Aussie H

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  1. I've been here before as this is repair surgery. I know my family, and I know how critical others can get of you after WLS. I do care what others say about me, either to my face or behind my back. I know it hurts me because I've been there before. At least if they have the front to say it to my face (or within earshot) I can tell them how stupid and judgemental they are. When it's behind your back its a bit harder to counter the damage toxic people can do. Im being pretty upfront now that I'm having surgery to repair previous surgical scarring, but not everyone is being told that involves having a bypass. I'll tell them that after the surgery that bypass was the only option the surgeon had once I was on the table. It is the truth, I just know beforehand.
  2. I'm the youngest, by far tallest, and was always the largest of my sisters as well. One of my sisters has a lapband and a habit of passing down horrible old clothes that no longer fit her, or they fit her but she'll never wear again, which I usually just put straight into a donation box. She happened to visit me yesterday and gushed over a top I was wearing. I told her I really liked it as well, which was why I was wearing it. The subject of my weight came up at one point and she was shocked to find I was only 3kgs heavier than her given I'm so much taller. After a few more comments about the top, I went into the spare room and pulled a similar top (a size larger) out of my donation bag and gave it to her. She was horrified that I was now smaller than her......and I'm still pre-surgery. Guaranteed her renewed post-op diet will start today! I'm glad I've gotten to this point pre-op, because it will help to counter some of the criticism I know I'll get post-op. It may even act as a sort of camouflage when I do go for surgery.
  3. Personally I'm looking at this from the point of view of my highest weight, not my current weight, and my surgeon similarly discussed this. My highest was 139kg (303lb). At that point I did have sleep aponea. Like many others I've lost and regained many times over and over 100lb as well. I've never been able to maintain weightloss, although each regain has been less than the previous loss. I suspect the reason for me is my refusal to accept sleep aponea. When I feel myself slip back into that zone a new diet begins. I also have some quite advanced arthritis in my knees and feet (one foot already requires surgery) and publicly funded surgery here requires the patient to maintain a BMI <30, so I know I need to get my BMI below that and keep it there. While I'm doing all in my power to get it there, I know keeping it there is going to be the real hurdle for me. I don't meet my surgeon's criteria for what he calls "virgin weight loss surgery", but he has indicated that while it is necessary to fix the problems resulting from my initial surgery, it has the potential to put an end to the ongoing yo-yo dieting which has many health risks itself. Yes.....self doubt sucks! I have it all the time. If it weren't for the physical issues I have from the previous surgery I wouldn't even consider it now, and no-one would perform it either. In my case I don't see it as a choice, so I try as much as possible to not consciously think about the actual surgery that I know is going to happen sometime in the very near future. Instead I'm just focussing on making myself more healthy in preparation for what I'm about to put my body through. It also makes the waiting for a scheduled date much easier to handle.
  4. My surgeon's info suggests 18 months post surgery. I had both of my kids after the age of 30 and both of those pregnancies went fine. Now I think about it my first pregnancy which ended in an early miscarriage was at around the 12 month post surgery time. Back then though (and I'm talking nearly 31 years ago) we never got any post surgery advice so I never considered that the WLS would have even been in play.
  5. I was extremely lucky. I live in a fairly small rural area hours from the nearest city. Our hospital is served by surgeons that come on rotation from the capital city. The surgeon rostered on when I finally had my first endoscopy just happened to be the head of bariatric surgery at a major teaching hospital. Even before I was due to be called into the OR, he came into the waiting area and asked me to have a chat. He straight out told me what he was sure was going on regarding staple line dehiscence, even though many other surgeon's had fobbed me off before then saying what I was experiencing was just stress related. As soon as I woke up from the sedation he came up with the barium swallow orders and told me to get it done ASAP. As for eating salads etc....nope can't do it without causing extreme pain. In fact can't handle any green vegetables really. Red meats also cause issues for me. I can easily stuff myself on white carbs without issue but I avoid them like the plague do to weight gain. For my comfort at present I can usually get away with two meal replacements daily and one meal consisting of moist white meat, tomato, cucumber and egg. Multivitamins are coming in very handy. I'll be interested to see what if any relief from the digestive pain revisional surgery will bring. Surgeon says it will definitely fix the reflux issue that took me to him in the first place but may not do anything for the distension pain.
  6. Not necessarily. That was the first test I had as well. Colonoscopies don't usually go the whole length of the small intestine, they only go about 5-6feet in. Hence the use of barium follow through testing to check the small intestine. Evidently twisting can be intermittent in its early days. Scarring and adhesions develop gradually. In the 12 months between my two endoscopies my stoma went from tight but able to move the endoscope through, to completely impenetrable, showing that the scar tissue is still growing even 30 years post surgery. It was the same surgeon both times so the change wasn't a lost in translation type of situation. He didn't do my colonoscopy but has been through the report and feels it quite likely that the bowel is twisting. He has been through my abdominal CT scan with me slice by slice (done for another reason), and pointed out likely areas of adhesion to the abdominal wall. Time will tell if that is the cause of the problem or not. Meanwhile I've found returning to a liquid diet has pretty much resolved the distension and pain. Hope you find a way to resolve yours.
