Aussie H

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About Aussie H

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    South Australia
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    Queen Elizabeth Hospital
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  1. I'd give the flu shot a miss. You're just too close to surgery to risk it ihad mine six werks before and first time ever reacted to it and actually got the flu. It was touch and go whether I'd get my scheduled surgery. While I still had the hacking cough, at least my lungs were clear. This past winter there was strain in the vaccine that many patients in the southern hemisphere had reactions to. Very happy I did have it though as flu season here has seen most people sick for around 9 weeks!!!! While I'm all for pro-active vaccinations..... You need sufficient time after them just in case. Probably best left now until after your surgery.
  2. You can take another size off for your size comparison Jen. UK and Australian sizes are the same. A size 12 is the equivalent of a US 8, while a 14 is a US 10. Size 8 is the lowest adult size available here, with anything under that a child's size only..... and by child I mean very young child!!!!!
  3. Reflux stops from Day one. With bypass the main part of the stomach where acid is produced is below the staple line so that is bypassed. While the stomach still produces acids it doesn't enter the digestive system until about a metre into the intestine (i.e. after the lower join). This is enough to stop reflux. That said it is only the case with the RNY bypass....the Omega Loop bypass will put the acid straight back into the stomach as the intestine is looped back up to the new pouch rather than joined in lower down. You may need to factor in that it is the stomach acid that breaks down the coatings used on extended release medications. Without that being available in the stomach anymore after RNY, the effectiveness of extended release medications can be significantly reduced. I've taken extended release pain medication for over a year and really noticed the difference. Often doctors will say that bypass makes no difference at all.....but it certainly did for me. If you take any time release meds then it is well worth discussing this with your doctor before surgery so changes can be made if needed. Not all doctors agree that bypass will make a difference, you might need to educate them. Personally I'm sick of having to continually remind my doctor of this but I guess it's just par for the course now.
  4. Congratulations on the 100lbs+. I am so happy that here in the southern hemisphere we are heading towards summer. I'm like a cold-blooded reptile these days that seeks out the sunny spots to go sit. I've even taken to finding a sunny spot and parking my black car there just to warm up!!!! Accompanied by a good book or some hand stitching that black car (that I always hated) is now my idea of bliss! Oh my gosh I've never been as cold as I was last winter. It certainly is a change, that regardless of all the pre-warnings, will still manage to take you by surprise. The bad news is that it gets even worse the more weight you drop.
  5. There isn't a way to say this that won't come off as judgemental, but it needs to be said.....Reflux does not cause weight gain.....what we put in our mouths causes regain!!!! Believe me when I say I know how much easier it is to eat food that is comfortable going down and unlikely to come back up. Unfortunately that easier food tends to be highly processed carbohydrate. Food that your digestive system doesn't have to work so hard to break down. I've certainly been there and done that. I was in a situation for a long time before my revision where I couldn't eat meat or vegetables without the knowledge that a whole lot of pain was going to follow. Not just reflux but unrelenting abdominal pain. For a while there I just lived on highly processed carbs that were easily broken down in my gut because just the thought of acid washing through my nose at night was too much to bear. That's how bad my reflux ended up becoming. I knew I had to turn things around because I needed foot surgery that I couldn't get due to my BMI being over 30. I ended up living on meal replacement shakes simply to satisfy my nutritional needs while losing weight, because other foods that were healthy just weren't tolerated by me. The point here is that you need to accept it is your diet that has caused your regain, and this needs to happen before your revision surgery. Reflux on its own is enough to get approval for a revisional surgery. Unlike first time WLS, you don't need to meet a BMI criteria for revisions. Your surgeon will decide whether the extent of your reflux will justify the surgery. For most your weight is irrelevant so you can start to work on getting that regain off now before you go under the knife again. In fact there are some surgeons (and mine is one of them) that will see regain as a reason to NOT do a revisional surgery, as it shows non-compliance with diet guidelines which he sees as wasting his time which could be better used on first time WLS patients. It is worth saying here that revisional surgeries are no walk in the park. They are more difficult for surgeons to perform, plus they carry approximately 10-20x the risk of most post-op complications. Leaks being the most common. Many surgeons will also only perform revisions as open surgeries, making recovery longer, harder and much more painful. I was very lucky that my surgeon was determined to try and finish mine laprascopically, so he pretty much just had me on his schedule that day as his other listed patients were warned he may well have to cancel them. My surgery took two surgeons 4 hours to complete. The best advice I can give you is to do your research on revisional surgery, and make sure the surgeon you choose has good experience with revisional surgeries. Know the risks, and do everything you can to mitigate them.
