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    Vertical Sleeve
  1. You guys, I'm almost 2 years post op and my tiny tum is still in full effect to the millionth degree. You KNOW when you're full. If you accidentally overeat that one extra bite, it WILL come up, or you will feel like you stuffed yourself on Thanksgiving! I still have a very small sleeve. My capacity with dense protein is still only around 2-2.5 ounces tops and sometimes I can squeeze in a few bites of veggies. I am thankful for my little sleeve every day.
  2. You're right, I am almost at exactly 2 years post op. I will be in a little over a month. I have been maintaining over a year now with relative ease BUT I think that's because my eating habits have stuck. I don't drink my calories and I don't eat simple sugars or carbs ever. I don't have a problem passing McDonald's and wishing I could eat something or pass a Starbucks and wish I could have a sugary high-cal coffee (although they do have some healthier options:-). I don't drink alcohol except a couple of times a year. SOME people do regain some of the weight back. One thing I've noticed is a large amount of them go out to happy hour and drink their calories. It's so easy to drink on the weekend and down an extra 1,000 calories in one night and then the next night. Quite a few of the people who have regained have regained because of alcohol OR a high calorie, high-sugar soda or frappuccino addiction. That is a big red flag! Some of the other people regained because they learned to "eat around the surgery". That can happen with ANY weight loss surgery. You eat a little bit of something, and then 30 minutes or an hour later you go eat some more because you have room. Do that all day over the course of a couple of months and suddenly you've gained 20-30 pounds. I know a couple of sleeved people who gained that much weight in a couple of months. Not kidding. Even with a sleeve. The big thing is you have to be AWARE. You can't mindlessly eat anymore. Ever. You have to think about it. "Didn't I just eat 30 minutes ago? Do I really need to wash it down with a high cal soda or eat this high carb/sugar food? Nah, I better just drink some water or some tea or even a low cal/no sugar coffee instead." I've seen some very successful sleevers who are 4-5 years out. They are doing well and one thing I notice is they keep an eye on their clothes (make sure they aren't getting tight!), they keep an eye on the foods they choose, and they don't play the denial game. If they gain 3-5-6 pounds, they are ON it like white on rice. They are cutting the carbs, cutting an extra snack that "snuck" in their daily intake, they are making sure they aren't drinking their calories (WINE seems to be a big one. Some people cannot moderate it very well at all). So honestly it's down to YOUR individual commitment, the surgery itself (did you get a well-done sleeve? does it keep your portions small and in check?), and your support system (surgeon/support groups/even online support groups help a lot!) So far so good for me but I'm only 2 years out. I'm very hyper-aware of what I eat. Even when I'm stressed out, I am aware. That seems to be a big one. Work on your emotional eating/boredom eating/etc. etc. I have experienced one of the most stressful things in my entire life since being sleeved. It was last April and I had been in maintenance about 6 months. I don't want to go into details, but it was terrible. I was STILL watching what I eat and being mindful of my choices. I didn't let life's problems and stresses turn me back into eating myself into an abyss. I think that's one of the biggest issues. When something bad happens in your life, you have to FEEL the emotions and not eat them away. When you're bored, don't eat, find a game to play or a hobby to do. Things like that. Get good habits established! I'm inspired by everyone on here who has lost massive amounts of weight! I only had to lose around 100 lbs. You guys who are gutting it out and losing 150-200 lbs are amazing to me!
  3. Haven't been on here in ages. I'm so HAPPY for you, Aviator, that your revision has given you renewed energy and weight loss and that you are experiencing all of this in good health! What a great way to ring in 2014! I will check in still now and then now that my college courses are FINALLY done forever and I'll have a little more free time. I'm still maintaining my weight with relative ease but I think that's because I eat a very healthy diet 90% of the time and it seems my new habits have stuck because I've continued to eat healthy even through some stress and life issues. Best wishes to you!