  7. Long term use of Senokot isn't advisable because it actually makes your digestive system lazy according to doctors I saw after my most recent abdominal surgery. Plus you also have to find room for even more water than usual. I use a non-thickening tasteless soluble fibre (eg benefibre or optifibre) added to my morning protien shake, and my sugarfree deserts. It can be added to virtually anything. I make sure that I get at least two serves a day this way. Works a treat!
  8. I find it really helps the seeing the weightloss to change down the clothing sizes as soon as you can, rather than staying in the old baggy faithful outfits. I'm sure most of us, like me, can shop in our wardrobes for at least a few sizes. A friend of mine says she really likes my larger clothes and had asked me to let her get first dibs before I donate them. She keeps me real about my true size and I appreciate that because I do look and feel better in my smaller size stuff. I don't know if she really wants the clothes or not, because I never see her wearing any. I suspect she may just realise the need to have them out of my closet.
  9. I'm in Australia, using the public hospital system, so unfortunately your information won't help me, but might well help others here who see your post. I have a great binder (although admittedly a bit large) that I bought a couple of years ago prior to my TAH BSO. I originally bought mine from the US, and by jolly your sizing is so much more generous than ours. I also have "diffuse" diverticulosis, but the real concern is the previous open abdominal gastroplasty. Adhesions are going to be a nightmare for me, hence the surgeon's decision to straight up go open on the bypass surgery. He's kidding himself if he thinks a binder isn't going to be a part of my post surgery routine, and I've already discussed this with him. I live alone and hours away from any family, so I need whatever it takes to keep me as independent and mobile as possible at home. I just can't have it in the hospital setting.
  10. My surgeon makes everyone have a 4 week pre-op diet. I decided to try out the meal replacement shakes early to see just how awful they were, after reading so many "Gagging" "vomit worthy" types of posts, and found them quite palatable myself. I ended up buying heaps more when on sale and have used them twice daily ever since, so going on 8 weeks already. I don't even have my surgery date yet. Weight is coming off, surgeon is a happy chappy, and as I'm single again it saves me a whole lot of time prepping, cooking, and cleaning up. I believe attitude plays a key role in how the whole surgical trip plays out. Some people just like the attention on themselves and feel every aspect of everything in their lives differently to those who just take each day as it comes. Let them wear their martyr caps and just keep the positive attitude for as long as you can.
  11. PookieRay, I've always lay on the bed to put a binder on. I can't even imagine trying to get a good fit while standing up. Unfortunately you do need to find times when you don't wear it though. My surgeon says they really don't do anything to support your wound closure, but agrees that they probably do make life seem more comfortable for the patient. Clearly I'm not going to be given one in hospital, but I will have one waiting for me when I leave.
  12. If you actually read the whole document it pretty much says that. I believe that the majority of surgeon's aren't offering surgeries to people just to make quick $$$, and therefore wouldn't even offer it to people unless the risks associated with not having the surgery didn't outweigh the risks of having it. In my case and that of teacupnosaucer our relatively low BMIs have us searching a bit differently wondering whether we really should be taking the risk. In my case it's a bit different because as my surgeon said I don't have to have the surgery but that mean living with the complications of my previous surgery.
  13. My pleasure. I just happened to stumble across this today while researching something totally different. Okay for us, but hopefully no older, hypertensive, super obese men with prior DVT and OSA are reading this thread looking for the same reassurances we were.
  14. Page 3 (journal page 161 right hand column) of this linked paper might help clear up some of your concerns regarding which patients are at higher risk. The Obesity Surgery Mortality Risk Score (OS-MRS) by DeMaria et al. (23,24) identified 5 preoperative risk factors that predicted increased risk of 30-day morbidity and mortality after RYGB. These included advanced age (>45 years), ‘‘super-obesity’’ (BMI >50 kg/m2 ), hypertension, male gender, and pulmonary embolism (PE) or surrogate (23 [EL 3, SS]; 24 [EL 3, SS])
  15. Narcotic pain meds, abdominal binder, heating pad and a recliner chair are the best ideas I can offer. My original surgery was an open surgery, as will be my revisional surgery. The surgeon told me last week that a binder doesn't actually do anything, but I beg to differ. I found my binder invaluable after my open hysterectomy a couple of years ago, and it has already been dug out for this surgery. I would advise against wearing one 24/7 as they do restrict blood flow to the healing area, but I found wearing one to bed at least made turning over bearable.