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  2. Thank you so much for responding. I’m just in The process of doing test before surgery appointments etc. I have been reading A lot of different articles about the surgery. Still so surprising that people can lose 50lbs in 3 months. Even with surgery just seems like impossible. I’m not in any rush. I’m just gonna do whatever they want me to do. I’m already given up decaf nothing carbonated &extremely low carbs. Just preparing myself because that’s the way it’s going to be. If you don’t mind me asking, I was also concerned thinking about after the weight loss how much extra skin how bad is it? thanks again, Kat
  3. Kat, Below is my monthly weight loss history after my gastric bypass. I remain many years later at my goal weight. Remember, the important thing in the long run is no how fast our lose weight, but how long you keep the weight off. We are here to support you. Res ipsa. I began at 304 pounds. In the two months prior to my surgery I lost 20 pounds to be at 284 pounds. After my RNY gastric bypass surgery in November 2013, my monthly weight loss rates were as follows: 1. 23 pounds 2. 16 pounds 3. 16 pounds 4. 12 pounds 5. 18 pounds 6. 7 pounds 7. 7 pounds 8. 2 pounds 9. 0 pounds 10. 4 pounds 11. 2 pounds - at which point (in mid-October 2014) I reached 177 pounds. This is just below my goal weight. Thus, I lost 127 pounds in all - 20 pounds before surgery and 107 pounds after surgery. I did not have any medical complications. Once I reached 177 pounds, I went onto a maintenance diet - which allows me to eat most foods in moderation (what my NUT calls "mindful eating.") as long as I eat lots of protein, try to avoid high sugar and high fat foods, drinks lots of liquids, get reasonable amounts of exercise, and take my vitamins every day. I feel great.
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  5. How much has everybody lost? I’m new to this form and new to the journey I’m in my second month of the diet etc. but I was curious to know in the first three months how much everyone has been losing
  6. Definitely been weighing everything. And making sure to give a looooong pause after the first few bites to make sure it's settling well! Yes, after years of restriction it is very odd to not really feel much. I have not yet discovered if I will dump. I did discovered I can still throw up, just a couple hours after posting early, I got a really sharp pain after eating and the food just came right back up. Unsure what the problem was there, but I took a break from foods and just did liquids for most of the day. Holding 'dinner' down fine now so hopefully just a weird incident.
  7. Don't be too hard on yourself Tracy. I'm close to 13 years post RNY and I still have to look stuff like that up.
  8. I am nearly nine years' post-op and seriously considering a reversal. In the last two months I have started having numbness/tingling in fingers/toes, my coristol levels are deficient and I started steroids, and my pancreas is showing signs of failure. Last year I had all of my teeth removed due to rotting from constant reflux, even after two surgeries to correct the reflux. I have had anemia infusions five different times, usually every 18 months, in my nine years' post-op. I feel like a failure for throwing in the towel, but, I don't think I can take what the deficiencies are doing to my body over time. I have maintained my weight loss, I just can not absorb what I need to from food and vitamins to stay healthy. I am alcohol and tobacco free. I have 23, 21 and 18 year old children and an 8 year old step-daughter. I desperately want to be a grandmother someday and be able to continue working my good job. All of these things as well as my marriage are hanging in the balance because my quality of life is so low from illness and fatigue. What would others' do in my shoes? Does anyone know what recovery is like post-reversal? My surgeon is looking into all of my labwork recently and will make a recommendation with me for what would work best.
  9. I was just diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency nine years post op. I started steroids, but am beginning the process of considering a reversal of my bypass
  10. TY. I dont know why I thought aspirin wasnt a NASID. UGH
  11. I had a real hard time with losing all my restriction. I was quite freaked out for weeks. I started coming around to reality around 6 to 8 weeks out and I am doing okay with it now. I understand how depressing it is at first . I dump on carbs and sugar, but I am okay with that. I cannot throw up period. I have tried when I overate twice since surgery. Good luck to you !
  12. It's not unusual not to feel the same estriction with revision as you did with your original WLS surgery Delias. Best advice I can give is to follow your plan and I would recommend that you weigh/measure your meals/snacks because even to this day, I couldn't be trusted to guess a 1/2 or full cup of anything.
  13. Bored with soft foods and very glad this is only two weeks instead of four like initially with the sleeve! I know I'm eating small amounts but I don't really feel restriction? Surgeon said I may feel less restriction than with my sleeve, which makes me a bit sad. So far nothing that my pouch has refused or sent back up, I hope it stays that way!
  14. Welcome to Thinner Times!
  15. It's on my no-go list Tracy. It contains Aspirin (an NSAID). Excedrin ingredients: Acetaminophen 250 mg, Aspirin 250 mg, Caffeine 65 mg.
  16. Hi...I’m Blue.. I’ve been reading everyone’s stories and I’m so inspired. I am at the beginning of mine. Im approved for surgery, bypass and have just lost my pre surgery weight of 10 pounds. I have to attend 4 nutrition meeting(1 down) and some tests. I haven’t yet been given a date..just before end of year. I am 5’4 220 and goal is 135.
  17. I am dizzy light and headed. I am only 1 month out. I hope it stops soon
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  19. I am so frickin lost !!! I thought we could take aspirin with bypass ? I just ordered excderin for these headaches !!!
  20. How are you doing @delilas ? So much different from the sleeve for me anyways.
  21. Thanks guys !!! Time sure does go by quickly !!
  22. Happy 3rd surgiveresary Tracy and congratulations on maintaining your weight loss. Looking good lady!
  23. Wow. Your weight loss success, and ability to handle the many "bumps" in your weight loss surgery journey are inspirational to us all!!
