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Posted on Tue, Feb 28, 2006 14:12

I am deathly terrified of having the surgery. I love to eat and am afraid that I will do more harm by eating too much. I am also afraid that I might be in the small minority who would have devastating problems because of the surgery.

From losing and gaining weight all of my life, I know what will help me lose but at the time, I don't feel pushed to do it, (even though my doctor is warning me to lose at least 100 lbs). Mentally, I am fine with my weight, but I know that I have to do something.

Tomorrow is Lent, so I have decided to do some sort of exercise each day and to give up carbonated beverages such as Pepsi, and Sprite.

Wish me luck!!



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Posted on Wed, Jan 25, 2006 15:29

I have a friend who has had complications from this surgery, but it wasn't from the surgery itself, it was from the band, and complications arising from the band actually slipping quite some time after the surgery (I think perhaps years?).. She was one of the first people to get it in this country..

I would guess the techniques and technology would have improved since then.

There will be a product coming on the market soon, I think the company behind is called "Metabolics" or something.. it's currently going through final TGA trials, I had actually applied to be part of the trials, but was rejected because of interactions with my other medication. It works on fixing metabolic rate, and unlike all the others (like the ones based on amphetamines and other nasties) this one aparantly actually works.. it can't be too much longer before it comes on the market, but as always with Medical trials and the TGA don't count on anything.

I don't need it anymore, since I had a complete change of lifestyle, and am losing the weight anyway. You have to tackle everything at once, Diet, Exercise, and most importantly, psychological. But all the things you change, have to be something you can live with for the rest of your life... there is no "when I finish this..."..



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Posted on Tue, Jan 24, 2006 16:11

Cathii write:
It is a bandaide solution ...basically the surgery was only for people over a certain mass weight that they were so morbedly obese they were gonna die
.then others saw it as a *quick fix* as you lost so much weight in a short period of time.
I am just blown away by all the people who actually have this proceedure done and can *afford* it...over here in Aussie it is something like $10,000 and that isnt covered on private health insurance, but if u wait 3-5yrs on a waiting list for public hospital you get it for free...and in that time if u did a complete lifestyle change i am sure you could lose that weight.. losing all the weight so quickly is similar to starving yaself and the body acts on that..so lets say the band had to be removed, the body is already
in starvation mode
and when it gets more food it is gonna * hold on to that* and store it as fat so that the body wont be depleted and as we all know when u diet and then stop u put the weight plus double back on.


Ok, well you're sort of right about it being a "band-aid" solution but it's always the persons choice on if they are going to have it done.
I'm having it done not because it'll give me quick results but because I've tried everything....and I mean EVERYTHING to loose the weight; diets, personal trainers, walking, weight watchers.
And private insurence does cover the operation if you have top cover. it's about $3,000 not $10,000 with insurence. I know cause i've just been approved by my health insurence to have the surgery done.
Also the band doesn't come out once you've reached your goal weight, it stays with you for life....no there isn't any problems if you want to have kids later.

Sorry but i just thought I had to put my 2 cents worth in.

  


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Posted on Thu, Dec 29, 2005 04:55

Hello I am 8 monthes post-op and doing great per my surgeon. I have lost 160 lbs so far and I have a ways to go.. But its better then being 560lbs like I was a year ago. Medicaid paid for all of it except for 200 dollars of it.. I delt with private insurance companies for 15 years and said the Hell with it. When I was approached by this blonde that tossed my a note while I was standing in line to pay for my gas at a gas station. I went home and gave the gal a call and she said that Medicaid paid for hers 3 years before she saw me and that was back in 2002. I would do it again in a Heart Beat! I feel 20 years old again and I just turned 40 this year! I had the Lapiscopic RNY done. The only thing I regret is that I am losing my nice thick hair... Its getting darn thin up top... But other then that I would do it again in a Heart Beat...

  


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Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2005 04:35

I will get this type of surgery. Due to medical needs. Will join this site later. Mate1 and plentyoffish are nice.
God gave us doctors for a reason. We have to weigh the pro and con on this individually. Let go and let God be God.Pray for others best interest too. You get blessed for even praying good for your enemies. Dahlia.

  
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Posted on Fri, Nov 11, 2005 16:55

Hey Krissy! I am in Brunswick... just an hour north... let me know if you would like to chat sometime.



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Posted on Fri, Nov 04, 2005 05:35

I had obesity surgery about 4.5 years ago. Please look at my profile for more info. It's not for everyone. It wasn't for me. I have maintained a loss of 170 or so lbs, but miss every single ounce that I shed. If you are considering it, please have a complete psychiatric evaluation and clearance, especially if you've been overweight your entire life (as was I. By the way I just found this website and love reading the posts. Maybe I'll even post frequently since I'm no longer fearful of everyone and everything! thanks

  


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Posted on Mon, Oct 31, 2005 16:58

What is RNY bypass? Is it different from the Gastric bypass? Or just a different name. I am really looking into this. Lapband sounds good to. Have to look up that web address.
What is RNY bypass? Is it different from the Gastric bypass? Or just a different name. I am really looking into this. Lapband sounds good to. Have to look up that web address.



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Posted on Sun, Oct 30, 2005 14:28

I believe that the decision to have bariatric surgery is a very personal decision between you and your doctor. However, if I had to give advice to a friend or a family member regarding it, I would probably advise them against it unless they were over 600 pounds and/or their life totally depended on it. The surgery is a tool and not a cure all by any means. After surgery you still have to eat right and exercise, so why not just do it that way from the get go? You lose very fast with surgery and if you have a lot to lose, many people will have a whole lot of excess skin which requires even more surgery. I say get on a healthy eating and exericse program and lose it that way. I have lost 200 pounds in 2 years on my own. You can do it too!

