1. Community Center

    1. 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!

    2. Socialize

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

    3. Member Photos

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

    4. 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.

    5. Clothing and Goods Exchange

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

  2. Before Weight Loss Surgery

    1. 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.

    2. 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!

    3. 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.

  3. Professional Answers

    1. 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!

    2. 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.

  4. Weight Loss Surgery Forums

    1. Gastric Bypass Forums

      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.

    2. Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Forums

      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.

    3. Lap Band Forums

      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.

    4. 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.

  5. Support and Motivation

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. Prayer and Spiritual Support

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

    4. 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.

  6. Diet and Nutrition

    1. 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.

    2. Vitamins, Supplements, and Protein Drinks

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

  7. Life After Weight Loss Surgery

    1. Exercises, Workouts, and Recreation

      Personal exercise, gyms, and group activities.

    2. Women's Issues

      This forum is for female-related issues only.

    3. Pregnancy

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

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    5. 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.

    6. Reconstructive & Plastic Surgery

      Discussions regarding reconstructive and plastic surgery following weight loss.

    7. 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?

  8. Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups

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  • Recent Status Updates

    • Alexa21

      I got my date is April 6,2017 I'm getting sleeved hip hip hooray I can't wait I'm so happy & a little scared but I know everything will be ok God will be by my side. I'm so happy 
      · 0 replies
    • amandr

      I'm 262 days away from being able to schedule my surgery date. It absolutely cannot come fast enough. 
      Since January 1st I've lost 13 pounds, now sitting at 257. From what I understand if I go below 250 I will be below 40 BMI and then insurance may not okay the surgery, which in my opinion, is ridiculous--but it is what it is. So I have 7 more pounds to lose and then maintain that weight until December. Shouldn't be a problem with my trip to New Orleans coming up (aka my last sandwich hurrah), thanksgiving, and me going back to school in the fall. I can balance any indulgences out with my new good habits. It's a weird place to be in because now I'm finally in a good spot with going to the gym 3x a week, walking daily, and eating right, but I have to slow down those good habits just to get my surgery approved. -sigh-
      I'm feeling really good though, very confident and hopeful about what is to come. I just need time to fly on by.
      · 0 replies
    • Alexa21

      I had my appt with my primary doctor to get cleared for Sergery I did blood work my ex ray was done & my Hart was good Wednesday I'm going to see my doctor to get my date & instructions I'll keep u posted I'm happy & a little scared 
      · 3 replies
    • BlueEyedGirl

      My skin removal surgery is booked! I am so excited and nervous!
      · 8 replies
    • abetterlife4me

      Well it has been awhile since I have been on TTF and I dont want to ever go this long again.  I am almost 5 years out from Bypass. I have recently well not so recently been excusing my now 20 lb weight gain. BUT no more! I promised myself when I did this surgery for me that I never wanted to feel like I am over weight, never wanted to get to that point again where I was pulling at my shirt because it is now a bit snug.  I have looked at why I am eating and what I am eating and know the path to reduce again. I was given an amazing life line and will not abandon it or me!  I need to lower my carbs and increase protein and icky veggies. I like fruit not veggies but I love me more. So while 20 lbs may not seem alot, it is more than I want on my body so back to basics for me!! no fad diets or any thing extreme like the old day just good basic bypass instructions. I am glad to be back and look forward to getting healthier again
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