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  3. ktallon

    Life updates

    So I know its been some time since I have been on with the holidays and everything life got crazy. I was doing well then in November things started to take a turn for the worst. The ulcer in my anastomosis was back the constant nausea and vomiting along with the God awful pain was back. My doctor did a 5th over stitch procedure at the beginning of December to try to fix the ulcer however it did not take at all this time. I was put back on tpn as my nutritional status was becoming compromised. On January 8th I had a revisional surgery they cut the front and back part of my pouch and approximately a little over a foot of my small intestine and remade my anastomosis and connected the new part of the intestine. This surgery is really taking a toll on me I am not healing and I've been pretty miserable. For the last few days I have been running a low grade fever along with cold chills and severe pain that wont go away. Tonight my fever spiked surgeon told me to go through er immediately. I am now being admitted to the hospital because there is a pocket of fluid around my anastomosis. I'm not sure if this will mean more surgery or what. But if you could all send some good vibes and prayers I would really appreciate it. I hope my 2019 will soon start to get better because as strong as I have been for so long I am definitely starting to crumble.
  4. CheeringCJ

    The flu....

    Good to hear. Did you enjoy your day with him? What is it that you are having surgery for?
  5. CheeringCJ

    17 months post op

    Ill be interested to see how you do... how did you get insurance to cover it?
  6. Relovlee

    DS vs RNY

    I chose RNY because it was either lap band or bypass that the military insurance would cover so I went with the much safer option, the bypass. I wanted the DS. I only know one person who had the DS and she's kinda successful with it however she's not really utilizing her tool right, she's drinking with meals therefore gaining weight and not where she could be. So never reached goal weight. Me I reached goal weight my first year and am maintaining within 10-20lbs pending my health issues. I did think from my research at the time 10 years ago that the DS had a lot less malabsorption issues so I'm shocked to hear about that. Hope this helps.
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  8. cinwa

    How long?

    That is outstanding Sama!
  9. Res Ipsa

    How long?

    Great news! Congratulations!
  10. Sama5959

    How long?

    Had another consulation today. Weighed in at 306lbs down from 403lbs on surgery day (October 1st)
  11. BurgundyBoy

    A "Lightweight" Having RNY

    Just back from India, sorry have been away from the Forum. Measures taken.
  12. BurgundyBoy

    A "Lightweight" Having RNY

    Hi R., my "official" starting BMI was 38 but I know it was really 40. I got down to a BMI of 27 in 9 months, was steady there for a long time, upped my exercise and got under 25 late last summer early fall ... and then in the press of a demanding job over the past 3 months, slacked off the gym, and went back to my BMI of 27. My weight at the end of December was within 1.5 pounds of my weight in June 2017 and in early January 2017 (my surgery was mid March 2016). So that has been pretty steady. I think it just means since you have less to lose, you get there sooner. Like you I had co-morbidities (terrible hip and back problems, sleep apnea) and the weight loss has been a tremendous gift. For what it is worth, there are a bunch of studies - which when taken together - suggest that going to the gym is worth about another 2 BMI points off. My personal stuff this past 6 months is instructive since with daily hard exercise (rowing at an high level) my BMI was just under 25, and now (without that) it is 27. Exercise is not critical to our weight loss but it is critical to an healthy life! and does provide a bit of an extra when you are in the acute weight loss period, it seems to help keep you losing and to make it a bit faster.
  13. Res Ipsa

    Quotes To Live By!

    “You can’t go back and change the beginning. But you can start where you are and change the ending.” C.S. Lewis
  14. cinwa

    Next week is my day

    That is a scary prospect but kudos to you for seeking WLS to help you achieve a healthy weight.
  15. PresidentFrankenstein

    Next week is my day

    It's an Inherited thrombophilia that makes me 4X more likely to develop DVT and PE.
  16. Res Ipsa

    Why so few post

    Here is the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery's posting on the primary advantages and disadvantages of the various types of weight loss surgery: https://asmbs.org/patients/bariatric-surgery-procedures I totally agree that anyone considering weight loss surgery should research all of the types of surgery, and then make an informed decision in consultation with their physician. I have never regretted my decision to have a gastric bypass.
  17. Cheesehead

    One year (a little late) - and a little bump :)

    You look glowing! Congrats! Stay healthy!
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  19. cinwa

    Next week is my day

    Welcome to Thinner Times and congratulations on your up and coming RNY. I don't know anything about the factor V Leiden (I'll have to do some reading on the subject) but I'm sure that your team will be watching you closely.
  20. Aussie Bear

    17 months out and hollidays!

    You are definitely in the zone where regain is possible. If you still want to lose weight, the same principles apply as they did for you early out. As for regaining weight or not, I'm a believer that that's also in our own hands and happens as a result of the eating decisions we make for ourselves on a daily basis. Unfortunately we ultimately have to work this stuff out for ourselves, ie work out the best weightloss strategies for our own bodies and lifestyles. If you want to go back to "ketoish" then go for it....im sort of in that arena myself these days and haven't had a gallbladder since 1986. As for targets, I can't give you any as I don't track at all and haven't for years. My daily eating though tends to look something like this Greek yoghurt/ strawberries/30g chopped nuts for breakfast. Glass milk mid morning. Two eggs at lunch either with veggies or cold meat and cheese, followed by fruit. Dinner is about 4oz of meat, salad vegetables and a serve of fruit.
  21. PresidentFrankenstein