Best Wishes To Everyone!
I believe that the decision to have bariatric surgery is a very personal decision between you and your doctor. However, if I had to give advice to a friend or a family member regarding it, I would probably advise them against it unless they were over 600 pounds and/or their life totally depended on it. The surgery is a tool and not a cure all by any means. After surgery you still have to eat right and exercise, so why not just do it that way from the get go? You lose very fast with surgery and if you have a lot to lose, many people will have a whole lot of excess skin which requires even more surgery. I say get on a healthy eating and exericse program and lose it that way. I have lost 200 pounds in 2 years on my own. You can do it too!

Best Wishes To Everyone!



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Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2005 15:11

I had a RNY gastric bypass in July 2003. I have lost 160 lbs but I am still a BBW. I started out at over 400 lbs. I am happier today than I was 2 years ago. It is a choice that you need to make for you. I would do it again if I had to. I am looking into plastic surgery right now to remove my hanging stomach. Not a pretty sight. I know I will never be a size 10 but I am happy at where I am right now except for the hanging stomach. I can climb a flight of stairs, sit on the floor indian style, I can walk and not have to sit. It was my dicision for me to be healthier which I am.
I had a RNY gastric bypass in July 2003. I have lost 160 lbs but I am still a BBW. I started out at over 400 lbs. I am happier today than I was 2 years ago. It is a choice that you need to make for you. I would do it again if I had to. I am looking into plastic surgery right now to remove my hanging stomach. Not a pretty sight. I know I will never be a size 10 but I am happy at where I am right now except for the hanging stomach. I can climb a flight of stairs, sit on the floor indian style, I can walk and not have to sit. It was my dicision for me to be healthier which I am.

  


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Posted on Tue, Sep 27, 2005 21:02

With the bypass and with banding you have to be aware that you also have to change lifestyle habits. The bypass is more effective but banding is safer and reversible. Both procedures are done under general anesthetic. I'm planning on having the surgery in March of 2006. Since I'll be having it (gastric band) laparoscopically, unless I have an allergic reaction, uncontrollable pain, complications, etc I should be in and out within the same day. At worse I'd be kept overnight and released the following morning.
Everyone pursues these surgeries for their own reasons, however, I will say that I personally consider it a last resort. Unless you have actively pursued weight loss through traditional means (dieting, exercise, etc) I do not recommend considering surgery because of additional problems (loose skin folds, GI bleeding, improved chance of having hernias, post-surgical depression, etc).

Personally, I've been under a medically supervised diet for about half a year now. I actually enjoy working out and one of the things I am looking forward to once the weight is off - is being able to go hiking again. I like sports amazing isn't it? :) I can't wait to play volleyball and softball and one of the pipe dreams I have is to someday train for a marathon. Scary ain't it? I personally am getting the surgery because I need the help. I can't be as active as I want because my knees hurt due to my weight. The question you need to ask yourself is: is this for you? Have you done all you can?

Surgery is not a fixall. It's dangerous and very serious. I work out on an elliptical machine and lift weights every other day. I was on a self-initiated liquid diet and then on a soft pureed diet for months. UnfortunatelY I wasn't able to get off more than 20 pounds and no I don't have a thyroid problem. I just eat too much.

If you are considering this means of weightloss, be careful, do research, be aware you can't push restart and that you are investing time money and your health into this. You could be worse off so look into it and study study study. Good luck. You're welcome to contact me if you want to discuss it more. Be well.
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Posted on Mon, Sep 26, 2005 08:06

my momther and my aunt has had the surgery.
both have health problems worse then before.
thought about it myself.but seen what was happening to them both.
i dont think its worth it.
but i am hearing more and more about the band.
would like to hear moe about it.



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Posted on Wed, Sep 21, 2005 03:04

hey Freya

just thought I'd let you know that I'm going to the info night of the Dr you recommended on Tues. If everything goes well this time next year I'll be having my operation(need to wait the 12 months for the insurence to work

I know it costs about $3000(Aus)with insurence or $11000(Aus)without.

Well I'll keep everyone posted on how I go!

Dana

  


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Posted on Mon, Sep 19, 2005 20:39

My mother had bariatric surgery years ago - nothing but trouble with vomitting/dumping and diabetes is worse then ever. Uncontrollable even with insulin, diet and exercise (high BG goes HIGHER if she even goes swimming or walks for a time).

G/F had it done about 8 weeks ago, with the minimum calorie intake nutrient deficiency is a problem. Yes, she is dropping weight.... however, no change in muscle tone.

I stick with being BBW, slower weight loss and walking/swimming - no matter what my weight might be - (I've been down to a 10 several times in my life) I will not judge others as being less then.

I love to cook as well as the sensuality of all that nature has to offer.

I hadn't heard of the band.. I'd love to check into that (contactinfoisinprofileforthosewhothinkwithbra ns)

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Posted on Wed, Sep 07, 2005 03:01

I would personally never get one. I've heard of some stories. I am trying to lose weight and so far so good. I've lost 15 pounds. I walk and eat healthier and drink lots of water. I also squeeze time for stomach crunches.



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Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2005 10:05

the gastric bypass is a joke u will gain it back in 5 year time



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Posted on Tue, Jul 19, 2005 23:35

I know several women who have done the gastric bypass and it seems to me that their hair gets thin...has anyone ever heard of nutritional deficiencies because of not eating properly after the surgery?



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Posted on Tue, Jul 19, 2005 19:42


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