer so im pretty build but have a huge gut
how long was it till u see results of sleep apnea disappearing?
cus I don't sleep at all as you can see it 4am and I'm writing this..
Thank you for reading this I will appreciate if you guys can help answer my ? And if you guys have any other info or tip that can help me let me know thanks agin emoticon



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I am new to the forum. I had my sleeve done on May 4, 2015. I started with having to lose 10% of my body weight, then 1200 calorie diet for two weeks, then to Optifast for two weeks.

After surgery, I was on Optifast and water. One and a half week post surgery, I am on mushie food. I am doing well, no pain, and and taking a acid inhibitor (Protonic) daily.

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THanks for sharing this information. I am still considering. To be honest,

at my age, and I know I heal slowly, I just am still on the fence.

If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always be who you've always been!!!!!!

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Hi everyone. I have not posted here in a few months. I was initially scheduled for surgery in January 2015, but had to reschedule due to other oblibagations and I needed to have my deductible met again since I was not scheduled to have it before January 2015.

I was then scheduled for February 2015, but after having the egb test, they found cancer on my liver. So the surgery was delayed until I saw an oncologist to determine if I had it anywhere else in my body. Glad to say that the cancer was only in my liver and that it is only 1 tumor so the bariatric doctor will cut that part of my liver off during the gastric sleeve procedure.

I have had my pre-op this past Monday and I am scheduled for the surgery and biopsy this coming Monday, May 18, 2015 at 4 pm.

To SNASMAP, the process has many variables some are beyond our control. In my case, I first had to make the decision to have the surgery. It took me 4 years to finally admit to myself that I can not do it with diet and exercise alone.

After telling my pcp that I was ready, I started seeing a bariatric surgeon that was approved and covered by my insurance. Then my insurance had their own guidelines which the doctor had no control over. This process took 3 to 4 months. Once the insurance gave the green light and pre-approved the procedure, the doctor had his guidelines that I had to follow. Two were a gcb test and another test before pre-op. I started these procedures in July 2014.

Hope this information helps give you some idea of what you may or may not have to go thru. Many insurances have different protocols as do the bariatric surgeon that you choose, Just ask a lot of questions.

Good luck everyone on their pending procedure and/or recovery and maintenance.



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Hi ..I had my surgery with no pain but some gas ...been on liquids and lost 15 pounds since Apri; 30



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Hello Everyone: This is my first posting. I have my first appointment for WLS surgery scheduled for 6/5/2015. I have over 100lbs to loose. I have severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. In just the last year I have developed Steroid induced diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglyceride, herniated disk and had to have a thoracotomy (removed the lining from left lung (due to RA). I have finally decided to have the WLS gastric sleeve, if they will let me. Most of my problems stem from RA but I have also fought my weigh since I was 10. My questions are this, have you had similar medical background and had the surgery. Also, the protein shakes I have seen on here all have sucralose or maldextrose etc. I have severe reactions to these. I have found some shakes with stevia anyone else tried these? Also, I am covered for the surgery and have so many tests in last 6 months they should be covered. How long does the process take? Thanks

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Surgery is plan for aug. Doctors have me on a 1200 calories. Having a hard time in the earily evening, feel like sugar down where i can go to sleep at work . any idea's about snacks? I'm 273lb would like to get until 200lb. Protein what can i mix with for drinks?
Any help would be great.
Thank You , Theresa

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Hi SHAYB45,

Did you have your surgery as planned?



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If anyone has had the sleeve surgery, and could answer some questions for me, I would
so appreciate it. My primary care has told me I am a candidate since it is worse than a
battle for me to lose,no matter what calories I cut or what I eat.

I lost 75 pounds, as soon as I laid off of the gluten free diet, I have put quite a bit back
on and I am just sick. My joints hurt all the time, I don't sleep well, tired all the time. I
need to lose for health issues because the dr. was threatening me with insulin which is
why I lost the above...

Any comments would be appreciated.

If you always do what you've always done,
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Hi again...I know 2 people that had it done and that is what motivated me. I was also told some said after surgery gas in your stomach is a problem maybe for the 1st week...I was told to pick up gas x dissolving strips in mint..they said it helped them but I will do it just in case. I don't know if they will work but will see.
I am also scared ...I think it is normal..but i keep talking to some that helps me along and i feel better and these message boards help with ideas from other..



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Thank you so much SHAYB45, I will check them out. Congratulations on the appointment - you're almost there! By the time I get mine, you will probably be on solid food again. I have to admit now that I have accepted the life changes that have to be made...I'm scared, but anxious to get it over with and get started on my new life, but haven't told many people...My kids, husband, and 2 close friends. One of them went through it 2 years ago - and looks like a whole different person.



