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Old 06-09-2014, 02:52 PM   #1
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Weight loss surgery

Has anyone here had it? Would you recommend it? My sister wants to do it. She has a BMI of 42 with diabetes. She wants to have gastric sleeve.

Any opinions appreciated?
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:02 PM   #2
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Has anyone here had it? Would you recommend it? My sister wants to do it. She has a BMI of 42 with diabetes. She wants to have gastric sleeve.

Any opinions appreciated?
My best friend just had surgery in February (bypass) and is down 68 lbs already. She looks amazing but she really only eats a small selection of food that is allowed - no more alcohol either - and TMI ALERT - has very bad bowel movements and often throws up during meals. It truly was a life altering surgery. I know she's happy with the results, but it's been a long 3 months for her.
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Out of the group of 5 of us at work (we take breaks and lunch together) 2 have had the sleeve, one had GB and I'm just chubby and the other one isn't.

Of the sleeve ladies (one had hers in May '13), one has lost 91 lbs. The other had hers in April of this year and has def lost weight (she hasn't said how much and I won't ask). The former really is careful with what she eats and I never hear her complain she got sick or doesn't feel good....the latter, not so much but she is getting better.
The GB one is a pain...I get tired of hearing "I really shouldn't eat this but I'm going to anyway" and "I'm gonna be so sick after I eat this" blah blah. She had her surgery 3 or 4 yrs ago and has kept the weight off.

I would like to have it done but I think I have other complications where I won't be able to.
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:28 PM   #4
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So it definitely works? Anyone with first hand experience?
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:33 PM   #5
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With a BMI that high, yes, she should have the surgery. The issues are: can she stick the different way she will have to eat? One can actually gain weight after weight loss surgery if they still eat junk food.
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Something that needs to be asked, answered, asked again, answered again and the person needs to be serious about their answer....Are they ready to put down the food and follow a food plan. Eating protein first, no alcohol, giving up pop, truly watching labels and pay attention to what you are eating. Learning to be satisfied on a few bites to start out with. And getting out of a chair and exercising daily.

Any weight loss surgery is only a tool for the person to work towards a healthy lifestyle only if they are willing to make the changes in their life. I have heard it said that the surgery is the easy part and life after surgery is the hard part. I agree with that 100%. Surgery will fix your stomach, but it does nothing to fix your head and the thoughts of wanting to eat.

It is a personal decision, that needs to be researched thoroughly prior to making a decision. All of us on the board can provide our thoughts and opinions, and that will include stories from people who have had surgery, including me. I had surgery on March 24 and have yet to experience any issues. Now I'm following my doctors directions in addition to the nutritionists directions which cover what food to eat, when to take the vitamins and exercising every day. Will I be able to do it every day? I'm not sure, but I only have to worry about doing it today and address tomorrow, tomorrow.

Just my .02 on the subject.
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Um yeah. You have to follow the basic rules and not drink milkshakes everyday. Kind if a given

I know a handful of people who had he sleeve and all are doing great. None of them vomit. 1 lapband friend is having hers removed due to a port problem. One is doing great. But they both puke all the time but say it isn't like puking.

All have lost a lot and are keeping it off. The lb friends are about 7 hears out give or take. The sleeve friends have been over the last 5 years.

I'm not big in surgery but I've seen awesome results with these and would definitely look further into them.
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Old 06-09-2014, 08:22 PM   #8
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So it definitely works? Anyone with first hand experience?
No, it does not definitely work. You can put weight back on even with weight loss surgery. Has your friend attempted weight loss before? If so, why did they fail? You have to follow a VERY strict diet with the surgery. Your friend will also most likely be put on a diet before being allowed surgery to make sure she can stick with it.

There can be complications. You can get very VERY ill if you don't follow the diet correctly. You can even die. It comes down to if the dangers of surgery are less then the dangers of doing weight loss the old fashioned way.
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No, it does not definitely work. You can put weight back on even with weight loss surgery. Has your friend attempted weight loss before? If so, why did they fail? You have to follow a VERY strict diet with the surgery. Your friend will also most likely be put on a diet before being allowed surgery to make sure she can stick with it.