  6. Optifast is the standard pre-op liquid diet in Australia. Mine was 4 weeks of 3 meal replacement shakes daily.....that was regardless of BMI or health status. I had used it for about 6 months though as my stomach wasn't tolerating normal food very well. I still use it (one shake daily) to get my protien intake up.
  7. Maintenance is the point Michael. The chance of keeping your weightloss off is almost nil if you don't have the well you know! You've done so well pre-op but believe me when I say the best is yet to come. The foot is doing pretty well, thanks for asking. Finally had the cast off this week, but still have a very long way to go. At least I now know that the bone graft "took" which was my biggest concern. Unfortunately it is the heel now, where they took the bone to graft from, that is causing all the pain. I'm still mostly immobile for another couple of months because of the risk of a heel fracture, and I suspect it is the immobility that is causing my moodiness at the moment.
  8. I'm 58, and only a couple of weeks away from 59. I also live in a rural area where there are not only no support groups....there are also no local doctors with WLS experience or knowledge. We don't train enough drs in Australia it seems to meet our country's needs, so rural areas tend to be under resourced and reliant on Indian trained drs desperate to work in Australia. With bariatric surgery still a rarity in India, these import doctors simply don't understand the issues we post-WLS patients can have.
  9. Had to come out of hiding simply to acknowledge this news. You've worked so hard to get your date and finally it's happening. There would be very few people who head to the OR as prepared as you are. A long preparation before surgery, certainly in my case anyway, made surgery a breeze and post surgery a walk in the park. Hopefully you'll find the same with your surgery and recovery.
  10. Each surgeon may be different as every patient is different but my revision process was really simple. No hoops at all to jump through really. I did have an endoscopy which the surgeon used to take measurements of my viable stomach tissue so he could plan my surgery. Mine was a very old surgery and with no previous records still available, the surgeon wanted to visualise how that surgery was done and just how much damage there was. Plenty it turned out! Other than that the only thing I had to do was a pre-op liquid diet. No pysch, no dietician, no pre-op classes. Once the surgeon decided I needed the revision, he just listed it and I waited for the call to say it was booked. With my surgeon revisions are only done when deemed a medical necessity. Regain isn't an acceptable reason so I guess that's why the usual pre-op education etc isnt required.
  11. I just tell everyone that asks these days. I only told a couple before surgery but one of those turned out to be very judgemental and as I knew her well enough to know she'd make sure everyone she knew (and many she didn't) would hear her negative opinion, I realised I'd need to be upfront eventually. So after my surgery I was honest. I had the advantage that my surgery was a medically necessary revision. I haven't been open about the original surgery, just that I had to have an RNY to fix an issue that resulted from scar tissue from an older gall bladder surgery. That was done before they started doing that laprascopically, and at the same time as my original WLS, I'm just omitting the WLS bit. I told people that I knew going into this surgery I had been told by the surgeon that an RNY was a possible outcome, but no-one knew exactly what would happen until they opened me up. It is 100% true that going in the surgeon didn't know exactly what would happen, but the fact is I 100% went in knowing that the RNY was the plan. I'll likely be moving away in the next couple of years, so the weightloss topic is likely going to disappear with a clean slate. One benefit I've certainly found since being honest is just how many others have either already had surgery, or are in the process of having it. It's nice to be able to share experiences with those that know and understand the process. I have very much appreciated the openness of others once I've been honest.
  12. Do you have any private health insurance? My surgery was free as it was done in a public hospital. Mine was deemed a medical necessity so I skipped all the usual steps, was put straight onto the surgical list (after a bit of a detour when my husband passed away) and only waited about 5 months from listing. I do know that in Adelaide many of the private surgeon's charge $3500-4000 in gaps....that is the patient co-pay after health insurance pays their bit. Many people cash in super to pay this with the surgeon's offices often helping with the paperwork. If you go this route then make sure to withdraw enough to cover the tax penalties, as these will bite you at end of financial year if you haven't prepared for that eventuality.
  13. I edit mine monthly. Why have a higher weight on your phone (that anyone can access) than you need to!!!! As for the medical ID, my surgeon doesn't see the need. He reckons that these days NG tubes are softer and unlikely to cause a problem if they do try to put one in....which is unlikely. Also where I live our medical records are computerised and the system is in all the public hospitals. If I were to be taken to an ER then the first thing that would happen is my records would be looked up before they did anything.
  14. I have the three monthly injections. It's just so easy, doesn't hurt, and is one less supplement to have to take during the day.
  15. One day off the protien won't hurt you, plus with a colonoscopy there will be some form of bowel prep. That means everything that you put in WILL inevitably rip through your guts at lightening speed....meaning you'll get no nutritional value anyway as there won't be time for it to absorb. That said the actual procedure is easy, and the drugs they use for the twilight sedation mean you won't remember a thing.