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  1. In May I will have my bypass! I’m vaccinated against COVID and it will really happen this time. I am beyond ready
    4 points
  2. Res Ipsa

    Hello from Calfornia

    First of all, welcome to TTF Kristy! Having a long term change in taste is not a common side effect of a gastric bypass. When it does occur, it tends to be an aversion to the taste of high calorie foods (which in the long term should help the transition to the healthy diet that is required for long term success with a gastric bypass). Here is an article on this: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6153588/ It is not due to taste, but I avoid eating high fat foods as they can make me dump (which is not pleasant). For example, I avoid eating fish & chips, ice cre
    2 points
  3. Hello, I'm Samantha and I'm from Denver metro area. I had gastric by pass 1/27/08. My highest weight was 360lbs, my lowest was 175. I had 3 babies after my surgery. I have never had any problems, until recently. I was at home on March 16th, with my sick son. I had an attack of some sort. It felt like over powering gas bubble. It went on all day, it dropped me to my knees and it hurt worse then natural birth. I went to the ER, on my Dr's order. They ruled out appendices and kidney stones. Cat scan and blood work, did not show anything wrong. They asked me to follow up with my Gastri
    2 points
  4. For water, 1 cup equals 8 oz. But for other foods, 1 cup of food could weigh more or less than 8 oz. I suggest that you buy a battery powered food scale, which is not expensive and is great for cooking (now that so many recipes give ingredient list in grams or oz.) as well as for weighing food.
    2 points
  5. Thank you for sharing the story. You are very right that people who have complications after weight loss surgery should have them checked out ASAP. On the other hand for people who read this and are considering weight loss surgery, please understand that the potential complications for this surgery are much much less than the complications from remaining overweight. I am many years removed from my gastric bypass and am very healthy. Without this surgery, the risk that I as an overweight person would have had serious medical problems (or even death) by now is very high: heart attacks an
    2 points
  6. Just thought I would check back in to let you all know that I had my surgery yesterday! Everything went well and I am home recovering. The surgeon said he removed just under 9 pounds of skin. He did a fleur de lis abdominiplasty and male breast reduction using the donut method. (The donut method leaves the nipple attached and removes a donut-shaped section of skin around it. The only scar is around the nipple, which should not be visible.) The fleur de lis abdominiplasty scars will mostly be covered by a swimsuit or underwear. The center-line scar will be visible, but I already had
    2 points
  7. Just a quick update... I had my first post-op yesterday and everything is going well. I am still retaining a lot of fluid and have a lot of swelling, so the drains need to stay in and the surgeon tightened my compression garments to help squeeze it out. My chest area is obviously swollen and puffy. My abdomen is flat, but very hard. Tapping on it is very much like tapping on a ripe watermelon. I weighed myself this morning and, even with the excess fluid, I weigh 14 pounds less than before the surgery. We know that he removed just under 10 pounds of skin, and I have really been focus
    2 points
  8. Traveling snacks; string cheese (I prefer mine room temp), jerky, measured out 100 calorie nuts, protein bars, carrot chips (in produce section.. May give the crunch you need..)..apples fill me up.. you can do it. Break the weight up in 10# goals. I can’t do high impact exercise. Exercise was never a part of my weight loss.. But I walk. I can get 10,000 steps a day in. It’s easier to eat high carb foods as they don’t fill you up. Think of smashing down a bag of chips and see how much it condenses down too.. Eat 4 ounces of protein first. It’s dense, it will fill
    2 points
  9. cinwa

    Hi, new here

    Welcome to Thinner Times and congratulations on starting your weight loss surgery journey. Exciting times ahead for sure. I hear you on looking forward to getting on a roller coaster ride although that would be a little too much for me. One of my goals was to be able to fit my derrière into a playground swing. I hadn't been able to fit in one since I was something like 9 or 10. Now, when I take my dog for a walk, I often go down the kiddies slide for no other reason than I can. Keep focused on your goals.
    2 points
  10. Good grief! That's like carrying around a gallon of paint or 1.25 gallons of milk or a bowling ball 24/7!
    2 points
  11. Res Ipsa

