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Anyone heard of Optifast 800 prior to revision surgery?

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I had RNY Bypass Surgery in 2010. After the birth of our daughter in 2014 I have been battling severe anemia. After multiple iron infusions and acupuncture I was finally getting better. But unfortunately my malnutrition problems left me back in my old bad habits with food. Since my surgeon disappeared (later found out there were multiple malpractice suits against him) I had been dependent on my primary care physician. After gaining close to 70 lbs in roughly six months I was referred to a weight loss medicine group at UAB. Instead of revision surgery they are first having me do this Optifast 800 diet in hopes to shrink my pouch without going in. Does anyone have experience with any of this?!

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I've not heard of doing it before revision, but I am certainly no expert and if it can work and shrink your pouch (and help you lose the weight) instead of surgery, it sounds like a win in my book! So I would think it is worth a try!

Edited by CJireh

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I am familiar with Optifast but have not yet had WLS. I used Optifast back in the 90s and lost about 100 pounds. The surgeon that I will be using for WLS requires that all patients use Optifast for 1 month before surgery to shrink our livers. He does this with all patients no matter amount of weight that needs to be lost.

I do remember that the shakes and the soups all tasted very good. I have an Optifast class coming up on 10/30 where we will be able to sample all of the different Optifast items/flavors. If there is any info you would like me to get during this class, I will be glad to do it.

Hope this helps.

Edited by Readytobeme

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Thank you Readytobeme, I appreciate the offer but I have been on it for 5 weeks now. And yes, everything tastes good. I think you'll be very happy with your upcoming taste test. And knowing that it is used elsewhere for liver shrinking makes a lot of sense. I have only lost 6 pounds total but my neck and waste are noticeably smaller.

My problem is that I just can't stay on it. The first two weeks were great. I wasn't hungry at all. But then I hit "the wall" and haven't been able to 100% abide by the diet. Also the group at UAB doesn't have a support group online or classes online (as advertised). I'm getting frustrated with them because the only online service is just a journal and weight in.

So again, Readytobeme, knowing that other reputable surgeons are using Optifast is a great relief. I just think I'm going to need surgery again to fix my RNY.

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Just an update, in case anyone else is starting Optifast 800 prior to surgery or instead of revision.

Y'all are awesome! After just talking with a few of you, I have felt so much better! Knowing that this is used to shrink the liver prior to surgery has been a great help. I took a hard look and realized that even though I have only lost 6 pounds on the scale... My neck is half its size from a month ago, and I am down two sizes in my jeans!

Hopefully optimistic, I have my next doctor appointment next Tuesday. Once I talk with her in detail regarding my situation (with all the information this forum has given me) I will do another update in case anyone is interested.

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That is outstanding news Bizz Bizz.

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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.

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