Hi, I've never posted to the boards before, but have just had GBS 8 weeks ago. I would recommend that you make sure the doctor you choose has a support group to help you before and after surgery. The support and encouragement is incredible. The surgeon that I have has a wonderful program that you see a nutritionist before and after surgery and your required to go to 8 post op nutrition classes as well as support group sessions. It sounds like a lot but I love going. Make sure you ask about the type of incision your going to have. My surgeon only does the open surgery but will be starting the Laproscopy in September, I didn't want to wait. Ask about his success rate. As awful as it is you'll want to know how many people he's lost. It's awful but it does happen. As far as food that you can't eat anymore, being 8 weeks post op there is a lot that you can' t have, but having gone through all of this there's more that I don't want to eat then I can't eat. My nutritionist said that for the first 4 months post op we're only supposed to have 400 calories a day and no more then 9 grams of fat per day. I know my friends and cousins who have had this surgery didn't have to follow those rules but that's what our group recommends. It's hard to follow that but since I'm really not hungry I dont' have to hard a time. Lifestyle changes there have been a lot. I'm now able to fit into my chair at work without my hips protruding out from under the arms of the chair, I was able to ride on a roller coaster last night at Six Flaggs. I can walk up the stairs at work and still breath when I get to the top of them. I can walk across the parking lot and not be a big puddle when I finally reach my car. I'm ready to go shopping and know that I'm in a size and a half smaller then I was 8 weeks ago. I'm having a wonderful time listening to the complements about how wonderful I'm looking these days. There have been a lot of lifestyle changes, and I can't wait for the ones to come. If I had to I'd do the surgery over again in a second. It's been the best thing I've ever done for myself.