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Res Ipsa

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About Res Ipsa

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    Craftsbury, VT
  • Interests
    Cooking, walking, current events, history, wine, and travel.
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  • Surgeon
    Denise Gee, MD
  • Hospital
    Massachusetts General Hospital
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Great job so far on the weight loss! The following is what I have written in the past on "goal weights": Be sure that you set and then attain the right goal weight - not too high and not too low. Weight charts and BMI calculators are almost useless in determining the right weight for a particular person. The proper weight should just feel good and look good. One person at TTF a few years ago referred to it as your weight "sweet spot." The easiest way to find your proper goal weight is to keep losing weight until you are too skinny, and your goal weight is about 5 pounds more. T
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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:
  6. 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
  7. When you have a gastric bypass, you will absorb alcohol very quickly. So, sadly, please do not drink and drive. You will be over the legal limit. Not fair, I know.
  8. Sadly, with a gastric bypass we give up a few things that "normal" people can do - driving after having an alcohol drink (or two), taking XL medication, and taking NSAIDS.
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  10. Welcome to TTF @JennyPenny! Can you explain with a bit more detail your background with respect to weight loss surgery and what information you are seeking? We are here to support you.
  11. I am not bipolar, but these postings may give you some helpful information: We are here to support you.
  12. Relax. It is going to be fine. Stick with your post op diet and be sure to eat lots of lean protein, drink lots of no calorie liquids, and take your vitamins. If you do this, and carefully track your food, you will lose weight. Weight loss stalls are very common, but they do end and when they end the weight loss tends to be quite rapid. By the way, exercise is great for your body, but has a minor or no effect on weight loss. So please keep on exercising, but be sure that the exercise is not causing you to eat unhealthy foods after your workouts. Oh, and avoid the butter cookies.
  13. 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.
  14. Welcome from another New Englander! We are here to support you. I have never regretted having my gastric bypass.
  15. I am quite fond of the Premier Protein premixed protein shakes as they are tasty, high in protein and convenient to use. My particular favorite flavor is chocolate. You can find PP shakes online at Amazon, as well as at Walmart, Costco, and most large drug stores.
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