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  1. Community Center

    1. Introduce Yourself

      Are you new to Thinner Times? Are you pre-operative, post-operative, or still deciding which weight loss surgery is right for you? Or are you a regular 'lurker'? Say hi and introduce yourself!

    2. Socialize

      General discussion area for anything related or unrelated to weight loss surgery.

    3. Member Photos

      Do you have before and after photos, or other pictures that you'd like to share? Post them here!

    4. Buddies and Mentors

      Peer support is a critical part of your weight loss surgery journey. Use the buddies and mentors forum to find other individuals who have had, or are having, gastric bypass surgery, vertical sleeve surgery, or Lap Band surgery.

    5. Clothing and Goods Exchange

      Classifieds section for weight loss surgery. No commercial postings, please.

  2. Before Weight Loss Surgery

    1. General Questions

      This section is for general questions about the gastric bypass, Lap Band, and vertical sleeve gastrectomy, as well the pre and post-operative processes.

    2. Insurance and Financing

      Insurance and financing for gastric bypass, Lap Band, and the vertical sleeve gastrectomy can be a complicated process. Share or ask questions about your insurance and financing plan, as well as doctor fees and the cost of your weight loss surgery. And finally, let everyone know once you’re approved!

    3. Doctors and Hospitals

      Share your experiences about your weight loss surgeon and hospital, as well as feedback on their seminars, pre/post-operative programs, and staff.

  3. Weight Loss Surgery Forums

    1. Gastric Bypass Forums

      The gastric bypass forums are intended to create a targeted discussion area for the RNY gastric bypass procedure. Feel free to discuss pre or post-operative topics, ask questions, or share concerns.

    2. Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Forums

      The vertical sleeve gastrectomy forums are a place to discuss the newly popular vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery. The vertical sleeve is the removal of 85% of the stomach, but without rearrangement of the intestines. Ask questions about the surgery and share pre and post-operative concerns.

    3. Lap Band Forums

      The Lap Band forums are a targeted area to discuss all angles of the Lap Band or adjustable gastric banding procedure. Feel free to discuss pre or post-operative issues, Lap Band fills and doctors, pricing, complications, etc.

    4. Weight Loss Surgery Revisions

      Weight loss surgery revisions are typically performed because of weight regain, complications resulting from the weight loss surgery procedure, or a reversal of the procedure altogether.

    5. Duodenal Switch Forum

      The duodenal switch forum is intended to create a targeted discussion area for the specific issues of DS members, ask questions or share concerns.

  4. Support and Motivation

    1. Personal Stories

      Every person struggling with obesity or who has had weight loss surgery has a unique experience and story. Some stories are inspirational, some are emotional, and others are painful. Share your weight loss surgery story with the rest of the community and help those who have yet to take their journey.

    2. Emotional Support

      Weight loss surgery is an emotional process. Relationships with friends and family change, and some struggle with physical changes happening to their body. This forum is a place for you to reach out to other members - whether there are others in need, or if you yourself need to share what is going on in your life.

    3. Prayer and Spiritual Support

      This support forum is open to members of all faiths and spiritual backgrounds.

    4. Marriage and Relationships

      Weight loss surgery is a life-changing process, not just physically, but emotionally as well. Use this forum to discuss changes, problems, or developments in your relationships.

  5. Diet and Nutrition

    1. Recipes

      Proper nutrition is important to the long-term success of weight loss surgery. While gastric bypass, Lap Band, and vertical sleeve limits the amount and types of food you consume, that doesn't mean the food can't be delicious! Post your favorite WLS recipes and search our existing database for new ones.

    2. Vitamins, Supplements, and Protein Drinks

      Ask questions or post reviews about vitamins, supplements, and protein drinks following weight loss surgery.

  6. Life After Weight Loss Surgery

    1. Exercises, Workouts, and Recreation

      Personal exercise, gyms, and group activities.

    2. Women's Issues

      This forum is for female-related issues only.

    3. Pregnancy

      Discussions regarding pregnancy following gastric bypass surgery, Lap Band surgery, or the vertical sleeve gastrectomy.

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    5. Men's Issues

      Since men are sometimes the minority on weight loss surgery forums, this forum is a small space where guys can have man-to-man conversations about life before and after weight loss surgery.

    6. Reconstructive & Plastic Surgery

      Discussions regarding reconstructive and plastic surgery following weight loss.

    7. Careers and the Workplace

      If you had a gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band, or other WLS, share the effects that it had on you in the workplace. How does it compare to before surgery?

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    • JazzyJ

      I am really needing some pick me ups and good vibes.  It has been a year since my surgery and I still have 36 pounds to lose.  I am struggling to get that off.  I have been working out and eating healthy off and on since my surgery.  I don't eat terrible but I don't get in my protein on a daily basis.  Last week my husband and I started eating clean and working out every night. When I say working out I mean I am doing 3-4 miles each night walking/running.  I weighed myself last Monday and I was at 186.  I weighed myself this morning and I was at 187.6. I don't get it.  Last week was the best I have ate in a good while.  I got in my protein every single day and exercised.  It makes my head space really bad when I struggle like this.  My husband of course lost 3 pounds so I am happy for him but at the same time I just want to cry my eyes out.  I don't know what I am doing wrong.  
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    • Suzanne-photog4fun  »  Dr. Callery

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    • Suzanne-photog4fun  »  Dr. Callery

      I haven't been on this forum for many years so thought I'd give an update.  I had my RNY in 2002, pre-op 273+lb, 5'6", 46 yrs old.  I have never regretted my surgery.  It saved my life.  It has been a wonderful tool despite my challenges over the years.  I am a serious sugar addict and was able to regain slowly 60 lbs..  I still feel some restriction from my pouch thank God, but grazing on food / sugar throughout the day is why I gained weight.  I've had problems with anemia and vitamin deficiencies during times that I didn't consistently take my vitamins which are critical.  My diabetes went away for 14 yrs but returned with my weight regain or possibly because I was destined to eventually get diabetes anyway since I am 65 yrs old.  I am so grateful that I haven't been morbidly obese for the past 18 yrs. Surgery changed my life.
      I am now actively involved in Overeaters Anonymous online zoom meetings to help me with my addiction to sugar and abnormal relationship with food.  It has helped me immensely.  If you are struggling, consider going to OA.  Surgery helps with weight loss but doesn't cure food addiction.
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    • Tresey1034

      Well..hello everyone. It's been 9 years since my Bypass surgery. Been doing really good until about 2 years ago. So now I have decided to do a revision surgery this year, and hopefully a body lift by next year. This last time I posted, I was about a year postop about 185lbs. Lost 97 lbs, but now my weight has been creeping up, so now I am 230lbs. Starting a better journey than the first time...I have had my consultation with surgeon which referred me to get a endoscopy done for evaluation of the stomach...that's been scheduled.. It was pushed back because of the virus, but now the progress has started again..
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    • Suzie H1954  »  Res Ipsa

      Hi.  You have answereda few of my questions in the past and I have found that your answers to me and others are always very well informed, thank you so muich for that.
      I wonder if I could ask for your help again?  I am just over 6 months post op, have lost 6st 2lbs and am very happy with that.  However I think I may be suffering from dumping but I am not really sure.  Often about 15 to 20 minutes after eating I start to feel really hot, bloated and nauseus for about an hour. I am never sick. However after about 2 -3 hours I feel hungry, I eat and then the cycle repeats itself.  I eat the same food as I did before surgery but much less of it, round about 150g.  Am I eating too much?  Is this dumping?  Please could you explain this for me.  I really appreciate your help.  Many thanks.  Suzanne.
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