Alirocks713

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  1. Pre op diet questions.

    Hi guys! I have not been on this forum for a very long time! It was almost a year ago that I came on here for information and I ended up trying again on my own. I got up 50 lbs from where I previously was and realized finally that I couldn't do it on my own. I made the choice to have WLS, and I am going through with it. I am scared, but feel like its the best choice all at the same time. Fast forward in time a bit and here I am on my pre-op diet!!! I am going through the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, FL. Their pre-op diet consists of week 1 1 protein shake in the AM and for lunch and dinner lean protein and 1 cup of veggies or salad with clear liquids in between.-- not to bad... I am just unsure if I cheated? I have been really good sticking to everything on the pre op diet to a T. Last night I didn't want to have just the regular ol' grilled chicken or fish. So I bought some ground turkey and lettuce leave to have a "version of tacos." -- I added low sodium Taco seasoning... would that be considered cheating? I don't think so, but I am not sure. Would anyone else consider that cheating? I only had 4 oz of the ground turkey/ taco mix and two lettuce leaves... Should I mention that.. and did I cheat?? I would be devastated if that is considered cheating b/c i have been so so so good. But I saw the recipe on pintrest under Vertical sleeve pre-op diet. Let me know what you guys think ? Thanks!
  2. Pregnancy after the sleeve

    i would be waiting till i got to goal weight or a year out, but I am 32 and my clock is ticking, I am not even schedule or on track for surgery just doing my research... I wish I wold have started this a long time ago.... Thank you everyone for replying.
  3. question about water intake

    Thank you so much everyone for responding I greatly appreciate it!Thank you so much everyone for responding I greatly appreciate it!
  4. question about water intake

    Thank you so much for responding I really appreciate it, when you say it won't go down, what do you mean? Do you feel like you're drowning does it just sit in your mouth what do you mean? Any Explanation would be great.
  5. Pregnancy after the sleeve

    Hi everyone, I was talking to my husband about weight-loss surgery, and one of the main reasons that I would like to have the surgery is so that I can have a healthy pregnancy. My husband and I want to know has anyone who has had the sleeve had complications with pregnancy, complications getting pregnant, or complications after a pregnancy? Any help or insight on this matter would be greatly appreciated and any links that you couldn't give for articles would also be appreciated. Thank you you so much for help, Ali
  6. Any one who has had surgery in west palm beach, FL?

    Would you mind explaining to me what your complications were, or what your experience was? you can private message me if you'd like. Thank you for the help.
  7. Any one who has had surgery in west palm beach, FL?

    Thank you for responding. I am aware that every surgery has risks. I know nothing in guaranteed. I am sorry to hear about your hand. I hope that i gets better, that it is not a forever thing for you. good luck.
  8. Any one who has had surgery in west palm beach, FL?

    Thank you so much for the heads up. I plan on doing everything I can in regards to research. I am terrified. However, I am also desperate to make a change. I will be printing your message and make sure that I look into all of that. Thank you again. Would you mind if I added you?
  9. i see that you have had the vertical sleeve. Can you elaborate on y our story, your experience? I am thinking i want more the sleeve than the bypass... though both scare me to death.

    1. Jabsie

      Jabsie

      I totally understand your fears. It's a big decision.

      I spent a year researching weight loss and weight loss surgery for a blog I was writing before I ultimately decided to move forward with a sleeve (often referred to on this forum as a VSG). I read countless medical studies, research papers, and articles published in credible medical journals and publications. The news for me wasn't very good. I have tons of data I can provide you but the bottom line is this: The chances of losing my weight and keeping it off were shockingly low, and the chances of premature death as a result of my obesity were shockingly high.

      It took me a long time to come around to the idea of weight loss surgery. Concerns over the relative safety and long term side affects, and quite honestly my pride, kept me from moving forward with having any procedure. However, once the data became undeniable, I decided to try my best to take the emotion out of it and make a decision based solely on what was most likely to help me live as long as possible, as well as possible.

