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  2. Sarsar

    Band x2 to GB?

    Hi all, newbie here. I had a LB in 2007, had great success from 148kg down to 70kg, then redeveloped an eating disorder and got down to 56kg (at 5'11) absuing my band and then I had a slip, terrible hypokalemia and wound up extremely ill, 48kgs and with the band removed (2010). I had extensive scaring which was fixed up by my new amazing surgeon and went on about my life post band removal, fast forward 4 years and I had gained back 60kg, had a new band inserted but then fell pregnant. Ive not had as much weight loss with the 2nd band (I hover around 105-109kg) but had had a pouch, pretty terrible reflux and crippling osesphageal spasms which have left me with an empty band at present. I have discussed GS with my surgeon but shes reluctant, i have been trialing saxceda which has kept me from gaining weight with no restriction in my band but i am not losing any, still have reflux and the occasional spasm. I am looking at requesting GB but am really scared about more surgery and any potential damage to my stomach caused by previous surgeries/the band. I know band to GB is common but has anyone had 2 failed bands then gone to GB with much success? Ive got un diagnosed high blood pressure and I want to be around for my son, but am worried that a GB will be too risky, and or not deliver the weight loss i need to be in a reasonably healthy weight range. I would love to not have reflux and spasms too as a bonus!
  3. lillibelle

    Very low blood sugars

    Went to doctors yesterday and my blood sugar level was 2.9 much to low. Sleeved on 24/01. Anyone else had this problem
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  6. zaruse

    Gastric Sleeve February 2019

    All the best Margy! How are you going with post op recovery?
  7. zaruse

    Long time update

    Well done!
  8. zaruse

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Sure thing! Vitamins are: women once daily multi, a vit d, a vit b12, and I added a ‘hair skin nails’ in too- surgeon thinks it is probably a waste of money but it can’t do me harm so go for it. (I’ve lost a lot of hair volume- lucky I had oodles to begin with) 6.30am I start my day with a berocca mixed with benefibre, 300ml which I sip on my way to work. I’ll also have a few cashews or almonds as well, because I like to have something in my tum before I take my vitamins... which I have in the car as well! 8am i have an espresso coffe with a bit of milk 9am or so I have half a chobani yoghurt pot (lemon or passionfruit are my faves) 12ish I have lunch- which could be a small salad of baby spinach leaves with some protein- a bit of chicken, or halloumi etc. around 3pm I might have a piece of dark choc, or another coffee. 4.30-6pm i might munch on some popcorn on my drive home, to keep me going until dinner 7pm-8.30 dinner- which is a protein with a bit of free vege or salad i try to get my 10k steps a day. Weekends and some weekdays I’ll ride one or two horses (eg. Before dawn if I’m working from home). I really need to focus on strengthening and toning exercises, but I’m lazy and it has been so hot. Hope that helps!
  9. jachut

    Band to sleeve

    Sure. I have a coffee when I wake up and later on the way to work, I buy a skinny cappucino - usually a large one as I'm conditioned to run on a LOT of caffeine, lol, but its a good dose of calcium and protein the dairy. I hate breakfast - cant stand eggs, bacon or anything savoury in the morning and carby cereals make me hungrier. I usually make a decent sandwich - chicken and avo on wholegrain, something like that - to take to work. I have half at morning tea and half at lunch. I find the combo of bread and protein fillings does the best for me. I usually take a small container of something like strawberries or grapes to have in the afternoon. Throughout the day, I drink water and have a couple of cups of coffee. I always cook at night. Tonight we had steak with a really nice salad, which included avocado and pine-nuts. I had the tip of a piece of steak and about half a cup of the salad and I'm stuffed - in fact I think I might have overdone it a bit. Its Friday so I had a glass of wine but that's a once a week thing. To me, that seems like a lot of food for a bariatric patient but I always ate like that with my band too. I am really active in my every day job too so I guess that's a factor. I've lost weight so I'm not overly concerned, its more of an observation. I think that band sitting around the outside of the top of my stomach really did a lot to keep hunger away for me, and I expected that with the sleeve due to the supression of hunger hormones etc. I dont mind being hungry, it doesnt kill you but honeslty ALL this sleeve does for me is make me full after a small serving, whereas I feel that my band controlled hunger and cravings much much better. I have not eaten any junk at all since surgery - none of my usual vices - biscuits, muffins, chocolate. But that's down to the willpower you have with a new surgery NOT lack of hunger or no cravings. I know an obvious answer is breakfast, sometimes i have a yogurt, but its only adding more food that will slow weight loss even more! And I know people will suggest protein powder, but nobody will ever convince me its not complete rubbish food. So full of sh*t I dont want to eat. And I have yet to find a protein powder that does not give me violent gas and diarrhoea. Dont get me wrong, I'm honestly glad I did this and not complaining, but I did sort of expect that fast and dramatic weight loss at the start. I think its age, the fact that I've had a large weight loss before and I do seem to recall my surgeon making a throwaway comment about being conservative in sleeve size in case I got too skinny, being that I was really only *just* obese when I was operated on.
  10. jachut

    Band to Sleeve! What’s the process?

