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  1. Nats205

    Dr Clement Tsang

    hi guys. I am considering having Bariatric surgery and looking at doing it with Dr Clement Tsang. He seems to have a good reputation and his costs seem to be lower than a lot of others. Would love to hear some experiences. Thank you
  2. Hi everyone. I’m new to the forum and looking at getting a sleeve done in the next few months. I do however require lots of information and will greatly appreciate anything you can throw my way. I currently reside in the Albury-Wodonga region and if possible would like to get it done locally. I’ve rang one doctor and their costs were a bit over the top. I do not have PHI and will be funding the surgery through my Superannuation. Any advice on that would be great! I am also willing to travel to Sydney to have the surgery. I have family there so this is doable. I would like info on doctors, costs, hospitals please. Anything whatsoever you think I might need. Thank you and hope to hear from some of you soon. Have a great Monday evening
  3. Peachi43

    The good, the bad & the ugly

    Hi I'm new here so I'll give a quick rundown of my situation; Chase, 26, female, 120kg, always been a bigger girl but since early 2014 I had a traumatic event that left me with anxiety, depression and my weight has spiralled out of control since. All attempts to lose weight since have failed or left me heavier. I have been through a number of antidepressants but most of them make me really sweaty and also gain weight, this was humiliating and I gave up on AD's over 1 month ago because I can't handle putting on any more weight. I'm looking to have sleeve surgery, I live in Sydney. I do not have health insurance that will cover the surgery. I would like to hear some real feed back about good or bad surgeon's, are there places that are more/less expensive (most places have the cost if you do have insurance) and there places with long wait lists or quick service. And any other information you guys have for me. Thanks Chase
  4. Fatchkchkboom

    Greetings from Sydney

    Hello I'm new here so I thought I better say heya. I'm 32, female, reside in Sydney, currently 204kg and on day one of my Optifast. I'm getting sleeved at the O'clinic, and am so excited to finally be on this journey. I just want to say hello, and thank you for sharing your experiences, lurking on here was the push I needed to get on the wls wagon
  5. band.to.sleeve

    Going from a lap band to a sleeve

    Hi everyone! My name is Leigh, I'm 33, live in Sydney (originally from good ol' Brissy!) and I have been searching around for a lap band/sleeve forum so I'm glad I found one. I got my lap band back in December 2006 when I weighed 150kgs and was only 24yrs old. I worked in health insurance at the time and had done my homework extensively however there was a lack of support, no FB groups or forums to talk with other patients. I knew I wanted something that was reversible though. I lost about 17kgs initially and was pleased with how I was managing things. I flatlined with my weight loss (lack of exercise, no band tightening, lack of motivation) at about the 130-135kg mark and that is where I stayed for several years. Then about 4 years ago, I started a new job where they had just started a weight loss challenge. I'm competitive with a lot of things, but weight loss has never been one of them. I got on board though, and with several band tightenings, I smashed through 20kgs in 3 months (won the challenge!!), and then continued to lose after that. I got down to 104kgs and was feeling fabulous! Not long after I was made redundant and changed jobs which was extremely stressful as my partner had just quit his job to study while I supported the both of us. During the previous 2 or so years I had extremely bad reflux and was coughing excessively at night that I could never sleep and would throw up saliva constantly. During the day I was fine and wouldn't throw up food as I have always known my limit and have lived with my lap band for years. Underlining all of that I was severely anaemic, unaware to me. So out of sheer frustration with my surgeon not helping me, I got a referral to another surgeon. He told me my band should have never been as tight as it was, which was causing the reflux and the coughing and he released it. Overnight, I slept! It was a miracle. The motivation was still there to lose weight however with a stressful job change, I put on a few kgs, and my mindset went from being motivated to feeling defeated. In the last 2 years I have put on all of the weight I had lost and I got up to 152.5kgs. When I was 104kgs, I had thrown out all of my fat clothes because I was never going back to that, but as I put weight on, I had to buy clothes again. I have about 6 massive bags of 'skinny' clothes just waiting to be worn again. So, a bit over 12 months ago I increased my health insurance and booked in to get the gastric sleeve done. With preparation for my surgery I have lost 3.9kgs in the last week (I can feel that old motivation coming back again!). I'm scheduled to have my lap band removed on the 24th September (next week!) and get the gastric sleeve on the 23rd November. I've had several acquaintances, an old neighbour and old colleagues also get the sleeve and while watching them as my guinea pigs, my test subjects, lol, that this is the right decision for me. I'm not nervous, or anxious, since I've gone through the surgery before, I just want it to hurry up! I look forward to sharing my journey with you all and learning some things from you too! Below are some photos from my journey over these years. I will start my photo tracking again just before I go into surgery next week. This was the tracking I did during my weight loss challenge at my old job. I could tell my moles on my stomach were getting closer, you could see my ears better and my stomach was rising very quickly! These shorts are a size 26. Sadly, I am sitting in them right now as I type this, and they are fitting me very well. I loved using these shorts as an indicator of my weight loss. And you can see the fat clothes I was putting in bags to give to charity! I miss doing fun runs (walks!), million paws walk etc because of my weight gain. So as a motivator I have pulled out the calendar for the next 12 months and marked all the events I would like to attend. Here I am at my lightest at 104kgs, with a bulky jacket on lol...AND I was fitting into skinny jeans. This is my motivation photo!
  6. Hi Guys, I just saw an add on TV for this 'Weekend to End Women's Cancer' and it sounded kind of interesting. http://www.endcancer.org.au/index.html Essentially it is a 60km walk over 2 days (30km/day) to raise funds for 'Women's Cancer' research. They are running them in Brisbane (26-27 October) and Sydney (9-10 November) and you have to raise $2000 to be eligible to enter the walk. They supply all the food / pitstops and the tents for camping overnight. It seems like it is well organised and it looks like a lot of fun (for a certain value of fun). I am seriously considering entering and I was wondering if a) there was anyone else interested in participating and anyone who would be willing to donate to help my fundraising effort.
  7. Hello! Just wondering if there are any Sydneysiders that would be keen to catch up for a coffee or lunch in January? Weekends probably work best for most people? or if Midweek we could find somewhere kid friendly?? I'm north of the CBD... S
  8. bandedbabe

    Adjustments in Sydney?

    Hi, I'm looking for info on where to get band adjustments in Sydney?? I had my band done about 6 years ago, and the doctor who did it works waaay far from me (SIOS) - im on the north shore. I know there is a clinic in Macquarie st in the city; I was going there for awhile for adjustments, but they only do adjustments in the mornings - i run a 24 hour company so im often awake late for different time zones. I generally sleep 7am-11am or 12pm. mornings are not good for me haha. The clinic in St Vincent's in Darlinghurst also only does morning adjustments - does anyone know of ANY other clinics in Sydney where I can have adjustments done? I've been un-adjusted for about 3 years now, but i'm starting to feel a little hungrier lately, so I want to have it checked and add some fluid if needed. Thank you for any info you can pass on! Have a beautiful day :-) xxx
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