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8/14/14 10:02 A

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Hi everyone! I'm Karri, after yo-yoing my entire life (I'm 32) I went to a bariatric support group then earlier this week to an informational meeting. I've also read a few books, watched YouTube videos and read blogs. September 11, I have my first meeting with the dietician. I feel like this is the best route for me and I'm super excited to learn all I can from everyone here as well as the support and be support for anyone that needs it :)



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I had surgery on 12/17/2012 and have lost 160 pounds since then. Started out wearing a size 4xl in scrubs at work and now I just started wearing a size small in scrubs.
I have got myself on maintain, though to try and slow down any more weight loss. Hubby is afraid I am whittling away to nothing.

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7/30/14 1:19 A

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I just joined this team. I just had my first bariatric surgery consult appt. I'm thinking about getting the gastric sleeve.

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6/19/14 10:01 A

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I had the gastric sleeve.
I am doing well, I think, except for occasionally vomiting from eating too fast... because i go too long without eating.
I am staying hydrated. liquid is so much easier to consume than actual food so i prefer drinking.

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6/18/14 6:05 P

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Welcome to the group! What surgery did you have? How are you doing with it? Keeping hydrated?

Carol

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6/18/14 4:46 P

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Hi!
I just joined this group.
I had weight loss surgery 2 months ago. I'm down 39lbs. Just looking for more support/community/people who are going through the same things as I am, I guess.


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I hope that everyone is having a good week!!!

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6/6/14 3:59 P

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Welcome, Alison!!!!! Why don't you start a journal and keep track of everything-measurements, weight, thoughts, before and after pictures, etc.. It is great to look back on and I find it a great motivator!

Carol

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5/12/14 2:36 P

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Hi Alison! I agree with you, tracking is hard, but it may be the absolute key! I also found a helpful book - 'The Emotional First + Aid Kit" by Cynthia L. Alexander.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein


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Hi! I'm Alison and I am joining this group to learn more about WLS and gain insight from those with lived experience. I am in the referral process for bariatric surgery and have my initial orientation in July. I was referred by my NP in April. I live in Ontario, Canada....and the process takes between 8-15 months from referral to surgery. I have been reading a lot of books on the topic and feel that this is right for me. I am now looking for more personal accounts and real tips for what to expect, both successes and struggles. I have been a SparkPeople member since 2009/2010 and have returned for the structure, support and community while I attempt to get things in order and re-learn the power of tracking! Thanks :)


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Well, looks like we have have some nice weather sometime this weekend coming up. Hubby and I are off work and will be looking for ways to get out-like to the park, etc.. Still looking for flea markets.

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5/5/14 7:39 A

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Thanks, Carol! What a great idea!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein


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Ah the start of your journey. Start and keep a journal with starting pictures, measurements, feelings, etc. You keep adding to it as you go along. Great for motivation and looking back on your journey.

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5/1/14 12:22 P

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Hi, everyone, I'm Ellen. I'm almost 60 and in the process of getting a sleeve gastrectomy. I have met with the surgeon, have screening appointments with the psychologist, nursing, nutrition and the exercise physiologist coming up in the next few weeks. Tonight I have a sleep study. It's all a little overwhelming, but I think this will be a good thing for me after yo-yo dieting for 35 years! I'd be glad to hear any advice you may have for me.

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4/27/14 1:20 A

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Greetings, everyone;

This is a good place to connect with others who have had the surgeries, or will have.
A place to trade ideas, recipes, etc..

Carol

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4/24/14 7:01 P

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Hello everyone... I am from North Texas, Close to DFW, I am 30 years old with a wonderful husband and 3 beautiful kids that are my inspiration for this.I have been struggling with weight loss for so long, since I was 15 years old. I have been talking about weight loss surgery for 2 years now. No one ever thought I would actually do it, nor did I myself. I found a doctor that took both my insurances, I have been working the last year really hard to get this surgery and guess what! My surgery date is May 9th. I start my pre-op diet tomorrow. I am so, so excited. I have overcome all my fears of having this surgery and I am more than ready, i just don't like the idea of having surgery. I have really bad anxiety and I don't take medicine for it but I have had 6 surgeries and it is just scary, but I know I will be fine. I have already lost 20 lbs on my own in the past 3 months on my medically supervised weight loss. My doctor says I should lose 20 lbs on my pre op diet and the another 20 pounds by my 2 week post op visit for a total loss of 60 lbs by 2 weeks post op which is really exciting and that would put me under 300 lbs for the first time in 8 years!!I would like to find some ladies that i can talk with on a daily/weekly basis and kinda go through this together, be buddies, perhaps maybe even find some ladies in my area and go walk some trails or something. We all need lots and lots of support, we all need someone to cal when we are feeling low, or tempation sets in. I cannot weight to share my story and success with all of you and to hear all of your stories.

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Welcome to the group, Cheryl. Being diagnosed with Sleep apnea they will get you a Pap machine.
I had my Gastric Bypass (done via the Davinci robot) on 12/17/2012 and I have since lost 150 pounds. When I left the hospital I was no longer on my diabetic meds. My A1c runs 5.1.
It was the best thing that I had done for myself and I feel 100% better.
I work at the hospital I had it at. The week before surgery I was wearing a size 4xL scrubs for work-now I wear a size medium. Now I can walk up and down the stairs without getting short of breath, etc.... it feels great.

