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    Washington, DC


  • Surgeon
    Katherine Lamond
  • Hospital
    Sibley Memorial Hospital
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. I'm assuming most of the men here had some serious man boobs going on prior to surgery (as I do). Will they go away after surgery to the point that you are not embarrassed to go shirtless? Did you need surgery to remove the loose skin?
  2. This might be relevant. I had prostate cancer two years ago and had a Da Vinci prostatectomy. I'm having RNY in February 2019, and I asked my surgeon whether the prostate surgery might present any problems. She told me that the RNY procedure would be entirely above the area where the prostatectomy was done. The downside is that I get a whole new set of scars. :-)
  3. What I really want is a new wardrobe of stylish clothes that will fit me like they are supposed to!
  4. Thanks, everyone. Very useful and reassuring information!
  5. I am in awe of people here who have lost incredible amounts of weight and have completely transformed their bodies. My BMI was marginal in terms of qualifying for surgery (but I did due to multiple co-morbidities) and I have "only" 90 pounds to lose. Does anyone have any observations about how the journey might be different for people like me as opposed to those starting with much higher BMIs?
  6. I am scheduled for RNY in February, and I am making a point of eating all of my favorite (unhealthy) foods now while I can. I also know that I shouldn't be doing so, because I need to train get used to making healthy choices. Did anyone else do this prior to surgery? Is it going to have a negative impact on my success afterwards?
  7. Boston Redhead, I know exactly what you mean! The more I read, the more overwhelming it all seems, and I start second-guessing myself because I'm doing this to myself voluntarily! Jen, thanks so much for the resources. I have actually read and researched a lot, and I know intellectually that bypass works in a way that dieting alone doesn't. I just get these recurring feelings of panic from time to time, and the reassurance of everyone here really helps!
  8. Thanks Aussie and Kim! The possibility of severe GERD was the thing that actually persuaded me to go with bypass, along with the fact that keeping weight off long-term seems to be better with bypass than sleeve. My surgeon was relatively neutral and explained the pros and cons of each procedure, leaving the final decision to me. (I wanted her to tell me which one I should do!) She did not that there was a greater chance of complications with bypass than sleeve, which is why I was on the fence.
  9. Hi, Kim. I'm having gastric bypass in February 2019. I did lots of research about both sleeve and bypass, and I'm still not sure that I'm making the right decision. May I ask why you decided to convert your sleeve to a bypass? Thanks from a newbie!
  10. So, I'm a person who drinks LOTS of water in a normal day, and if I'm thirsty I can gulp down a whole glass in a few seconds. Obviously, I won't be able to do that, and I'm concerned about getting enough water after surgery. Do you have to basically have water with you all the time and sip it all day long? What happens when you are someplace where you can't drink water for a few hours?
  11. Thanks everyone for your words of reassurance. I think I'm just freaking out a little bit about the surgery, but I know it's the right thing to do!
  12. 30 years for me--so I definitely hear you. I know in my heart you are right, and it's good to hear it from someone who has been through the surgery,
  13. I'm scheduled for RNY in February and have been researching like crazy in preparation. As you all know, surgery is just a tool and we still have to strictly control food intake for the rest of our lives, as well as exercising regularly. Sooo...I'm asking myself why I couldn't just adopt the post-bypass diet and exercise regimen and do this without surgery. Did anyone have similar doubts? Am I crazy?
  14. I'm a newbie having RNY in February 2019. I've read that some people experience changes in their relationships after wight-loss surgery, and I would be interested to hear your experiences in that regard--especially when it comes to a spouse/significant other. As background, my wonderful husband is supportive of my surgery but doesn't really "get it." He has never struggled with his weight and has implied that I just need to eat a sensible diet and exercise (in spite of 30 years of yo-yo dieting with no lasting results). I do wonder how a dramatic weight loss might affect our relationsh
  15. Thanks to all of you! Your responses really help.
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