    I need answers

    Weight loss surgery is a powerful tool to lose weight, but it does not work in the long term unless the person truly commits to eating a healthy diet high in lean protein (fish, chicken, turkey, protein shakes, eggs, etc.) and reasonably low in carbohydrates and fats. The usual reasons that people with a gastric bypass (or a sleeve) gain weight is that they are drinking a lot of calories, eating snacks, eating food high in carbohydrates, or drinking liquids during or right after meals. Here is a good guide on what to eat with a gastric bypass from one of the best hospitals in Boston:
    2 points
  12. Just a quick note here... I did not receive instructions to avoid standing upright, so I asked. He said that I could stand up as straight as I could comfortably. I actually have better posture without the excess baggage pulling me forward. One thing I am learning here is that, when it comes to this type of surgery, everyone's experience is very different.
    2 points
  13. Hi there! I am kind of getting back on track as far as food goes. I feel like I have the carb thing back under control, probably helps that my husband starting traveling for work again so I was able to get the junk out (the food, not the hubby lol) and I have time to myself when I am home. It also helps that things are (fingers crossed) a bit more sane at work and I have a little more time to eat better. I haven't tried to really exercise yet, except to walk the dog occasionally. Likely will be able to do that more with the time change and increasing daylight. Thanks for checking, it hel
    2 points
  14. I've had small regains (5-10lb) a few times and found it pretty easy to drop it back off each time (although this time is proving tougher for reasons out of my control). The hardest part for me is always stopping the carbs that have crept back into my diet. I've never done the 5DPT, because I know that just would be a misery for me. I have done 5 days on the egg diet though. That I found easy because eggs are an almost daily protien source for me plus the protien was filling and the fat satiating. Mind you I didn't want eggs for a few weeks after! The reality though is that, reverting back to
    2 points
  15. Very well said and oh so true....if I eat my protein first and alone, i can take about 3.5 ounces. If i allow carbs, veggies or anything else to go first or with the protein, i can swallow much more.
    2 points
  16. That'd make a great tattoo! I'm with you 100% Tracy and fact is, it's doubtful that I would have been alive today had I not had WLS. I had my surgery through the Military system (my DH is a retired career Air Force) and I knew from the beginning that excess skin removal would not be covered unless it proved a problem (rash issues etc). I'm aware that had I been younger (I'm now 65) then the excess skin issue might have been a problem but as it is, even in my jeans, a loose shirt/blouse, no one else is any the wiser.
    2 points
  17. Kat Can

    It's been a while!

    Hi all, it's been many years since i've visited the forums, originally had sleeve in June 2015. Over the past several years, I, as many others, have developed severe GERD, and I'm now on the list for a revision to RNY. I don't need to lose much weight, as I've been pretty good about keeping off the 100 lbs I lost with the sleeve, but I just want the GERD GONE! Just saying hi to all, and trying to get all the info I can about what I'm about to go through.
    1 point
  18. Kat Can

    It's been a while!

    I’m I’m sorry you are still having issues with GERD, but great that your esophagus has healed. Do they know why you’re still having problems? My surgeon says I have a clunky esophagus due to the sleeve. I have trouble swallowing liquids as well as being woken up almost nightly choking and coughing because my nighttime meds with my sip of water backs up and I try to breathe it in. So if it fixes just that I will be in Heaven!
    1 point
  19. trukmek

    Hello from Calfornia

    Thank you so much for your welcoming reply, and your information. Unfortunately the healthy food is making me nauseated. The yogurt is the only thing I can tolerate without issues. I have had lean lunch meat (various kinds), chicken thigh meat (no skin, baked without seasonings), lean ground turkey, etc. I can handle cheese, but it makes me constipated. Milk is fine, except I'm not a milk drinker. I've tried sugar free pudding that I made with fat free milk, but nope! Monks fruit tastes disgusting, as do other artificial sweeteners. Fruit tastes good, but I'm limited to very littl
    1 point
  20. tracyringo

    It's been a while!

    It took me awhile to get use to not having restriction after the revision and in the end its been better as far as it is not as hard to maintain a lower weight. I ended up losing 25 more lbs and have been maintaining the loss for 8 months. I am 11 months post op now. The surgery itself was worse for me and the healing process seemed longer as I had a hernia repair on top of the revision. I was advanced for soft foods at 1 week post op and had no issues other then DUMPING on dairy and protein cereal. I dont mess around with cereal of any kind still. I dump on heavy carbs( biscui
    1 point
  21. I'm currently eating salads as a snack between meals. They're low density calories, but a nutritious option between meals which also allows me to focus on the protien at regular mealtimes. I can eat about a cup of salad/veggies with 3-4oz protien, provided I eat the veggies first. I don't find veggies stay in my pouch long.
    1 point
  22. Happy:)

