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    New sleever

    Congratulations on your 'shake-y' start! Re: the O/S trip- would really depend on how long the flight is. 24-27 hours on a Europe flight I would ask for some anticoagulation to use. The six weeks post op when you aren't moving as much can be a critical time for clots-regardless of the surgery undertaken. Anything over about 8 hours flying is common for blood clots. Of course if you are lucky enough to be in the 'pointy' end of the aircraft in 1st class, then you can swing from the rafters and enjoy the experience!!
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    Turning 40 and I don't want a party

    I hate parties-of any description. I'd rather just book a trip somewhere and enjoy myself. I don't care about my age (although my weight gives me grief at times!) and the last one that was organised by someone for me (even after telling them I don't party) I was already booked to go away! So no, definitely not weird -or perhaps we all are
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    Breast Implant Surgery

    Have you had weight loss surgery and that's why you're asking?
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    As far as I'm aware it's still legal to use cash in Australia
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    Introduction and Hello

    Hi and welcome! Not in SA but what type of surgery are you contemplating? Timing will depend on whether or not you have PHI or are funding the whole lot yourself. You'll need to discuss all this with a surgeon and hopefully someone from SA will be able to give you some help on this.
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    Bad stories on the band???

    What you will find, both on here and other groups is that the people who have been successful with their bands tend to drop off the net-it's done it's job and you need to be aware that things can go wrong with any form of WLS. Yes it's a pain to go for fills or check ups, yes you really have to be committed in order to lose weight but if it were a really bad thing it would have been withdrawn from use by now. I've had my band for 7 years now and apart from the yucky stuff ups like eating too faster eating the wrong food (My big baddie is chocolate and ice cream) and i'm about 100gm off my goal weight. (yes it's taken a long time-but there were other health reasons and meds that make me put on weight as well as bad food choices.) There are people who've had a sleeve and then gone back to eating the wrong food and put on all the weight they've initially lost. While I know that Kazbo is fiercely anti-band due to all the problems she was unlucky enough to have-not to mention the surgeries associated with removal and sleeve- there are still some for whom it's worked fairly well by obeying all the rules. The surgeons love the sleeve because they don't have to do much follow up-it a more set and forget- they don't have to be bothered with follow ups (which for me kept me are on track). This forum was initially started for lap bands (by a young doctor who had great success with a band and wanted to help others in the same position) and has gradually moved more into sleeves and a lot of the camaraderie that went with the forum is lost. There used to be meet ups with other 'banders' and face to face exchanges with tips. No surgery is a magic fix and I'm a secret bander (no-one other than hubby and daughter know) so coming here was a good way to share the journey. Be very sure it's what you want and be ready to change you whole way of eating before you make the decision to have any WLS and the right one for you. Do I believe it's the worst mistake of my life-absolutely not! I'm sure I'd be 150kg by now if i hadn't done it. Did i have problems along the way before getting the right amount of fil-sure did. lIf I had my time over again would I choose a sleeve-maybe-but I've also read enough horror stories of sleeve and gastric bypass to know that it still comes back to me to lose the weight by making the right choices to go in my mouth and the brain needs to be engaged for that to happen. Initially I did have problems with things like bread and steak (and one particularly bad memory of a sausage sizzle at Bunnings-after 6 years I still haven't bough another one!!) but I can pretty much eat anything now and eating out doesn't hold any fears for me either. I don't drink soft drink (even diet ones), alcohol and keep my treats to a minimum both in size and how often I fall off the wagon but I'm healthier than I've been in years and a lot more active and pretty happy with where I am today.
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    Would you like to share your story?

    Little bit shallow in the reporting but if it encourages someone to change their life it may work.
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    Have I already stuffed this up ?

    Probably not this early in the start of Optifast-but be aware that old habits die hard! You have the next two weeks to redeem yourself Macca's is very addictive (not to mention a load of sugar) which is why they start off hooking the little kids that get to be fat adults. Don't beat yourself up too much - you're only human after all
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    Doctors who fat shame

    report him!!!!!
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    ESG - Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty

    Wow! That's amazing weight loss in a short space of time! Keep posting
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    Optislim Diet????

    Just to clarify-are you Optislim or Optifast? Personally, I found Optislim to be very sweet with a foul after taste. I ended up using the Celebrity Slim and still have the odd one now if I can't be bothered scratching together a meal. If you have them for Breakfast and dinner and have your salad or whatever for lunch you are still following guidelines and shouldn't be a problem. I'm also a 'secret' bander and I didn't wan't to be judged if I didn't lose 'fast' enough or when I put on weight or stalled. I widths for me - not the world!
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    Waiting lists (if they exist at all) are veeeeerrrry looong!! Might be worthwhile ringing a few surgeons in your area and get some info off them. Good luck!
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    Getting back on track with band

    It can be done!! Never got to goal, I do plateau a lot and slowly 10kg crept on. Last September I had bowel surgery and lost 3 kg in hospital so it motivated me to go back and check my fill (needed some) and start moving again. Summer time is always hard for me as I can't imagine doing anything in 40deg heat. I now walk at least 5km/day and often more-but that's my minimum. I've lost the 10kg+ and I'm now 1kg off goal. Having the fill at right level really helped and cutting out (nearly!) all the chocolate and planning meals also worked. You do need to be ready (and for me facing up to the doctor after 6 years banded is keeping me on track) and set a day that you will start. Good luck with your (second) and successful journey ....and i nearly forgot- that last 1kg has been hanging on for dear life for the last 3 weeks and I might still jump off a bridge if it doesn't go soon!!!!
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    168kg Clothes to Throw or Keep?