Carol
PS- My before and after comparison pictures are still in my blogs.

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4/19/14 7:26 A

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Debby, nice to meet you my name is Cheryl and I'm 25. I too have always thought of weight loss surgery as cheating and nothing that I would ever do because if I could stay on a strict diet and exercise plan I could lose it. WRONG on so many levels I have only found myself GAINING weight. I was told yesterday that I needed the surgery, I was diagnosed with SEVERE sleep apnea at the age of 17. I'm scared but I know if it will save my life I am ready to have it done today.

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4/19/14 7:19 A

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Hello everyone my name is Cheryl. Not sure exactly where to start but at the beginning. All through my teen and up to the age I am now I have struggled with my weight. My heaviest being at 295. At the age of 17 I had to have a sleep study done but lost my insurance due to age shortly after having it done. At that time my weight was around 220-230. I finally got those results yesterday after seven years. My PCP scheduled me an appointment with a sleep specialist and I mentioned that I had one done when I was younger. My file was pulled and I was diagnosed with SEVERE sleep apnea at 17. At the time I had 68 episodes an hour of not breathing. So one of the things to help with that my dr wants done is to have another sleep test so I can get on a CPAP machine but he said I NEEDED weight loss surgery as well as having my tonsils removed. Sorry to just be rambling on but I'm still in some what of a shock, I did not realize that everything was that bad. So now before I really get into everything with finding out what surgery is going to be best for me I would like to talk to people that have had it done and to see what their thoughts on it is as well as other questions that could arise.

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Happy sunday!!! let's all get out and do something!!! It finally looks like Spring here.

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Happy Tuesday Everyone!!!!

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Welcome, Briana. It is a good time to start a journal for your journey. Great to look back on.
Weight, measurements, how you feel etc........ Before pictures.

Carol

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My name is Briana. I am planning on having my surgery in about 6 months. I have to do a 6 month doctor supervised diet to make my insurance happy and after that I plan on either the lapband or the sleeve, still deciding. I have done all the pre-testing now it is just a waiting game, and a "see how much I can loose before my surgery" game. LOL

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Welcome everyone!!! I had my RNY on 12/17/2012. I was wearing size 4xl scrubs at work at the hospital that week-I now wear a size medium!! The best thing I have had done for myself and I would do it again in a heart beat! Big change-but worth every bit.

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Hi Everyone

I am Jodi and new to this team. I had a RNY on New Years Eve (12/31/13) so am about one month out of surgery! I feel fantastic ad feel it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Like most I have battled for years and tried everything imaginable....I am very interested in recipes that would work well for those of us on this team. Feel free to share or provide resources if you have any! Happy New Year!! emoticon

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Hello everyone! My name is Debby and I am a 57 yo retired woman who lives in Shallow Lake, Ontario. I had RNY surgery in July 2013 after my diabetic Dr told me I would never lose enough weight to be healthy as long as I was on insulin. Years of trying told me he was probably right. I felt really stuck because I couldn't go without the insulin and my weight was keeping me from exercising effectively. I had such back pain that I couldn't stand upright long enough to cook a meal or walk my dogs. I couldn't work was denied disability, and had to retire to have an income! My wonderful Dr Worked with me to make the referral to the Bariatric program in Ontario and the surgeon who I was eventually paired up with frankly told me that I probably didn't have long to live. He agreed with my Dr that weight loss while on insulin was not going to happen except with surgery. The process of getting to an actual surgical date was long and sometimes frustrating but after my surgery, I left the hospital off my insulin and my blood pressure medication! I still take pills for my diabetes but no 4x/day insulin! Not to make my story too long (maybe too late already), I felt for a long time that giving in to bariatric surgery was "cheating" or taking the easy way out. Now I know that it was neither and while not the first action that an obese person should take, it can be life-saving for some.

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thanks, keep me posted on your recovery,... i went to first bariatric seminar last night, i was kinda scared, you know the butterfly feeling in your stomach kinda thing? well to tell ya the truth it went very well, i was even excited afterwards , to get this journey started.
so now it's the waiting game on insurance, then the call from dr office for the *come on in so we can start * lol i'll keep ya posted...
take care :)

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9/26/13 3:09 P

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Hi Terri. I was on full liquids for 2 weeks before surgery but this is different with different surgeons. I used Atkins Shakes and Lean Body shakes a lot. Lean Body shakes are very filling, at least to me. Your doctor's staff or nutritionist may have suggestions.

BYW I had gastric bypass last Thurs. Went home on Sat. Am a little sore, but not too bad. emoticon

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9/24/13 7:42 A

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Hi,
before your surgery,....
was wondering what kind of diet do you go on ? is it protien shakes, if so what brand ? so when it comes my turn i'll know what to buy. thanks and good luck on your journey.i know it will be worth it !



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Happy Fall!!!! On to good fall recipes!!!

Carol

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Congratulations to those with upcoming surgeries!!!

I am glad to see others on here as well.

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hi ,
im looking into having the sleeve done as well, i go for my first seminar on this ,in 2 weeks, was wondering if you could kinda explain what i can expect to go through to start this journey , and what it was like after having surgery, just want to know any an all information i can get about this from someone who has gone through it... i know i can read up on it, but to me i would like to hear about it from someone who knows first hand... thanks for taking the time to let me know... terri :)

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I had my RNY July 29,2013 and I have no regrets. My case was very complex but my surgeons were great. My pre-op journey took a whole year but I managed to lose 80 lbs before surgery. I am now down a total of 104.4 lbs and feeling fabulous. I now seek friends that understand the struggles we have to go through and our lifelong journey so please feel free to add me.