  4. I told my parents and my husband and also my eldest daughter. I know my mother told my nosy Aunt lol but it's okay because they are best friends. My mom is a doll but has a hard time keeping secrets from my Aunt. My Aunt probably let it slip to a few people as I know her well but they all live in the tiny town I grew up in and I very rarely ever go back there. It's a hotbed for gossip and backstabbing. I don't want to have to answer for my personal medical decisions with other people. I don't tell people when I'm going to the dentist for a root canal, or tell people about my gyno or doc visits, or about any other personal medical issues either. I just don't see why it's anyone's business but my own. It makes absolutely no sense. I don't want to know about your private medical decisions either. All it is is fodder for gossip. I had no need for negativity in my life and I choose to keep it that way. During weight loss and lifestyle changes after wls, the last thing I needed was Negative Nellies talking crap about me or making me feel like less than a person for my choice. It could have affected me very negatively while trying to make permanent sustainable lifestyle changes to hear negative things during my journey and I was not about to let anyone do that to me . This was MY journey and I wanted to take it the way I saw fit. It was all about ME. Not my friends, not my neighbors, and no one else. If a morbidly obese person came to me and told me their struggles with genuine interest, I might choose to share because their interest would be PURE. Other people's interest is typically morbid curiosity and snickering their noses at someone choosing the taboo "weight loss surgery". I chose to remove myself from the potential of that ignorance. People have very negative opinions about weight loss surgery and I frankly did not want to hear it at all. Society has not changed at all about their perception of weight loss surgery. Not even a little. People who are loud and proud about it, good for you. That is not my personality whatsoever. If it's your personality, then good for you and be proud of it. I am intensely private about my medical choices and I'm proud of that too. I don't want to know if my neighbor found a cyst on her uterus. I don't want to know if she had gastric bypass either. It's none of my damn business. All i want to know is how was her day was and send her a smile. That's it. We are all different types of people and our journeys are our own. .
  5. Start of pre op diet 235 lbs Day of surgery 218 lbs. 18 months post op: bounce between 122-126 lbs I am 5'4" Good luck everyone.
  6. I am so happy to hear this for you. Good for you! I bet it feels good to get out of that scooter! Please keep us updated. Your journey is already inspiring and it's just begun.
  7. Aviator so glad to hear you are doing well. Glad that he got your sleeve all nice and new again. I hope your restriction is even better this time around and no more "bubble" sleeve. I highly doubt you will have that issue with your new smaller bougie VSG. I know a few ladies who got sleeved for a second time. They all had too much fundus left after their first sleeve and it had stretched. My surgeon took all of my fundus the first time around and at 18 months post op, I can still only handle 2.5 ounces of protein at a sitting. I have amazing restriction. OF course, if I were much taller or male I would probably be annoyed that is all I could eat. But I'm a 5'4" woman and I don't require as much as someone taller or male. I very much appreciate the restriction. I still follow the rules of protein first. This sleeve is a miracle for most of us, isn't it? My BMI was 38 when I was sleeved too. I also had type 2 diabetes. My blood sugar numbers are stellar now. Makes me watch my diet hard core I think, knowing the diabetes could come back if I ate carbs and sugar all day. Maybe the diabetes diagnosis was a blessing pre op. It sure keeps me on the straight and narrow. I'd like to keep my feet, toes, and eye sight. My eye sight had gotten worse before the VSG and now it is stable and I can see great with my trusty contacts. I am thinner than I ever thought possible. Aviator, I just know you're going to be thrilled. Thankfully your regain wasn't too bad at all. I honestly think it was a combination of your sleeve growing larger due to the bubble at the top, your injury, and the night time reflux. I think you would have not had a problem had that "perfect storm" of sorts hadn't began. I think you will be able to get to your goal weight this time around easily. Keep up the good work and your positive attitude is refreshingly great. That will make it all the more easy for you to do well. I will keep checking in to see how you are.
  8. Pm'd you the link. I will let you decide whether to post it here or not. Good luck with your upcoming surgery, Aviator. I'm going to keep reading your log book. I'm excited for you!
  9. Karlos is on another forum I'm on. Can I post the link? He has apparently had some very bad news with recent medicines/chemos to treat his cancer, and does not expect to make it much longer at all. He seems like a great person. I love his attitude about tough love. Let me know if you want me to post a link to a thread he has been replying in very recently on another forum.
