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  3. I am trying to get revision also. GERD has been really bad. I was tested and have a hiatel hernia that needs repair. I had my original VGS 11 years ago and I have gained 30 lbs back. My BMI is 35. I have high blood pressure. High cholesterol. Sleep apnea and an irregular heartbeat that I take medication for. My doctor said the new sleeves are waaay smaller now than the one I had originally had and once the hernia is repaired I shouldn't have any problems. Has anyone had any problems with getting approved for revision with these comotbities with UHC-Optum?
  4. This thread is over 8 years old, so I doubt you'll get a response from anyone that posted here originally, as they are no longer around.
  5. If you are using dairy based shakes, maybe switch it out for a plant based protien (or try using lacteeze) . Often after bypass people will become lactose intolerant temporarily. Many describe it as "dumping" on their shakes, but often it's just lactose intolerance.
  6. You should be fine. It's one slip up. Just do your best with the time you have left. It's in YOUR best interests afterall.
  7. So I slipped up 1 time during my diet and had a doughnut... it was looking at me. I have 4 days left until surgery and im a bit scared. Im on a 10 day liquids only pre-op diet. I did still loose because my carbs were low that day. Do you think I will be okay?
  8. Anyone else had this problem almost a week post op and on fluid diet including shakes and everything I drink goes straight through me even the shakes. Can someone help me on what should I do.
  9. Hello everyone, just curious does anyone here are using motivational books or audiobooks to help them lose weight? So far i'm in the process in losing 25lbs and it's my 3rd week and I lost 15lbs already. Which I believe is a great achievement! I'm using this audiobook "Self Sabotage" it's about being focus on your end goal of losing weight. So i'm asking if anyone are using any books or can suggest more books that I can read.
  10. Here is some solid information on this topic from one of the best hospitals in Boston (note that in the US gastric sleeve patients have the exact same post op guidelines as gastric bypass patients). We are here to support you. https://www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/-/media/Brochures/TuftsMC/Patient-Care-Services/Departments-and-Services/Weight-and-Wellness-Center/GBP-Diet-Manual12611.ashx?la=en&hash=29F5FC8CE082A84BBD66A46335C50C23B8042A29
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  12. i too had gallbladder surgery (July21st 2020)and i had blood work a month ago that showed my liver enzymes were a little high(78) had another blood test done last week ,shows it has gone down some(52).I never had any issues with my liver until now.I'll be going back to the dr this week some time to get hepatitis culture done.Did anyone find out what caused their liver enzymes to elevate???
  13. You need to follow your surgeon's guidelines on this. They are the one that will have all your test results. Rest assured though your list will include a multivitamin and a calcium citrate. Pretty much all other vitamins will be determined by blood tests. There may well be D3, B12, iron and others based on these tests. You do need to be careful though because with some vitamins and minerals you can get too much and cause other problems....Iron and calcium are prime examples.
  14. Also: https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200805/obesity-ups-odds-for-severe-covid-19-but-age-matters#1 Obesity Ups Odds for Severe COVID-19, But Age Matters By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you're younger than 65 years old and obese, COVID-19 poses a special danger to you. A new study reports that the more obese you are, the more likely you are to either die from infection with the new coronavirus or require lifesaving mechanical ventilation to survive. Morbidly obese COVID-19 patients are 60% more like
  15. There's no doubt that obesity increases the risk for multiple diseases and ailments. Here is a list but I'm sure there are others: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/effects/index.html People who have obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including the following: High blood pressure (Hypertension) High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia) Type 2 diabetes Coronary heart disease Stroke Gallbladder disease Osteoarthritis (a breakdow
  16. They say that people with obesity are at increased risk of mortality from coronavirus disease, is this true?
  17. Early out from surgery, we were required to take a chewable form of multivitamins. I used Celbrate's Multivitamin Soft Chews. And started out on their chewable calcium citrate too but switched to UPCAL D Powder. Also available in sachets too for when you on-the-go. As soon as I was cleared, I went to tablet form and have been using Equate Complete Multivitamin Tablets, (Adults 50+) from Walmart - but they also have great multivitamins for under 50's, too. They're about as comprehensive as you can get. I also take 500mg of calcium citrate (with vitamin D3 to aid absorption) 3 times
  18. Hi, I'm new here :) I'm getting the gastric sleeve on November 17th and of course I'm scared, nervous and excited. I've been researching A LOT and it of course makes me go back and forth. I plan on going ahead with it but I get scared and have mini panic attacks occasionally. I ultimately know it will be the best for me though. I'm just so scared about some side effects. What are some vitamins (brands and types) that I should take after surgery? I want to do everything in my power to prevent any deficiencies or hair loss and things like that.
  19. Decaf tea shouldn’t be an issue...like Aussie says it’s just flavored warm water. I’ve only ever drank chamomile tea, so that’s not been a problem for me. My husband, on the other hand, just had his bypass last year, and still drinks caffeine. It is a diuretic, and I worry about that because I don’t feel he gets enough fluids in to make up for what he loses from the caffeine. But he’s a big boy so he has to monitor his fluid intake. I can’t drink caffeine at all because I have heart issues, and it gives me palpitations. So decaf tea should not be a problem for you at all post op. Good luck wit
  20. I’m not from Australia, but the forum has become pretty quiet over the past year-year and a half. @Aussie Bear is right, people do tend to move on once we get comfortable after the surgery and recovery has happened, and we get to the maintenance phase. I just posted something not too long ago about feeling bad that I haven’t been here very much at all lately, because I know the new members need the same support that I got when I was a newbie. I’ve been trying to check in more often for that reason, and I want to be here to help in any way that I can. I’m glad to hear that you are doing w
  21. David says thank you to you both, and he hopes you are doing well!
  22. I doubt your surgeon would even consider it at this stage. They are more likely to see your situation as just regret given you're only 5/6 weeks post-op. Unfortunately strictures aren't a great way to start and can take 2 or even 3 dilations to get sorted. Hydration and protien are really the key to feeling a bit better, along with trying to increase your movement even if it is just a few extra steps. Once that stricture is sorted you can work your way back to eating normal textures, and you will feel much better once you are better nourished.
  23. I only use it for groups. Unfortunately there are very few other ways to connect with most interest groups in Australia. We do tend to be a bit behind the times when it comes to using other apps to connect. There are a couple of Australian forum groups from memory, but they weren't very active even years ago when I had my surgery (and this forum had some very active members at the same stage I was at). Unfortunately once the weightloss has occurred though, and people are maintaining pretty well, most people drift away (including me), as their life is no longer defined by their surgery, or ev
  24. I never had any restrictions on caffeine let alone caffeine free. Different surgeons have different rules for their patients, and for their own reasons. Ask your surgeon is the best answer that I could give, but I can't see any reason why they'd restrict caffeine free tea....it's just flavoured warm water.
  25. How soon after gastric bypass can you have caffeine free tea? I’m having mine in two days and I’m wondering how soon after?
  26. New here, but looking to get my rny reversed. Reading the stories here and the advice have been very helpful. I've spent the last month and a half in bed due to having my rny (9-9-20) and it's been one issue after another. Hospital stay for 3 days for malnutrition and sever dehydration. Had to have a edg dilation to remove scar tissue on the 6th of this month, and already need another to remove more scar tissue. I have zero quality of life right now because even walking to the bathroom, a whole 12 feet away leaves me feeling exhausted. And advice or tips on reversal would be amazing! Thank you
  27. I don't use Facebook really but thank you
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