What may seem like baby steps to some are giant leaps to others...


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Hi Michelle! It's nice that you and hubbie will be getting healthy together! It's a pleasure to meet you!

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Great work, Lori! It is a real pleasure to meet you!

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Hi, Im Lori,

On July 16, 2013, I had Open RNY Surgery.

My surgery went very smoothly. Smoother than I had dared hoped. I had pain, but was able to wean myself off the morphine pump by the 1st morning after surgery. I had surgery on a Tues & was determined to get home by Friday afternoon. For those who dont know, I have a chihuahua named Peppy who is my spoiled rotten furbaby. I was worried about him & needed to get back to him. My surgeon was very impressed with my progress & agreed that I could return home (350 miles from the hospital) on Friday.

I have followed the diet to the letter, even limiting myself on the free foods, so that I dont stretch my stomach by accident. I am now eating pureed foods, on my way to being able to eat regular food. Im currently eating 2 ounces of food 3 times a day with 2 protein shakes a day to supplement my protein needs. Starting September 17th, I will move to 3 ounces of food 3 times a day. My stomach will never get any bigger than 8 ounces.

I had this surgery for ME. Not for anyone else. I did it to save my life. My mother passed away at 52 of heart disease & my father passed at 60 with chronic lymphatic lukemia. i just turned 48 last month. If I wanted to make it any farther than 50, I had to make some major changes in my life, well this was the start to those changes. I have several more surgeries in my future. Both knees need to be replaced as they are bone on bone, I have a large hernia in my stomach that will need to be removed after I lose alot more weight; ans my surgeon informed me that I will need to have the extra skin from my weight loss removed around my stomach. So I still have along way to go, but Im looking forward to being smaller & healthier than I was when I graduated high school.

I forgot to say, So far 6 weeks after surgery I have lost 61lbs, 6 inches off my hips and 3 inches off my waist. I am able to walk with my rollator about 250 feet without stopping & without being out of breath! I can even talk while Im walking... those things are Miracles to me. Before surgery I could walk about 15 feet without being out of breath! I was able to walk through Family Dollar last week, I had to stop, but I did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Dr even commented at my 1st post op visit, look you have collarbones now! That was awesome! I have went down 3 sizes in clothes so far & am looking at the next one!

I get my inspiration from my Fellow Sparkers.....Keep up the Great Work!

Spark On!!!!

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8/30/13 10:28 A

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Hi everyone! I am scheduled for RNY on 9/19/13. I'm so glad I found this page for Weight Loss Surgery folks. Look forward to getting to know you all! emoticon

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Hi everybody! I'm just starting my journey here in Lexington, KY! My husband and I attended our seminar in June and we BOTH are having surgery about 2 weeks apart. We're on a strict high protein/low carb diet until surgery, hopefully in September! We're so excited! Glad to meet you all!

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Welcome to everyone new!!!

Gerhring13-make sure you attend those classes ahead of time to learn how to eat and in portion control before you have your surgery.

I hope everyone is doing well.

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Hello, my name is Stephanie. I had the RNY Gastric bypass on March 26, 2013 after many many years of losing and gaining the weight back for years. The day of my surgery I weighed 279. I have three teenage kids, my oldest is graduating high school in a week and has a weight issue. My other two kids (boys) are thin and very active. I'm married to the love of my life. We are a military family stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington state right now. I'm so excited about my future and what it holds.

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My name is Kimberly and I had decided to go ahead and have the Gastric sleeve weight loss surgery after many years of trying to lose weight and not being able to but instead putting more on every year. I had my surgery in January 2011, weighing in at 286, 10 pounds under my peak (296). I got pregnant with my daughter (child #2) which was a complete surprise with me having PCOS AND on birth control. I gave birth to her December 27th of that year weighing about 217lbs. It was a challenge trying to make sure I ate enough to grow a healthy baby, I was able to do it but eating,literally, around the clock. I ended up having to have little snacks beside my bed for when I would wake up hungry. By all rights I should have already reached my goal weight but life happened (and by that I mean that we found out about a month after she was born that our beautiful baby girl has Cystic Fibrosis, so she took/takes a lot of my time. I had a huge learning curve for the first year of her life and her first full fall/winter was harsh) and all I was able to do was sort of maintain a weight. Now, that spring is here I am able to get back to the gym and eat the way I need to! I am now 193lbs and I only have 23 more pounds to go to reach my goal of 170, and at that time I will re-evaluate and "SEE" if I need to lose more or not. This is the smallest I have been since I was about 14 years old. I honestly have no idea what MY ideal weight is. I thought once I reached a size 14 I would be good to go and not need to lose any more. Nope I was wrong. I am so thankful that I had this surgery it has been a great tool to help me get to where I am now! I am also really glad to have found this group! emoticon

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Hello,
I have been on the weight loss journey for many, many years, like everyone here. In 2009, I had planned to have gastric banding surgery, but then got scared. I didn't think I could make the drastic lifestyle change that was required. Since then, my body has progressively gotten worse. I can't run with my kids, go up or down stairs without my knees hurting. My physical health has also worsened.