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Hi TOOBUSY
I to was going to have surgery 2 years ago and then backed out. I am now going to have the sleeve surgery on April 30th.
In regards to protein drinks...Premiere shakes are very good...they come in chocolate,Strawberry and vanilla. 30 grams of protein in each shake...they aren't powder and they sell at Costco and Safeway..You can go online and check them out..I have also heard unjury medical protein shakes are good from people online. Also go to info@barilife.com...my Doctor told me this is also another good shake...He also told to try the powder vitamins on there..instead of doing alot vitamins..you can put the powder vitamins in a drink or whatever you want or take it by itself and chase it down with water...they say it taste like a pixie stix...you just do 2 scoops..one in the morning and one at night. I hope this helps...I just ordered the vitamin powder so I the way i am thinking this will be alot better then taking a mess of vitamins in the morning...this powder has all the vitamins you need and the Bariatric people developed it to make it easier to take your vitamins. I hope some of this helps




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Hello - two days ago, after many months of research. I didn't want to have surgery to lose weight, but just can't do it on my own. I went to my first orientation to start 12 classes of pre-surgery education with 123 pound to lose... My first official class is Tuesday. Probably looking at surgery around July. Can anyone offer suggestions?

I'm already trying samples of protein powders in case I develop an intolerance; like whey powder, can't stand soy, there's another called Raw made from sprouted grains that I'm not really fond of (gritty). Haven't tried the pea protein yet, but got that because I really don't have that much of a sweet tooth. I bought a small personal blender for other food...what else am I going to need or need to know that they don't necessarily teach you?




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Hi Shay, thank you for posting the pre-op diet. I have been given the green light to go from lap band to a sleeve, not sure when the appointments will start, but it looks like I will be doing the pre-op sometime in the near future... I had to do it for the LB surgery so I know it's not easy. But so worth it in the long run. Best of luck to you as you go on your journey. Mary

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Hi addiegirl, pre surgery celery wouldn't harm you, but post surgery it's one of those foods that won't be beneficial. A lot of doctors are prescribing antacids in the form of small pills for post surgery. Choosing what surgery to get can be a bit of a stresser, but the doctor can help you make that decision based off your body and how much weight you want to lose. Best of luck to you.



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I heard celery was good for heartburn. I never tried it but it's something a relative told me.

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I am on a liquid diet now...this is what they put me on for 3 weeks...My surgery date is April 30...

The following is your pre/op diet. Please begin your pre.op diet 21 days prior to your surgery date -but you will have a 1 day break for your birthday on April 21st ;)


Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner ... should be low calorie protein shakes or non fat yogurt or cottage cheese


The rest of the day (or if you are still hungry at meal time), you can have clear liquids.


You should drink 8 glasses of water or more a day.


Clear Liquids / Clear liquids are beef and chicken broth, apple, cranberry and grape juice, Skim Milk and Sugar Free Jello and Sugar Free Popsicles.


This diet will reduce the risk of complications during surgery by shrinking the size of your liver.




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I've been on the waiting list for weight loss surgery for 5 years. I finally got my call and have my first appointment on April 24th. Still don't know which surgery to take. Best wishes to you!!!

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best wishes to you today! please keep us posted. i have surgery on the 23rd.



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Hi parothwell,
Things are still going great. Just had a follow up with the surgeon, and its all good news. I have no complaints about having had the sleeve done. In the last month I lost 20 pounds, so it is a good tool. Good luck with your surgery, and congratulations.
~nickie



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I am glad to read your good review of the sleeve. I, too, have thyroid problems and struggle with my weight. I try hard, exercise and nothing. So, I am scheduled for sleeve 4-15-15. I am 5'3', 158, and 55 years old. My surgeon said he thinks i am a perfect candidate and short of struggling with my weight the rest of my life, this will be a great surgery for me. Are you still doing well and happy? Just trying to be certain before I undergo this procedure. Thanks for your help.



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Thank You Nickie..What i am worried about also are some of the stories of leaks from the sleeve and the hair loss,but your story on hair loss makes me feel better.. I also have to go back from San Diego by plane in 3 days after surgery on the 4th of May...I am hoping I will be fit for travel..but i think i am a worry wart...lol....so my husband says..I like the fact i found this message board...hopefully it will help me...Thanks again ..I will keep in touch..I did talk to my primary Doctor about this surgery in Mexico and he said to go ahead..sounds good. I guess when i get to Mexico that Doctor will talk to me more..about vitamins etc. I started on some vitamins and my pre diet starts tomorrow..I just wished i started earlier too...Thanks again Nickie

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