      I'd like to stress that the type of procedure you have is much less important than your commitment. Without the hard behavioral and emotional work, surgery will just end up being an expensive diet. Having said that, here are the reasons I ended up choosing the VSG over RNY (bypass):

      • With the VSG, the Pyloris is kept in tact. As a result, there are no limitations on the types of food you can eat long term and patients do not have to deal with 'dumping syndrome'.
      • The VSG is considered safer than the RNY from a surgical perspective because it's a simpler procedure that takes a shorter amount of time to perform.
      • Because the VSG works by restriction only and not malabsorption, there are far fewer issues long term with nutritional deficiencies. Some of those deficiencies can be very serious and irreversible. This was the single biggest reason I chose the VSG over the RNY.
      • Compared to RNYers, VSGers are less likely to experience short and long term complications such as strictures and bowel obstructions.
      • You are statistically likely to lose the greatest percentage of excess fat with the RNY but the VSG isn't that far behind.
      • RNY is generally preferred by surgeons for patients who have Acid Reflux Disease. I did not have any issues with that but that may be something for you to consider.
      • The chances of regaining weight post op were equal among all weight loss surgeries so choosing the procedure that balanced effectiveness with safety was my priority.
      • People are quick to share horror stories but the fact of the matter is that instances of serious complications and/or death resulting from weight loss surgery is very low. The risk is no higher than any other routine surgery, and in some cases it's significantly lower.
      • Both the VSG and RNY removes approxiamtely 80% of the stomach including the part that produces ghrelin, the hunger hormone.

      My experience post op:

      On the day of my surgery, I was nervous but confident that I was making the right decision. I had done my due diligence and found the very best surgeon available to me. People get pretty freaked out about being put to sleep but I've had several surgeries in my life so going under anesthesia didn't scare me as much. It doesn't hurt that they give you really good drugs in your IV pre-op that calm you down ;-) In pre-op, I met with the Anesthesiologist. I explained that I get sick to my stomach when I wake up from anesthesia so she gave me medications during the procedure and after in my IV to control it. It was the first surgery I've ever had that I didn't feel sick when I woke up. I was calm, nausea free, and my pain was well managed.

      They fill your belly with surgical gas to do the procedure laparoscopically and most people agree that post-op pain is associated with this. I had 6 small incisions including a drain that was pulled out the next day (it doesn't hurt to have the drain taken out, it just kind of feels weird). I had a 'pain pump' in my IV which aloud me to press a button for a really good pain med when I needed it. I didn't need it much but it was great to have. After I left the hospital, I didn't need any pain meds stronger than Advil.

      They get you up and walking pretty quickly. My pain wasn't bad but I felt it primarily when I stood up or sat down. It felt like trying to stand up the day after doing the most intense ab work out ever. Walking helps to dispel surgical gas so the more you do it, the faster you'll feel better.

      After I was able to drink and eat a little jello and broth, I was discharged from the hospital. It was 48 hours after surgery. Getting in enough fluids and protein in the first few days at home were challenging. I could only consume 2 oz at a time so I just had to sip throughout the day. For the first time ever in my life, I had no desire to eat, I craved nothing, and I wasn't hungry. Eating was something I just had to do. You progress to solid foods gradually over 4-6 weeks. I had a schedule and list of doctor's instructions that I followed religiously. There were a few times that I ate too fast and things felt uncomfortable going down but I learned my lesson quickly and made adjustments. I never once threw up. After a few days, my pain was gone completely. I slowly got stronger and started to adjust to life with my new baby stomach. I went back to work 2 weeks after my surgery but I could have probably gone back sooner.

      After I was medically cleared to do so, I started exercising again. The weight came off really fast in the beginning and slowed the closer I got to goal. I've lost 119 pounds and reached my goal weight 9.5 months after my surgery. I maintain my weight within a 5 pound window of my goal (depending on the day, I can be a little under or over my goal). I can eat anything I want but I keep it healthy most of the time and exercise 5-6 days a week. Exercise got much easier the more weight I lost. After about 6 months, my cravings returned but by then I had totally new habits and was feeling highly motivated by the amount of weight I had lost.