Then, in December 2012, my PCP asked if I was still seeing the surgeon. That got me thinking and realizing that I will never lose the weight I need to lose without help. I started attending the Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, which has nutritionists, dietitians, classes, and other support. While waiting for my appointment one day in March 2013, I started talking to another client that is planning to have surgery. She told me about the Sleeve Gastrectomy. A lightbulb lit up in my mind!

Because of that conversation, I have re-connected with my surgeon, have completed the many tasks he requires, and am working on losing the 5% of my weight that my insurance company requires before surgery can be scheduled. The trouble is, I am having a lot of trouble keeping on track and losing any weight. I think I'm sabotaging myself with eating the wrong things (i.e. ice cream, etc.) and not working out enough. Anyone have any advice about that? emoticon

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Sheila-

Welcome to the group and to your upcoming new life-you will learn lot in those classes before your surgery that you will apply. Remember to ask your Team any questions.

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Hi everyone, I am new to the group and on my way to having weight loss surgery. I went for my 3rd seminar a week ago. I got my call yesterday saying my insurance approved me but I have got to meet a deductible of 1100 dollars and go through a 3 month weight management program with TRANSFORMATIONS in Jackson Miss. My 1st appt is May 9th at 1 pm. I have been big all my life and have many health problems. My PCP referred me to the Reggie White Cardio rehab about a month ago, which I love going to. I go there twice a week for support, I see a nutritionist and counselor there for an hour then I exercise for an hour with trained pulmonary assistants. I have managed to lose 26 lbs since starting the rehab and let me tell you, even though I am still over 400 lbs I feel a lot better than I have in a very long while. I am gonna for the Gastric Sleeve surgery but I am sure the doctor is gonna want me to have the Gastric Bypass as my BMI is 80. But I am still gonna tell him i am strung high to have the sleeve done, afterall it is my choice. I can't wait to get the ball a rolling. I am so thankful I stumbled onto this group/team and I have already read some amazing stories, I will graciously take all the support and advice I can get and dont hesitate to ask in return.

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Greetings, Patty and Samantha and welcome to this group.

You can do it!!! Exercise helps. Patty-there are plenty of sit down exercises. I have a DVD called "Chair boxing" and it is good-it really gives you a workout in the sitting position.
There are plenty of sitting down exercises that can be done. Keep up with your Rehab as well. They will give you exerrcises to do to help in your recovery.

Samantha-exercise and walking, etc..will help you.

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My name is Samantha. I am going to be 28 in August. I had my gastric sleeve July 20,2011. The day I first met with my surgeon I was 336 lbs(in Jan of the same year). The day of my surgery, I was 298 lbs(I just made the cut-off for my surgeon's pre-surgery weight loss requirement). In the first year I lost 162 lbs(way too fast I may say) because I even had trouble keeping water down(I am convinced and so was another bariatric surgeon) that my surgeon made my sleeve even smaller than he normally would have(this surgeon later admitted he did make it smaller than normal). In April of 2012, I found out I was pregnant with my #3 baby(which was a shock to me since I have PCOS and haven't had a normal period or such in 3 years since my son was born in Dec 2008). My pregnancy was really hard because of the inability to eat enough calories to meet requirements for pregnancy. I was also severally anemic. I did end up having a girl Dec 28th 2012. The day I delivered her, I was 221 lbs. To meet my goal of about 170 lbs, I have a lot of work ahead of me. emoticon

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Hi all, I just joined this group hoping to have a bit of support and information about Lap Band surgery and afterwards. My surgeon has just referred me for Lap Band so I can lose the next 40 pounds.

I've had one back surgery and am not able to do exercise. I do go to PT and I'm going to start walking at a mall with my walker. My PT and I are going to work on creating a workout that I can do that won't aggravate my back. I'm hoping with the Lap Band and the new workout it won't take me to long to lose the 40 pounds.

Please feel free to message me and stop by my page. I'm really feeling the need for encouragement right now.

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MSMERCY;

Congratulations on your weight loss and getting rid of all those meds!!!

I was just on diabetic Meds, and I went off of them the day I left the hospital in December.
I still check my fasting blood sugars-but, all is well.
Everything is moving along!!

I hope everything stays well with us and everyone out there!

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Hello all! I had my gastric bypass on Dec. 31, and am down around 40 pounds since my pre-op appointments in mid-December...
This hasn't been the easiest experience but no major complications - just hard to adjust. As I continue to succeed I will probably feel better about the process, right now - the jury is out! One amazing thing that happened from day 1 was no more high blood pressure, diabetic, or high cholesterol meds!!! This is the best!

I hope everyone is doing great!

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Hi All;

I'm back at this website as well. I was on it a few years ago but fell off due to several different factors. I have returned when I started having sever pain in my knee and the doctors told me it was related to my weight. It was so bad that at one point I was actually using a cane to walk around with and those motorized carts in the stores to do my shopping in. I felt real funny using them being only 45 (at the time). Not trying to be mean or anything when I say this, but I've always thought of those things being used by the elderly and the 'truly' disabled.

One day I just said to myself 'This is it... I got to get things back in some sort of control again.' and started going to a Weight Clinic here in my area. The Doctors there say surgery may be needed but we are trying what we can before we go that route. Since I started going to the clinic I have lost just over 50 pounds.

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Greetings everyone I hope all is well. I have lost over 30 pounds since surgery in Dec -moving right along.

