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    Townsville
  • Band/Sleeve Status
    12+ Months Post-Op
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    100% (Goal Weight!)

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Yes, it does get better. I found by about the 4-6 week mark I was full of energy and over the worst of the dehydration, tiredness and week 3 plateau. This phase is (mostly, some people go through it longer) short lived, so just concentrate on getting your water and protein in and let your body heal. It's been through a lot.
  4. Froody

    Band to sleeve

    Reflux can mimic hunger - are you still on PPIs such as omeprazole (Nexium) or pantoprazole (Somac)?
  5. There is a huge Instagram Australian WLS community, I'm happy for anyone to follow me on there - @maintaining.maggie I'm 3 years post op however and don't share many food posts (because I now find it boring and my interests have moved on). A lot of the people I follow do, though, and are seriously inspirational. I mostly use Instagram for fitness and maintenance inspiration, these days. One guy I follow runs marathons and is a Garmin ambassador, another person I follow had regain after a band-to-sleeve, but lost most of it and is an absolute demon for exercise. Myself, I love posting a good gym selfie and lift weights 3 days a week and recently increased the cardio I do because of a 6 week challenge I'm doing at work - I hated cardio before, but now I'm finding if not a love, but a liking for it again. I seriously encourage anyone to get on Instagram and search for #wlsaustralia, #vsgaustralia, #vsgaussie etc etc. Social media has drawbacks, yes, but I've found nothing but support and friendship on there and helps me every day to stay on track.
  6. Froody

    baked beans

    You're diabetic? Doesn't matter, baked beans are also high in fibre and are seriously good for you. I know of no dietitian who would advise against eating them (although they'd probably all say to eat the low sodium variety, eww!). Just monitor your BSL, which should have improved somewhat after surgery anyway. Also, if you aren't already, go see a dietician - people who engage with professional supports (dietician, psychologist, bariatric surgeon etc) lose more weight and keep it off over the long term, which is why you had your surgery in the first place I'd imagine.
  7. Froody

    baked beans

    God yes, I ate them mashed in soft food stage. Bloody fantastic! EDIT: at 8 weeks post op you should be eating a normal diet (yes, focused on protein for now but that can change when you're a couple of years post op or your restriction eases), just small portions. No food is off limits, unless you have intolerances of course.
  8. Froody

    Gastric Sleeve February 2019

    Hiya, Many thousands is the answer to that, but considering how extensive my surgery was it was not that bad (arms, lower body lift and side boob skin, 8 hour surgery time). I used my super so it wasn't such a shock to our hip pockets. Surgeon's range in price, you really need to research - Facebook groups are a good place to start, although most are secret so it can be difficult to get onto them.
  9. Froody

    Gastric Sleeve February 2019

    I agree with Jachut - make the most of the first 6 months post op, this surgery is not a panacea for all your lifelong weight problems, its effects are only temporary and it is up to you to keep it off long term. Also, you won't fully realise the meaning of "long term" until you're at least 2 years out. Maintaining your weight loss for the rest of your life is not easy, it's not as exciting as when you're losing and is mainly just a hard slog of day in, day out hard work. But oh my, it is SO worth it and can be done. I'm 3 years post op, have had plastics - a brachioplasty and lower body lift, and plan to have a thigh lift later this year. I lost 80kg all up (I lost/gained prior to surgery) and bless the day I walked into my surgeon's office in 2015.
  10. Froody

