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25-08-2014 22:14 #31
26-08-2014 22:25 #32Senior Member
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I had the sleeve done oct 2013 fantastic and had an amazing surgeon have now lost 35 kilos and couldnt be healthier!!!
The day after surgery I was up at 7am and walked around the ward circuit and completed my on the hour exercise comfortably x 10.
The nurses wanted to send me home a day early, recovery fine post I wish the govt could fund many patients like us to start a new life.
Sugar is something which so doesn't fill you up try and avoid at all costs!!!!!
27-08-2014 06:58 #33
My hubby had it done 18 months ago hes gone from 150kg to 80kg in that time. He goes to the gym 6 times a week and recently ran the city to surf in 70 minutes. He was also a heavy drinker pre op and hasn't touched alcohol in nearly two years. Very proud. He's very strict with his food he eats too, but is at the stage now he will occasionally have a little treat.
we were about $10000 all up out of pocket, but hubby had some complications afterwards and had two further ops, one to repair a hernia and he also had a pacemaker installed.
He's on a Aussie facebook page that's great. There's a lot of people who are just considering.
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27-08-2014 08:55 #34
28-08-2014 10:20 #35
I'm so happy to hear all the success stories but my sister has had nothing but problems with it and 3 subsequent surgeries to fix the issues
28-08-2014 10:55 #36
Lilypilly with the band or sleeve?
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28-08-2014 11:07 #37
Mmmm, I have mixed reviews for the sleeve. My DH had it done at 210kgs & did get down to 120, which was the lightest he'd been since he was 16. However in the 5 years since the surgery he has regained 25kgs. So is now back to 145kgs. Which I know is still smaller than 210kgs, but 145 is still no light weight. He can basically eat normal meal sizes now, so obviously the pouch has stretched. My mother in law had the sleeve done after the gastric band dug into her & she had to have it removed. She has gone from 125kgs to 98kgs in just under a year. However, she has had complications with her blood sugar, which apparently can be a rare side effect of the sleeve. She spent 2 weeks in hospital while they worked out that some part of the way the sleeve works affects her insulin production so she now has severe hypos where her blood sugar drops to under 1 & she loses consciousness. It's very serious. She also has trouble eating more than a few mouthfuls in a meal. She can't eat fruit or veggies other than mashed or in a soup.
I think in the end there is never any easy way to lose weight, I have the band & went from 165kgs down to 105kgs & swore I would never out the weight back on... 8 years later & I'm at 139kgs. Admittedly I have hashimotos, PCOS & am on mood stabilisers ( all which contribute to gain) but I don't know that I'd recommend any surgery to anyone based on the results I've seen. I think if you're really in the right head space & have a healthy relationship with food then they can help. Like ZE said, they're a tool. But in the end a tool is only as effective as the person using it & if your relationship with food & your body isn't fixed then it will fail in the long run. Just my experience, I'd love to be able to say it works & makes weight loss easy, but that's now what I see. Good luck x
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28-08-2014 11:14 #38
28-08-2014 11:25 #39
What problems is she having? Has she lost any weight from it?
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28-08-2014 11:31 #40
She has about 30kg in 3 months. She couldn't stop vomiting after the surgery, they didn't connect the oesophagus to the stomach right and food couldn't get through. She could only drink for about 4 weeks and the weight fell off. Then the same thing happened and they had to re wire the exit from her stomach. Now she can eat again but she has violent episodes of spewing which they really don't know why. She's now sensitive to gluten and dairy and sugar and still can't eat properly and is very undernourished which is feeding her anxiety and its all a bit of a mess really. We didn't want her to get it done as its major surgery. She did all the research and decided to go ahead but I know now she is wishing maybe she shouldn't have had it done.
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