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Old 06-13-2013, 12:51 PM   #1
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Weight Loss Surgery

I am thinking about having Gastric Bypass surgery (recommended to me by my Doctor). I am looking for others who either had the surgery or are planning on having it. For thos who have had it done - are you glad you did? Did you have any complications? Any tips/advice? How much weight did you lose? Do you exercise daily?

For those thinkng about it or are in the pre-op stage - please share your experiences - what are you doing to prepare for surgery? Any tips or advice?

I filled out all the paperwork, I'm just waiting to hear if I have been accepted as a patient and to schedule my first appointment. I excited, but scared at the same time.

Would love to have a buddy or two (or lots) to go through this!

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Old 06-13-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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Tammy, strange that this post just caught my on the side ticker of WDWinfo.

I had WLS in December 2012. I had a sleeve gastrectomy, not the gastric bypass, so my experience will be a bit different. but the short answer is I would absolutely do it again!

Even though I know that the sleeve has an overall lower weight loss than gastric bypass, for me it was the right decision. I did not want to "re route my plumbing" as I like to say. That said, I have always known that my biggest food problem was not making the right choices (low fat, low sugar, lower carb) but limiting my quantities. Having the capacity of my stomach significantly reduced was exactly what I needed and frankly wished for for many years.

I did not have any complications. I had a filter inserted first, surgery that same morning & was home the next day. I did have one strange thing where the gas from the anesthesia made my skin kind of crinkly, but that cleared up within a day or so. The filter was because I have a blood-clotting condition. The filter was removed 4 weeks after my surgery.

Since the first time I went into the dr office (August 2012), I have lost 98lbs. I lost 20 lbs pre-surgery. I always walk the dog (for years) every morning but started adding first TV work outs (Wii, Bodies in Motion) in the fall pre-surgery and then since my surgery I have done the treadmill + floor exercises + dog walk 5 days a week (on weekends I just walk the dog, sometimes do Zumba if $ and time permit). I've gone from a size 24 to a 14 and possibly ready for a 12. (3X - Large)

It has made such a huge huge difference not just in my life, but in my family's as well. I am healthier and much more active. and so much more aware of my family's nutrition. I always aimed for balanced meals, low fat, etc but pay so much more attention to protein vs carbs, fruits & veggies vs heavy starches, desserts, drinks, etc.

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Old 06-13-2013, 02:16 PM   #3
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Go for it! Follow your doctor's directions and improve your life.

I had a gastric band (Realize Band) placed in October 2011. At my biggest, I was wearing a tight women's 22 jeans. Right now, I am wearing a pair of size 8 jeans and I could probably go down to a size 6. (I wore a size 12 in high school and never thought I would get that small again.)

Prior to surgery, my BMI was in the "morbidly obese" category. Currently, I am 5 lbs away from a BMI in the "normal" category. Before surgery, if I dropped something on the floor while seated, I literally couldn't bend over my tummy to pick it up. This month, I am working on a 30 day ab challenge and last night I did 60 full sit ups, 30 crunches, 30 leg lifts and a 120 second plank. I also recently discovered that the visible bump on my calf and thigh were actual muscles that are no longer cammoflauged by flab.

My energy level has increased. My confidence has increased. I am happier and healthier. My only regret is that didn't pursue WLS surgery sooner. I wasted so many years feeling defeated by my weight - both physically and mentally.

One caveat - WLS is not a cure all. You need to be ready and willing to change your life and learn new habits. My doctor compared having any WLS to having power steering in a car - you are still in control and you still decide the direction you want to go in; the procedure will make it easier for you to get there. You have to make good choices and the surgery will help by allowing you to finally feel satisfied by a healthy portion of food.

Good luck. If you have any questions that I can answer, feel free to PM me.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:09 PM   #4
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Another good suggestion is to find out what the "diet" requirements are going to be. How much food you are allowed at any one time, what volume of liquids you can consume, how often will you need to eat, what foods are absolutely forbidden etc. And then follow those "rules" for six weeks. If you find you can follow the rules for six weeks then you know you will be a success with your surgery.

Bands can be popped, sleeves can be stretched, food can be consumed. Those with the greatest success were those that could follow the rules.

Take lots of notes and ask lots of questions and good luck with whichever decision you make.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:22 PM   #5
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My mom's cousin had the bypass- she was always diabetic and was hoping to decrease her symptoms with the surgery. Long story short, she has now gone the other direction where her blood sugar dips dangerously low. I don't know if you are diabetic or not, and I know a lot of diabetic people have had success with the surgery, I just wanted you to know how it affected my mom's cousin.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:59 PM   #6
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I had gastric bypass in August of 2011. It was the best thing I ever did!! It was not easy at first...meaning drinking liquids and staying away from so many foods. When I first got home from the hospital I was like why did I do this?? Those feelings went away..especially when I started losing weight. I did not have any complications, but I know other people have..the doctors always say each person is different. I have lost close to 90 pounds. I went from a 26/28 to a size 10/12!! You for sure have to be committed to changing your habits, because 2 years out now..I can eat anything...and the weight is creeping up. I decided to do Weight Watchers to keep myself on track. I have many pictures still on the wall of my old self...I am glad...reminds me of who I do not want to be again!! One thing that my doctor said...I believe it is true...go to a support group!! I go there...and to Weight Watchers..you cannot do it alone!! Ask me anything you want..good luck and let us know how you are doing!

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