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So first bit of good news I finally got to go to my doctor appointment and my doctor has NO problem referring me to a team of specialists right away. It isn't going to be massively fast he said but he referred someone earlier this year and they are very close to the process of having surgery. I am really shocked he was so OK to refer me I heard story's of people being told they where not fat enough and they where bigger then me. So I was very worried I would get turned away. Apparently he said I should more then qualify well he didn't say it like that he was being very polite but I got what he meant. 

I'm so excited the ball is now rolling. I wish I could jump right in and have surgery next month and then part of me is panicking about stupid things. Will they let me have the gastric bypass or try and force me to get my stomach stabled. Will I die in the operating room? Will I be able to eat chocolate again. Is the sleeve better or is my stomach acid too bad? Will I be able to stay vegetarian on the diet they give me? So many questions. 

In any case I'm glad I've taken this big step. The reason I even considered this after condemning it for years is because of Boogie he's a youtuber and he has always been a source of life inspiration to me. I thought maybe the loose skin would be worse then being fat but I've followed Boogie and his health problems and seen what the weight has done to him. I though he was so brave for going for surgery and that he really needed it. It's only when I gained two more stone and felt crippling pain in my lower back I realized I needed it too. Boogie has such a good support system with his wife and family it's another reason I told myself I couldn't do it, I didn't think I had a support system. Not only did I find this forum when I opened up to my family about it they started bending over backwards to help. Even my wife who I know is worried about surgery and gets very worried about me has been fully supportive.

If you're here because you're thinking about WLS I recommend checking boogie out. I've been in a dark place the past few months about my weight. And I found the youtuber really really helpful because he was someone I watched before he decided to get surgery. It made me feel very differently about it that it wasn't this easy way out or treatment that had a huge percent of failures. Or as dangerous as people make out. Though I know there are risks I think staying as big as I am is an even greater one. 

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Boogie is someone my SO follows, and watching his videos has been super helpful for him to normalize it and to understand what I'll be going through. Yay Boogie! I think he'll be able to reach a lot of people who can and should think of WLS as an option. 

To answer a few of your questions:

- What surgery they recommend is purely based on your testing results. If you do have bad heartburn or reflux, though, chances are they will tell you to get RNY/bypass. 

- We have several members who are vegetarian successfully after bypass, so that shouldn't be a worry.  You may be a bit more creative in your protein sources, or a bit more reliant on protein shakes to meet your requirements, but otherwise, you should be fine. 

- There are no guarantees in surgery, however, the most quoted rate of death is 0.5% for gastric bypass. Less for sleeve, as it is a shorter surgery and doesn't involve as much manipulation internally. 

- As for what you'll be able to eat afterwards, there's unfortunately no telling. Some people can handle everything they did before, just in much smaller quantities, and some people have to face that they'll never eat something again.

Hope that helps a little, glad Boogie brought you around!

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Welcome to Thinner Times LittleStar.

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Welcome, Little Star! Congratulation on taking this big step for yourself - that is VERY exciting! If I can give any advise right now, it is to dig in and read post that are on here, converse, and ask questions as you have them. There is an invaluable amount of information in current and older post. Hopefully your wait won't be too long. Please keep us posted!

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I'm happy to hear that your physician is willing to refer you for surgery. That's a big first step. As @Trish13 said, now is a great time to just dig in and learn everything possible about the procedures and life afterwards. Thank goodness for those who have gone before us and are willing to share their experiences!

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6 hours ago, LittleStar said:

So first bit of good news I finally got to go to my doctor appointment and my doctor has NO problem referring me to a team of specialists right away. It isn't going to be massively fast he said but he referred someone earlier this year and they are very close to the process of having surgery. I am really shocked he was so OK to refer me I heard story's of people being told they where not fat enough and they where bigger then me. So I was very worried I would get turned away. Apparently he said I should more then qualify well he didn't say it like that he was being very polite but I got what he meant. 

I'm so excited the ball is now rolling. I wish I could jump right in and have surgery next month and then part of me is panicking about stupid things. Will they let me have the gastric bypass or try and force me to get my stomach stabled. Will I die in the operating room? Will I be able to eat chocolate again. Is the sleeve better or is my stomach acid too bad? Will I be able to stay vegetarian on the diet they give me? So many questions. 