    Mine went Charity-not a great variety in plus sizes in op shops and someone will appreciate them.
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    12 month sleeve anniversary

    Congratulations! I have one pair of shorts that I kept from my overweight days and sometimes when I feel 'fat' I dig them out and just remember I'm no longer that person.
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    Unsure and needing to know

    Most issues are with getting the 'sweet spot' i.e. the place where you feel full and lose weight when the fill is optimal. Unfortunately if you have say, a really bad cough or a spell of vomiting, this can cause swelling and make the band appear tight. (Not talking about the odd cough or stuck moment but prolonged episodes.) The port can flip, a pouch can form or serious but rare the band can erode into your stomach. It can be easy to fall into the trap of 'slider' foods-chocolates, biscuits and calorie dense foods that sabotage weight loss. My weight loss hasn't been a smooth curve and I do tend to plateau quite a bit which is frustrating. Main thing to remember is that it's a tool not magic. You will need to exercise and watch portion control but the band helps with the feeling of fulness. It's important to stop eating at this point. Hope this helps and if you are seeing your surgeon before surgery make a list of your concerns (so you don't forget to ask what might be worrying you) and ask all the stupid (to you!) questions you need, to put your mind at ease.
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    Unsure and needing to know

    Hospital was overnight. I can eat pretty much anything-some people have trouble with bread, chicken and other 'dry' stuff. Pain is fairly minimal but the shoulder tip pain (from the gas) can last a few days. Hunger not a problem those first few weeks until first fill. Some people have lots of issues, others have very few. I've had mine in for over 6 years so no reason to take it out unless something drastic happens. A few people on here have gone from band to sleeve so if you really want it out I can't see a problem. If you don't follow the guidelines of how to eat (i.e. slowly and chew very well) you can get stuck moments. These are more likely to happen in the early days or if you're really hungry and eat too fast. You really need to trust your surgeon and have confidence in his advice and that you will follow up with him/her. Hope this helps
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    High protein ice cream!!

    As a treat I like the Weiss mini coffee bars but I'll check out this one, thanks!
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    Fact or Fiction: You can stretch your sleeve.

    Bugger!!! and double Bugger!!! Sending you a big hug and no, I wouldn't do the bypass either. I guess that at least you can come on here to vent and feel miserable - but not for too long! Look how far you've come - just get that brain back in gear and think about how to eat (again)
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    Apple cider vinigar with mother

    I'd think that the gastric acid would be far more corrosive than a couple of spoons of cider vinegar. I've been lucky enough not to have any reflux or other problems so I haven't tried it.
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    ESG - Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty

    Thanks for posting and good luck with it. How much weight do you want to lose? I note the surgeon said 60% of excess weight loss is achievable. Are there any long term studies done with this? Also quick question-it's not stitched edge to edge like say a Gastric Sleeve-so can food get in the cracks? (..and go bad!)
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    Feeling more than a bit 'out there'

    Better late than never! I'm an 'oldie' but I either would have been dead or huge if I hadn't had this done. Some days are bit hard to get through but feeling healthy and able to walk (no more sore knees) is great.
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    Tired of lapband..

    I have had a long love/hate relationship with my band (done in 2011) but I won't take it out. Most days it doesn't bother me but it you would really want it out-ge3t it emptied and see how you go over 3 months. If you start to gain you can get a bit of fill again.
  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_aahPETzH0 came across this vid a few months back (when I wasn't losing!) It's still informative for me even though I have a band not sleeve and now !.5kg off goal after 6 years!!! Haven't watched the others just haven't had time. Just got to find the motivation again!! Hope it all goes well for you.
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    Last time I had a fill I had a long chat with the Dr. She said surgeons love the sleeve because of the quick loss but there is evidence that if you are young there is a chance of low calcium at a time when it should be strengthening bones. You will find the same mix of opinions here and there are quite a few band to sleevers on here and because of problems they've had, they are very anti band. I've had my band nearly 6 years now and just getting to goal weight. I've had a love hate relationship with it but I do know i'd probably be 150kg by now without it. If your'e unsure talk to your surgeon and put off the surgery-a month in the rest of your life won't make much difference. Problem with a forum is that the people who have lost all their weight tend to drop off and move on with their life, so a lot of negative comments appear from those that don't. If you are in the right head space for you surgery and you are aware that it's not a quick fix but you do have to change your eating habits. There is a program on Foxtel called 'My 600lb life-where are they now' and these people have had gastric bypass and lost significant amounts of weight 200kgs+ and have fallen off the band wagon and put on up to half their weight a few years after surgery. This was supposed to be a magic fix - but regardless, banding, sleeving or bypass -it will only work if you fully commit to changing your eating habits. Good luck with your surgery-whatever you choose.