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hello, my name is Jenna, im 28 years young.. and im looking into lap-band surgery.. i had my first appt with my PCP this morning and they called to refer me to a group in Pittsburgh. but.. she had to leave a message for them to call her back so im not waiting patiently for my appt at all! lol! i currently weigh 290 lbs and im 5'10".. its really not that fun to exercise when its freezing outside, as it has been lately. and my grandpas treadmill is broken (stuck on a really steep incline) lol it makes me so tired after only 3 minutes! but anyway, just hoping for some support here on my journey.. if anyone has had this and wants to share their story with mem please do so! msg me! :)

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Happy Tuesday everyone-I hope that all are doing fine!!


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Welcome to the site, LaRaine and Congratulations on your surgery!!


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Hi everyone. My name is LaRaine and I had lap band on 12/7/12. I have lost 32 pound since pre-op liquid diet started Thanksgiving

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I hope all is well with everyone out there!!

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Thank you. I just wish Dec 4th would hurry up and get here so that I can find out more on my surgery schedule!!!

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That is awesome! I think I'm supposed to have one done. Not looking forward to it, I am claustrophobic and have a major problem with things on my face. You are getting so close, congratulations.

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I went for my Pulmonary Evaluation today and the doctor said that I don't need a Sleep Study!!! yay!!! Another hurdle done!!!!!!!

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Hello out there anybody else here???

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Greetings;

My name is Carol and I am finishing up with my Program's requirements for my Gastric Bypass-Lap.
Tomorrow is my 1st pre surgery support group and then Monday will be the 2nd-only 2 are actually required. Plus, 2 after. On Nov 14th it is pap smear day, Nov 20th is Pulmonary Eval day. Dec 8th is my PA again and on Dec 18th is my Nutritionist again. Hopefully before then I will have my surgery date. They say it will be either around the end of Dec or in Jan.

Meanwhile I am stocking up on samples as from what I hear from everyone that tastes change afterwards.

I have been on SparkPeople for a while and a couple other Teams for Gastric Bypass. I just found this one by accident.

I think I have read just about every book out there on the subject and by the doctors, etc...
So, I was well informed on this months ago when I signed up for it.

I work the night shift at the hospital where I will be getting my Bypass.We have Davinci-but, not sure if they use it for it. That I will look into.

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Hi, My name is Michelle I had gastric sleeve surgery. You should look into it as one of your choices. I choose it over bypass. Here's a great site with lot of great info! http://www.gastricsleeve.com/forum/forum.p
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Hi everyone, I joined this team back in June when I started my journey. Now I am post -po. I had gastric sleeve surgery on 10/24/12. I just started full liquids today. So far so good.

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Hello everyone! I am just getting started here, but you will see more of me (hopefully less OF me) as time goes by! I am in my early 40's and have over 100 lbs to lose. I have been approved for my surgery following a 6 month dr supervised weight loss program.

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hello all, I have been involved with spark for awhile but didn't ever really put myself all into it. I have been looking into weight loss surgery for awhile now and have decided that if I'm going to do it I am going to need help. I originally thought about the lap band because I thought it was easier. I also thought if i gained a little weight I could just have it adjusted whenever. but the doctor I am seeing now really likes the bypass because he says people have better results and less problems. But what I do know is right now I don't have very many health problems, but they are coming and I need to change. I have been over weight all my life and have never really known anything else. So I am scared.

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Hello, had my bypass 6/14/2012 , lost 42 lbs so far! Hope no one has found them!

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Hi all I am new to the team. I am currently working on my 6month weight loss plan but it seems like it is taking forever. I am so ready for my new life .

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I am new to Sparkpeop;e and Live in CT. I am a Mother to 7 (from a combined family). My husband is newly retired from the Navy. I work full time. I love to sing, pay drums, I'm in a band, I sew, read, love movies, love the ocean, and photography. I am a volunteer with Relay For Life here. My children range in age from 4 years old to 19 years old.
I have completed all my required classes and doctors appointments for Bariatric surgery and I am awaiting a surgery date. I'm both excited, worried it won't happen again, and scared of the big life change. I can't wait to someday be the thinner me that I have never been my eentire life! emoticon

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hello,

I havent had my lap band done yet. I still have another appt. with my doctor, dietition, and two suport group meeting to go to before I can have it done. But I am looking for suport and information now and through my wieght loss journy.


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Hello everyone, I hsd my lspbsnd surgery on Oct. 5.On Oct.6 I went back to the e.r.due to vomiting.I was given nausea meds,a barium upper gi and sent home to vomit all night again. I went back to thr e.r. and was given pain meds,nausea meds a barium cat scan.I was admitted on Oct.6 snd just got released on oct.12.What a long strange week it has been.
My surgeon told me that rarely the stomach becomes inflamed and the only way to fix it is with i.v. hydration,nothing by mouth , and pain management. I am still very weak from the 6 days and nights of nonstop vomiting. The surgeon said that the band made it and doesn't need to be removed.(I didn't have the heart to tell him that I would't have minded it being removed by the 3rd night of uncontrollable vomiting). I feel like such a loser. I never ever want to feel like I felt last week again.I will try mu very best to use this tool but if I get any more episodes like last week, I may have to get it out. Is that even normal? The inflammation?

















