Weight Loss Surgery - Pre-op or post-op, let's share




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Jane
10-12-2013, 12:56 PM
After decades of yo-yo dieting, last June I came to the decision that WLS is my last option. I've tried Weight Watchers, low carbs, calorie counting, etc. and although I can lose weight, I was never able to get to goal, or even maintain my losses. The effects of this to my physical and emotional health have been overwhelming. I am taking meds for hypertension, elevated cholesterol levels, and am considered pre-diabetic. Emotionally, I have been affected by the limits my weight has played on ordinary daily life. You know the ones I mean - huffing and puffing, struggling to tie your shoes, being careful which chair you choose, wearing what fits rather than what you like, being the biggest one in the room, etc. The list goes on and on!

After attending a WLS info meeting, my doctor and I agree that a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is the best choice for me. I have completed all the testing, and have only 2 -count 'em 2- more months to go before my info is turned in for final approval from my insurance company. If I am approved, surgery should be sometime in January.

I am fully aware that WLS is only a tool. I have already begun an exercise program, and feel great about that. Doc says this surgery will help me to lose roughly 65-70% of my 100 excess pounds, and I am committed to losing the balance through healthy eating. Having 80% of my stomach removed, (including most of those nasty ghrerlin hormones), and forced portion control, will finally five me a fighting chance to end my obesity. I see a light at the end of the tunnel.

I would love to hear about other WLS journeys, pre-op or post-op. Please share your experiences with me. :)


jiffypop
10-12-2013, 07:31 PM
congrats on making a decision! i know it's a hard choice and a long road...

Jane
10-13-2013, 07:54 PM
Thank you, Jiff. :hug:


noranoranora
10-17-2013, 09:38 AM
Hi jane and jane!! I had my rny in June of this year and I'm down about 55 pounds. I'm very happy with my decision and have had zero complications. I know that's not typical but that's been my experience so far. HAppy, happy, happy!!

Jane
10-17-2013, 10:45 PM
Noranoranora, congrats on your loss so far! That's great! Oh, how glad I will be when I am as far along this journey as you! Did you have a preference in protein shakes? I've tried Premeir vanilla, and especially like adding cinnamon, or sf jello powder to them.

joatsaint
10-20-2013, 12:20 PM
After decades of yo-yo dieting, last June I came to the decision that WLS is my last option. I've tried Weight Watchers, low carbs, calorie counting, etc. and although I can lose weight, I was never able to get to goal, or even maintain my losses. The effects of this to my physical and emotional health have been overwhelming. I am taking meds for hypertension, elevated cholesterol levels, and am considered pre-diabetic. Emotionally, I have been affected by the limits my weight has played on ordinary daily life. You know the ones I mean - huffing and puffing, struggling to tie your shoes, being careful which chair you choose, wearing what fits rather than what you like, being the biggest one in the room, etc. The list goes on and on!

After attending a WLS info meeting, my doctor and I agree that a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is the best choice for me. I have completed all the testing, and have only 2 -count 'em 2- more months to go before my info is turned in for final approval from my insurance company. If I am approved, surgery should be sometime in January.

I am fully aware that WLS is only a tool. I have already begun an exercise program, and feel great about that. Doc says this surgery will help me to lose roughly 65-70% of my 100 excess pounds, and I am committed to losing the balance through healthy eating. Having 80% of my stomach removed, (including most of those nasty ghrerlin hormones), and forced portion control, will finally five me a fighting chance to end my obesity. I see a light at the end of the tunnel.

I would love to hear about other WLS journeys, pre-op or post-op. Please share your experiences with me. :)


I am 10 months post-op and have made a few videos to answer some of the most often asked questions. I had a rough recovery, but I am glad I made the choice to have vertical sleeve gastrectomy. I have 2 friends at work who had the RNY bypass and they are happy with their results as well.

I can't post links yet, but you can find me on Youtube - search for Frankensleeve

Jane
10-20-2013, 10:21 PM
Wow, I watched several of the videos, and have to say you did a great job explaining each topic. I like your Frankensleeve guy. :) Thank you so much for sharing!

activeadventurer
10-28-2013, 11:36 AM
Hi,

I am almost 3 months out from a duodenal switch (as little understanding as I have, sort of a sleeve + malabsorption - please correct me if I am wrong). I have lost over a hundred pounds pre and post op.

One thing that I was not aware of that has come as a rather nasty surprise, is that the extremely low calorie intake and malabsorption factor leaves one cognitively impaired for about a year! This is not antidotal, it is what numerous research studies have shown is the case. I was devastated when I got this information from my doctor recently.

I am in law school, in the middle of a semester where I can not really understand, read, or absorb most of the information. I took a reduced load but have also had to drop all but 2 of my classes. I have no idea what I will do next semester but am just trying to take it one day at a time. I can not financially afford to quit school nor would I want to. Any one who has a very intellectually demanding job, you might want to consider this in the timing of your surgery. I have what I need cognitively to do the every day stuff of life, but definitely not what it takes to withstand the rigors of law school. Distressing, but there is not much I can do about it now.

That being said, I am still grateful for my surgery and the huge boost it has given me in losing weight. Like you Jane, I had tried everything else. Best wishes on your journey.

Best,

D

Jane
10-29-2013, 08:30 PM
Hi D,
I can't compare the duodenal switch to the sleeve, because I've never research or read about the switch, so I don't know a thing about it. Jiff would be a great one to chime in here.

