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. There is no doubt that a person can eat a healthy diet as a vegetarian (or even a vegan), but a diet without meat requires careful efforts to ensure that enough complete protein is consumed. In addition, it s very hard for a long term vegetarian or vegan diet to provide all of the necessary vitamins and minerals for health. So, "no meat is required" is true only if the person is willing to work hard to eat a healthy diet. It also is true that a diet high in meat, especially red meat such as beef and lamb, is not healthy. Personally, I eat a healthy balanced diet that is low in red meat (but does have chicken, eggs and fish), and includes lots of vegetables, nuts, diary products, and beans. Plus, a day is not complete without some chocolate.
  2. Here are some recentpostings that may be of help to you from TTF's board on Doctors and Hospitals: As I did not have my surgery in Mexico, I do not know how accurate these postings are. We are here to support you.
  3. This post gastric bypass surgery guide from one of the best hospitals in Boston (in the US) may be of some help to you in getting through the first year after surgery. Care Services/Departments and Services/Weight and Wellness Center/GBP Diet Manual12611.ashx In the US, the drinking of orange juice after gastric bypass surgery generally is highly discouraged as OJ is high in sugar carbs and calories. When people with a gastric bypass take iron supplements, generally the iron is taken at the same time as the multivitamin pill (which generally is chewable for at least the first few months after surgery) as the multivitamin provides the vitamin C that increases iron absorption. Of great importance is that iron and calcium (which should be calcium citrate not calcium carbonate) should be taken at least 2-3 hours apart, as iron interferes with calcium absorption.
  4. Relax. This can be a normal reaction to surgery. That having been said, you should call your surgeon’s office on this to check that that it is not serious. We are here to support you.
  5. You can do this and we are here to support you. Here is a TTF post that I had in 2015: When I was just about to be put under on my day of surgery two years ago, my operating room nurse at Mass General Hospital in Boston came up to me and told me that I was doing the right thing. She then told me that she had WLS a few years ago and that it really changed her life for the better. She then showed me her two nurse badges - each one had a photo on it. The older badge showed a very large woman and the new one showed her as she was that day with me, a slim healthy looking woman. She gave me kind words and hope when I needed it most, and I have not forgot it (although I never got a chance to thank her).
  6. I have never regretted having my gastric bypass, as it allowed me to become thin, healthy, and a lot more active. Life is so much better without the excess weight, plus I should live much longer. I have never regretted having my gastric bypass. We are here to support you.
  7. Res Ipsa

    9 Years out

    Wow! You have done really great keeping your excess weight off. You are an inspiration to us all.
  8. I was told by my NUT that it was fine to reintroduce caffeine (including coffee and tea) back into your diet 2-3 months after surgery, as long as you are drinking lots of non-caffeinated liquids (and thus not at any risk for dehydration). Of course, while you are losing weight you should not be putting any cream or sugar into your coffee.
  9. Deb, Welcome to TTF! I assume by your reference to NHS, that you live in the UK. if so, what countries are you looking at for your sleeve surgery? You may find some helpful information on the Doctors and Hospitals board here at TTF: We are here to support you.
  10. Relax. It is going to be fine. The puree food phase is not that long, and you should be losing lots of weight during this phase. We are here to support you. I have never regretted having my gastric bypass.
  11. Seamus is doing fine - although he now is a really big Golden Retriever puppy (9 months old and 90 pounds). He is a sweet, lovable soul who just wants to sit in your lap and lick your hand. He also loves to take long walks in snowy northeastern Vermont. He gives me great joy.
  12. Wow. Just wow. I am so very happy for both of you.
  13. Res Ipsa


    I have had no medical problems or complications in the many year since having my gastric bypass. As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of having such complications. However, the risks of death or medical complications are far greater for a person not to have weight loss surgery and remain at.a high weight. My advice is to find a surgeon who is experienced and skillful for your surgery, even if it means a long trip to reach the surgical center. I have never regretted having my gastric bypass, as it allowed me to become thin, healthy, and much more active - as well as giving me a far greater chance to live a long life.
  14. Reflux or GERD is a fairly common (but not inevitable) side effect of vertical sleeve surgery, especially if one looks many years after the surgery. On the other hand, being obese has many horrible side effects, not the least of which is a dramatic increased risk of death. If you worry about reflux/GERD, you may want to consider having a gastric bypass not rejecting any weight loss surgery. We are here to support you.