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I have gotten my surgery date for Oct. 5. emoticon Right now I am on day four a two week clear liquid diet. I was wondering if it made anyone else cranky and forgetful? I am having a hard time with the forgetfulness.I am also not sleeping very well. Have any of you had a similar experience?

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Hi, my name is Kathy - and I'm at the very start of the process....my initial appointment with a surgeon is at the end of October, however, as a step to see if the new lifestyle is attainable, I have already changed my eating habits (or am in the process) and have changed what I eat/drink and how much....I already workout at the gym 3 days a week...I hope to learn a lot from all who have taken this path before me, and to support everyone too!

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Hello everyone, I had Gastric Bypass on Aug 23, so I am almost 3 weeks out. I am down 21 pounds and doing great. I am ready to start eating real food again and therefore, also scared of messing this up.

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Hi everyone.
My name is Linda I had gastric bypass 3 years ago. don't want to discourage anyone who is considering the surgery. I lost 80 pounds after my surgery I have since gained 50 pounds back. I was 230 pounds when I had my surgery. I had many complications from it, 2 months after surgery I had a bowel obstruction and had emergency surgery, I was later hospitalized for two weeks, had a internal hernia a year after that and was back in the hospital twice after that. This does not happen that often. I would have it again if I had to. I am now trying to get back on track,thanks to my doctor,I have lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks which is a start. I am happy to have found SP I think this is what I have been needing especially the encouragement from everyone. I can say, if you have the surgery please follow your drs. orders and what they tell you to do such as your vitamins, protein, drinking water. I have had to learn the hard way. If you have any questions please write I will try to help.

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Hi, everyone! I am just returning to SP after being away for awhile. Had RNY gastric bypass 3 years ago, lost 100lbs rather quickly and have stayed at 189 ever since. Actually, I got down to 170s and went up to 189, drat! However, I am wanting help to lose a little more and mainly...get healthier! I am 56 yrs old, love to scrapbook, ride motorcycle, bead and garden. Am married and have two daughters and four grandkids. Have a dog, reluctantly, but she has grown on me! Thanks for any support you can send my way! Jean emoticon



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Welcome Karen!! And yes, this team keeps many members (and possibly even a few non-team members) motivated!! Problems, thoughts, comments, needing support - just ask!!

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My name is Karen. I received the Realize band April 26, 2011. Since surgery the beginning of the whole process (started in July 2010) I have lost about 38 lbs. Since surgery, I have taken matters into my own hands and increased my exercise and decreased my diet. As I am still trying to achieve the band fill amount I need, I have to work it to be a success. I hope this team will help keep me motivated. Thanks

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Hi everyone,

I am Joy, single mother of two teens, full-time college student & employee, and new lover of ME!

I had vertical sleeve gastric surgery in September to help me lose weight. Although I love my sleeve and it has helped me loose 75 lbs so far I know all that pain and money will be wasted if I do not develop better living habits.

So here I am, looking for a spark buddy or just to make friends and share as I learn to eat better, challenge myself to exercise more, put me first sometimes and continue my new hobby of LOVING ME!

And since I am not the selfish sort, I am also here for you....call, text, inbox, blog, whatever if I can help I will try.

Look forward to my next 75lbs down!
Thanks in advance for your support!



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Hi All, My name is Gayle and I am one week post-op for lap band surgery today. I would never have imagined that I could be so excited about cream of chicken soup, which I will have for lunch today! YIPPEE!

It has not been an easy week, but I am cautiously optimistic. Like most of us, I have struggled with my weight forever and pray that this is the tool that will allow me to control the battle.

I am happy that there is a forum to connect with others who can identify as I am anticipating an interesting journey!

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Hi all. Just wanted to introduce myself. Lap banded in July of 2008. Went from 278 to 202 in 6 months of so. Kept it off for around a year and in 2010 managed to creep back up to 233. I am here now for support to get back on the band wagon and move in the right direction!

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Hi Deb. My apologies for taking so long to reply (long weekend, I was SP AWOL :-).

Calorically, I would be getting in anywhere from 750 to 1250 calories a day - pretty much choosing items that were lo-cal but still took up WW points. Now for me, that was a "weight-loss" caloric intake, because now I'll generally take in anywhere from 1700 to 2600 calories daily (or at least that's what I try to shoot for).

That said, I know people who are in the maintenance phase of their journey who are still getting (and surviving quite well on) about 1000 calories or so a day. I can't speak for their lifestyle (e.g. athletic or not) but I know they are not losing anymore weight yet are still eating what society (and the FDA) would probably consider fewer calories than they should. I suppose it's like Mohammed and the Mountain ... if you can't eat the calories to meet the metabolism, the metabolism will slow down to meet the calories :-)

As for exercise, it was cardio (treadmill walking, and just walking anywhere) from Day 1 (and even before that - I used to be very athletic before becoming obese so the idea of exercising was always in my system). I started off slowly ... maybe 2.5mph on an incline on the treadmill, and worked my way up as my stamina increased. I didn't add weight training until about 6 months after my surgery when my wife gave me a year's membership to the local gym. From that time on I've been doing intense ST with a trainer at the gym 2-3 times a week, and "lite" training (usually no weights, rather body weight exercises, etc...) on the other days.