    Revision

    I just had a revision due to complications. I am feeling so much better. I had a lot of reflux and trouble swallowing. after a bunch of tests the dr found I had a para esophageal hernia. While they were repairing they tightened my pouch because it had stretched in 7 years. Hope you are feeling better.
    1 point
  23. I'm with Res Ipsa - not all food measures the same and for that reason, I still follow my guidelines to weigh solid food and measure liquids with calories. I LOVE Horizon Organic Fat Free Milk and would drink it all day long if I could but at even at just 90 calories/cup, those calories would mount up if I didn't limit myself to 1 or 2 cups a day I'll be 14 years post-RNY this September and maintain my weight at 112-115lb. I'm 5'5" with a small frame.
    1 point
  24. My WLS date is 12/22 pending COVID, yay! Thank you to everyone on this site answering my questions:)
    1 point
  25. Hiiiii! Just found this forum today while I was Google searching how common it is to be freezing cold all the time post-WLS. Lol! There's a FB group my program has for post-op support, but I'm not a lover of FB, so am happy to have found this forum! I had VSG on February 4th of this year, so am still feeling my way and in the fairly early post-op stages. Looking forward to the future and getting to know some of you! Cheers!
    1 point
  26. Hi so my mom had this operation in 2009 and she has been suffering with complications for years. We did not know that she had been suffering with the complications until now, she has been admitted to hospital and has been suffering with chronic diarrhea for months. However over the last 10 years or so we never had put the two together that everytime she would bloat , be in pain and have diarrhea it was cause by this operation that gave her a very aggressive bacterial infection. A doctor has advised now that this may be a long road ahead. If anyone had go
    1 point
  27. COVID has put a hold on many things. Also my insurance company is just being ***** (insert favorite insult here) about plastics. Going to self-pay and sue in the end I guess, maybe I'm going to get some money back but that doesn't eliminate COVID-waiting lists and that things have to be planned when it comes to time off work.
    1 point
  28. LOL! I had not thought about it that way. But... Yeah I guess I get a bonus of putting down that gallon of milk too! TammyP, Thank you and I an still doing great. Very little pain. I stopped the narcotic pain pills around noon on Wednesday (48 hours post) and am just taking Tylenol. That has prevented any pain and feels no different than I did with the narcotics. The only real discomfort is from the compression garments. I'm not used to them and they always feel like they are digging in somewhere and are itchy. I know some itching is from healing, but there is a lot that is ju
    1 point
  29. I feel you with the bat wings, they are the worst for me also and here comes summer !!!! I swear ugh lol. I have contacted a surgeon but its $5000 and I dont have that kind of money to spend especially now with covid and not knowing what will happen 1 day to the next. I still think about it though, maybe one day sigh
    1 point
  30. I'm 50 years old and down 133 lbs now. I have been ecstatic with the weight loss and even being able to wear smaller clothes but have to admit, there are a few things I don't like so much-bat wings are the biggest. I'm at 163 and will go down another 18 lbs or so-I'll see how much more skin shows up. I never thought I would want surgery afterward but seriously thinking it now for my arms. I am fine with my stomach-not even an issue but I've purchased some Sleavie wonders to go under t-shirt and tank tops recently-that's how uncomfortable I am with it. I work at a factory currently but will be
    1 point
  31. Cheesehead

    Hi, new here

    Welcome! My goal was to “be normal”. Not to hold my breath when tying my shoes, lol.. I was able to get certified as a scuba diver (before my dr wouldn’t ok it with my health problems). (Add here that I’m terrified of putting my face in water and not being able to touch bottom, lol! But hubby is a diver addict and instructor)
    1 point
  32. That's outstanding news Mike and thank you for sharing a picture. Did your surgeon tell you how much skin he removed?
    1 point
  33. 48 Hours post-op. (I got to shower so I had my wife take a photo.) Not showing the stitches here, but I am very happy with the outcome so far. (I had a LOT of skin hanging. So I think this is amazing after only 48 hours.)
    1 point
  34. How exciting!!! Congratz Mike! Please continue to let us know how you are doing
    1 point
  35. As usual, I totally agree with @Aussie Bear Given your GERD, having the sleeve surgery would be a mistake as that surgery makes GERD worse. In fact, it is quite common for people to revise their sleeve surgery into a gastric bypass due to severe post surgery GERD. For example, and I am not a doctor, and thus do not know if your medical conditions make having a gastric bypass unwise. If so, then your doctor was correct not to schedule gastric bypass surgery for you. I had no medical conditions at the time of my gastric bypass (except for being severely overweight), a
    1 point
  36. One year ago today I had my gastric bypass surgery and what a difference a year makes! I've actually had a pretty easy time of it - no complications, minimal discomfort, and steady weight loss. My highest weight was 295, I was down to 236 when I had my surgery. My current weight is 152, with a goal weight range of 135-145 pounds. I'm figuring it will probably take me another year to get there but I'm in no rush - my body will do what it will do as long as I stick with the program. I did this to improve my overall health and it's been successful. My A1C is holding at 5.8, blood pressure is typi
    1 point
  37. I'm a sleever so a bit different, but over 6 years out and working off a frustrating gain. Frustrating because I broke my own rules of not letting a gain get past a certain range before taking action, frustrating because I stopped tracking, stopped drinking enough water, stopped eating protein first, started eating junk. Married my new love who, with his traveling job was at the time my "weekend husband" which was perfect...I ate 100% perfectly during the week while he was gone and relaxed a bit and included some bread or pasta with him on weekends. Enter Covid and remote work and my now 24
    1 point
  38. Same here. Protein was in short supply in my childhood, so I never really got a taste for meat. Pre-WLS I enjoyed cheap carbs and lots of them...pasta, snack cakes, rice, bread etc. I broke off that relationship about a year prior to WLS and for almost 3 years now follow the very low carb diet. As for my protein intake, I dropped the shakes but I still have a pure protein bar daily as a supplement to my food intake. And congrats on your long term success! I am still 9-10 pounds from my "never gonna get there" goal....but i keep trying.
    1 point
  39. I've never been much of a meat eater - and that was the case pre-WLS too. I like fish but I don't want to eat it at every mealtime or even daily for that matter but to keep up with my protein intake, I still have a protein shake (or at least 1/2 of one) most days. I had my RNY 09/24/2007 and have maintained my weight loss (112lb this morning).
    1 point
  40. The only thing the pouch reset does is help reset your head as you go back to very low carbs. There are lots of different options to that if you feel the need for a reset, that don't involve starving. I honestly believe that it's the thought of starving and huge restriction that makes us so disheartened and disappointed in ourselves. Your head is in the right place, start with gentle exercise like walking, and go back to protien first. It always amazes me how much I can eat if I don't focus on protien, and how little I can when the protien goes in first. I suspect we forget these rules as we g
    1 point
  41. Res Ipsa

