weight loss surgery

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Posted: 22 Feb 2012, 12:08
This is my first post. I was wondering if anyone has weight loss surgery? I have tried so many diets in the past. The most I have ever lost on my own was 87lbs but to no surprise I gained it all back plus some. I have finally decided to get gastric bypass on Dec 20th and it has been a blessing. Don't get me wrong it has been the hardest 9 weeks of my life but each day gets easier and easier. I am down 60 lbs. I still have a long way to go but now I feel like I have the tool to help me.

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Posted: 18 Mar 2012, 13:49
Tool? More like a get of jail free card Smile

It's not a financial option for me, but I can say that it has saved my mother's life. Heck just last night she was standing around kicking the soccer ball with her grand kids. Previously I don't think anyone would have imagined her standing around to kick the ball to.

For those who need it and have it available, seriously consider it. A lot of people blabber on about emotional reason behind eating, blah, blah, but it boils down to getting it done or dying, so get'r done.

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Posted: 18 Mar 2012, 14:00
I agree with you, 'tulu... As long as the key word is NEED! I see and hearnof so many who do it without proper consideration, and assume that it takes no effort afterwards. They're in for a nasty wakeup call.
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Posted: 03 Jul 2012, 02:08
I agree. Gastric bypass should be considered only if it’s a matter of life and death. There are serious consequences to this type of surgery that are lifelong. The operation is not reversible so anyone opting for this type of surgery should think it through thoroughly. It’s also not a guaranteed way to lose weight because even after surgery, many are known to have put on weight as they revert back to harmful eating habits. Try considering lap band – this procedure is totally reversible. One of the more reputed hospitals for bariatric surgery in NJ is the Bayshore Community Hospital. If you can go there, I’d really recommend them as they have a wonderful team of doctors. Post-operative counseling is very important.


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Posted: 03 Jul 2012, 03:51
A few days ago I ran into an out-of-town friend. She had weight loss surgery several years ago. These days she appears to be back almost to her starting weight.

I wish you the best of luck, but do remember that you'll have to maintain healthy eating patterns for the rest of your life or you could end up regaining the weight.

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Posted: 04 Jul 2012, 11:45
I had gastric bypass (Roux N' Y) 10 years ago this October and have managed to stay at a healthy weight all these years. Gastric Bypass is not a Solution to weight loss it is a tool to get the individual at a weight where they can control (key word). We all know what is good and bad for us to eat and it is our choice to stay on track or go out of control. It is the best decision I made for my life and have never been happier. I am 64 this year and swim, dance, walk, and enjoy all life has to offer.

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Posted: 04 Jul 2012, 12:00
I had the Roux N'Y approximately 10 years ago. I did lose 150 pounds but never lost all the weight that I wanted or needed to lose. I actually did not like how I looked, I was wrinkled and all the excess skin that was hanging was disgusting. I did not have the money for plastic surgery to remove the skin and as I was over 50 so my skin did not have the elasticity to bounce back with excercise. I have put back on 75 pounds of the weight, the face is not so wrinkled and my family says I look better now. However I would like to try and lose about 40 pounds and see if that will be a happy median. The good news is I don't have to take so much medication for blood pressure and diabetes as well as the sleep apnea is gone and the GERD as well. So I just want to be able to fit nicely into my clothes and stop gaining weight more than anything else.

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Posted: 09 Jul 2012, 14:56
FYI...the gastric bypass most definitely IS reversible. And insurances will not cover it unless it is necessary. Also, depending on the insurance, you must have a psych eval. Not everyone is a candidate for WLS

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 14:04
No it is not reversible. Where the heck did ya hear that?

~Heather, 21 months post op RNY

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 14:18
I had a Lap-Band surgery in January of 2008. I was 298 pounds. The first year I lost 25 pounds. *blink* Through the band being too tight, then not tight enough, then it slipped cuz it was filled too tight again, then unfilled to fix the slip where I gained back 15 of those 25...and over the next 4 years it has been hell. I developed Vascular Reflux in my legs, my band works for "restriction" only when it wants to, when food gets stuck it hurts like heck (daily basis no matter how much I chew). Now I've reduced my restriction again (had more fluid removed to loosen the band), and I'm wanting to forget I ever had the dumb thing placed inside of me in the first place. I work harder at this weight loss than anybody I know, and the weight is finally slowly creeping off. In fact I have to work harder at it now than before I ever had WLS. I'm finally ignoring my band, and got it to a comfortable restriction level in order to be successful and eat meat again, which is great for being on Atkins. So, in summary, since Lap-Band surgery in 2008, I've lost 33 pounds, it has nothing to do with my "tool" of a band, and it's mostly been in the last 4 weeks. LMAO...what a joke. I should have chosen the RNY, but a doctor talked me out of it. He really wanted me to have the band. I hate him...and he doesn't perform lap-band surgeries anymore because he no longer believes in them due to huge LACK of success and multitude of reversals due to medical necessity.
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Posted: 18 Dec 2012, 13:32
I had lap band but i'm stuck in a yo-yo up down with 5 to 8 bls its driving me crazy. some one help

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Posted: 18 Dec 2012, 13:39
A guy I knew who had surgery (not sure which one) almost died of complications that came up several years later. Hardly anyone reaches their goal weight and even fewer maintain it. Worse, those who need drastic intervention the most are most likely to have complications.

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