I am going to have Gastirc By-Pass surgery...

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#62
Davison, MI
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Way to go one getting your surgery day. I remember how excited I was.
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#63
Davison, MI
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Originally posted by BillOh
Speaking of me, one more week to get ready for the first after surgery cruise.
Way to go! Have a great first cruise after surgery. We will be waiting to hear how you did.
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#64
Columbus, OH USA
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Originally posted by PINEVIEW01
Way to go! Have a great first cruise after surgery. We will be waiting to hear how you did.

I'm really pushing myself this week in preparation, I'll be sure to update when I get back.
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#65
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Originally posted by PINEVIEW01
Way to go one getting your surgery day. I remember how excited I was.

Thanks... And its on Tax day of all days....lol So does that mean I can write it off on taxes?....lol
#66
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Ssatterly, good luck on your upcoming surgery. I have an appt on 4-22 to set up the surgery date for RNY. So I know what you mean about being excited. Oh, and as a side note, If you can get your doctor to write a prescription for your protein supplements, (prostat, etc), even if you don't get them from the pharmacy, you can use the cost as a medical deduction on your taxes. But you HAVE to have a prescription. I know this because I do taxes for a living. So, good luck on the surgery and keep track of your expenses for your next tax year.
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#67
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Originally posted by BillOh
I'm really pushing myself this week in preparation, I'll be sure to update when I get back.
Can't wait to hear how you make out.... have a great cruise!
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#68
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Originally posted by kanitter
Ssatterly, good luck on your upcoming surgery. I have an appt on 4-22 to set up the surgery date for RNY. So I know what you mean about being excited. Oh, and as a side note, If you can get your doctor to write a prescription for your protein supplements, (prostat, etc), even if you don't get them from the pharmacy, you can use the cost as a medical deduction on your taxes. But you HAVE to have a prescription. I know this because I do taxes for a living. So, good luck on the surgery and keep track of your expenses for your next tax year.
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Thanks!!!! Only 2 weeks from today now!!!!
#69
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Please do not kid yourself, gastric bypass can be really dangerous. I had mine july 2003, I weighed 503lbs the day I had surgery. Since then I have had 3 revisions, 3 infection cleanups(surgical removal of infections ****staff****, 4 hernia repairs, a broken adom. wall, 1 hysterectomy, 1 tummy tuck, 7 bowel obstructions, and have almost died countless times. I can no longer eat any kind of meat, poultry, fish, or shelfish of any kind (they cause bowel blockages for me even if I chew correctly) so protein is hard for me, I have anemia and have to get blood tranfusions. I never heard of someone having so many comps before my surgery, they just said bad probs happen, but then those people die. You can survive, and you life can be a living hell everyday. Now for the positive, I am alive, I have a new life, new husband who is not abusive, a son, and I now weigh 195lbs. I am big boned (really I am) and 5 9, so I am at my correct weight. People always ask me what I think about gb if I reccommend it. I am not a poster child, cheerleader or advocate of the surgery. I had it done, and by the grace of God I am still alive, it is a personal choice, but make sure you are aware of anything that can happen, do not pull the wool over your eyes.
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#70
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Originally posted by Tmrlovesjr
Please do not kid yourself, gastric bypass can be really dangerous. I had mine july 2003, I weighed 503lbs the day I had surgery. Since then I have had 3 revisions, 3 infection cleanups(surgical removal of infections ****staff****, 4 hernia repairs, a broken adom. wall, 1 hysterectomy, 1 tummy tuck, 7 bowel obstructions, and have almost died countless times. I can no longer eat any kind of meat, poultry, fish, or shelfish of any kind (they cause bowel blockages for me even if I chew correctly) so protein is hard for me, I have anemia and have to get blood tranfusions. I never heard of someone having so many comps before my surgery, they just said bad probs happen, but then those people die. You can survive, and you life can be a living hell everyday. Now for the positive, I am alive, I have a new life, new husband who is not abusive, a son, and I now weigh 195lbs. I am big boned (really I am) and 5 9, so I am at my correct weight. People always ask me what I think about gb if I reccommend it. I am not a poster child, cheerleader or advocate of the surgery. I had it done, and by the grace of God I am still alive, it is a personal choice, but make sure you are aware of anything that can happen, do not pull the wool over your eyes.

I do understand that things can happen...But back in 2003 things were not as advanced as they are now. Alos look at the weight oss...Thats says a lot right there. Now the rate NOT to have anything go wrong is up to 96%.. So at most there is a 4% chance of a bad complcaion...
#71
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Go with an open mind.

