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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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Greetings from Phoenix, AZ... - last post by RickC1972

Socialize

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

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Moving Right Along... - last post by Buddymiles5

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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8 months post-op, 211 lbs gone - last post by lightenupwoman

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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Saying GoodBye to TOPS and... - last post by diyana

Clothing and Goods Exchange

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

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need size 20 summer clothes - last post by Brookelyn

Newsletters

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 Lollypop83

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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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Extreme dizziness - last post by amanduhhpage

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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"Medically Necessary" - last post by Stephtay

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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UC Irvine (So. Cal) - Dr. B... - last post by melodyssss

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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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Stomach spasms/cramping aft... - last post by Blueswede

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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What's the best way to... - last post by Dr. Abhay Gupta

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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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hernia repaired during surgery - last post by BrigidD

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Forums


  1. Pre-Op Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy,
  2. 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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Eating beef liver - last post by Happy-Camper

Lap Band Forums


  1. Pre-Op Lap Band,
  2. Post-Op Lap Band,
  3. Lap Band Fills,
  4. 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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Optifast Pre-op (Weight dro... - last post by BrittBritt

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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Do revision peeps lose slow... - last post by Jolls

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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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This is my story. - last post by fflintstone

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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Married Men Stay Home! - last post by ToutDeSuite

Prayer and Spiritual Support

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

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pray for my baby please - last post by princessblog

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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When spouses do not support... - last post by Mrs.Donovan

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Recipes

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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Quinoa chocolate cake.  unr... - last post by Happy-Camper

Vitamins, Supplements, and Protein Drinks

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

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BlenderBottle recipes! - last post by Eluna

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Exercises, Workouts, and Recreation

Personal exercise, gyms, and group activities.

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Calling all bikers - last post by dxm2

Women's Issues

This forum is for female-related issues only.

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Waxing... - last post by Eluna

Pregnancy

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

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2 months post op and pregna... - last post by RckrVxn

Addiction Transfer

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Retail "Therapy" - last post by rhonderoo

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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Unsweet Tea Instead of Water - last post by Spunkycat

Reconstructive & Plastic Surgery

Discussions regarding reconstructive and plastic surgery following weight loss.

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Northern VA Plastic Surgeon... - last post by Castroviejo

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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Anybody else have a physica... - last post by Spunkycat


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    amanduhhpage

    just made a delicious, but totally failed banana protein pancake...it takes wonderful, but during the "flippage" things went south! Still takes good, even though its now it's more a pile of mush! You gotta learn to laugh at yourself!

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    naturemom

    I'm so thankful that I have a better handle on stress eating. As in, I push myself to not do it. Today has been a lousy day and my head kept telling me to eat it off. I told my head to go f*** itself and went for a walk.

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    ccma

    feeling like a failure. why has my loss all but stopped at only 6mo out? grrrr

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    doll777

    I have a migraine. I wish I would have known the no NSAIDs rule before surgery. It may have been a deal breaker because I have a reaction to almost every pain medication besides ibuprofen. I think it is time to go to my room and put a warm cloth over my eyes. :(

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