Group Forum: Hi I'm just getting started, & thinking about WLS

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Posted: 21 Aug 2011, 17:00
I have an appt with a surgeon in october. I am not sure yet which procedure my insurance will cover or which I will choose yet if given a choice. This website was recommended in the information session I attended. Still a little nervous but am ready to go ahead with this to better my life and health. Any info about the pros & cons of the procedures that you have experienced would be appreciated Very Happy

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Posted: 21 Aug 2011, 20:50
Shortstuff...I actually had the lapband in Nov of 2008. I was very successful with my weight loss for the first 2 years. In February, I had what appeared to be an ulcer. At that time, they removed fluid in the band and releaved any restrictions. Stress and medications combined with more stress for the last 6 months, caused me to gain 60 of the 80 lbs I had loss. Fortunately, they recently refilled the band and I am back on track. I was ashamed and didn't want to go to the doctor's office, because I felt like a failure. Fortunately the staff and the dr. were very supportive and told me to not allow that to ever stop me from seeking help with getting back on track. Both surgeries have the benefit of weight loss. From my personal experience, the lapband is more flexible and adjustable, based on your personal and medical needs. I believe that it is also less invasive than the R/Y...Of course I could be wrong. The food restrictions can affect you with either procedure. The lapband has the potential of foods clumping up and getting stuck, where the R/Y has more issues that require sugar restrictions. Hope this helps! Both are tools to support your efforts, not the magic bullet. However they certainly give you an advantage, especially if you have struggled with your weight all of your life, as I have.

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Posted: 15 Apr 2013, 10:59
Hi Shortstuff. I had the DS (duodenal switch) in December of 2005. It is perhaps the most "drastic" version of the surgery, but I weighed 283 lbs and had multiple co-morbidities so I felt drastic measures were appropriate. Smile In this surgery, part of your stomach is actually removed, leaving you with a banana-shaped stomach. A bypass is done on your small intestines to restrict absorbtion.

There is no "BEST" surgery for everyone. I would recommend you do a LOT of research, pray about it, and speak with your internist.

If you want to discuss the DS, you can email me and I can send you some of the stuff I have.

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 15:12
WELCOME!! I am preop, I am going to have the RNY surgery... and this took much research to decide! There is active, daily postings on where I have found much support (not saying there is none here! There are fab people here too!) and have learned so much from the folks there. From my experience, it is a more active group, posting multiple times a day... feel free to come check it out (any of you!)... My "name" there is becca1960. All of you are welcome to come join! It is NOT a food tracking site, just support... SmileBest of luck in your journey!
Becca Smile
Please come join me at and at!! Great support and opportunities to learn from one another!

Jan. 15th Wt = 322
As of May 25th wt = 298.4

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Posted: 05 Jun 2013, 07:54
Thank you Becca! I will look you up on daily strength.

I think our surgeries are very similar so we probably can eat the same things...

I'd love to "talk" recipes!