  24. First of all, welcome to TTF! We are here to support and inform you on your weight loss surgery journey. For all (or at least almost all) of us here, prior to surgery we had an unhealthy relationship with food. We had tried dieting, and even if we lost weight, eventually the weight came back on. And thus we were locked in a cycle of dieting and regaining the weight (usually more weight than we originally lost). Weight loss surgery allows you to break this unhealthy and stressful cycle, and be able to reach and stay at a healthy weight. But the surgery is not magic; you still need to be careful about what to eat and not eat. The crucial point is that in the first few months after the surgery you cannot eat much, so this time allows you to break unhealthy eating habits and gain healthy ones. In short, weight loss surgery is a very powerful lifelong weight loss tool, but it is not a guarantee of permanent weight loss. This eating guide from one of the best hospitals in Boston may help you on what you will be eating and drinking after surgery (note that in the US the post-op diet is almost always the exact same for the vertical sleeve and for the gastric bypass): 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 Although the massive weight loss that comes with weight loss surgery usually cures (or at least greatly helps) many physical ailments (such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes), it will not resolve emotional or mental health issues. The major issue that you will face if you are approved for weight loss surgery is what type of surgery to have, Lap band surgery is rarely performed in the US anymore since its long term effectiveness and safety are relatively poor. On the other extreme, duodenal switch surgery is uncommon, except for people who are grossly overweight and willing to accept the side effects that come with that surgery. For almost all of us the choice is from two types of weight loss surgery: vertical sleeve and gastric bypass (RNY). I have never regretted having my gastric bypass, but there are people here at TTF who are happy that they had vertical sleeve surgery. I strongly suggest that you look into both types of surgery and make the decision on which type to have after much research and discussion with your surgeon. Below is what I have written in the past on this topic (and still totally believe): In some ways the choice is simple - both the vertical sleeve and RNY gastric bypass have their own advantages and disadvantages. Each of them can help you lose weight and get to your goal weight, and then maintain at your goal weight. As an informed consumer you need to make the weight loss surgery choice that is best for you and your needs. Note that sometimes this choice is mandated by your health insurance company or by your choice of surgeon (not in my case - BCBS of MA let me chose my surgery type, and my surgeon had lots of experience with both procedures). Also, some people should only have one of these surgeries due to other medical conditions. I chose gastric bypass for the following reasons (and have never regretted this choice); 1. Gastric bypass surgery has a higher success rate than the vertical sleeve. Quite frankly, if I am going to have weight loss surgery, then I want the most effective surgery. 2. Gastric bypass has been performed for much longer than the vertical sleeve - so the side effects for gastric bypass are better known. 3. Gastric bypass combines two separate weight loss methods into one surgery (small stomach pouch and malabsorption of calories), while the vertical sleeve has just one (small stomach pouch). To me, more is better. Indeed, and as I have posted in the past, once peer reviewed scientific study showed that the RNY gastric bypass results in a roughly 18% malabsorption of calories (and there was no scientific evidence in this study that this lessens with time). 4. Nothing is taken out of your body with the gastric bypass surgery, so that it can (in theory) be reversed - this is not true for the vertical sleeve. More importantly, with gastric bypass (unlike with the vertical sleeve) you retain the rest of your stomach (besides your small pouch) in your body, so that in case of an ulcer or some other problem with your small pouch many years from now (which is not unusual) you will have spare and healthy stomach tissue inside you for a surgeon to use to make a new pouch. 5. Although many people have lost a lot of weight with the sleeve, the people that I know who had the gastric bypass lost all the weight that they needed to lose and got to their goal - not so with the vertical sleeve people that I know (although obviously this is not true of everyone as you can see from some the sleeve folks who post on this forum). 6. The major downsides of gastric bypass - having to take vitamins the rest of my life, a longer surgical procedure, and facing the possibility of dumping - were acceptable risks to me. Taking vitamins is no big deal (and since I buy them at CVS on sale, it is not a major expense), since I was knocked out for my surgery I did not care that it took longer to perform the surgery, and I only dump about once every six months. 7. From talking to people who have had each type of surgery, I am not convinced that there is any difference in "hunger" after the surgery. I do not have much if any "body hunger" now (as distinct from "head hunger" which no surgery can remove), which is quite normal for gastric bypass folks. I often skip meals if I am busy working, which never was true before my surgery. Indeed, some of us have to battle at times with losing too much weight. I fully respect people who get the vertical sleeve, but I love my life with gastric bypass ).
  25. Its been 3 years ago today that I started this journey !! I am 146 lbs lighter !!!
  26. I have not had revision surgery. But I was diabetic for 18 years (took 6 pills a day for it; glipizide, metformin and actos). I was told RNY or gastric bypass would help but maybe not all the way in reversing my diabetes. I was crushed when my blood sugar levels didn’t drop fast enough while in the hospital and I was sent home on insulin; something I had fought for years!! I was sent home on a Friday night, I dtruggled to keep my blood sugar up all weekend. Went in on That Monday and they took me off the insulin immediately; so 5 days after RNY surgery I was in remission. RNY for some reason often reacts that way before weight is even lost.. ive got thick hair and always wore it short. I did not notice any hair loss. And if you do it isn’t normally but a few months before it starts growing back in. It’s a side affect of surgery trauma..biotin is often recommended. I have read protein helps as well. I got my protein in from the start.. I have not issue with vitamin levels. I take the vitamins I was told to. Vitamins are not optionally. They are for life.
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