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  2. Hey everyone, I am booked in for my surgery in early Feb 2o2o...just over 6 months and counting. Words can't describe how excited I am, I feel like I'm waiting for my life to begin. I'm also scared because I imagine it can get depressing not being able to eat how you used to eat, especially if you comfort eat like I do. I am getting the gastric sleeve as sometime in the future I would like kids so bypass isn't an option. I'm getting it done in Canberra, Australia by Charles Mosse. Anyone here had their surgery with him? I know I still have a while to go but is there anything I should be doing in preparation? Can anyone recommend any good recipe books/websites so I can start slowly changing what I eat? I don't see the dietician until Jan 2020 so any advice would be appreciated. It would be nice to chat to others who have had the surgery/getting it done, because I don't know anyone in this position and as supportive as my partner is, he doesn't understand what it feels like to be overweight your whole life. I'd love to hear from anyone who wants to share their story with me!
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  4. DonsB

    Stretching sleeve

    Hi all This is my first forum post. I am almost 5 months post op and driving myself crazy thinking I am going to stretch my sleeve. I am able to tolerate most foods (up to a cup) but am worried I'm eating too much. I haven't had diet coke since the op and have had the odd glass of champagne. My worry is that I have shocking pain where my stomach is and pain in my back under shoulder blades so I dont know if I've over eaten? How quick can you stretch your stomach? Am so worried ! Thanks Donna
  5. kustomkulture62

    Best tummy tuck and arm surgery prices

    Band removal 11.07.19 Good news after 8 years of being a Bandit the Band is coming out on the 11th. I'm extremely happy with my results, weight/fat lose and mountain biking results. I had all the fill removed 12 months ago and have held the same weight so have decided its coming out before I get much older and only have 2 marbles rolling around in my head.
  6. Boganlicious

    Disaster: complications are real

    Omg! I haven’t been on here much and just saw this. I’m so sorry and glad you’re on the mend now.
  7. The pain from stomach ulcers has been causing me seizures for years (called non-epileptic pain induced seizures) and increased so much I wake up screaming even after taking meds. I'm not coping & not understood by Dr's & hospitals. I just want relief & energy even for a day? Any practical suggestions?
  8. NigelBruce

    Protein Powder

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  9. MerryGoAround

    Getting back on track

    Thanks for the support Happyfrog. Back to the surgeon tomorrow. You are right it is a struggle with the brain. It's just unfair that some people can eat massive amounts and are totally skinny and others eat a tiny amount and gain weight. There is something in the unfairness that I retaliate against at my own peril. I think counselling should have been mandatory post banding. It was only offered to me after about 4 years which was too late really to maximise the success of the early days. Kids can be really cruel. They are so quick to judge and there is nothing worse than body shaming! That's the sort of message that can really mess with people's heads and have long term consequences. Keep giving her the strong message.
  10. Happyfrog

    Getting back on track

    I have read so many post about complications and success stories on here. I feel I’m a success as in I don’t have any complications, besides the port flip, right at the beginning. I can lose the weight if I eat correctly. I just had to struggle with my brain about what and when I was eating. Post Natal Depression didn’t help. my intention to post was to say, hey look your not alone. Being the only one in my family and friends with the lapband, I feel alone. If and when I have a stuck moment, it’s embarrassing to have to excuse myself to deal with it. And then to be asked when I get back, oh did you throw up. To which my answer is usually no, it went down when I was walking, regardless of wether it did or not. I hate it. I don’t get stuck moments very often. But I do. I usually find it’s when I’m out and I’m dealing the kids and I fail to chew enough. MerryGoAround I hope you can get back on track too. Oh also, my 16 year old is now feeling like she’s eating to much and wants to starve herself because the girls at school called her fat. She is far from fat. She’s a healthy size 10-12 and quite tall. Girls are so bloody cruel. It pisses me off.
  11. Touchthesun

    I think I've lost my spot on the waitlist.

    Hi, i had my initial appointment in dec. From what they told me. Once you have your first appointment, they will weigh you and you cant go over that weight they record on that day. So if you haven't seen them yet, don't worry. I think they have changed the way they do it. I saw the surgeon in march of 2019. And they said they should have my surgery done in march 2020. Its a really long wait but the time will pass anyway so just keep your spirits up.
  12. Hi all I was referred by my GP to Joondalup as a public patient for bariatric surgery in May 2018. I have finally received a letter saying I have an appointment for assessment in August 2019. Does anyone know what the time frame is between assessment and appoi tment with surgeon and approxinately how long you wait from assessment to actual surgery? Much appreciated.
  13. Everlong11

    I think I've lost my spot on the waitlist.