There can be complications. You can get very VERY ill if you don't follow the diet correctly. You can even die. It comes down to if the dangers of surgery are less then the dangers of doing weight loss the old fashioned way.
I am a RN who gets to see the complications. Not pretty. I also get to see patients come back to have surgery to have excess skin removed after they have lost 100 lbs or more. It is such a big life changer. You have to really know and accept what you are getting yourself into when you choose bariatric surgery.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:00 PM   #10
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This is just a small warning for weight loss and diabetes. Before she begins the process for weight loss surgery or other weight loss methods, she needs to get into the habit of testing her blood glucose frequently and knows how to treat hypoglycemia. Weight loss, even as small as five pounds, can increase insulin sensitivity. As a result, the risks of hypoglycemia -low blood glucose- also increase until medication/insulin dosages are adjusted.
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:37 AM   #11
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Has anyone here had it? Would you recommend it? My sister wants to do it. She has a BMI of 42 with diabetes. She wants to have gastric sleeve.

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I do know people that have had surgeries and gained back their weight because they did not stick to dieting.

Another person I know who wanted the surgery was required to lose some weight prior to getting the surgery and did not so she was not allowed to get the surgery.

Also I do know of someone who my mother knew who had the surgery and ate food she was not supposed to and she died as a result. This was before they did careful screening of people.

It can be very successful however it does alter your life. I do wish your sister well.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:00 AM   #12
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I'm almost 2 years out with the sleeve. Best decisions I could have made for me and I'm extremely happy with my decision. That said, it's not for everyone and you need to do your research. While my BMI was not extremely high (36), I had multiple comorbidities and an endocrine disorder that made it difficult to lose weight and keep it off. Increasing health issues secured my decision and my main goal was not weight loss but to get off my meds which I did successfully within in months of my surgery.

It's not an easy way out, it's one of the hardest things I've ever done. It's a total lifestyle change, not just diet and you need to be committed to it for life. That said, I followed a fairly strict diet pre surgery for years due to my endocrine disorder and it was still hard. Portion sizes have been the most difficult for me. I haven't had any issues. The only I have problems eating now are spicy foods (gives me heartburn) and I no longer crave sweets (total win). I also joined a gym (instead of exercising on my own) and see a trainer weekly. It doesn't mean you can't ever have a treat or anything but it's like anything...make smart decisions. Weight can come back on if you choose not follow with a healthy eating plan and exercise.
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Has anyone here had it? Would you recommend it? My sister wants to do it. She has a BMI of 42 with diabetes. She wants to have gastric sleeve.

Any opinions appreciated?
I just had the bypass surgery end of February this year and have lost 60 lbs so far. It's an adjustment but I'm getting used to the portion sizes, etc.

The things to look out for are:

Sugar - very little or you have dumping issues. This only happened once for me.

Caffine (sp?) - no issue with me. I drink regular coffee but only have maybe 2 cups a day.

Wine - Yes I've had wine. A glass does not bother me and I've even had 2 in one evening. I haven't had any hard liquor but I never drank it anyway. The procedure does not forbid you to not drink, just that you need to be careful as the alchol gets into your bloodstream quicker than before and because its very caloric, you should be frugal with how often you do drink.

Meats - I can only tolerate 2 - 3 bites of chicken, beef and fish. After, I am full.

Fats - minimize as much as possible. This will cause gastric issues.

Fried foods - I was never a fried food eater (except french fries on occasion). I have had these since the surgery but only 2 - 3 in a sitting.

Vegtables - Gassy vegtables like brussel sprouts, broccholi and beans. This causes me issues, so I just avoid them. So far the other vegtables I've eaten are fine.

One thing that I do know, is that the old saying, "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach" is absolutely true at this stage. Take you time eating and pay attention to when your full. The throwing up is, a lot of times, due to the fact someone eats too quickly or eats too much. This has only happened to me twice.

Weight loss surgery is a tool - NOT A CURE. When I went for my last appointment a month ago, they basically opened up the menu to almost anything except for those things mentioned above.
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My sister had gastric bypass 7 years ago. She stuck to the rules laid out by the dr and lost 160 lbs. She is careful on what she eats. At family functions, we make sure to have a sugar free desert so she doesn't feel left out.

She looks fabulous now and is so much happier. My nephew was 2 when she had it and doesn't remember her being fat.

It wasn't an easy fix for her, she had tried many diets and failed. She said the change in her appetite and what she can eat has been a big help to her.
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My dear friend's mother had WL surgery and, as a complication of the surgery, ended up in a coma for malnutrition and nearly died. She survived, but lost her eye sight. Now she is legally blind and disabled as a result.
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