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Welcome! Thinner Times® Forum is an online discussion forum and community for Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy weight loss surgery patients. It is a supportive community where you can ask questions and share your hopes, feelings, and experiences. TTF is funded by Dr. Charles Callery and his son, John Callery. The forum is an educational outreach provided through the bariatric surgery practice of Charles D. Callery, M.D., F.A.C.S., in San Diego, California.


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Introduce Yourself

Are you new to Thinner Times? Are you pre-operative, post-operative, or still deciding which weight loss surgery is right for you? Or are you a regular 'lurker'? Say hi and introduce yourself!

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On a journey, but Pre-Op - last post by kealster


General discussion area for anything related or unrelated to weight loss surgery.

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Does a variation of the 5 d... - last post by Kim M

Member Photos

Do you have before and after photos, or other pictures that you'd like to share? Post them here!

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One year - last post by AlisonBC

Buddies and Mentors

Peer support is a critical part of your weight loss surgery journey. Use the buddies and mentors forum to find other individuals who have had, or are having, gastric bypass surgery, vertical sleeve surgery, or Lap Band surgery.

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Any December Surgerys?! - last post by Carolg

Clothing and Goods Exchange

Classifieds section for weight loss surgery. No commercial postings, please.

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SF/Bay Area: Holiday Celebr... - last post by Stephtay


Each month, we send an email newsletter that discusses issues related to RNY gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, Lap Band, general health and fitness.

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Questions for "What... - last post by 1chancla

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General Questions

This section is for general questions about the gastric bypass, Lap Band, and vertical sleeve gastrectomy, as well the pre and post-operative processes.

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a different kind of skin qu... - last post by scarlet-amelia

Insurance and Financing

Insurance and financing for gastric bypass, Lap Band, and the vertical sleeve gastrectomy can be a complicated process. Share or ask questions about your insurance and financing plan, as well as doctor fees and the cost of your weight loss surgery. And finally, let everyone know once you’re approved!

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anthem healthkeepers plus - last post by amalynn1981

Doctors and Hospitals

Share your experiences about your weight loss surgeon and hospital, as well as feedback on their seminars, pre/post-operative programs, and staff.

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Anyone from South Carolina? - last post by mrsbib

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Ask Dr. Callery

Having performed more than 4,000 weight loss surgery procedures over 20 years, Dr. Charles D. Callery is experienced and knowledgeable. If you have a question about gastric bypass, Lap Band, vertical sleeve, or weight loss surgery in general - Ask Dr. Callery!

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Biliopancreatic diversion w... - last post by Dr. Callery

Ask Dr. Gupta, Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Gupta answers questions about plastic surgery. Questions should be of general interest. Feel free to post pictures along with your questions.

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Belly button after tummy tuck - last post by mswanson502

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Gastric Bypass Forums

  1. Pre-op Gastric Bypass,
  2. Post-op Gastric Bypass,
  3. Long-Term Post-op,
  4. Gastric Bypass Nutrition

The gastric bypass forums are intended to create a targeted discussion area for the RNY gastric bypass procedure. Feel free to discuss pre or post-operative topics, ask questions, or share concerns.

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Snacks/Munchies Help?! - last post by pinkswing

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Forums

  1. Pre-Op Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy,
  2. Post-Op Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy,
  3. Long-Term Post-Op Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

The vertical sleeve gastrectomy forums are a place to discuss the newly popular vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery. The vertical sleeve is the removal of 85% of the stomach, but without rearrangement of the intestines. Ask questions about the surgery and share pre and post-operative concerns.

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Pouch test? - last post by Kim M

Lap Band Forums

  1. Pre-Op Lap Band,
  2. Post-Op Lap Band,
  3. Lap Band Nutrition

The Lap Band forums are a targeted area to discuss all angles of the Lap Band or adjustable gastric banding procedure. Feel free to discuss pre or post-operative issues, Lap Band fills and doctors, pricing, complications, etc.

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Band Too Tight After Signif... - last post by JaneNOLA

Weight Loss Surgery Revisions

Weight loss surgery revisions are typically performed because of weight regain, complications resulting from the weight loss surgery procedure, or a reversal of the procedure altogether.

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Looking for information on... - last post by reversedmyrnybypass

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Personal Stories

Every person struggling with obesity or who has had weight loss surgery has a unique experience and story. Some stories are inspirational, some are emotional, and others are painful. Share your weight loss surgery story with the rest of the community and help those who have yet to take their journey.

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Pizza! - last post by Vintageaddict82

Emotional Support

Weight loss surgery is an emotional process. Relationships with friends and family change, and some struggle with physical changes happening to their body. This forum is a place for you to reach out to other members - whether there are others in need, or if you yourself need to share what is going on in your life.

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Wish I had done a little mo... - last post by scarlet-amelia

Prayer and Spiritual Support

This support forum is open to members of all faiths and spiritual backgrounds.

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Well this may be off topic. - last post by SLICEBREAD

Marriage and Relationships

Weight loss surgery is a life-changing process, not just physically, but emotionally as well. Use this forum to discuss changes, problems, or developments in your relationships.

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Getting hit on all the time - last post by snsforever916

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Proper nutrition is important to the long-term success of weight loss surgery. While gastric bypass, Lap Band, and vertical sleeve limits the amount and types of food you consume, that doesn't mean the food can't be delicious! Post your favorite WLS recipes and search our existing database for new ones.

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Chia Seed Jam - last post by Jolls

Vitamins, Supplements, and Protein Drinks

Ask questions or post reviews about vitamins, supplements, and protein drinks following weight loss surgery.

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Vitamins for Newly Post-Op... - last post by IslandWater

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Exercises, Workouts, and Recreation

Personal exercise, gyms, and group activities.

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Exercise with limitations help - last post by triadchick

Women's Issues

This forum is for female-related issues only.

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i want to cry... - last post by lightenupwoman


Discussions regarding pregnancy following gastric bypass surgery, Lap Band surgery, or the vertical sleeve gastrectomy.

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Pregnant! Wow! :) - last post by cinwa

Addiction Transfer

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I'm in trouble. - last post by CherokeeGirl

Men's Issues

Since men are sometimes the minority on weight loss surgery forums, this forum is a small space where guys can have man-to-man conversations about life before and after weight loss surgery.

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Ask a body builder.....  Gu... - last post by TheColdestAugust

Reconstructive & Plastic Surgery

Discussions regarding reconstructive and plastic surgery following weight loss.

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Horrible Rash Under Boobs - last post by ShrinkingWaterlily

Careers and the Workplace

If you had a gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band, or other WLS, share the effects that it had on you in the workplace. How does it compare to before surgery?

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Anyone have a really cool job? - last post by ToutDeSuite

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    Duffman is homoe, everything went well. Was able to sip, sip, sip and walk , walk, walk....my NSV thus far you ask? I came home off ALL Diabetes Meds. I am so happy! Thank you for all the support!

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    Today i'm gonna take 2X the dose of M.O.M and 3 laxatives at once. Hope i don't OD lol. Plus gonna go to the gym for a walk on the treadmill. If this doesn't cause an eruption than i'm going the dreaded enema:(

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