I'm so sorry for the cognitive impairment that you have suffered. In reading many, many posts from those who have have the vertical sleeve surgery, I haven't come across this particular side effect. Maybe it has something to do with the malabsorption, which isn't a factor in sleeve patients. On my last visit, the possible side effects were explained to me, but this wasn't mentioned. Regardless, thanks for the heads up, and I will be sure to ask my bariatric doc about it.

It encourages me that you said that even with the complication, you are still glad you had WLS. Thanks for the well wishes, and I'm sending some back to you! I hope you are feeling strong mentally and physically soon. :hug:

jiffypop
10-29-2013, 09:18 PM
i hadn't heard this, but it does make sense. did your surgeon say it was more common with one surgery than another? or all malabsorption procedures? or ...???

no matter what, though, you're keeping on track all the way around and you should be VERY proud of yourself!

nelie
11-07-2013, 07:40 PM
:hug: Jane

Jane
11-09-2013, 03:14 PM
Thank you, Nelie. :)

activeadventurer
11-12-2013, 09:46 PM
Hi all,

Glad to here about all the good results. Jiffy. I am not sure if the cognitive impairment side effect is specific to my surgery or not. I simply noticed that one month after getting off the post op Vicodin, I was still feeling foggy brained. I used to do neuroscience research and thought " My brain is not getting enough glycogen" When I called my doctor to inquire, I got the "oh yeah, that is a known side effect..." I was/am really unhappy that no one told me about it before my surgery. All things said, I would have still had it but would have planned differently and not lost over 6 thousand dollars in tuition on classes I could not finish.

Thanks for listening to my rant. If I get any more information I will post it. They tell me it improves somewhat at 6 months and by one year post op, I will be back to where I was before surgery. One plus, I find doing cardio a great way of dealing with the frustration and anxiety the situation has created.

best D

QuilterInVA
11-13-2013, 10:00 AM
Doesn't the body continue to convert fat to glycogen (as it does for low carbers) after surgery? The body has no need of any carbs.

jiffypop
11-13-2013, 10:46 PM
<i can''t talk about carbs right now. i'm eating cookies. not a lot of cookies - just a couple>

19Deltawifey
11-15-2013, 12:15 AM
I'm a little over a year post op with my sleeve and have only managed to lose 50% of my excess weight. With the sleeve you should expect to lose 50-80% of the excess weight. For some people this will be a looooong slooooow process lol. I plateaued soon after the 6 month mark and stayed that weight for about 5 months. I joined weight watchers about a month ago and the scale is finally starting to move again.

My restriction is pretty good but I can definitely eat larger portions. The thing with the sleeve is that your body wont have malabsorption and your body will assume that you're just eating smaller portions, sort of like dieting. Your body will become efficient at absorbing the food that you do eat and for *some* this does lead into a downward spiral into having an eating disorder because you may find yourself restricting more and more. This is usually a hot topic on other forums because some believe that you should eat around 1200-1500 cals while losing and others say 600-800 cals. Some people also find it hard to lose weight while eating 600 cals, not sure if it's metabolic damage from eating so few cals or what, I'm not a doctor or nutritionist.

The good thing about the sleeve is that you don't have to take as many vitamins as you would with the other surgeries. I take one multi vitamin (Celebrate brand) and my labs have all been perfect. Another good thing about the sleeve is that you can eat the foods you enjoy without having dumping issues, even though sometimes certain foods do send me to the bathroom lol. The negatives are that you don't have malabsorption and will have to eat less calories and will most likely lose slower than those who do malabsorb cals. Also it's permanent which is kind of scary IMO but I didn't have any complications and a very easy recovery. I wish I would of had sleeve surgery sooner :)

I was looking into adding the "switch" or the malabsorption component but after reading all the horrible side effects I decided not to. I may consider getting my sleeve smaller but this will also make my chances of having a leak greater. I honestly never thought that I would be back at weight watchers but I'm so happy that I am. Like an alcoholic who needs AA meetings, I need the weekly meetings to help keep me focused. Unfortunately I can't attend my wls support group because the hours don't work for me. Also staying within my points is soooo much easier with a smaller stomach. Sorry for rambling so much on your thread OP. You will do great.

Jane
11-15-2013, 11:02 PM
Thank you, Deltawifey. It's so good to hear from another sleever. I do expect a slower weight loss with the sleeve compared to the bypass, and plan to join a wl group here when the time comes. Like you said, there is no malabsorption with the sleeve, and getting the nutrients from the food I eat is important to me. Also, I really, really like the idea of leaving my intestines intact. I haven't been approved yet, but my paperwork will be sent off for approval in about 3 weeks. I'll be biting my nails until I hear back, lol. Sorry you can't attend the WW meetings. Have you jumped in the WW group here? It's awesome! Good luck with your continued weight loss.

Jane
11-15-2013, 11:03 PM
Jiff, STEP AWAY FROM THE COOKIES, lol.

19Deltawifey
11-15-2013, 11:40 PM
I attend the meetings, I have the monthly pass :) The meetings I can't attend are the wls meetings because I would have to bring all 3 of my kiddos and it wouldn't be productive if I'm focused on them.

Hopefully you get approved for surgery soon. Most people I know are very satisfied with the surgery and the weight they've lost.

Jane
12-17-2013, 07:52 PM
I got the phone call today - I'm APPROVED for the vertical sleeve gastrectomy!!
The next step is a visit to the surgeon on Monday, Dec. 30, and a surgery date will be assigned then. Eep! I'm so excited!

jiffypop
12-17-2013, 08:12 PM
happy new year to you!!!!! great news!!!!!