    I was 114 when I had my band surgery - which I think was a BMI of about 35 for me. I got down to 72 kg which was great at 5ft 10 . My surgeon was so pleased with this and I was asked to speak at a couple of lapband information nights. I never had any problems etc. Then I had a cancer diagnosis and through chemo and radiation and surgery, got down as low as 59kg which was scary skinny. My band was unfilled for a major surgery and it was never the same after that. But although my weight did start to go up as I could never get good restriction again I never got outside of a healthy weight range for many years. Even so, after that I only became *just* overweight, although to me, I was fat fat fat, lol. But my point of view is cosmetic AND health, my surgeon's is health only. So after all the sh*t hit the fan, and my band came out, I think he thought I would not have a big regain - afterall I'd done so well, and had not been overweight in 13 years! I thought so too. I was shocked by the fact that he didnt want to offer me a revision, as I'd been told all along that EVERYBODY that loses their band or removes their fill gains weight, by him and by every clinic doctor. But I didnt particularly want one, I thought I could do it alone. It took me a year but I went from about 78kg (I lost a bit with being so sick) to 97 and I felt like an overstuffed couch when I was finally sleeved in December. I am 85 now which is a BMI well under 30, but its way too fat for me - I still have cellulite on my calves, I'm a fairly skinny build and I get flabby with ANY extra weight. More muscular people can carry more weight. Like I said, nobody has even noticed 12kg gone and I still havent been able to get out my size 14's. It pisses me off, lol. I dont know where I hide all that weight, but I'm kind of glad because this time, I"ve told nobody I was sleeved. I want to keep it to myself this time around.
  11. Hustler

    Band to Sleeve! What’s the process?

    8 weeks and 12 kg is a huge effort! well done! I don’t have any hernias? Why wouldn’t your original surgeon operate? Can I ask what your starting weight was? I was 107 when I had my band in 2013, got down to 80 but have. Gone back up to 90 after 5 miscarriages and having my son three years ago.
  12. jachut

    Band to Sleeve! What’s the process?

    I had a year between taking my band out and getting sleeved. My band came out in fairly urgent circumstances and my surgeon was away so someone else had to do it. When I saw my surgeon, I was shocked when he said he would not perform any more surgery on me. But when I went back to him desparate 8 months later he did refer me on to somebody else and I was sleeved in December. I also had a hernia repair. It was quite a long and complicated surgery - there was a LOT of scarring and adhesions and it took me a while to recover. That was 8 weeks ago and I have lost weight but meh - 12kg in 8 weeks which is about 40% of my goal.. Its hardly what I experienced when I first had my lapband, and my surgeon commented that he thought I'd get o my goal in 6 months but not at this rate! Nobody that doesnt know has even noticed I've lost any weight and I have not even gone down a size in clothes. I really suspect I had my honeymoon weight loss 13 years ago when I got my band and my metabolism is so stuffed from years of eating so little that weight loss is going to be very slow. But hey! It is a loss and I'll take it, particularly as I can really feel it gone physically even if I cant see it yet.
  13. denzel

    Band to sleeve

    Can I respectfully ask what is a typical days intake is? Thanks.
  14. jachut

    Band to sleeve

    I'm going to go out on a limb here, and make a controversial statement. My lapband was a MUCH better hunger suppressor than my sleeve. Far and away. My sleeve is working and I have lost 12kg in 8 weeks (pretty good considering I got sleeved at a BMI of 30, long story told elsewhere). I dont regret it and I think its a better long term tool because it cant slip or erode. But I am Hungry. All. The. Time. The tiny portions dont stick, I'm absolutely starving at every snack and mealtime. It's not tragic, you get hungry, you eat right? But with the band, even once I had a pouch, I did not get hungry, ever. With my sleeve I must snack, I'm just too hungry not to. And I'm having to really work that old 5pm on the way home from work temptation that has always been my downfall because I am starving hungry. Whereas it used to always be just because work finished and I was tired and it was a habit, but not because I was hungry. Weight loss is slow because I cant mange the 800 calorie a day routine, I'd die. I'm eating 1400 or so.
  15. Hi was reading on here that ahm covers sleeve surgery on its lower levels of cover .  Which cover might that be as they are refusing to cover my friend on the black and white deluxe 

  16. HeidiF

    Weigh In Wednesday

    Can't remember when I checked in last but I'm sitting at 93 even today so averaging around a kilo a week. Bring on the 80s. I have a check up next month so fingers crossed my weight will start with an 8
  17. Boganlicious

