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About silverhead

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  • Birthday 02/12/1957

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    New Jersey


  • Surgeon
    Dr. Valeriu Andrei
  • Hospital
    St. Barnabas
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. silverhead

    Food questions from a newbie

    hi. I'm about 2 years out from my sleeve operation. I'm of the opinion that no food is out of bounds just because of what it is (I mean, as long we're talking healthy clean food, not chips and soda), and whether you can continue to eat them after surgery pretty much depends on your personality and whether you can eat them with sufficient moderation. If a food is a downfall for you, then you just have to be very careful about introducing it back into your diet. Pre-surgery my downfall was ice cream. I've been able to re-introduce it, after some time, but I have to make sure I eat it only infrequently. Again, IMO, what foods you eat don't matter, as long as you eat a good balanced diet and you keep your calorie count in check. I love food, and strive to eat high quality food as much as I can, but for me that includes stuff like butter and olive oil, which I use, but in moderation. So, it's not the food that is the issue. It's us - our personalities, our limits, and knowing our capabilities.
  2. silverhead

    Slider Foods?

    remember that popcorn is mostly air. When you eat a big bag of popcorn, you're just eating a small handful of corn kernels. Think about cotton candy. A serving at a carnival is huge, but if you were to soak it in a bit of water, it ends up being hardly anything, comparatively.
  3. silverhead


    If you drank coffee before surgery there's no reason you can't drink it after. The diuretic effect of caffeine is negligible and the water in coffee counts as water - just like any other water.
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    Well, that doesn't make much sense, common or otherwise. So much misinformation, so much drama....
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    please. I'm passionate about people getting good information about a very important part of their lives. You're comment about my "passion" about drinking reveals all we need to know about your feelings towards it, and, apparently, why you choose to ignore facts in favor of your feelings.
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    well, I would say that what is irresponsible is being a fear monger and issuing statements of opinion as if they were fact. Which you have a distinct tendency to do. e.g. "most surgeons". Exactly how do you arrive at the decision that you are allowed to say "most surgeons"? Did you personally survey them all? My opinions on this matter are based on a careful reading of the research. Yours is based, apparently, on the fact that you find it disagreeable. Readers can choose as they wish.
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    I would love to see the cites for your quotes. there is no way that this is true: "1 in 10 GB patients become alcoholics within 2 years post op." no way. That's so high that the operation is actually a health hazard, and is about a 50% increase in the risk factor for becoming alcoholic. (from about 7% to 10% risk) a 10% increase in risk is not the same thing as being 10% at risk for something. The general risk of the non-WLS population becoming alcoholic is about 7%. a 10% increase in the risk factor means that the rate goes from 7% to 7.7%. I respect data. You have not convinced me. At all.
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    I must object to the prior post. One of the reasons I went off the boards a while back was the distressing negativity and outright fear mongering disguised as advice. Statements like: "If you chose to have alcohol after a sleeve or gastric bypass please understand that you are running a very large risk of ending up abusing alcohol AND/OR not ending up at your goal weight. Just check out the addiction transfer postings at this forum if you do not believe me" have no scientific merit whatsoever. There is ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE of a "very large risk" of abusing alcohol after wls. None. The few studies out there (hell, is there even more than one?) show a negligible effect. If any. We are grownups. Adults. Here because we've decided to make an enormously important and drastic decision regarding our eating habits. Treat us with respect. Give us facts and reasoned opinions. Not fear mongering. p.s. posts on a message board do not count as evidence. Someday maybe we'll talk about Fear of Carbs too.
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    well said.
  10. silverhead


    not sure what waiting 6-9 months is going to do. and the risk of transfer addiction is w-a-a-a-a-y over blown. (read the studies closely) Not sure why we need to be frightened like that. And I'd love to see the research backing the statement "the overwhelming majority of successful weight loss surgery people give up alcohol entirely. ". It is also not true that alcohol necessarily hits you harder and much faster after surgery. It certainly hasn't for me. However, I would definitely suggest taking a drink or two beforehand to gauge how you now process liquor. But, seriously, 1 or 2 glasses of wine is not an issue. we're talking about 16oz of liquid here. I think the following is a good overview of the issue, but coming from a medical association it is CYA over-cautious in my opinion. link Misconception: Many bariatric patients become alcoholics after their surgery. Truth: Actually, only a small percentage of bariatric patients claim to have problems with alcohol after surgery. Most (but not all) who abuse alcohol after surgery had problems with alcohol abuse at some period of time prior to surgery. Alcohol sensitivity, (particularly if alcohol is consumed during the rapid weight-loss period), is increased after bariatric surgery so that the effects of alcohol are felt with fewer drinks than before surgery. Studies also find with certain bariatric procedures (such as the gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy) that drinking an alcoholic beverage increases blood alcohol to levels that are considerably higher than before surgery or in comparison to the alcohol levels of individuals who have not had a bariatric procedure. For all of these reasons, bariatric patients are advised to take certain precautions regarding alcohol: Avoid alcoholic beverages during the rapid weight-loss period Be aware that even small amounts of alcohol can cause intoxication Avoid driving or operating heavy equipment after drinking any alcohol Seek help if drinking becomes a problem If you feel the consumption of alcohol may be an issue for you after surgery, please contact your primary care physician or bariatric surgeon and discuss this further. They will be able to help you identify resources available to address any alcohol-related issues.
  11. silverhead


    I wouldn't sweat it. Enjoy yourself. My doc said to wait about a month after surgery before drinking alcohol. Which is what I did. Doctors seem to be all over the map on their alcohol rules. I think the "wait one month" rule is just fine.
  12. silverhead

    has anyone NOT thrown up since surgery? ever?

    Why am I writing in a vomit thread? I HATE vomit.
  13. silverhead

    has anyone NOT thrown up since surgery? ever?

    Yeah, the few times I came close to vomiting, I could tell that the stuff that wanted to come up was not actually vomit, but some foamy pre-cursor. yechhh. nasty stuff anyway.
  14. silverhead

    has anyone NOT thrown up since surgery? ever?

    I've come close a handful of times in the 15 months since my surgery, but no actual vomit. They were all due too overeating.
  15. silverhead

    VSG and lifting weight post surgery

    actually, msmarymac, I don't think that's true regarding the quicker emptying of one's stomach. I believe the pylorus mitigates against that. It's also unlikely, if you think about it, that water would transform the contents of your stomach into something sutiable for the pylorus to let through faster than digestive juices would. (that's essentially what the argument is, right? that the pylorus gets fooled by the water into letting through insufficiently digested food.) But I'm happy to look at any evidence, except for that shredded pineapple youtube video, which has caused more confusion among wls patients than anything. Also, while there probably is some strain on the stomach while lifting, it's probably minimal at the staple line. But like I said, get the explanation from the surgeon, ask for details, then use your head.