Hope this helps!! Keep asking away!! :-)

Alan

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Alan. I have read some of your blogs and your sparkpage. I have to say that you have really done great with your weight loss. I have more some questions. When you said that you used a reduced calorie weight watcher diet, how many calories and for how long? Also you said that you have done a lot of physical training. how much and what type of exercise? I just want to get the most weight loss from my lapband that I can. Thank you again. Deb

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Thank you so much for the encouraging words. I guess it is getting close to time for the surgery and I am kind of getting cold feet. I absolutely agree that this is the right decision for me .I was having second thoughts about the commitment that this surgery will take. I have seen a lot of people afterwards and the results are fantastic. Thank you for all of the information on the obesity genetics and the info on the weight loss percentages and thank you for the support.

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Hang in there Slimmerbear ... and put a smile on your face. You've done nothing wrong in the past - only 5% of people who need to lose a lot of weight manage to lose it and keep it off. Most normal people (or those who have to lose a small amount of weight) are in denial about the fact that obesity is a medical illness - not a reflection of any sort of character flaw or personality / eating problem (although there are such conditions, it's more or less agreed that obesity - or the tendency to be obese - is genetic).

Weight Loss Surgery is not a "last resort" or "cop out". What it is (and again, normal society refuses to acknowledge this) is "state of the art" weight loss. Or more importantly, it is state-of-the-are weight management. Anyone can lose weight, and a lot of it. Keeping it off is the part that is virtually impossible to those of use genetically predisposed to obesity. WLS (and particularly adjustable gastric banding, IMHO), is the key to keeping the weight off.

As for losing only half ... that is the *STATISTICAL* average, and therefore the expectation that doctors place when talking to potential patients. The reasons for it are many, but a large part (that no one obese wants to accept) is that, generally, we're older than we were when we think of how slim we want to be - and to actually get there is pretty much impossible. But it is doable. And the statistical average expected weight loss is really more like 60 - 65% of excess weight. But for everyone that fails completely (something like 5% for band patients), there is someone else who loses all their excess weight (like me). You can choose where you want to be. Bottom line: regardless of surgery, if you have the right mindset and do nothing more than follow most of the guidelines your doctor gives you most of the time (not even all the guidelines or all the time), you'll lose that 60-65% without a whole lot of effort. If you want to do the rest, then, surgery or not, you're like everyone else who wants to get to their real goal - you gotta work hard at it: eat a "weight-loss" style diet, exercise a lot, minimize "cheating". It can be done.

Feel free to read some of my blogs. I pretty much am an open book about my very successful journey. And it's not magic. It's just making realistic expectations ... doing the best you can at it ... and accepting that even 50 (or 65%) of your excess weight makes you infinitely healthier. Can't beat that return on investment.

Keep asking questions or looking for supprot - we'll (well, at least me) will be happy to answer :-) Also, if you are considering banding ... join the SP teams "Lap Banders" and "Lap Band Surgery" (if you haven't done so already).

Alan


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I have finished my nutrition classes, have had my Psych evaluation and am waiting for the referral to my surgeon. Now, I am beginning to get a little scared. I have 135 lbs to lose and nothing that I have tried has worked. I have tried for the past 8 years to lose this extra weight , but I keep gaining it back. I cried as I left the psych evaluation because I had to admit to myself that I need surgical help to lose this weight.I am ashamed that I did this to myself by gaining this weight. I have read that you only lose one half of your excess weight.

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Welcome Karrie!!! Glad to have another WLS/Band advocate join the crowd!! :-)

Alan

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Hi everyone. My name is Karrie and I was banded on 3/2/10. I have lost 124lbs so far with 120 or so to go. (half way to goal woot).

I run a WLS support group and am a firm believer in WLS.

I have been active on other online sites (Obesity help for example) but new to Spark. Looking for more tools in my toolbag toward even greater success.

Karrie (Pacific time zone)

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Welcome Mitch!! I personally am a "band-evangelist" - and a firm believer that *any* form of WLS is "state-of-the-art" compared to all the non-surgical methods.

Long story short, with the Lap-Band, I went from 320+ pounds down to 155 (now 165 or so, as 155 was a bit too thin for my liking). Please feel free and read my blogs (the older ones are more interesting than the new ones for prospective WLS patients to read) if you want to get a more long-winded version of my success :)

Alan

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!"

"Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels."

My key to success: Follow *most* of the guidelines, *most* of the time.


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Hi all! Decided to join this team as it has crossed my mind more than a few times to consider some form of weight loss surgery as a way to shed the many unwanted pounds I have. I've been active in SP since early 2007, and while that has certainly helped knock off over 30 pounds, I have found myself at a plateau for quite some time.

I'm curious as to how others have fared with WLS, etc. So I look forward to reading the various posts.

Patrick
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Welcome 19Heart71!! I hear ya about the out-of-pocket costs. I went through a similar thing - my insurance company required, among other things, meeting with a nutritionist and psychologist. And even though it was the insurance company that mandated it, they also said these visits were not covered, so it was out of pocket.

As it turned out (very annoying long story short), my insurance company did not cover even the surgery and I had to pay for everything out of pocket. Hard as it was, it was the best investment I ever made!! Can't really put a price on good health.

Alan

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"Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels."

My key to success: Follow *most* of the guidelines, *most* of the time.


