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  1. Let us know how you go after you see him!
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    Don't need optifast pre-op?!!

    I had the band as well. Just do what you're told and you won't have any problems. The biggest tip I was given was eat slowly and chew chew chew chew chew.... put your fork down between bites and don't pick it up until you've chewed the last mouthful thoroughly. To date I have not PB'd (productive burped - vomit) I have overeaten and maybe ate a little too quick so eat before you're really hungry. It was painful for a while but did subside. You can't fail if you do all the right things!
  3. I had my band done by Dr Dolan on Feb 21st. Best decision I've made to date and no regrets whatsoever. My biggest advice is to do everything they tell you and you won't have a problem. The strictest and possibly the most restricting part is the first 3 - 4 weeks. 2 weeks of liquids makes it tricky to be social but you just need to plan in advance and if possible take your own food, I had a little chilly bag I'd take to friends houses with drinking yoghurt, jelly, soup and a sustagen just in case I was there and needed food. The first week I was pretty tired and sore so tended to stay home for the most part but once the pain subsided and the energy levels picked up I was back to my social self just cautious not to overdo it too much. Once on mushy foods you actually can be reasonably social, I went out for dinner 5 times during this stage - too many family members and friends having birthdays. It does require a bit of investigation if you're going to a restaurant check the menu to see what's there - aim for risottos and chew well. I actually found I could manage normal food quite easily by the end of the 2 weeks of mushy's, had my first fill and fluids for 2 days then onto normal food. To date no PBing (productive burping...) at all, but remember to eat slow and chew well. I check the time I start eating on my phone and make sure it takes me a good 20 - 30 mins to finish my serving. Use a small rice bowl to put your food in, it makes it look like more so you don't feel like you're missing out. Eating slow also helps you realise how full you are before you get overfull. I have eaten too quickly once and gotten overfull that was uncomfortable for a while and I am being quite careful to avoid that happening again. The dietitian at Dr Dolan's I have found to be really useful, she will give you some good advice about which food groups to eat and how often. I've found when I stick to that my energy levels are good and I feel great. When I slip then I notice my energy levels wane a bit and I'm tired. Wine I have avoided only because it's empty calories but have had a couple of parties etc. and have managed a few glasses quite well. Champagne you should avoid because fizzy drinks can compromise your band but wine has no bubbles Hopefully all of the above will help you out some. This forum has been so useful and so helpful for me so keep coming back and asking questions if you have any more!
  4. I was banded by Dr Dolan on Feb 21st and found out of pocket expenses would have been at the most $2,000 possibly a bit less than that. Worth every penny though I feel great, in control and my confidence levels are great. After the first appointment it's usually 6 - 8 weeks can be less if there's an opening earlier.
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    Any Feb 2014 Banders?

    Don't rush it Gypsy try some yoghurt first or something not too full on
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    Any Feb 2014 Banders?

    Hey I've had my one month anniversary too 8.2kgs down so far. I went back to Dr Dolan a week ago for my first fill and haven't noticed a huge difference yet. I have mastered the eating slow though. I did overeat the other night I was really hungry, waited too long before I started cooking then overate. Was a bit painful for a while and reminded me not to do that again! To date no PBing which is good because I really don't like doing that. I use a small rice bowl to serve dinner it, it looks really full when I put my food in it so I guess mind over matter! Haven't had the toast yet, may try that tomorrow morning.
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    Cravings...

    I've been surprised at what I have been craving since being banded on Feb 21st. I expected it to be chocolate, steak or cheese and crackers but funnily enough the thing I've wanted and missed the most is toast and Vegemite! What's been the think you've craved or missed the most?
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    Cravings...

    So glad I'm not the only one missing Vegemite Toast lol
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    Any Feb 2014 Banders?

    My first fill is next Wednesday so will be interesting to see how that goes. I have had chicken but mushed it up pretty good so didn't have any issues. The one think I've missed the most is toast and vegemite my fave brekky food!
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    Don't need optifast pre-op?!!

    I didn't have to do it either, actually they told me to definitely not do it just make sure I had a protein rich diet the week before so I ate a lot of steak (apparently that's hard to eat afterwards so I made the most of it lol) I've still healed quite quickly without the Optifast beforehand but did make sure I followed directions and made sure I had a fair amount of protein after the op and the mini multivitamin helped with energy levels. The dietitian at Dr Dolan's I've actually found really good, she gave some really good advice beforehand and armed with some really good info for afterwards. I think some others have found her not so helpful but I have no complaints whatsoever her advice has all been spot on for me and she gave me her email address in case I have any questions which is great.
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    Any Feb 2014 Banders?

    I started on the mushies on Thursday night, I made a mild chicken curry in the crockpot and some steamed rice. Then I pureed it was a little apprehensive but ate it super slowly. I'm amazed how little it took for me to feel full but so good to have something to kind of chew and is kind of solid. The dietitian at Dr Dolan's told me to use my slow cooker so the meat is quite soft it certainly has helped. Going to try a beef dish next time for something different. So far I haven't brought anything up at all (sounds like I'm talking about a baby lol) since the surgery. I actually called the Dr's surgery to ask is that normal, apparently it's good means I'm going slow and not over eating so glad I'm doing something right lol Weight loss has slowed down last week but has now gone to about 200g a day I've noticed, I was trying not to weigh myself every day but can't help it, seeing the numbers go down or even the stay the same is still better than seeing them go up!
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    Any Feb 2014 Banders?

    For the last two days I've been pain free but a little uncomfortable where the port is, particularly if I lean towards the left side when sitting up. But it's getting better every day so can't complain.
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    Any Feb 2014 Banders?

    They gave me Oxynorm to bring home as a painkiller. It did help the pain but seemed to wake me up not put me to sleep, Panadol Rapid dissolvable helped but doesn't taste pleasant. I can't have the children's panadol allergic to something in it for some reason.
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    Any Feb 2014 Banders?

    I actually had a day like this and didn't have thick soup, I think I'd actually just been too sedentary i.e. not moving around enough. After moving about the house and yard a bit I did feel better, but still felt quite tired. So now the trick is to stay a bit active and rest when you need to. The next day it wasn't so bad and now it's fine. Hope you feel better soon!
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    Any Feb 2014 Banders?

    Originally I had planned to move house during these two weeks so very glad I decided to stay put there's no way I have the energy to move house and can't lift anything anyway! Making sure I'm getting the right amount of protein is the one thing I'm regulating quite heavily, helps you heal faster and seems to be working. Today I managed to drive my car 5 mins to the shops and back (needed to sit down and rest when I got home but all good) which gives me a fair amount of freedom now I can drive again. I think a visit to the beach might be good R&R tomorrow.
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    Any Feb 2014 Banders?

    Hi Gypsy, I'm doing ok, tummy was really tender yesterday and I was a bit worried but rested all day and am fine now. Think I had been overdoing it a little. Funnily enough the one thing I'm craving more than anything is toast and vegemite, not what I thought I would crave at all! I've taken two weeks off work, everyone I know that's had it advised me to take two weeks and I'm really glad I did. I underestimated how tired and sore I would be afterwards, the fatigue is probably the worst part so yeah I would definitely recommend two weeks off work just for your sanity!
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    Any Feb 2014 Banders?

    Hi I got banded last Friday 21st Feb, took me 5 years to finally make up my mind but so happy I've finally taken the challenge. Tummy is still quite tender particularly where the port is, I was quite bloated until yesterday thankfully that has past now. Overall feeling tired but making sure I keep up the fluids and exploring my options with soup etc. So far so good weighed myself this morning and 3kgs down but that is probably mostly fluid.
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