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Res Ipsa

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  1. First of all, welcome @Sue Lewis to TTF! We are here for you on your weight loss surgery journey. Hunger pain after a gastric bypass surgery are not common, but do occur. I am sorry that you have them - I have the opposite problem in that I can skip meals if I don't remember to eat. Most importunely, the issues that you face in the first few months after surgery may not be long term issues. For example, 7 weeks after my gastric bypass I become lactose intolerant, a (miserable) condition that lasted only a few weeks. Hang in there. Stay on your post-op diet. We are here to support you.
  2. I agree. Also, get the food that you use to cheat out of your house. You should also think carefully about WHY you are having weight loss surgery - for me it was to be at a healthy weight so that I could live many years longer with my wonderful spouse and children. With this in mind, I realized that no food is worth losing this goal.
  3. We will all be sending you our very best thoughts and prayers as you go through surgery. Please let us know how it goes. I have never regretted having my weight loss surgery.
  4. Welcome to both of you! We are here to support and inform you. I have never regretted having my gastric bypass.
  5. Wow. Just wow. I am impressed!!
  6. I had a gastric bypass many years ago and have never had urgent diarrhea. I do not have any "off limit" foods, although I avoid eating large amounts of ice cream or deep fried foods as these foods can make me feel ill and "dump." I have never regretted having a gastric bypass.
  7. Welcome to TTF! I'm very sorry about the complications that you have faced. You should see a liver specialist doctor about your lab results. I had some unusual lab results after my gastric bypass, and went to see a liver specialist. She determined that that my test results were nothing to worry about. In the meantime, here is some information on the significance of your lab results. https://www.verywellhealth.com/liver-enzymes-1759916 We are here to support you.
  8. @LL2 - if you are in serious pain then you need to go see your surgeon. It is not normal to have pain so long after your surgery. We are here to support you.
  9. Hang in there. The first week or so can be tough, but it gets much better. We are here to support and inform you.
  10. I am about to turn sixty, am male, and once was over 300 pounds () - so I totally understand where you are coming from. I have never (even once) regretted having my gastric bypass many years ago as it allowed me to become thin, healthy and much more active. My only regret is that I did not have it sooner. While it is great after you lose your extra weight to buy clothes off the rack, to walk into a room and not be viewed (and prejudged) as a fat person, to fit into airplane seats with ease, to not get hot and sweaty all the time, and to like how you look in a mirror, the real benefit of losing the weight is to know that you should live so much longer.
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    I cannot be your buddy, but over the years lots of people have found this website to be very helpful for keeping themselves on track. We are here to support and inform you.
  12. Here is a very good guide (from the US) on what to eat after a gastric bypass. https://www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/-/media/Brochures/TuftsMC/Patient-Care-Services/Departments-and-Services/Weight-and-Wellness-Center/GBP-Diet-Manual12611.ashx?la=en&hash=29F5FC8CE082A84BBD66A46335C50C23B8042A29 A healthy diet after a gastric bypass is critically important for long term success. We are here to support you.
  13. Whatever you do, the only secret is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don't do it for anyone else. Keith Haring, artist, social activist
  14. @Bluetardis45 - how is it going?
  15. Obviously, this is a matter that you should discuss with your doctors. The crucial issue is how long you should wait between the fibroid embolization (which probably should occur ASAP) and the gastric bypass surgery. As these two procedures/surgeries do not involve the same areas of the body, the wait time between procedures may not be very long. We are here to support you.
  16. Hang in there. We are here to support you. I have never regretted having my surgery, as it allowed me to become healthy, thin, and able to love much longer.
  17. Jenna, Welcome back to TTF! How are you doing?
  18. I do not think that you need to worry about the size of your cups, because right after surgery you will not want to "gulp" water or any other liquid.
  19. It is totally normal to have last minute doubts about having a gastric bypass. I certainly had them. But, I knew that without a gastric bypass I would never be able to lose my excess weight AND keep it off long term. Think about why you are having the surgery. For me, I wanted to live a lot longer (on average) and thus be able to see my two sons get married and have children of their own. I wanted to see those grandchildren grow up. And I wanted to be healthy. Being able to fit into normal clothing, not being sweaty all the time, not worrying about a chair collapsing if I sat in it, nor worrying about fitting easily into a coach airplane seat, not having everyone who meat me judge me by my weight, etc., etc., were just side benefits. I have never regretted having my gastric bypass - not once. My only regret is that I did not have it sooner. We are here to support you. By the way, this was a video that inspired me before and after my surgery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR5US9XTpxc
  20. From what I can find on the internet, Doctors believe that SIPS may make sense if your BMI is over 50. If not, then stick with a gastric bypass. We are here to support you on your weight loss surgery journey.
  21. 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. Try not to set a goal weight based on a vanity number or on what you may have weighed in high school or on a particular BMI. While advice from your surgeon or NUT on a proper goal weight can be helpful, too often they will set a goal weight that is too high in order to make the goal attainable. Remember, everyone can reach their ideal goal weight after weight loss surgery if they stick to a proper post-op diet; thus, there is no reason to accept a goal weight that is too high. Similarly, a goal weight that is too low can be unhealthy. if you are all "skin and bones" then you probably need to gain a few pounds. The calories amounts are fine - but you need to focus on lean protein not rice cakes and tangerines. This guide may be helpful to you: 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.
  22. 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 cream, doughnuts, and cake (except in very small quantities). While I miss eating these foods - the joys of being at a healthy weight more than makes up for it. You should try eating low calorie foods that you liked before your surgery. In addition, here are a few items that you might want to try - flavored nonfat greek yoghurt (I like Chobani even though it has a few more calories than some other brands), sliced deli meat that is lean and high in protein (such as ham, roast beef, chicken and turkey), nonfat no sugar chocolate pudding (made from skim milk - not the remade type), scrambled eggs, a nice crisp apple, and cheese (in moderation). Also try different drinks that have little or no calories - for example, Vitamin Water Zero (I like the orange and lemonade flavors), Bai drinks, iced tea (without sugar), etc. If you like spicy food, adding hot sauce can liven up many dishes. In my opinion, the best tasting protein shakes are the premixed Premier Protein shakes. The chocolate flavor is quite good, but the vanilla, strawberry, and cookies & cream flavors are also tasty. You can find them at Walmart, Costco and many major drug stores. We are here to support and inform you on your weight loss surgery journey.
  23. 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.
  24. 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 and other related problems, stroke, cancer, diabetes, hip and knee pain, and high blood pressure are all caused by being overweight, not to mention a greatly increased risk of death from COVID-19. I have never regretted having my gastric bypass.
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