    Banded in 2011

    Sorry to hear about your regain. Just goes to show that our weight set-points are hard wired and our bodies will try everything they can to get us back to our previous (to our body, anyway) "healthy weight". I had a sleeve 3 years ago, never had a band. All the reading I've done and from observing quite a few people who've gone band-to-sleeve though, has shown that results are not as good with a sleeve. The scarring from the band means it's a trickier operation and the surgeon may not be able to get as tight around the boujie as with a virgin stomach (which means a bigger sleeve and potentially less weight loss). Also, the risk of a leak - the most feared complications from a sleeve - is far higher with revision from band to sleeve. I'd urge you to think about a bypass, or mini bypass even, instead. Only you can decide which surgery you prefer, though, in consultation with your surgeon. Good luck with whichever one you decide on xx
  11. The sleeve has absolutely been worth it for me. I had my 3 year post op appointment with my bariatric surgeon the other day and took the opportunity to reflect on my journey so far. I absolutely would NOT have lost my excess weight without this operation - I have lost 50kg 3 times during my life, every time I vowed that I'd never regain, never get fat again. Ha! Despite every effort, I regained every single time. The last time was the worst, I'd lost 40kg of the 60kg I needed to lose (because of course, every time I lost weight I put MORE back on) but the losses came to a screaming halt. I was exhausted, hungry all the time and accumulating health conditions and gaining weight rapidly. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and Hashimoto's within weeks of each other. My sleeve was a reset, a chance to live my life without the constant physical hunger I always had. I still have mental hunger but that's easy to recognise and deal with, mostly. I no longer take blood pressure medication and my fitness has improved remarkably. I'm facing some further health issues at the moment, my most recent blood results show I'm iron deficient when I have never had a problem with it before. I suspect either Coeliac disease or some other issue with my gut (autoimmune thyroiditis is associated with a higher risk of other immune modulated diseases). This would have happened anyway, but not being 140kg makes it so much easier to deal with if only because GPs no longer look at my weight as the answer to all my problems and investigate them more fully. I am thankful every day for my sleeve, because I have no doubts whatsoever that by now I'd be 160kg (consistent with the extra 20kg I'd regain on top of my previous high weight), sick and facing a shortened life. Bariatric surgery in Australia is safe, with a risk profile close to a cholecystectomy - about 1% mortality. Compared to the complication rates associated with obesity of about 60-80%, that was a risk I was willing and eager to take. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  12. Froody

    Help please!

    No, the reason you can't lose weight is you're eating too many calories. PCOS and other hormonal problems are small contributors to weight gain and inability to lose weight. I have Hashimotos, but my Endocrinologist told me that about 10kg of 60kg excess weight was due to the Hashi. To which I said damn lol. I'd go back to your surgeon and dietitian as a starting point and see what they suggest. Best of luck! xx
  13. Froody

    How long til the surgeons cut you loose?

    Well done on reaching goal weight Research shows those who engage with their surgeons or support teams keep off more weight over the course of their life. I think it's because we can become complacent that at between 1-3 years post op we're maintaining our weights with relative ease. Life goes back to normal, which can include letting exercise slip and old habits to reappear. Then BANG, before you know it you're on the regain train. This is what I'm currently facing. It's freaking hard to deal with, let me tell you. I am still going to my surgeon at almost 3 years post op, and will likely have yearly catch ups from now on (went from 3 --> 6 --> 12 month check ups over my post op course). I've got to find a new dietitian because the one he recommended was a knob and we didn't click. Anyhoo, my rambling reply is aimed at one message that you should take on board - this surgery is for LIFE, maintenance is HARD and you need to remain ever vigilant for old habits returning.
  14. Froody

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    You will need a bariatric specific vitamin post op, multivitamins you get over the counter are not recommended - usually they have high levels of the cheaper vitamins (some of the B group, usually) and lower levels of what we need, like B12 and iron. Good brands are BN multivitamins and Elevit pregnancy for its higher iron levels.
  15. Froody

    Weak muscles

    I haven't experienced that exact weakness, it was more generalised weakness. I started powerlifting last year and to say I was weak starting out is an understatement. I could barely squat with just the bar and my knees caved in badly and let's not talk about bench pressing lol. It was really embarrassing! The nurse at my bariatric surgeon's office was forever telling me that we need to be doing strength exercises more than cardio, and she was absolutely right. Wish I'd listened to her. When we have surgery we lose "weight", yes, but a lot of what we lose is muscle as well as fat, which is not ideal. Muscle is biologically active, fat is not - retaining your muscle mass keeps you out of a nursing home as you age, prevents injury, helps with the activities of daily living, helps with body composition (makes you look more toned) and helps with long term weight control. This applies to the general population too, not just us.
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