      So let's talk about excess skin....I'm always surprised by how frequently people express concern about this or site it as a reason they don't want to get WLS. I usually have a blunt response; excess skin won't kill you but obesity will. How much excess skin we end up with varies greatly depending on many factors including 1) Genetics/natural elasticity of the skin 2) Person's age 3) How much overweight the person is 4) How long the person has been overweight. There are things you can do to help the appearance of excess skin but despite the claims, there's nothing you can do to get rid of it short of skin removal surgery. Lots of people end up having it done, especially women. There's a ton of posts on this forum about this very thing. I've been very lucky as far as excess skin is concerned. It's there but it's not bad, and it's gotten better over time. I'm not crazy about how it looks but it doesn't bother me enough to have anything done about it surgically.

      The most important thing I've done to get healthy aside from having the surgery is to get into therapy. The data shows overwhelmingly that folks who utilize professional therapy increase their chances of success by many times. Not addressing the behavioral, emotional and psychological reasons I became obese in the first place, puts me at serious risk of gaining my weight back. No surgery will fix my relationship with food. The surgeon operated on my stomach, not my brain. I'm not a particularly touchy-feely person but therapy is working for me.

      I feel great. I had little pain, I've never thrown up, and I had no complications from my surgery. I wear a size 6 dress and 8 pant which is by far the smallest ever in my adult life. I don't worry about breaking a chair when I sit in it. I comfortably fit in to airplane seats. I can sit on my husband's lap. I sit with my legs comfortably crossed. I can share clothes with my sister. I eat like a normal person for the most part. I have done everything possible to live as long and well as possible.

      I apologize for such a long response. Best of luck to you, Ali. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

      Best,

      Jabsie

    2. Alirocks713

      Alirocks713

      Omg you hve no idea what a relief it was to read your story. I am beyond greatful, thank you so much.  I would love any research you'd be will to share with me, and congratulations on such a great surgery outcome. I am leaning more towards VSG as well. For all of those reasons. I am still scared. I have no health problems other than being obese, and other than wisdom teeth being removed, I've never had any surgery, so that scares me to death.  I really don't know where to start. Where I live I don't trust our "bariatric surgerons" I used to work for the hospital here for 8 years. So they are not high on my trusting scale, so I have looked to other bigger cities other than where I lived.  Again thank you for your story. You are very inspiring. Please share any research with me. My email is  Alicia.m.rockwell@gmail.com.  

       

      Thanks again for for taking the time to help me, talk to me, and share your story.  It means a lot. 

       

      Have a a great rest of the day!

      Ali

  10. question about water intake

    Hi everyone! So I have not had the surgery, nor am i schedule. I have not even talked to my physician about it yet. I do not have that appointment till January... which is a long long time away... I just have a question about water intake. I am not a person who drinks literally anything but water. occasionally i will have a soda, but that is very rare. With WLS, I have seen people say that they can barely get down water... why is that? and does that go away? I drink a ridiculous amount of water, probably more than the average person. that worries me a little, can anyone elaborate on that? Thank you!
  11. Hi everybody, I am looking into weight-loss surgery and I'm just wondering if anybody has had weight-loss surgery in West Palm Beach Florida, or if anybody can make any suggestions as to a place to start to get a consultation in that area? Obviously I need to start with my primary care physician, but it will be nice to know a bariatric surgeon in the area that specializes in weight-loss surgery ahead of time. Thank you for any help! Another question I had is prior to getting my consultation with my position and talking to her about wanting we lost surgery is there anything that I should start doing to prepare aside from research. Should I start a certain diet should I document certain things any help would be greatly appereciated!
  12. Hello... thinking about WLS...

  13. Hello... thinking about WLS...

    Thank you for sharing your story, and good luck on your journey. Please friend me. We have similar stories. I do not have as much weight as you do to lose but I fear i am getting there with every passing day. You can do it. While i am doing my research, you will have had your surgery and be on your way to a more healthy lifestyle for you. I too have always felt the " i can do it on my own" way, but its sad for me to say I don't think that I can. I have tried everything, every diet only to gain and lose the same 25-30 lbs. Good luck with everything, and hopefully we can keep in touch!
  14. Hello... thinking about WLS...

    Yes, I am starting see that. I can agree, I almost feel like my life is passing me by. I dont have energy to do anything and at 32 thats pretty bad. Thank you for responding.
  15. Hello... thinking about WLS...

    I know this is true. I have struggled and struggled. I am getting research, I see my physician in January and hopfully i will have made a choice by then and talk to her about it. thank you for responding, and letting me know your POV.