    Next week is my day

    Hello everyone! Going for bypass next week after working on this for 2 years. It has been a long, crazy trip. From learning about every flaw in my body to my 1st hospital deciding to fire their all star surgeon for bucking management and having to start over at a new hospital, it has been a bit crazy. Of course, I keep getting flashes of fear as I have factor V leiden, so I'm 4 to 8 times more likely to have a DVT I am pretty excited to get it done, and Im super happy with my new doctor
  22. Hello , I haven't been on here in a long time seems like I only come back when I need extra support from people who have had this done .. im feeling great! im defiantly down a lot of weight and im in a good size, its not where I want to be but I did notice that from thanks giving until Christmas I went up 3 lbs which totally discouraged me . im also working out with weights a lot now and trying to tone my body so it could possibly be muscle being gained, how ever I have been stuck at this weight I cant seem to loose it! I would love to break into the 150's and then hit my goal of 145 my body is def a more muscular body though so I don't know if I will ever be able to get there! I don't measure what I eat but I don't eat bad I haven't had a real slice of pizza since before my surgery in sept of 2017 , I also don't really eat bread I might treat my self to it once a week in the form of wheat toast with my eggs. I went keto life style (lazy keto) which resulted in me having my gallbladder removed in sept of 2018 I had the worst pancreases infection and Gaul stones it was terrible and I was in the hospital for about 7 days! since then it kind of put me in a rut as far as loosing weight .. prior to that I was eating great, high protein, very low carb and the scale was going down down down.. I wonder if I should go back to that or if I should just keep trucking through and chalk this up to a stall .. do people still stall out 17 months after? I read a lot of things that say most will still loose weight for 2 years and then I look at some forums and see people are worried about regain at 2 years so im conflicted should I be nervous im regaing also what is a good target to eat every day? how much does everyone eat .. sometimes I wonder if im not eating enough and then working out and depleting my self a little?
  23. Aussie Bear

    DS vs RNY

    Perhaps it is. There are very few surgeon's in Australia that even offer the DS. I think I've only seen one that even advertises they do it. As a country we don't seem to have the levels of "Super Obesity" that seems to exist in other countries......lots of obesity and morbid obesity, but not a great deal beyond that. Most of my research indicated that DS was only recommended for those that for the "super morbidly obese" BMI category, due to the very serious malabsorption it causes....while that can be seen as a positive for super morbidly obese, it's just an unnecessary risk for those whose BMIs would suggest equally effective results with less malabsorption. As for your reaction regarding my use of the term "huge".....I used it rather than using the standard BMI obesity levels, which given I was using the term in reference to myself seemed reasonable to me. I apologise if you believed I was making pointed judgements about anyone, because that certainly wasn't the case. In fact I was surprised that the OP was even considering that surgery with his BMI. Whether we like it or not a BMI of 50 is considered "super morbidly obese". Regardless of how we feel about these terms, or whether the categories applied to BMI are meaningful or otherwise, we are all subject to being medically judged by where we sit within those catagories.
  24. athenarose

    DS vs RNY

    This basically sums up my experience too (other than Aussie's anatomical limitations). My surgeon didn't even present it as an option and, other than a fleeting thought as I researched all the different surgeries, I didn't really consider it. But I barely qualified for insurance to cover my surgery (BMI of 40 with no co-morbidities) and part of the reason I chose RNY was because I hoped I'd get dumping as a side effect (a negative physical reaction to sugar? Yes please! Lol) and considering how thin I am after having RNY, the extra malabsorption of DS would probably not be a good thing. @Boston Redhead it sounds like you've done your research and your doctor agrees with you about doing DS. I'm glad you've chosen the surgery that you & your doctor feel is the best one for your specific situation. Sorry there's not more people on here that you can compare notes with.
  25. Boston Redhead

    Why so few post

    @cinwa that’s not been what my research has shown at all. The DS has come a long way in the last decade in the US, and while there can be long term deficiencies, it’s only if patients aren’t watchful of their food qualityno more so than the other wls. I chose the DS because it’s said to have: Greatest long term weight loss potential of all bariatric procedures Minimal risk of dumping syndrome Excellent diabetes control Less chance of ulcers and DS patients are able to take NSAIDs. Personally, I consulted 3 different surgeons (in different practices) in my journey and all 3 recommended the DS. The one I chose has done 100s, successfully. This discussion forum has been a wealth of info for me, and I’m glad to have found such supportive people. I ask that we not put down or post negative info about other wls unless it’s to voice personal experience. Everyone has to make his/her own informed decision.
  26. Boston Redhead

    DS vs RNY

    I’ve not found that to be true at all @Aussie Bear. Perhaps it’s a geographical difference, but the research I did for here in the US shows the DS to be just as safe but perhaps more effective long term than other wls. I don’t have diabetes, but I do have high blood pressure and sleep apnea. I’m 53, and this will be a one and done shot for me. Blue cross, a major insurer in the US, DOES cover the DS. I consulted 3 different surgeons (in different practices) in my journey and all 3 recommended the DS. The one I chose has done 100s, successfully. But maybe that just makes me “ huge”...
  27. Cheesehead

    Jan 23rd surgery date!

    Welcome! January 23 is a great day. It’s also my 6 year anniversary!
  28. cinwa

    Jan 23rd surgery date!

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  29. Aussie Bear

    DS vs RNY

    Often DS isn't on offer so it isn't even an option. I've read at various times that some insurers don't cover it so that would affect people's decisions as well. Then there's the issues that even greater malabsorption can bring with it. I guess if I was really huge, and the DS was an option (as in my surgeon performed it and recommended it) then I would very seriously consider and research it. In my case though it was RNY or nothing for anatomical reasons.....any surgery that involved a "sleeve" was just not physically possible in my case.
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