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Hi team! I am looking to get the Lap-Band surgery and I am really excited about it. It's been a little difficult making the decision to get it but I'm really looking forward to it now. The hospital where I will have it done has a program you have to go through prior to the surgery that costs $450 out of pocket. It's going to be a scramble trying to come up with the money but it's a requirement of the hospital to go through that program. I am so grateful to be a member of SparkPeople and to have a team like this to come to for support. emoticon

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Hi My GBP was done on Feb. 16 2010 at surgery time I weighed 300lbs. as of today Jan. 15 2011 I weight 220.4 I am stalled and have been since Oct. I go up to 224 and low is 216 I Am very frustrated I called my Dr's and they said just keep doing what your doing and I have. I walk anywhere from 3 to 5 miles when I can Daily (due to Weather). During the summer I started riding the cruiser bike my kids helped me get, I was up to about 25 miles a week again depending on Weather. I live in Northern Or. where the weather can change every 5 min.(RAIN)

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I'm the same way - except for when I do my motivational / "success story" speaking at the hospital where I had my surgery ... and at the monthly support group at the hospital, I don't even think about the good ol' morbidly obese days!! It's nice to meet people for the first time who have no idea of the history my body has gone through. Just being healthy and eating (mostly) right is all people see now.

As for support groups, don't know where you are, but that is an advantage for living in and around NYC and having had my surgery at the largest bariatric group in the US. They offer plenty of support. And I get my support by giving support to others. I figure if I'm going to talk the talk, I better be walking the walking ... which keeps me motivated not to slip and put any pounds back on.

Good luck with the local support groups. And of course, if you ever need a non-local ear to bend, that's what I'm here for. I'm a pretty good listener (and a verbose talker :-)

Alan

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"Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels."

My key to success: Follow *most* of the guidelines, *most* of the time.


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That is not only fantastic, but an incredible journey you took on for yourself and I'm sure you heard numerous times how great of a job you've done!

I hear you about how aging slows and reverses the weigh loss vs gain trend! UGH!

For me, I did great and maintained at 160lbs after having 2 kids for about 10yrs. Slowly with the help from a depo-provera birth control needle for 7 years (YIKES) I gained back 60lbs of the weight and learned some bad techniques to "eat around the pouch". ~Didn't help that I quit exercise for that time too. OMG

I am now in the process of setting up some networking support groups in my home town for others that have had not-so-great success and help show them how to re-use their "tool" and follow the pouch rules.

I now workout 5 days/wk with cardio & weights, do yoga & tai chi 2x/wk, and throw in a couple zumba classes to mix it up and keep it fun! I have all the home gym equipment but I stored it away to make sure I'm committed to stay at the gym!!

I don't look at it as weightloss anymore, more like back to basics and healthy living!

Keep up the great job with maintenance Alan!!! emoticon

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Exellent to be a success. I'd been heavy since beginning college, when I had a) injured my knee and had to give up my soccer-playing career and b) was introduced to beer and all the other goodies college life offerred. In my 20's, I could lose x number of pounds in a month and it took a year to put back on. In my 30's, that same x number of pounds lost in a month would come back in a month, and in my early 40's, it seemed that it took 2 months to lose those same x pounds, and I'd put it back on in 1 day. At the time (early 2000s), my PCP and I talked about WLS but in his opinion the mortality risks (which at the time were like 1 in 100 for gastric bypass) seemed to much of a risk. By the time 2007 rolled around, my risk of dying from doing nothing far outweighed the risk of even an invasive WLS. FOrtunately, banding had been approved in the US for a while at that point, and the mortality rate was something like 1 in 2000. The choice was obvious.

Best thing to ever happen to me (besides my wife, kids and the NY Mets winning the 1969 World Series :-)

Alan

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Pretty well the same except we have pouches instead of sleeves. Our VBG, which was very popular back in the 90's is a stapled pouch, size of an egg initially with a flexible band at the bottom of said pouch through a hole in stomach. The rest of the stomach is still there and acts as a reserve (stage 2) for digesting. The full feeling (satiety) and restriction is via the pouch prior to the emptying into stomach for digest.

As time goes on, the pouch usually stretches out some, mine is now at 3/4 cup size. As long as we don't eat "slider" foods, drink water with meals and avoid high carbs, we can all have success!!!

I just recently did the 5-day pouch test to get back to basics with liquid then onto soft-solid protein. All worked well, and started listening to the signs of satiety!

Unfortunately my generation of WLS did not get the education or support and there was a 90% failure rate...I'm considered a success!! emoticon

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Hi Coreena!! By the time I joined SP, I had already met my sucess goals via WLS (Lap-Band), but this is a great place to keep me motivated with my exercise and not falling off the wagon (although with the band, I find it harder to gain weight, than it was for me to lose weight before the band).

Anyway... I'm really curious as to this VBG. Is that essentially the same thing as the new buzz-word vertical gastrectomy, except instead of removing the excess stomach (as is done in the gastrectomy), the stomach on the other side of the staples just stays in place?

Alan

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When I joined Sparkpeople I quickly found out that there wasn't a group for those of us who have had WLS. What type doesn't matter, but sometimes we each need a bit of extra, and a bit different, motiviation or support. This is the place for it. We might have had the surgery, but we know we have to work just as hard as everyone else to ensure success.

I myself had VBG Vertical Banded Gastroplasty--Stomach Stapled back in 1991 and had initially lost 100lbs. Since having 2 children I re-gained some weight after maintaining for many years. Right now, I'm back to basics, and using my "Tool" to help me get back to goal of 140lbs!

So, tell me about you - your goals, your frustrations, your milestones. We want to hear them!


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