    Weigh In Wednesday

    Checking in and remembered it's Wednesday! 57.7kgs after coffee and breakfast. Feel I'm doing really well.
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  19. Laptosleeve17

    Long time update

    Hi Everyone, I thought I would come past and give an update on my progress. Last September I passed my year anniversary of recovering from surgical complications from lapband to sleeve conversion. Im incredibly healthy and have stabilised my weight between 63-65kilos - I was 112kg at surgery revision. My surgeon has continued to look after me and from my case reviews have been made and so have surgical changes so I feel like what happened to me can and will be avoided. I’m one of the lucky ones - some have lost their life post surgery. Please know how serious surgery is and it has serious risks attached. Keep Living xx
  20. Laptosleeve17

    Band to Sleeve! What’s the process?

    Hi There!! I had a band to sleeve conversion in Feb 2017 - I had severe post surgical complications that almost resulted in me dying. It is high risk for complications so please be completely informed before proceeding.
  21. Hi, Food wise i eat everything the family eats only small amounts, had the sleeve in July 2018, i was at 168.8kg at my heaviest down to 109kg now. Food wise other that the post surgery phases i have been able to eat all food mostly fresh when at home, have a son who is a chef which helps sometimes (like most 21 year old) but when working away eat a pub bistros, just eat small amount or entrees. I have had no issues, other than self inflicted eating to quickly. Can be pretty painful but subsides after 30 - 40 min. To get the protein scrambled eggs in morning, i don't have toast takes up to much room, tuna and salad for lunch and steak fish or chicken at night. All in all i have found it quiet easy. The mental side i still think about more but the outcome of eating that little more stops me.
  22. denzel

    Before and after

    Absolutely stunning transformation, and how inspiring for folks yet to have their WLS. Congratulations and very well done!
  23. CarolC

    Before and after

    So very well done! Looking absolutely fabulous!
  24. Boganlicious

    Before and after

    The before photo was taken 2 days before my sips surgery in May last year. I've cropped out my face and a visible tattoo but there I was in all my glory. The afters are from today and wearing a size 8 fitted skirt with a zipper with total loss of 60.5kgs (was 61kgs but today I was up as I'd eaten and had coffee before weighing myself). I hope these photos help those pre op as I found the transformations inspiring - I still do.
  25. Bigm666

    ADELAIDE BYPASS HELP

    I've finally found the MGB or SIPS you talk about its also called mini BYPASS but I've read any complications with reflux or something and there's really no difference between the 2 bypasses in regards to weight loss you still have to be strict with your intake
  26. Bigm666

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    52kg in 9 months is great! Can you tell me your daily intake of food and exercise? Also do you take much vitamins? I need to lose 60kgs to be at my goal weight but BMI says my goal is right on the edge on healthy which is ridiculous so don't put all your thought on the BMI scale please
  27. zaruse

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    9 months down, almost a year from the day I decided I needed to make a drastic change. start weight: 134.9 current weight: 82.5 total loss so far: 52.4 Focussing more on gaining fitness and (maybe) some muscle, so I’m not at all concerned that loss has been virtually non-existent- 1kg in a whole month! I’m definitely able to eat more now, things that used to hurt are ok now. Which is good and bad. Non-scale-victory: buying size MEDIUM 2xu compression tights because the Large were too loose around my legs. Amaze. Still aiming for 78 in April, but might have revised that to end of month, otherwise I think I’ll struggle to hit the goal! Nearly everyone says I don’t need to lose any more, but I’m still above overweight according to BMI, and I need to shed some flab.
  28. Boganlicious

    Weigh In Wednesday

    I keep forgetting about weighing in on Wednesdays and I've gotten out of the habit of weighing myself daily. Anyway I weighed myself today after coffee and breakfast and I'm up 500 grams (probably my breakfast) at a weight of 57.6kgs. I'm beyond happy with my progress. I look and feel great and only have 2.6kg to goal weight but as I said I'm not focusing on magic numbers anymore. I'm slimmer now and have more muscle definition than I did in my 20s. I had my first negative comment when a coworker commented that I'd lost so much weight and another said to her that now I look weak. Um ok then. I said no way I have muscles I never had before and flexed my arm showing off my definition lol I found it a bit rude to be honest. I am healthy bmi now whereas before I was still in the obese categories.
  29. Margy

    Gastric Sleeve February 2019

    Unfortunately after fasting all day yesterday and being admitted to hospital for the operation, my surgeon was held up with a difficult operation so mine was cancelled at 10.30 pm and I was sent home. I have to go to a different hospital for the operation today and had to start the fasting again this morning, obviously, and it will be done later this evening, so another long day ahead of me. Hopefully no set backs today, fingers crossed,.
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