12 months. The process take time anyhow. You could start to see the surgeon and get the ball rolling in the six months before your waiting period is up. IYKWIM
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10-12-2012 19:11 #61
Re: Weight loss surgery chat
11-12-2012 16:11 #62
Re: Weight loss surgery chat
Can I ask how far over weight do you need to be to be considered for a gastric sleeve operation?
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11-12-2012 19:49 #63
11-12-2012 20:19 #64
Can I ask, what cover do I actually need? Looking online at different insurance companies but I feel like i'm going around in circles.
My bmi's 32 but is slowly increasing and no matter how hard I try I cannot control my appetite!
07-01-2013 12:28 #65
Hi Ladies I'm looking in to WLS I have tried everything but nothing will budge.
I looked at the sleeve but I don't know how I feel about it being permanent kwim. What made all of you decided to go with WLS that you went with?
I'm just trying to decided what would work best for me
07-01-2013 13:55 #66
Weight loss surgery chat
I've had the band on since 2008 two pregnancies both CSection only due to the reason of me also having an extra vertebra at my tail bone area and pushing could brake it...firstly I've lost 40kgs hit my goal and maintained it YAY😃
First pregnancy only gained 10kgs second only 6kgs and had the band with about 4 to 5mls in though out the entire pregnancy.
Now I am 19 weeks pregnant with my 3 child within 3 yrs..
I've gone from 62.5kgs down to 56kg's😞went and got all fluid released and I'm still struggling to still keep anything down at all even water. Hopefully my band hasn't slipped!!!!
It's hard coz my OB has said at the moment the weight loss isn't to concerning for the baby's health and growth at this stage but if I continue to lose weight then it is...I'll need to be hospitalized on fluids..tell all is this coming weeks ultrasound, hopefully bub is just sucking everything from me and growing healthy
...If the fluid doesn't work then it might mean surgery to remove the band...
Lap band Dr thinks that it's my morning sickness that's caused my ban to slip... And guess what it did SLIP
I'm currently in the Wesley Hospital Brisbane
19wks pregnant and recovering from my surgery to reposition my Band and stop the yukky acid reflux I was getting... Best thing is now I can eat again but that is limited to crappy sloppy fluids and soup only... I am starving I haven't eaten in like 2 weeks and all I get at the moment is this....
07-01-2013 16:49 #67
Inked Mumma, I've been sleeved for 16 months now and am so happy I chose to do it!
I guess I chose to have WLS because... what else was I going to do? I kept thinking, honestly, what would change in my life that would somehow make me actually succeed in losing (and then maintaining that loss) weight? I'd already done a billion things... and some worked, but never long-term (because I'd go back to old habits and regain)... and they were costly and hard because it was ENDLESS.
My blood pressure was my main health issue... it was 200/120, which is pretty damn high. The doctors (who were idiots) kept saying that I should be in medication for it, but were hesitant to put me on it because of my age (24 at the time this all happened). I saw THREE different doctors about it, and one sent me off for a bunch of tests to see what might be causing it... and of course they all told me to lose weight... but honestly... telling me to lose weight meant nothing because I'd been wanting to for years anyway (I've never been small - I'm not someone who just packed it all on after having kids or something)... but nothing was working.
So I admitted defeat. I needed to do that to accept WLS as an option I think. I needed to realise that I kind of suck at losing weight and keeping it off, and that unless some sort of miracle happened, I'd probably continue to remain the same weight, or, more likely, get even heavier. Instead of waiting for that miracle to happen, I MADE it happen.
Originally I considered the band. It was the main one I'd heard about... I think most people have heard of it. But then I bumped into anewme here on BH, and read her story. She'd had the sleeve, something I'd never heard of it... and so I inquired. What was this sleeve? What was life like after it? Etc etc.
I asked her... and also googled my backside off.
In the end, I was looking at sleeve or band (I didn't bother with bypass too much - I was interested in that, and it seems to be reserved as a more extreme option for people who were much heavier than I was). My googling taught me one major thing: Banders were, overall, not that happy with their band. Life was not easy with it. There were constant problems with fills, slipping, eroding their stomach, needing replacing, etc. Some had only lost 15kg in many years. Some couldn't eat anything but junk food. Some were able to "cheat" the band by having foods that easily slip through - high-calorie drinks, ice-cream, chocolate, etc. Yet these people could binge on that, but things like salad and meats would get "stuck." I didn't want my life to be about that.
Then, another thing, was that a lot of the banders were getting their bands out and either getting a sleeve or having bypass. To me, this said the band didn't work. If people were living with it, having limited success and then replacing it with something else... why bother with it at all?
The sleeve info I discovered was totally different. The most common thing I was reading was, "I LOVE MY SLEEVE!" If people who are living with it, love it, then that was pretty good for me. I mean, obviously scientific research needs to be considered somewhat... but since I was going to live with it, I needed to be happy with making that decision.
And I am.
I've gone from about a size 22, to a size 12. I am THRILLED with my weight loss, and my blood pressure? It's normal now.
I eat whatever I want - but in small amounts. Don't be fooled into thinking that it's just "get an op and go," because it's harder than that. Your main focus, for the rest of your life, after having a sleeve, is protein. You NEED to get enough protein in, because the only way to get protein supplements are food supplements, not pills... and if you don't get enough, your body will eat its muscle, not its fat. So... it's all about protein. Avoiding excess carbs is also a pretty big sleever thing. I still eat bread and pasta... but I only eat a little, and not often. Some don't eat these things at all.
My tastes have changed too - so while a Quarter Pounder was previously like an orgasm for my mouth... it's now absolutely vile and something I would never willingly choose to eat. Which is sometimes annoying, when I remember how yummy they used to be... but it's good, because yummy foods are clearly my enemy... they're what made me fat. I actually like fruit and awful lot since my operation... so even my "treats" (since fruit isn't protein) are good for me with all their nutrients.
I'll still eat chocolate and rubbish on occasion, but not regularly (except, um... maybe over Christmas... lol).
I've been sitting at this weight for several months now, and know that I'm happy here. I could lose more... but only if I really pushed myself and at the moment, I'm happy enough to just be sitting around 71kg. My body fat percentage is great too - it's perfectly normal and about where it should be... and my waist measurement is also great. It used to be 101.5cm around... now I'm 75cm around my middle. Under the 'danger' zone of 80cm at the waist. My BMI is still overweight though, but it's better than the "morbidly obese," it used to be.
Here's a pic of me... today a few weeks before my surgery, and then today (I was trying on a new dress, and taking photos for my blog):
My results are also not as impressive as some! I started out at 107.2kg, but there are sleever friends of my mine who have lost over 100kg... so obviously their pics are WAY more impressive! lol. But still, it illustrates that the sleeve does work.
07-01-2013 16:53 #68
I was with HCF, Top Hospital.
07-01-2013 17:14 #69
You look awesome Sassy!
Would I be able to read your blog please? I've been googling about the sleeve and the band after reading your post, I agree with you most people are unhappy with their bands.
07-01-2013 17:38 #70
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