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Hello, 

 

I'am completely new to the whole idea of weight loss surgery, I just started talking to my Dietitian yesterday regarding my weight loss surgery options.

 

Lap banding, Vs. sleeve, Vs gastric bypass. I've also just stated to research and contact Dr's the ones that my Dietitian recommended are  Dr Clement Tsang , Dr James Dundas Ritchie, and Dr. David Joseph. at the moment I really just hoping to get as much info as I can get from the brains trust in this forum.

 

Thanks Fudge  :)

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Can't help you on the surgeon front, but as to having weight loss surgery.

WLS surgery is hard. Sometimes I hate my band, sometimes my band hates me, sometimes I love my band and other times I don't even notice I have the band.

 

I had WLS on Jan 7th 2013 and I don't think I really understood what it meant until a few months later.

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Where abouts are you?  If you look in the state categories  you should be able to get some more specific info about surgeons.

 

I've had my band for 16 months and I will be honest: being a bandit is hard.  There have been times when I have cried with frustration at the struggles I've had with my band, but I would not give it up for the world.  I have never been able to lose more than about 13kgs (and believe me, I've been trying to lose weight for about 20 years) and never made a weight-loss effort last more than five or six months, but since getting my band I've had slow but steady weight loss for nearly 18 months and have lost over 40kgs.  It has given me so much hope about my future when I had all but given up.

 

Having the band is certainly not a stop-gap measure, it is a whole new way of life.  If you do your research, follow all the advice of your medical practitioners and take advantage of all the support you can get, you can find a lot of success.  That's probably the most important piece of advice I can give: use the support of your doctors, dietitians etc.  Adjusting the band to the right tension can be a delicate, frustrating and awkward process so it's important to keep talking to your doctor, keep going back for check-ups and knowing what you should be feeling. 

 

Everyone here is really friendly and supportive so feel free to ask lots of questions and got through the topics on the boards.  Good luck!

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regardless of which you choose, it is a life long commitment and vigilance. There are no 'holidays' from the regime when you have WLS, although you can work around them (i.e. eat sliders and high calorie foods such as ice cream, chocolate, flavoured milks, for example).

 

Your surgeon/specialist is best placed to advise you on what is best for your particular needs. However I do believe that gastric bypass is reserved (as a first option) for the 'super obese' or if you have really, super bad reflux.

 

I make no secret of my change from band to sleeve and the reasons behind the change...but it is important to explore ALL your options and learn what you can about the benefits and costs of each procedure :)

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Hi fudge

I was banded in August 2012 and its the best thing I've ever done, I agree with all the above it can be very frustrating and upsetting at times and its very hard if your single and out in the dating scene 9at 42 like me) to explain the lack of food consumption when a man has just shelled out a fortune for a fabulous diner even worse if you have to go throw it up, but with time you adapt and know what you can and cant eat I stick to fish when ever I eat out with new people as I know I have no problems.  As much as my weight loss has been a huge success, with a lot of hard work as well as the band I walk/run up to 10ks a day now and have walked minimum of 30min since one week after surgery, but I now know quite a lot of sleevers and I wish I had explored that option as it appears easier than the band they don't have the stuck/ vomit problems and no re adjustments to deal with, but as everyone else has said speak with your surgeons/Drs and read/research as much as possible and ask the experts that question 

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Thank for the advice everyone, I've got a lot of research to do and a lot of questions to ask. I should be seeing the first surgeon some time next week. I would to interview at least 3 surgeons before I deride which way to go. I have to admit to been quite F@#king nervous about this whole Idea  of WLS. When I comes to food I have little to no self control. I have tried OA FA. and even FAA I'M NOT A 12 Steep lobotomised android.   

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Thank for the advice everyone, I've got a lot of research to do and a lot of questions to ask. I should be seeing the first surgeon some time next week. I would to interview at least 3 surgeons before I deride which way to go. I have to admit to been quite F@#king nervous about this whole Idea  of WLS. When I comes to food I have little to no self control. I have tried OA FA. and even FAA I'M NOT A 12 Steep lobotomised android.   

