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  1. Just because research is "old" doesn't mean it's wrong. Let's wait a few years and the low carb and keto diets will not be as hyped as they're today. A plant based high carb and low fat diet is still used today to treat e. g. heart disease, diabetes type 2, high cholesterol and high blood pressure if the patient is willing to get over the "OMG, must have dairy and meat or I'll die!!" attitude. Look into Esselstyn, Campbell, McDougall, Barnard, Fuhrman. And no, bariatric patients aren't that special in their needs in the long run so one can compare the WLS crowd to the average Joe when it comes to nutritional needs.
  2. "Revision weight losses" can be quite disappointing for the patients pursuing it for additional weight loss or because of regain as the expected weight loss is usually not that high. I wouldn't worry about losing too much weight, even if you might experience a dip because of the immediate post-op diet.
  4. Yeah, I wish mine would work, too. LOL. I'm so scared of the surgery and possible complications. That's maybe the main reason I also didn't have plastics so far.
  5. I don't have that much problems with MGB (have to take quite a bit of calcium and vitamin d though). However, the small intestine will get a bit shorter so bile can't flow back. They usually take at least 50 cm, if the small intestine will remain long enough they will take 70 cm. I'm hoping for a still-long-enough small intestine so I can get the 70 cm to prevent bile reflux once and for all (or so they say...).
  6. That's about the same the surgeon said to me. Should I opt for surgery they would revise the anastomosis in the same sitting. He talked about an additional 10% weight loss (that would be about 6 to 6.5 kg in my case), that many patients gain back within the first year. However, some lose more and some less, some don't gain back, some only a bit. What I have to ask about is additional malabsorption in regards to nutrients, now that I think about it.
  7. Yeah, one can take only so much without eyes rolling up to the sky and making a snarky remark.
  8. Better than with the band? Yes, absolutely. It's this (maybe irrational) fear of "having done unseen damage that can't be undone" - like something to the lower esophagus sphincter or something... who knows? But then again there are so many, many people with reflux and esophagitis and hernia out there who never had WLS...
  9. That's kind of what my surgeon said as well: one can postpone because EGD was ok but usually most patients are not able to cope endlessly. I remember postponing going from lap band to MGB for a whole year. In the end I regretted it but I was so afraid of the whole process, including insurance company issues. Now there is no talk about insurance having to give the ok. So might as well schedule the revision in time instead of waiting a year because of fear and maybe causing some damage during this time. I don't want to know what postposing for a year did to my lower esophagus in the long run...
  10. Yes, it was of reflux and the band beginning to erode into the stomach already. I was quite happy with my MGB before my hernia got back and part of the reflux. They want to perform another revision, including hiatoplastic and gastropexia. I'm still not sure if I really want to do it since I have some symptoms but I don't even take PPI regularly and the last two EGDs showed no inflammation so there is no need to hurry. Bile reflux or mixed reflux doesn't necessarily cause as much inflammation as the acidic reflux (don't ask me for the reason, I have no idea why that is). Mind you, usually the classic RNY is the way to go with reflux. There were reasons they went for MGB though, but it's not common.
  11. That's the problem with VSG (and also with lap band): reflux. When the meds don't work there is not much you can do, especially if your EGD was still not good. I fear conversion to bypass is not that uncommon after VSG or lap band.
  12. This. I thought about writing something similar in meaning (but my words wouldn't have been as polite as yours, lol).
  13. This. Maybe the important word here is "feel". Maybe what I write now is based on a feeling only as well but I hold the opinion that many thin people have to be a vigilant to a certain extend but it's nothing compared to the truckload of self-control someone has to exert that lost a lot of weight and tries to keep it off. Now with WLS I feel that I have to be vigilant to a certain extend but it doesn't take this draining self-discipline that's impossible to hold up for an endless amount of time. Thin people who were never overweight, let alone morbidly obese, have no clue what they're talking about when they seem to compare their effort to that of someone who lost a large amount of weight without surgery and tries to keep that off.
  14. Since you're sleeping and someone other is doing the work... SCNR. The procedure is of course not without risk but I doubt that the people bitching about "taking the easy way out" have the actual performance of the surgery in mind. Just shrug them off. If someone would say to my face that I took the easy way out (interestingly enough no one did so far) I would just say "Yes, I did" and watch the reaction. I imagine this as being kind of funny.