  10. While I do agree that watching your quantities is important, I have to admit I am shocked that you can consume so much food after RNY. I had the VSG over 16 months ago, and there is no way in hell I could eat the amounts you eat. I can only eat 2-3 ounces of steak and maybe a few bites of a salad. Sometimes I can't even eat the salad! That is it. I am rather surprised that your RNY pouch allows you to eat that much. Isn't it just a bit smaller than a VSG stomach? I did have a very small sleeve though. I requested the smallest size they offer, a 32F sleeve done tightly. But even then--aren't most RNY pouches 1 ounce initially and then expand to 4-8 ounces over a couple of years? If you can eat a steak, veggie, and potatoes you are eating well over that amount. I would be upset too. Your "tool" is not as strong as it should be. I would be very angry too. Let's be honest here, we had surgery for a reliable tool. If it's not there when we need it, we are relying on will power alone. Will power alone didn't work before surgery, so why should it now? Yes, sure we should watch what we eat. Protein first, then veggies obviously. That is what I do. However, my sleeve restricts my protein first and veggies. If your RNY isn't restricting you well, it's not there to catch you when you fall. And we all need a tool to help us in the long run. I agree with you, your tool wasn't made the way it should have been.
  11. I hope you guys read the post about the duodenal switch surgery. That is THE most successful revision for RNY patients who have regained weight. Google duodenal switch and see the stats and the details. It's a huge vitamin commitment, more vitamins than RNY. However, the rate of regain is very small compared to the other surgeries. Just be smart and seek out a surgeon who performs RNY to DS revisions. There are not very many of them. Be careful and choose smart. With DS, you malabsorb calories FOR LIFE. The malabsorption of calories does not end after DS like it does for RNY. If I were ever to regain a large amount of weight after VSG, I would strongly consider the duodenal switch.
  12. Aviator, you're not the first sleever I've heard of to develop a bulb in the top of the sleeve. Apparently, these same people also mentioned that they thought their sleeves were bigger than "average" from the beginning and perhaps their surgeons were quite conservative in removing the fundus. I've seen maybe 6 other sleevers discuss this so it's actually fairly rare. I wonder if perhaps your doctor was quite conservative in the amount of stomach removed, especially since you had your surgery in 2008 before the new, smaller bougies were more popular and the tighter, smaller sleeve was made. For example, how much steak could you eat in a sitting? 6 ounce, 8 ounce, 10 ounce or more? I realize you are a male though and it seems a lot of post op male sleevers have a bit more capacity. Not always though. Some of them have really small ones, like a few guys over on another forum I read. Whatever the case, I hope that the new trim works out well for you and you never have a bulge again, never have to deal with this terrible reflux, and you can get down to the weight you desire.
  13. The bypass is not a cure, it's typically just a remission for 5-10 years. Many studies are showing this to be true. I'm sure a lucky few are cured forever. I believe that the only surgery that pretty much cures diabetes is the duodenal switch (97% cure rate). My VSG has helped put my type 2 diabetes in remission. My last A1C was normal. As long as I keep eating high protein and low carb and keep the weight down--I can keep the diabetes in remission.
  14. Hey guys, not sure if you know this but sometimes getting hungry often is a sign of silent reflux. Some sleevers do have this. Our tiny tummies sometimes don't realize they are so much smaller and still produce as much acid as a normal tummy. That makes us feel hungry. What you can do is try to take 20MG of Prilosec or Omeprazole (I think I spelled that right) which are PPI's (NOT Pepcid or Zantac, those are not PPI's). Try taking one a day for a week. If it is helping curb your hunger, then you know you have silent reflux. I already have to take Prilosec once a day due to acid reflux but I also noticed that if I forget to take it, I feel hungrier. Other sleevers with hunger issues have stated that the PPI's have helped some of them. If it doesn't work after a week of taking one a day, then your hunger is from something else. Stop taking it then if it is not helping your hunger and you don't need it for reflux. Either you are eating too many carbs and not enough protein, not drinking enough water, or well you may just be darn hungry. I drink a cup of tea or coffee (coffee seems to help) sometimes if I feel like grazing.
  15. i am impressed with your DEDICATION to get to your goal! I'm really surprised you had to use phentermine but I can understand the desperation. I just wonder if the vertical sleeve will help you from the typical weight regain and appetite increase I hear about after someone goes off phentermine. I've considered using it in the past but it just scared the bajeebers out of me (the side effects). So have you stopped taking the phen and are you finding the VSG is helping you keep the weight off after going off of it? I am just curious. Very PROUD of you! Persistence is the sign of a winner in my book!