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hi there, my daughter is booked in for her sleeve surgery in Jan 18 and after meeting with her surgeon today again, it’s all become very real and I’m worried that we’ve made the right decision. My daughter is excited about the operation (and nervous of course) but it’s a big change and I just wanted to reach out to others out there for support. Thank you :)

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hi Renee

good luck to your daughter its a very exiting and nervous time.

i was sleeved on October 18th and i have to say its been the best decision i have ever made. i did struggle through the optifast stage but it did get easier especially since there was an end date. i was not nervous at all until the surgery day then it all became very real. but my fear was for nothing. i had a great surgeon, support people (mum and dad) and i went into this with a good mindset (i did lots and lots of research). there was not much pain post surgery but i did have a lot of discomfort (but i dint use any painkillers as i dont like the effect they have on me.),

 the first night was rough as the nursing staff came around every hour to complete their checks so there wasn't much sleep happening . the surgeon allowed me to go home the following day as he was impressed with my progress.  

overall im very happy with the progress that i have made so far at the last check 6 weeks post op i have lost a total of 18kg - i have a long way to go but im now starting to get confident that i can make to to my goal weight. 

have i had to give up things?? (chocolate, soft drink, bread, large meal sizes) YES but do i miss them???? NOT really (well lets be honest i do miss alcohol but i will be able to reintroduce that down the track). 

hope this helps

 

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Hi RT05,

Thank you for your reply. And congratulations on losing 18kg. I imagine that is motivating and really worth celebrating. I know when my daughter even sees that she has lost 5kgs, she will be so excited. She has struggled with her weight most of her teen life and has never experienced the joy in shedding a few kilos. I am so excited for her. We met with her GP today who will also be assisting with the surgery and I feel much better. Her surgeon doesn't have the best communication skills, so I was feeling really worried last night and didn't sleep much because I was so busy researching. Luckily, her GP is a great communicator and explained in much more detail what to expect post-op, particularly about the 2 week period after her op where she needs to inject herself with an anti-coagulant which we were only informed of yesterday. 

I am sure we will both find this site extremely supportive while we get through this new chapter and I hope that she can contribute to others this time next year when she can share her successes and learning along the way with others about to embark on this journey.

Best of luck with your weight loss and I look forward to hearing about your future successes :)

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