    Weight loss concerns

    Relax - it is going to be fine. A weight loss stall in the first month after surgery is very common. Just stick to your post-op diet plan, drink lots of liquids, and take your vitamins - your weight loss will increase in a few days. This guide from one of the best hospitals in Boston may be helpful to you in planning your post-op diet: https://www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/~/media/Brochures/TuftsMC/Patient Care Services/Departments and Services/Weight and Wellness Center/GBP Diet Manual12611.ashx We are here to support you. I have never regretted having my gastric bypass.
    1 point
  42. When they remove the excess skin and stretch the edges together to create the incision, to stretch it to where it will look good when all healed actually creates quite a lot of tension on the incision when standing or lying straight. Tension=pain and the potential for separation of the incision in the extreme. Gradually as the incision heals you are able to stand straighter, probably by 2 weeks I'd say I was standing straight.
    1 point
  43. Doing great!! Getting close to 10 years and still going strong. Hope all is well with everyone else.
    1 point
  44. Today marks the anniversary of my VSG. Wow what a journey this has been, with many ups and downs along the way. Although I have experienced regain, I can honestly say that I am in a better mind frame then I was this time last year when my spiral down the rabbit hole took a turn for the worse. It is very much a bitter sweet moment for me today. I know I still have a long road ahead of me to get back to where I was two years ago, but just knowing that I made it there once, empowers me to get there again. I still have my tools, although they maybe a bit dusty -- and the resources are out th
    1 point
  45. Best of luck as you continue to work towards your goal. I am 13 months out and I can definitely relate to the return of bad habits. For me, it's grazing. I continue to come here for support, ideas and advice; but only I can control what I put in my mouth. Like many have said, surgery doesn't fix the brain.
    1 point
  46. I did have myself convinced I was okay about the loose skin. Then my surgeon told me that abdominoplasty is part of the bariatric process/service in the hospital where I had my revision...it's 100% covered by the government (we pay a levy in our taxes to fund the public hospital system in Australia). There are very strict criteria for approval though. Surprisingly it isn't about rashes or skin breakdown though. It's about weightloss, maintenance over an extended time, and pyschological readiness. The biggest part of the assessment process I found was the pyschological assessment. This was al
    1 point
  47. Yes the skin issues suck !! I tell myself its better then the alternative and I truly believe that. I would much rather be smaller with loose skin then morbidly obese any day and some of us do not have the luxury of being able to afford skin removal surgeries. I am trying to learn to love myself just the way I am. We all deserve to love and embrace our new selves. We have all gone through too much just to get here to keep taring ourselves down.
    1 point
  48. My best friend, my brother-in-law, HIS sister, and several very special people that I have met through Dr. Machado's support group are VERY glad they had GBS...only one has had medical issues, but she is still glad to be losing weight.
    1 point
  49. joropa

    Post op upper back pain

    This is my very unscientific theory. I too had some back pain about 3-6 months post-op. I really think it is the back/bodies way of self correcting our posture post weight loss. As we loose wieight the body is trying to figure out how to carry itself without all the excess poundage. If the doc doesn't find anything specific, I recommend a good massage. it worked wonders for my back. jp
    1 point
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