In any case I'm glad I've taken this big step. The reason I even considered this after condemning it for years is because of Boogie he's a youtuber and he has always been a source of life inspiration to me. I thought maybe the loose skin would be worse then being fat but I've followed Boogie and his health problems and seen what the weight has done to him. I though he was so brave for going for surgery and that he really needed it. It's only when I gained two more stone and felt crippling pain in my lower back I realized I needed it too. Boogie has such a good support system with his wife and family it's another reason I told myself I couldn't do it, I didn't think I had a support system. Not only did I find this forum when I opened up to my family about it they started bending over backwards to help. Even my wife who I know is worried about surgery and gets very worried about me has been fully supportive.

If you're here because you're thinking about WLS I recommend checking boogie out. I've been in a dark place the past few months about my weight. And I found the youtuber really really helpful because he was someone I watched before he decided to get surgery. It made me feel very differently about it that it wasn't this easy way out or treatment that had a huge percent of failures. Or as dangerous as people make out. Though I know there are risks I think staying as big as I am is an even greater one. 

Welcome!

 

Yes, you can be a vegetarian. I have been veg over 1/2 my life. I had surgery 4 years ago - no issues at all. You will have to plan a bit more in the early days but you'll be fine. 

You don't list your height but I went from 287 to about 180 when I was in my late 20's and I didn't have any loose skin. I did after I got to goal post-WLS but I was in my 40's and had spent most of my adult life fat. Loose skin really depends on the following factors:  your age, how long you've been big, how big you were are your biggest and genetics. 

 

I had some of my loose skin removed but not all of it. Even if I wasn't able to have plastics, I would take all my loose skin and more over being fat for the rest of my life. 

 

Most people on TT have had a GREAT experience with WLS. Complications, death and the other worries that people have are rare. Don't believe the myths and urban legends about it WLS. Everyone knows someone's "best friend's co-worker's sister's cousin's husband who died in the OR." I call B.S. on 99.976% of those tales.

WLS isn't easy but it is far easier than being fat and riding the insane lose/gain or gain/gain cycle that most of us were on pre-WLS.

 

 

 

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Vegetarianism is certainly possible post-WLS. I am 2+ months post-op and while I am still having at least 1 shake or bar per day to get to my protein goals, I have had no complications. I would have to say the nutritionist within my surgeon's office was pretty useless when it came to coming up with an ovo-lacto meal plan, but with research I was able to craft one. 

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From the day I had my WLS,  I have been unable to eat meat regardless of what or how it's prepared.  I just can't get it down.  Fish/shellfish is fine so I've settled on being a pescatarian although I don't want that for every meal so a protein shake (or half) of one daily is still part of my diet.

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Congrats LittleStar firstly on the decision to move forward with surgery, and also on doing your research which believe me is very helpful when you eventually get face to face with your surgeon. Lucky you that your doctor was prepared to refer you onto a clinic. I only found out recently that my current doctor won't refer patients for WLS. Fortunately I was referred to a surgeon for an endoscopy due to severe reflux issues, and the surgeon happened to be Head Bariatric Surgeon at a major public hospital in my state. My family doctor had no idea at the time of referral. He did attempt to talk me out of having my bypass, but as a repair surgery I really had no choice but to move forward with it. I'm seriously considering changing doctors now as I'm finding my current family doctor pretty useless when it comes to post-op needs like blood testing and medication adjustments etc..... I believe it's his ignorance and lack of experience with post-op patients that is causing the issues, and that won't improve unless he decides to educate himself better regarding these kind of surgeries.

Navigating your way through a publically funded system can take a long time......it's five years in Australia. I was lucky in that I was outside of the usual program so my wait for surgery was actually only about 5 months. My best advice it once you start in a program, be compliant. Follow their plans and prove to them that you can make the necessary lifestyle changes, and give them the belief that you will be a success statistic for their program. Funding for their program depends on them being able to prove the benefits of govt funding them.

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