Your taking a big risk not losing any weight and your taking a big risk losing it with gastric bypass surgery. Complications can be common even if it's minor. A lot of times complications are not due too just the surgery itself either but the way the body responds and surronding factors.

If I considered this surgery an easy decision on my part...I would have already done it. I take everyone's experience in consideration...

With that being said I wish everyone who's had the surgery and who will have the surgery my best of luck.
#72
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Originally posted by ssatterly
Thanks!!!! Only 2 weeks from today now!!!!
I'll let you know how a post surgery cruise goes. Can't wait till Monday.
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#73
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I had the gastric sleeve done 17 months ago. It was the best thing I have ever done. I lost 92 lbs. I went from a size 16/18 to a size 4. I was able to pay for mine with my 401k. A friend of mine got a bank loan and another friend went to Mexico last month. My son's teacher had the lapband and had nothing but trouble. After I talked to her I went with the sleeve. Good luck with what ever you choose.
#74
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Originally posted by Jesscap5
Go with an open mind.

Your taking a big risk not losing any weight and your taking a big risk losing it with gastric bypass surgery. Complications can be common even if it's minor. A lot of times complications are not due too just the surgery itself either but the way the body responds and surronding factors.

If I considered this surgery an easy decision on my part...I would have already done it. I take everyone's experience in consideration...

With that being said I wish everyone who's had the surgery and who will have the surgery my best of luck.

What do you mean by not losinf any weight.. This has not been easy I have lost 20lbs just waiting for my surgery... By-Pass IS NOT THE EASY WAY OUT. Its very hard. it is just a tool and not that easy.
#75
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Originally posted by mom_me_of3
I had the gastric sleeve done 17 months ago. It was the best thing I have ever done. I lost 92 lbs. I went from a size 16/18 to a size 4. I was able to pay for mine with my 401k. A friend of mine got a bank loan and another friend went to Mexico last month. My son's teacher had the lapband and had nothing but trouble. After I talked to her I went with the sleeve. Good luck with what ever you choose.

Thanks.....in 11 days I will be having my surgery.
#77
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Joined Jan 2007
Originally posted by ssatterly
What do you mean by not losinf any weight.. This has not been easy I have lost 20lbs just waiting for my surgery... By-Pass IS NOT THE EASY WAY OUT. Its very hard. it is just a tool and not that easy.
I think you Misinterpreted what I typed and I wasn't typing it directly to you but giving my insight.

And actually I'm more or less talking about myself. I am morbidly obese myself. The way I see it is..I can take a risk and keep being obese and not do a damn thing about so yes that's a risk I'm already taking. But If I do surgery then yeah hopefully the TOOL will help me but because it is in fact surgery and everyone's bodies react differently - I'm taking a risk there too.

Nobody said here that I remember that it was easy. Good for you for losing 20lbs before sugery...and I'm on my way to needing to lose over 40lbs that's required before I even have my surgery.

#78
Florida
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I was headed for lapband surgery and my insurance was not going to pay for the surgery. My Dr. insisted I lose 40 lbs before surgery. He recommended Ideal Protein weight loss. Believe it or not, the weight loss was so fast (avg. 4 lbs per week) that I decided to skip the surgery and stick to their program. I'm getting really close to my goal weight. The food program actually tasted good. There is a mixture of protein supplements (really yummy!) along with veggies, salads and meat. I feel better than I have in years!

Now, lets talk cost. It runs about $400 per month. For me, when I compare the cost to the surgery, it was a bargain. You pay as you go with the weight loss. I had 130 lbs to lose. At 4 lbs per week average for me, the total cost will be $3200. (and I didn't have to suffer the surgery. I proud that I did it on my own, too.

If you want my coach's name and number, send me a note. SHe was wonderful, tough when she needed to be and really cares about my success. She's also handled my sister's weight loss and just mails her supplements to her. I'm sure she could find another coach for you in another area. [email protected]

Best of luck. Hope this helps. I'l be in a bathing suit on my next cruise!
#80
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Originally posted by morgan1312
So far the closest I've come to dumping was after eating at a chinese buffet. I was really careful to only pick chicken, crab legs, brocoli and I scraped the filling out of cream cheese wontons and eggroll but after eating there I felt kind of woozy and got all hot and cold sweats and clammy. Felt nauseus too but didn't vomit. I'm thinking there was probably sugar in some of the sauces I picked the meat out of. Either way, I kind of lost my taste for chinese foods at least for now.

Jesus. Eating at a Chinese buffet is one of the WORST places you can eat. I hope everyone here learns that lesson easier than you did.
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