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    Rochester, MN


  • Surgeon
    Todd Kellogg, M.D.
  • Hospital
    Mayo Clinic - St. Mary's
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. The frappuccino mix has sugar in it before they add any kind of syrup, even the "light" version. So even if they use sugar free syrup for whatever flavor you choose, the drink isn't sugar free. I found this out one day when I was browsing their website to see if I could drink anything there. You can "build" your drink and get the nutrition info. The only thing I found I could drink there is plain coffee or a latte with sugar free syrup. I don't have any trouble with milk though, some do.
  2. i'm still having trouble with meat so i'm eating a lot of cheese, eggs, greek yogurt, and nuts. if it's REALLY finely ground, like in chili, it doesn't bother me but that's about it so far for meat. i don't care for protein shakes but i don't have any trouble digesting milk, so if i'm short on my protein for the day I drink a glass of that. my doc also wants me eating my protein versus drinking it so I try and get what I can with solid food and wait until the end of the day to see if i need to supplement. i'm hoping to eventually tolerate meat better because that would be SO much easier. I couldn't tolerate eggs at first either, just was able to start eating them about 2-3 weeks ago. I've tried all kinds of protein bars but haven't really liked them either. I usually think of chili as a winter food too, but the chili they serve in the cafeteria at work gets me more protein than I can get eating anything else that my stomach will tolerate. I suck it up at least once a week
  3. My BMI was over 60. My facility does all three surgeries (sleeve, RNY, and DS). DS felt like too far, sleeve felt like not far enough. I was afraid that after I healed up that it would be too easy for me to eat around a sleeve. I felt the malabsorption and risk of dumping would make it more likely I'd be successful in the long-term. My father had lap-band and did great at first, and now a few years later he has gained it all back. He told me he just started testing the "rules" and when nothing bad happened, he went back to his old habits. I felt it would be harder for me to do the same with RNY. I also had GERD and was warned it could be worse with the sleeve, and since I was already on daily medication for it, I worried it would become intolerable. I also have osteoarthritis and was warned I would not be able to take NSAIDs afterwards. I felt my pain would improve as I lost weight, whereas the GERD probably would not. It's just what felt right for me.
  4. I think that information patients receive regarding drugs like this very much depends on your doctor. I can't say that I would put too much stock in a blog post. I don't say that to be critical of you, just that it is important to know where you get your information from. Even medical research studies don't really account for much until the results have been duplicated and peer reviewed, so I always take these kinds of articles with a grain of salt. I am surprised to learn that some people had doctors tell them it wasn't an opioid, but then I am also surprised by the number of people who don't ever look up any info on the medication they are taking. It's one of the first things on the wikipedia page. I have a prescription for this for my knee pain, as Tylenol doesn't help and I had RNY so no NSAIDs, which is what I used for my knee pain before surgery. The tramadol does make me sleepy, like it does to you, so I generally only take it in the evening and only when I need it, not daily. I was also advised not to take it if I take my sleep medication. I suspect that as my weight continues to go down, my knee pain will decrease, but I might keep some on hand for menstrual cramps if they will let me. My personal feeling is that even with it being an opioid, if I use it responsibly, it probably still has fewer side effects than what I was doing when I was pumping the NSAIDs into my body all day long before I had the surgery because of my pain. No one ever offered an alternative before and I was always worried someday I was going to get an ulcer. I'm surprised I didn't. I did have terrible reflux though, but no hernia so I suspect it could have played a role. That's gone now too, and it feels pretty liberating to not HAVE to take something for pain every day (even though I still feel like a bit of a pill popper with all the vitamins and such ) But in the end it's a trade off. Some people don't like taking medication at all - so if Tylenol doesn't work and reading this stuff about the tramadol freaks you out, of course you can just choose not to take it. My doc was pretty casual about it too, actually offered it without my asking. He just asked if my knee pain had improved and I said it felt about the same but I thought that was an improvement because I was on daily NSAIDs before. But I think that varies per patient as I actually also work in a doctor's office and it isn't always handed out so easily.