    Hiya im just curious if you are still waiting for your surgery date with Joondalup. I have just been advised of my initial consultation with Joondalup after a referral 13 months ago and i didnt realise that i was required to lose 10% weight either until getting the appointment letter. Cheers
  14. MerryGoAround

    Getting back on track

    I am also on the Merry Go Round! Was first banded 13 years ago. Lost about 30k and over the years put 20 back on and lost 10 again. Net loss 20kg. I never expected it to be so hard and thought that I would be strong enough to keep it off. I feel like I am constantly fighting my body. When I try to lose weight I don't. When I say to hell with it and don't care, I do lose weight. So frustrating and counter-intuitive. I am going back to the surgeon Wednesday next week to get the fluid increased and try to go back to an early stage of restricted eating. Inspired by Happyfrog. Well done you!
  15. Jellybelly89

    Disaster: complications are real

    Oh Zaruse, thats so scary - what an ordeal. I'm glad they were able to go with option number two for you and hope that you're on the road to recovery
  16. Complications are for other people, right? It won’t happen to me, right? Wrong. It happened. 13 months post bypass surgery. Everything had been perfect: I had achieved my weight loss goals. I felt great, healthy, active, happy. And then. I woke up in the wee hours in excruciating pain. My tummy was on fire, the pain radiating out and down my abdomen. Weirdly, my left shoulder felt like it had been broken. i tried to ride it out but ended up calling an ambulance. Fast forward 12 hours, after an X-ray, ultrasound and CT, I was being prepped for surgery. There were two options: 1. Twisted perforated bowel, they would have had to slice me all the way open to find the damaged section 2. Perforated ulcer, keyhole surgery luckily for me it was number 2. but how?! Why? I knew the risks of bypass surgery, but somehow, the bit about NEVER taking anti inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen, didn’t sink in. I had been taking anti-reflux meds, but my prescription ran out, and I knew that I had an appointment with my bypass surgeon in a couple of weeks- and we were going to wean me off them anyway, so not taking them didn’t worry me. Unfortunately I’d also taken a bunch of anti inflammatory drugs for a neck injury. And apparently I internalise my stress. Anyway, 3 weeks on, im fine. But it was scary- I put the people I love the most through a really terrifying ordeal for something that could have been prevented. So. The moral of the story, is if you have had WLS, you absolutely cannot take pain drugs other than paracetamol. (the only ‘silver lining’ is that I’ve just dropped another 7kgs. I didn’t really need to, but I’ll take it!)
  17. Froody

    Band and Plication or Sleeve ?

    I have a good friend who had a band with plication. She lost about 80% of her excess weight but couldn't lose any more. I know she was not all that pleased with her results and wished she'd gone with the sleeve. Bands have a high failure rate - slippage, erosions and difficulty getting the amount of balloon inflation just right (which can involve multiple trips to the doctor) are some of the common side effects. Even though they are technically reversible, there is still a significant amount of scarring with plication and bands so if you wanted a re-operation you may have to go with a gastric bypass anyway. Sleeves have higher rates of weight loss and less hunger because of the removal of the part of the stomach that produces hunger hormones.
  18. Happyfrog

    Getting back on track

    I weighed myself yesterday and took all my measurements. Since kicking myself in the butt on the 31st of January when I did my first weigh in and measurements I have lost 9.3kg and a total of 61cm. With 15cm of that off my waist I am so happy so far. I’ve lost an average of 550gm a week, and I couldn’t be happier. I didn’t lose any weight during the period that I was really sick. I’m unsure why as I was hardly eating. But that could be why too.
  19. Bigm666

    Gastric Sleeve Surgery - Adelaide

    I'm in Adelaide also dealing with Ashford, had a great session with Dr Sabine, will be seeing dr Teague next month to verify and confirm but I've opted for RNY BYPASS. There's alot of good responses I've heard about Ashford overall and they don't have all that extra added costs for specialists its all once cost for surgery gap anaesthetist no hidden extras really where some others I looked into had extras. Dr Sabine was great to talk to and he said they go with the straightforward approach. I'm still 4 months out for the 12 month cut off so that's when my op is scheduled end of September, will be seeing dr Teague end of June to confirm everything and find out more about the surgery and hospitalization stay. I've been told I'll need to see dietitian before pre-op diet just to be ready for surgery and that's it. I think they said maybe 2 full days in hospital will be needed depending on how I feel afterwards. @ReneeB your daughter was very brave, but I assume her life has changed dramatically. It must be like a new life! I know of 2 other girls, one was 17 and the other was 19 both had surgery and lost I think 50kgs completely changed everything! They became so much more happier and much more confident! It's amazing what's capable if we really put our minds to it.. It's definitely a lot of work no matter what surgery you get! If you want more information I'm now on bariatricpal.com tons more members!!
  20. Froody

