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!

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    2. Socialize

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

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    3. Member Photos

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

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    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.

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    5. Clothing and Goods Exchange

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

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  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.

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    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!

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    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.

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  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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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  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.

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    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.

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    3. Prayer and Spiritual Support

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

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    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.

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  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.

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    2. Vitamins, Supplements, and Protein Drinks

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

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  6. Life After Weight Loss Surgery

    1. Exercises, Workouts, and Recreation

      Personal exercise, gyms, and group activities.

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    2. Women's Issues

      This forum is for female-related issues only.

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    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.

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    6. Reconstructive & Plastic Surgery

      Discussions regarding reconstructive and plastic surgery following weight loss.

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    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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  7. Professional Answers

    1. Ask Dr. Callery

      Having performed more than 4,000 weight loss surgery procedures over 20 years, Dr. Charles D. Callery is experienced and knowledgeable. If you have a question about gastric bypass, Lap Band, vertical sleeve, or weight loss surgery in general - Ask Dr. Callery!

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    2. Ask Dr. Gupta, Plastic Surgeon

      Dr. Gupta answers questions about plastic surgery. Questions should be of general interest. Feel free to post pictures along with your questions.

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  8. Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups

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    • duffy  »  cinwa

      Hi, I have posted this in the forum but I wanted your thoughts as you are a SME on Hypoglycemia. Thx
       
      Need your Advice/Ideas:
      Quick Background: Had my Gastric Bypass Feb 2016 primarily to get rid of my Type II Diabetes. Almost everything went well. Type II Diabetes-Gone, CPAP-Gone. All other Blood Tests Perfect. However, within 3 months of surgery, started having hypoglycemic events. My endocrinologist referred me to a Specialist Endocrinologist at a University Hospital. Got admitted to a Hospital for Insulinoma Testing. Results-Negative. Was diagnosed with "Post Gastric Bypass Hypoglycemia". Was told to manage through More Protein and less Carb diet. Have played around with diet for past 18 months but no significant improvement. Kept getting hypoglycemic events 2-3 times a week. She started me on acarbose but my stomach could not handle it since the Gas in my stomach was making my daily living miserable.  On Feb 23 of 2018, my specialist put me on Proglycem (diazoxide) suspension. 2.5 ml (Twice Per Day). Magic happened. Not even a single incident of Hypoglycemia. Medicine tastes awful but more than happy to take it. Well since things were going great, I had stopped measuring my sugars. I have having an Arthroscopy later next week and I had to go in for some pre-Op blood testing. My primary said that everything was fine except that my sugar was 282! Huh! I thought it was because I took the blood test without fasting. But then I have taken about 6 random blood sugars including early morning fasting. They are all above 200!! What a reversal from Hypoglycemia to High Blood Sugars!
      Question: Is my high blood sugars because of Proglycem? Seems logical. Has anyone has kind of experience taking this medication?  Any alternative medications?
      The only thing that comes to mind is that on March 27, 2018 I had an epidural injection of steroids in my C4-C5 for neck/migraine pain management. I know that steroid injections definitely increase blood sugar but it has been two weeks. Would the effect of high blood sugars from steroids remain there for 2 weeks? Anybody have this experience?
      I have an appointment scheduled with my specialist next week but I feel gathering additional information from this splendid patient portal site is always a great idea.
      Thank you In advance.
       
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    • duffy  »  BugdocMom

      Hi BugdocMon, Iposted the message below in the forum. I am sending the message to you directly becuase I follow your posts/responses and I feel that you are a subject matter expert in the Hypoglycemic area. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thx 
       
      Need your Advice/Ideas:
      Quick Background: Had my Gastric Bypass Feb 2016 primarily to get rid of my Type II Diabetes. Almost everything went well. Type II Diabetes-Gone, CPAP-Gone. All other Blood Tests Perfect. However, within 3 months of surgery, started having hypoglycemic events. My endocrinologist referred me to a Specialist Endocrinologist at a University Hospital. Got admitted to a Hospital for Insulinoma Testing. Results-Negative. Was diagnosed with "Post Gastric Bypass Hypoglycemia". Was told to manage through More Protein and less Carb diet. Have played around with diet for past 18 months but no significant improvement. Kept getting hypoglycemic events 2-3 times a week. She started me on acarbose but my stomach could not handle it since the Gas in my stomach was making my daily living miserable.  On Feb 23 of 2018, my specialist put me on Proglycem (diazoxide) suspension. 2.5 ml (Twice Per Day). Magic happened. Not even a single incident of Hypoglycemia. Medicine tastes awful but more than happy to take it. Well since things were going great, I had stopped measuring my sugars. I have having an Arthroscopy later next week and I had to go in for some pre-Op blood testing. My primary said that everything was fine except that my sugar was 282! Huh! I thought it was because I took the blood test without fasting. But then I have taken about 6 random blood sugars including early morning fasting. They are all above 200!! What a reversal from Hypoglycemia to High Blood Sugars!
      Question: Is my high blood sugars because of Proglycem? Seems logical. Has anyone has kind of experience taking this medication?  Any alternative medications?
      The only thing that comes to mind is that on March 27, 2018 I had an epidural injection of steroids in my C4-C5 for neck/migraine pain management. I know that steroid injections definitely increase blood sugar but it has been two weeks. Would the effect of high blood sugars from steroids remain there for 2 weeks? Anybody have this experience?
      I have an appointment scheduled with my specialist next week but I feel gathering additional information from this splendid patient portal site is always a great idea.
      Thank you In advance.
       
      · 0 replies
    • Eunique is Me

      Today is day 6 of my pouch reset. According to the plan I can eat soft foods, yayyy. 
      Started my day off in the gym. Did the Les Mills Body Pump class at the Y. Then I ran sprints for 5 mins. That’s where I run for 30 secs then rest for 30 secs. Doesn’t sound like much but trust me it’s hard for me. Trying to prepare for the Color Run at the end of July. I’d reallyyyyy like to run it instead of walk it, so I’m building up to it. 
      After the gym I ate 2 scrambled eggs and some apple sauce. Don’t judge my meal lol I stole it from my niece when she was a baby. It’s a good combo. 
      Now I’m working on my protein drink. Will check back later. 

      · 4 replies
    • Animalrescuer18

      Started my liquid diet today! 2 weeks from today I will have Gastric Bypass surgery
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