Yep..Do i believe I am a food addict? Yes. Do I believe that believing in a higher power helping me as a food addict will make any difference? No. Couldn't do the OA thing. Lapband (or probably most WLS) isn't going to change the food addict behaviour but it can help, since it limits the quantity of food you can consume. But as mentioned above, you can binge on "sliders" (eg chocolate, ice-cream etc...). In the end, I had to abstain from certains foods in order to lose all my weight as if I buy them I will just eat them. I'm not perfect with abstaining, but I know if I eat certain foods I will just binge on them until I'm almost physically sick and then once it's in my system I will want more the next day (ie just like a drug addict or alcoholic). 

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Hey Missy_belle, Yes I am a food addict, but I've tried OA, FA  etc. I know some people sewer by 12 steep programs, I just can't get in to the whole 12 steep thing It's just not me. I'll be seeing my first surgeon tomorrow, I plan to interview at least two. I'm still in two minds about Lap banding, or any WLS  to be honest. I'd rather not have to deal with the whole thing, but I need to do something soon or I'll run out of Time.

 

I have the Christmas brake to think about things, I try one last diet program (lite n easy) I owe myself that much, but the real problem is I just LOVE FOOD. 

 

But something needs to change, or I'll just end up eating myself to death.  :unsure:

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Hey Missy_belle, Yes I am a food addict, but I've tried OA, FA  etc. I know some people sewer by 12 steep programs, I just can't get in to the whole 12 steep thing It's just not me. I'll be seeing my first surgeon tomorrow, I plan to interview at least two. I'm still in two minds about Lap banding, or any WLS  to be honest. I'd rather not have to deal with the whole thing, but I need to do something soon or I'll run out of Time.

 

I have the Christmas brake to think about things, I try one last diet program (lite n easy) I owe myself that much, but the real problem is I just LOVE FOOD. 

 

But something needs to change, or I'll just end up eating myself to death.  :unsure:

I used to think i LOVED food but I was wrong. It is just an addiction. Every time my brain tells me to eat a particular food (normally chocolate or ice-cream) I pause to check whether I am physically hungry or not. Almost always I am not physically hungry yet something tells me to eat a particular food (read: high sugar, high fat and highly processed food). Then I realise that voice is just the addiction trying to survive (eg I think of it like a virus that wants to keep living in my body) and it is not what I really want. It is definitely not LOVE, as that would be like an alcoholic saying they drink because they LOVE alcohol. Wrong, it is just the addiction fighting to stay.

 

BTW...As I write this I am currently fighting against my addiction that wants me to drive down to the petrol station before they close to buy Darrell Lea Rocky Road. It is that specific. Nothing else except Darrell Lea Rocky Road does it want. I haven't even eaten that for a very long time, but apparently tonight that it what my addiction wants but it will not be getting it. Everytime I put my foot down and refuse to give in means that next time it will be that bit easier to fight against.

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BTW...As I write this I am currently fighting against my addiction that wants me to drive down to the petrol station before they close to buy Darrell Lea Rocky Road. It is that specific. Nothing else except Darrell Lea Rocky Road does it want. I haven't even eaten that for a very long time, but apparently tonight that it what my addiction wants but it will not be getting it. Everytime I put my foot down and refuse to give in means that next time it will be that bit easier to fight against.

 

 

Thanks for the feed back  Missy_belle, and yes your right it is an addiction, just like with the Booz. I've fought addictions before,  the trouble is I fought  those addictions with food. 

 

Hang tough Miss Belle, stay away from the Rocky Road..

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Thanks for the feed back  Missy_belle, and yes your right it is an addiction, just like with the Booz. I've fought addictions before,  the trouble is I fought  those addictions with food. 

 

Hang tough Miss Belle, stay away from the Rocky Road..

Had a peppermint protein bar for only 80 calories and I'm all good. I think I may have been a little hungry.

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