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Yay Renee! George is great. All the best for your WLS journey xxx

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kazbo, I need to write that down and stick it up everywhere!

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I've come to join the 2014 Sleevers.

I called the office of the surgeon I'd like to see this morning, and have first appointment with his dietician tomorrow. Now that I've made the decision, I just want it all to happen as quickly as possible. Receptionist told me that if I'm approved as a candidate for the sleeve, I may be able to have surgery early next month. Providing I jump all the hurdles before then, of course. So excited about the possibility of a new life ahead of me - and the chance of being around longer to see my daughter live hers.

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oh RJ, how exciting for you! I am one of those people that once I have my mind made up, I just want to get it done, over with and move on with my life.

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I'm on the home stretch.... being sleeved next Monday morning! OMG OMG!!!

 

Day 4 of Opti and not doing too badly :) So far haven't 'cheated', but I amhaving 1 meal at night (protein and veggies only) as agreed with the Dietician.

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Hi all,

My names Caitlin, I'm 23 and I'll be getting sleeved on the 29/8.

I've been reading over these forums for months and finally decided to join tonight.

I'm day 2 of Optifast and dying already but I'm staying positive and focusing on the big picture.

Exciting times ahead.. :)

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Hi Caitlin and welcome

 

the first few days of optifast are shitty, hang in there and keep your eye on the prize. Once your body goes into ketosis, you'll find it easier to manage...it'll take 3-4 days to go into ketosis.

 

exciting times are ahead for you and all our newest sleevers!

 

Johnno, how is optifast going for you?

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I agree about the ketosis! Started Opti on Saturday and have felt like rubbish until yesterday. Today I feel FAB! Not hungry, not craving. I am living on liquids though - black coffee, black tea, and sugar free lollies (not too many though for uh, obvious reasons  :ph34r:  :ph34r: ).

 

FOUR DAYS!!

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Although I'm excited, last night my paranoia did set in..... what if I don't wake up? What if I'm the unlucky one who ends up in ICU with a leak? I know in my head it's a numbers game (complication rates and all that) and as someone who is close to my religion I believe in the divine decree (nothing happens without the will of God)... Still hasn't helped shift these nasty thoughts.

 

I find that reading the Gastric Sleevers Facebook page sort of adds to it... E.g. The woman who was sleeved and then had 5 days in ICU following complications, the woman who had a leak at 12 months out and has had a feeding tube and been in and out of hospital. I certainly wouldn't want to go in thinking it'll all be roses as this is MAJOR SURGERY, but trying to stay positive despite seeming to focus on the negative what ifs....

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Kazbo its going great 6 kgs in a week Ive lost, have more energy and sleeping better feel like Im getting to much sleep now lol. Next wednesday 13th is the day. Saw my surgeon yesterday hes happy alls good and ready to go. :)

 

Im just thinking that this is not really happening, its weird like a dream or something

 

JouJou  its human nature to focus on the negatives. The risks are there yes but look at the percentages. Be like me and dont read the negative stuff. If you get a leak pfft just a bump in the road to a better future :)

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Got a call from surgeon's office. He's had a cancellation, so I'm now seeing him Friday instead - nearly 2 weeks earlier than original appointment. Also now have dietician and psych appointments, as well as the respiratory specialist, so I'm all appointed out, but hopefully will help move things along.

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Hi

 

New to this just wanted to ask some questions: How long does the operation go for?

 

Does your super cover all cost and if not how much out of pocket?

 

 

Kira

 

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Hi Kira

 

If you have PHI, it will cover some of your costs such as theatre costs and the room. When you see your surgeon, they will give you a quote for their costs not covered by PHI. My clinic charges $6,000 plus I also had to pay for the anaesthetist (around another $1,500). Because I was a 'repeat offender' (i.e. ex-bandit) I paid $3,000 for my sleeve surgery and the $1500 for the anaesthetist. I also had to pay $450 for the PHI excess.