    Gastric Sleeve Surgery - Adelaide

    Hi, There is a great deal of misinformation about weight loss surgery in the general community. The consensus view is that weight loss is up to the individual and if it fails, well then it's because the individual didn't work hard enough, was greedy, was lazy, didn't want it badly enough .... all the moral judgements then apply. To be fat is to be judged. Then when you try to do something about it with surgery the judgement is even greater - just eat less, move more. Yeah great, thanks for that. Like that advice ever worked long term for anybody. The truth is, weight loss surgery in its various forms is the ONLY proven treatment we have so far - no combination of diet/exercise, drugs or psychological intervention have been shown in randomised controlled trials (the gold standard of any research undertaken) to be as effective for long term weight control. It is life saving, but because of the view that weight control is up to the individual and has little to do with environment, upbringing, social status, economic hardship or education and that we just need to try harder, eat less, move more, don't be so greedy, or lazy we'd be able to lose weight. Bollocks to that. I've lost more than 50kg three times in my lifetime (I'm 51), the "hard" way (your words). Believe me, losing and maintaining my weight after my sleeve surgery in 2015 was as hard, or harder than losing it "naturally". I've been able to lose weight AND KEEP IT OFF because of my sleeve and my own fucking hard work. Every day I exercise, watch what I eat and recommit to weight maintenance. No part of it is easy, ever. But it's worth it. Tell your friend to shut up, it's your body and your health. Tell them that 50-60% weight loss surgery patients maintain their losses for the rest of their lives, compared to those who lose weight "naturally", or the "hard" way - 98% regain the weight they've lost after two years. Let that sink in - almost 100% of people who lose weight by diet and exercise regain what they've lost soon after stopping whatever diet they were on. I'm living proof of that. Weight loss surgery is a blunt tool but it's one that works. Until there is a drug developed (unlikely) or widespread famine, we as a society will continue to get fatter. Our obesogenic environment will ensure that. Best of luck with your decision.
  21. Atahir

    ESG

    Hi Samantha. The difference is ESG is non surgical, nothing is removed from your body, it's done through the mouth. I'm now 53 days post op. At the beginning, It wasn't as easy to me as some people described it on YouTube videos. But now I'm doing much better, every day I feel better than the previous one. Please let me know if you need to know more about it. Alia.
  22. Samantha Winslet

    ESG

    Can I ask, what's the difference between the ESG and regular sleeve surgery, and why did you decide to go with the ESG? How's it going?
  23. Samantha Winslet

    June 2019 Sleeve

    Hello all, I'm booked in for the sleeve mid June (after six and a half years with the band, had it out in April). When I first joined on here there were groups created every month it seemed, for those having their surgery around the same time to keep in touch and for support, but the forum seems a lot quieter now. Is there already a group for people being sleeved in June 2019, or anyone else having their surgery around this time? Or is it all fb groups now?
  24. Atahir

    ESG

    Hello Carol! Thanks so much for replying. I gave up that someone would ever reply to my post. I'm really desperate to find groups or well trusted forum for ESG people. Yes PLEASE I do need to be a member the fb groups. If it's possible. Many thanks and please stay in touch. Alia.
  25. CarolC

    ESG

    Hey Alia I had an ESG in October, going well now. This forum isn't very active for ESG...I am a member of three facebook groups, if you would would like links for them, let me know and I will message you them.
  26. Jewels

    Tummy Tucks now done by my Band surgeon

    I have been looking for reviews for Dr Andrews doing tummy tucks but can't find any?
  27. ReneeB

    Gastric sleeve and PCOS

    Hi there, My 18 year old daughter had a sleeve done in Jan 2018 ans she has PCOS too. We were also told the same and I think its true. (Her hair was soooo thick before due to the PCOS) and her periods have gone back to normal. They are the only physical signs but if we go by them, then yes, I think they were right
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