  5. I'm 3.5 months out from surgery. When I vomit it's either because I tried something I wasn't ready for, ate too fast, or ate too much. I'm supposed to be able to try normal foods at this point but my body is just not ready for some of them. I tried some lettuce last week, that came back up. The last time I tried egg, that came up. We are all so different, I think the guidelines from our doctors keep us from hurting ourselves while we heal, but they can't predict how or when we'll be able to tolerate certain foods. I feel like it's all trial and error for me at this point. Vomiting is different than before. Someone told me it sounded like morning sickness to them. Not to be gross, but if I feel like I need to vomit I can do it and still go on with my day - if I'm at work, I go right back to work and I don't need to lay down or anything . Vomiting before surgery was a lot more exhausting.
  6. It's not my tummy that doesn't like them, it's my throat/esophagus. It's weird, I never had problems taking pills before. I think if they were coated it might be easier.
  7. My surgical team is super cautious and I was on chewable Tums for the first three months, and started calcium citrate in tablet form about 2 weeks ago. I got Citracal petites - but they aren't very petite! They feel like rocks going down, I really dislike them. Is there an easier way? I need 1000 mg per day. I found some gel caps but they were the wrong kind of calcium. I've seen a few "chews" but they were kinda spendy and I couldn't see the label to see how many I'd have to take to get my full dose. What do you guys like?
  8. My dentist told me that they see decline in dental health after gastric bypass, but they attribute it to vomiting. They told me to make sure to only rinse with water if I throw up and resist the urge to brush my teeth right away, they said if you brush right after vomiting you're brushing the acid into your teeth.
  9. I had my bypass in December, and for some reason regular room-temp water went down hard, like it hurt going down. Cold or flavored water went down fine. I thought I was doing pretty well with getting my fluid but didn't actually track like they told me to. 2 weeks ago I ended up in the ER with a kidney stone. It's been my only complication so far, but WOW IS IT PAINFUL. I ended up calling an ambulance as I live alone and was in too much pain to drive. I wouldn't recommend it! I was actually warned after my surgery that this could happen if I didn't drink enough. I'm a lot more attentive now. I find I have a hard time finding room for it all, between the protein and the liquid they want me to get. It's definitely a struggle. If you can find a flavoring you like it might help a lot. it does for me.
  10. Can you ease it with liquid? I sometimes can feel when my stomach is empty, but it's no longer accompanied by actual hunger pangs, so I have been trying to tell myself it's not hurting me. If I have something to drink the empty feeling goes away, without adding calories.
  11. I had GB in December and I had my three-month followup and labs this week. My ALT and AST are elevated and never were before surgery. My doc thinks this is due to the amount of weight I've lost. I volunteered for a research study and had a liver biopsy when they did my bypass, so it's unlikely that I have a serious problem. Has anyone else had this?
  12. I had my bypass surgery just a few days before you did. I was having trouble with solid food, especially meat, but noticed very recently that if I slowed down more it got a lot easier. I knew I ate fast before the surgery and I thought I had slowed down a lot but evidently not enough. I was chewing everything up pretty well but not taking enough time between bites.
  13. If you puree or use a soup with no chunks, do you count it as eating or drinking? I was thinking of trying some unflavored protein powder in tomato soup but I'm not sure if that means I don't drink anything before and after.
  14. feeling a little weak and lightheaded, but tomorrow I graduate to pureed food from clear liquid so hoping that will help. Otherwise everything is going pretty well, pain is minimal, etc.
  15. Hello everyone - I was just curious about what people average for loss their first week home. I have lost a lot, about 20 pounds. I did have a lot of swelling and inflammation before surgery though, from my arthritis and other leg problems, and that has visibly reduced. My post-op plan has me on clear liquids only for the first week as well so I know I'm really not taking in any calories, and I'm sure there was a lot of water weight due to the inflammation, but 20 pounds still feels like a lot. Did anyone else have a similar experience?