 

You'll need to make sure all your costs are included and applied for with the super release - include any travel, accommodation, prescription meds (I had to pay around $80 for my blood thinners, morphine and the like) and any other incidentals.

 

My surgery took 3 hours - it took much, much longer because of the scarring caused by the stupid band and he is a super cautious surgeon - he not only stapled the line, he also double stitched, then did a pleat then stitched again to make it extra strong and secure.

 

I believe most sleeve ops take around 45 minutes.

 

Each clinic has different fees and charges - one clinic quoted me $5000 for the surgery and included the anaesthetist, another quoted $7,000 plus $2000 anaesthetist.

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Hi guys, serial stalker back again. I'm sure you all know my story so won't go into it again. Suffice to say band sucks, band out now waiting for sleeve on 10/10. I've moved again, last time for a while I hope. Now the doc that took my band out is on the Gold Coast, he is very anti sleeving me as I 'only' have 30 odd kilos to lose. Having been trying to lose those same 30 kilos for 20 years I think I am entitled to a little help. Under duress he has agreed to do it, but wants to talk to me again about how big a deal it is etc etc. I know, I get it. But if he keeps going it undermines me and coupled with the same worries everyone on here has about dying on the table, leaks etc it feels a bit unfair.

Because I have moved I am now close to a dr that apparently specialises in revisions. Seeing as how I had such a mess with the band, mostly I think because I chose a surgeon miles away from where I lived, I am seriously considering just going to see this local guy and see if he can help. Problem is he is about $5000 dearer, which I can probably get out of super but...more hoops to jump through, when my surgery is already scheduled and set up in qld.

So couple of questions what does everyone think about options? And how hard will it be to have surgery so far away and then have to travel home afterwards, either a 3 hour flight or a ten hour drive?

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Katy - it might be worth while ringing around a to a few of the surgeons in Brisbane to get their advice. Least that way u don't have to worry about flights etc.

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Great work Johno, seems like you're travelling along nicely.

 

I saw the respiratory specialist and the surgeon yesterday and will be being sleeved on 3 September - providing I pass the psych and the dietician who I see next week.

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hey Katy, ring the clinic and have a friendly chat to the receptionist, explain your situation and see what they say. If the local guy specialises in revisions, I think I'd rather go with someone with a bit more experience and knowledge of this. It's a BIG jump in cost though :(

 

oh and FWIW your QLD might prefer you to stay in QLD for at least a week post op in case he needs to see you in a hurry. I could not have done either a 3 hour flight or a 10 hour drive even 2 weeks post op...I couldn't even bring myself to attend my best friends wedding 4 days post op and that was a 1 hour drive from home.

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Thanks guys. The cost is probably not that different as I will be using super to pay it anyway and after taking into account travel costs etc, especially if I need to stay a week.....well. I might just see if I can make an appointment with the local guy and see how it pans out. I just really didn't want to start all over again, but if it's for the best long term I might just have to bite the bullet

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Hi, new to forum.

I am from Toowoomba, scheduled for gastric sleeve on 11/9 .....

Is it possible to read too much on the surgery? I am looking forward to it being over etc but I think I may be obsessing! Anyone else feel that way?

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I couldn't read enough about it all! I just about wore my keyboard out searching and researching :)

 

awesome news on your upcoming date BTW!! and welcome :)

 

Katy - it is better to make the call and ask the question rather than wonder forever :) if they say no thanks, then you know.

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Just had call from surgeon's office to say the dietician is sick and therefore my appointment tomorrow is cancelled.

The next avail appointment is 2 September but my surgery is booked for the 3rd!

Told them I'm concerned that I'll need to be on Optifast by mid next week to be ready in time for the surgery.

Said they'll se what they can do.

Aaaaaagh!

Anyone else start the Optifast business before seeing a dietician?

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I've heard of a few so don't worry too much...most of the pre-op dietician appointments are usually about what to expect afterwards and talking through the recovery stages.

 

HOW EXCITING!

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