Anyone out there had weight loss surgery and been successful? I had the lap band would 10 years ago bit have now put all my weight back on. Took me 9 months to lose 60kgs but unfortunately I put it all back on steadily. I have sevetal health issues. ..pcos/IR/hormone imbalances. I out weight in easily but it's hatd to take it off. I am delusional in thinking I can do it without any sort of extra intervention. I don't want another surgery. .I've had 3...2 x band because it slipped 4 6 years later and a cesarean.
I'm finding everyday things really hard to do as well and desperately want another baby or 2.
I've looked up gastric sleeve...has anyone dobe this? It seems like they cut a part of your stomach out...so no gireign objects in your body. ..tgen 2nd stage is re-routing your intestines so your diet is basically mal absorption. .wher you don't absorb alot of calories.
Please offer any other suggestions
I have a huge problem worth food. ..the sleeve doesn't seem to limit you to what you can eat but how much.
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13-08-2013 23:54 #1
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14-08-2013 00:14 #2
There's a few sleevers here and I actually admin a FB group with over 800 sleevers and potential sleevers as members.
I'm very happy with my sleeve. I've been sleeved almost 2 years now. Haven't lost anything in quite so time but am happy where I am and not actively trying to lose anymore.
I have noticed that ex banders often have slower results than first time wls patients. They still lose though and have awesome results!
I don't like the duodenal switch personally... The idea of malabsorption freaks me out. Sure, you don't absorb fat but you also have issues absorbing the good stuff!
The sleeve doesn't control what you eat but you are required to eat a fair whack of protein per day, and I found that my tastes changed at least for the first year. I tend to prefer lots of fish and red meat now too... I didn't pre sleeve. Im also not interested in eating endless amounts of chocolate and take away has generally lost a lot of appeal.
I am able to eat everything just in quite small amounts now. You know 200mL? That's how much my stomach volume is now... So even finishing off an up n go popper takes a while... I take 20 mins to drink one on the way to work. Pre op that was a few microseconds. Lol.
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14-08-2013 00:39 #3
Thanks for that Sassymummy...I appreciate you sharing that with me. What about food wise? How much food can you eat in a meal?
I'm scared that doing this will put me in the same place as I am now....I did read though that that it does reduce your hunger naturally....which sounds like it did for you!
Now with the band I just cant eat hard fruits like apples and be careful eating stuff like carrots or it gets stuck.
Do u mix food and liquids? Right now I cheat...I eat and drink together so I can easily eat about 6 slices of a large pizza as long as I drink at same time.
I got a referal to go back to the hospital I went to last time the band slipped. I didn't pay anything because it was public and an emergency. ..I couldn't eat. I don't know how long the wait is now either.
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14-08-2013 00:57 #4Junior Member
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I had a similar journey to you. I started with a band, lost 50kgs, it slipped, I gained it all back and a little bit more.
I was desperate to have children with my Husband and spent 6 years actively trying. We went to a fertility specialist and I was told they would not take me on as a patient because I was too fat. What a humiliating wake-up call.
I decided to have the useless band taken out and the undergo the sleeving procedure. Band came out which was quiet painful. Id say more painful than the actual sleeving procedure itself.
12 weeks later I had the sleeve done. I have now lost 72 kilos, have gone from a size 28 to a size 12 and am finally 14 weeks pregnant with our first child....naturally
My only regret is not doing it 10 years ago!
It is a much more pleasant feeling when eating than the band and You can eat what you want but in smaller quanities however, due to the fact we can only eat a small amount of food, the food we do eat needs to be nutritious or you have a domino effect with your health and energy levels.
I too had a problem with food. This is a forced lifestyle change. The best advice I can give you is only do it if you are prepared to have a nutritious diet afterwards, forever.
Remember your stomach pouch can stretch if you abuse your food intake. They recommend undergoing therapy in conjunction
Good luck and God bless you
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14-08-2013 00:57 #5
Also can your stomach stretch if you try to eat too much? Or is it impossible for it to be stretched??
I'm convinced mine has because I can eat so much
14-08-2013 04:26 #6
I haven't had the sleeve, I've still got the band. I've had one slippage and it was an emergency but got it replaced and I haven't had an issue since and steadily lost weight after I had it replaced. I did change surgeons however as I consider the first surgeon to be an absolute money hungry butcher!
It sounds to me that 1) there is a percentage of people who the band just doesn't work for and you fall into this category or 2) there's an issue with the adjustment of your band. There's no way you should be able to eat that much, even cheating with drinking. I rarely get through two pieces. Prior to having it loosened, I couldn't eat pizza at all. Mines loosened now because I'm pg and wanted to avoid another slippage with morning sickness etc.
Have you been to have it more restricted? Which state are you in OP?
14-08-2013 11:06 #7
Thanks for that preggasarah. Wow 72 kilos!!! How long did it take you yo lose that! ?
I think I definitely need to have therapy. I want to be able to eat large quantities if I feel like it. That's how bad my relationship with food is. I do eat when I'm not hungry but I wouldn't push my self to the point where I'd be sick.
Could I say eat a sandwich? Like a salad sandwich?
14-08-2013 11:17 #8
Bunnylover I've only got 3ml I think in. The night I had my slippage was awful. I was bringing up alot of saliva and trying to vomit. We were at a restaurant when my band slipped and had to leave and go straight to the hospital. I had an awful nights sleep and that morning the doc started the process to have it replaced.
I'm so fearful of having it slipping again. The week after my recovery too was the last week of my contract at work so I had taken 2 wks off work already. ..I think it contributed to me not having my contact renewed. It really cut deep because they employed someone from a completely different background when I was already in the job! !
I'm in Melbourne.
14-08-2013 11:32 #9
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14-08-2013 11:53 #10
How much I eat tends to differ day-to-day and what I eat now and what I could eat in the first few months post-op are not the same...
I could usually manage a vegemite sandwich minus crusts in a sitting now. If it's a ham, cheese and tomato sandwich or something though, I could do half a sandwich in a sitting. I don't usually finish a whole tub of yoghurt. I can do about 5 prawns.
I can eat all types of foods, except foods that I had issues with pre-op. I can definitely eat apple and raw carrot and steak and such. Nothing can "get stuck," with the sleeve because it still works just like a normal stomach... just much littler.
As for eating too much... it's really really hard to I've found. Apart from being extremely painful if you eat too much, you just throw it back up. There's no room for it, so it comes right back up and out. Post-op spewing is so dry and disgusting (not really liquid like before) that you do whatever you can to avoid it. You tend not to overeat because it's just so uncomfortable... and pre-op I was the type who would keep stuffing food in despite feeling sick and not even enjoying it anymore.. even when I was full... but this is so much different to being "full" before the op. It feels different.
You CAN stretch the sleeve, but I honestly think you'd need to be very dedicated to stretching it in order to get to that point. It would require endless painful eating.
Some people who are very heavy pre-op require a re-sleeve as well, as their pre-op tummy was so stretched pre-op that the restriction was never the same as a sleever with a smaller starting weight. For example, a sleever friend started somewhere around 250kg. He lost 100kg, was re-sleeved and has lost a fair bit more since. I wouldn't need a re-sleeve because I was never that heavy.
You do have to eat differently - it's all about protein at first, and that can suck and it's annoying that things like fruit become a treat... but you get used to it. After a while you're able to eat a bit more and can fit fruit and veg and whatnot in a little more. Now I just eat like a normal person... just a lot less food.
It's become the new normal for me.
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