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  1. Gastric Sleeve Surgery Forum

    In a gastric sleeve surgery or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), the surgeon removes most of your stomach and forms the rest into a tube-shaped sleeve from your throat to your small intestine. These forums are for sleevers, potential sleevers and revisional sleevers! Talk about the VSG diet, nutritional supplements, weight loss and sleeve complications.

    134,161 topics / 1,546,072 replies
  2. Gastric Bypass Surgery Forum

    The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is restrictive and malabsorptive. You get a smaller stomach pouch, which attaches lower down your small intestine. In these forums, talk about dumping syndrome, nutrient deficiencies, weight loss, the bypass diet and complications. Forums are for pre-WLS patients and those already have the RYGB.

    27,564 topics / 333,835 replies
  3. LAP-BAND Surgery Forum

    The adjustable gastric band (LAP-BAND) is a less invasive type of weight loss surgery that works through restricting your stomach size. Discuss LAP-BAND related topics such as fills, LAP-BAND diets, nutritional supplements, complications and band over bypass. Share your experiences and be supportive!

    159,532 topics / 1,783,063 replies
  4. Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery Forum

    Like the full gastric bypass, the mini gastric bypass (omega loop) surgery is restrictive from a smaller stomach pouch and malabsorptive from bypassing the first part of the small intestine. The difference is in the way the stomach pouch attaches to the small intestine. Use these forums to discuss the procedure, diet, risks, and weight loss.

    94 topics / 1,022 replies
  5. Duodenal Switch Surgery Forum

    The Duodenal Switch (BPD-DS) surgery reduces the size of your stomach size, divides your small intestine and redirects food so nutrient absorption decreases. These forums are for Duodenal Switch Surgery patients and those considering the surgery to talk about weight loss, diets, challenges, triumphs and complications.

    329 topics / 3,780 replies
  6. Gastric Plication Surgery Forum

    In sleeve plication (or gastric plication) most of your stomach pouch is folded away, leaving a sleeve from the throat to intestine. These forums are for talking about the sleeve plication procedure and recovery, diet, complications and weight loss.

    682 topics / 5,889 replies
  7. Gastric Balloon Forum

    The gastric balloon is an alternative to weight loss surgery for lower-BMI patients. It is an inflatable silicone balloon that helps fill the stomach so patients can eat less food and lose weight. This tool is scheduled for FDA approval in 2014 as nonsurgical tool to treat extreme obesity. Some examples of gastric balloons currently offered outside the USA are Easy Life, Duo by Reshape, Medsil, Allurion, Spatz, Endoball and Obalon.

    100 topics / 1,206 replies
  8. General Weight Loss Surgery Forum

    Talk about anything related to weight loss surgery, such as choosing a surgery and surgeon, preparing for surgery, pre-surgery and post-surgery diets, food & nutrition, weight loss, exercise, cosmetic and reconstructive Surgery, and mental challenges. Exchange recipes, find weight loss surgery buddies, get exercise advice, ask about cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and share your weight loss surgery story! Also contains the Duodenal Switch and Gastric Plication Surgery Forums.

    43,094 topics / 653,829 replies
  9. General Weight Loss Surgery Discussions

    Talk about anything related to weight loss surgery, such as choosing a surgery and surgeon, preparing for surgery, pre-surgery and post-surgery diets, weight loss, exercise and mental challenges. Exchange recipes, find weight loss surgery buddies, get exercise advice, ask about cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and share your weight loss surgery story!

  10. Mexico & Self-Pay Weight Loss Surgery

    A forum for discussing travel to Mexico to have Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass or another type of Weight Loss Surgery, as well as for discussing self-pay for weight loss surgery


  11. Food and Nutrition

    This forum is for questions about food and nutrition before and after all types of surgeries. Check out the sub-forums to see if there is a more specific place for your post, to help people find information more easily.

  12. Fitness & Exercise

    This forum is devoted to discussions, questions, and answers dealing with fitness and exercise, routines, habits, etc.

  13. Plastic Surgery

    Congratulations on achieving or approaching your goal weight! Are you thinking about skin removal, cosmetic, or reconstructive surgery? This is the forum dedicated to discussing tummy tucks, brachioplasty (arm lift), mastopexy (breast lift), and inner thigh lifts, and other cosmetic procedures after losing a lot of weight with weight loss surgery.

  14. Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual Health and Wellness

    Weight loss is an inside job. This forum is for providing and receiving encouragement, information, inspiration, and tools to help you navigate the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your weight loss journey.

  15. Don't Sweat the Stall Stuff

    Has your weight loss slowed or come to a complete stop? Are you frustrated because the scale isn't moving? This is the forum to discuss the infamous "STALL" and get the support you need to get through it.

  16. Maintenance Forums

    Congratulations on hitting your goal weight! Now the journey continues as you keep up those good habits and learn how to keep the pounds off for good. This forum is for discussing anything related to maintenance, from recipes and strategies to struggles and triumphs. If you’re getting close to goal weight, use this forum to find out what need to know about the transition to maintenance.

  17. Regain and Back-on-Track (NEW!)

    Some WLS patients say losing weight is the easy part. Keeping the weight is the hard part. If you have experienced weight regain after losing weight after WLS, this is the place to talk about why the pounds came back on and how you can get them off again. It could be related to diet, exercise, attitude, or something else!

  18. WLS Veteran's Forum

    Been around BariatricPal for a while? Then chat with other old-timers who also know the drill! Sometimes it just feels more comfortable to kick back and shoot the breeze with familiar faces. So, come on into the Vets Forum for some serious WLS talk or just to hang out. We're old pals here!

  19. Rants & Raves

    Want debate? Get it here. Gripe, complain, moan, fight, rant and rave. Enter at your own risk!

  20. The Lounge

    This forum is for general conversation, sharing interests, having a laugh or discussing anything not specifically related to Weight Loss Surgery surgery.

  21. Powder Room - Ladies Gone Wild

    This is a place for ladies to discuss everything from Weight Loss Surgery complications, diet, and concerns, to any other off-topic subjects.

  22. The Guys’ Room

    This is a place for men to discuss everything from Weight Loss Surgery complications, diet, and concerns, to any other off-topic subjects.

  23. Where Venus and Mars Collide

    Do you want to discuss ADULT subject matter with both genders? Questions about love, relationships, intimacy, and general off-topic chat welcome. Get the thoughts and opinions of both men and women here! Please note that there is a singles room if you are looking for love, this is not that place. **You must be 18 to enter!**

  24. Singles Forum

    Looking for that special someone? Once you start on your weight loss surgery journey, everything from your lifestyle to your body to the way you think about yourself and the world changes. Here is a forum to meet other weight loss surgery singles who know what you’re going through and who are have the same health goals and lifestyle as you do. Have fun!

  25. Special Needs Forum

    We all have special needs…but some of us have certain challenges that make the “regular” WLS advice more difficult to follow. The challenges can be age, living in a rural community without many structured options, or having specific health conditions that interfere with diet or exercise. This is the forum to talk about them and exchange ideas!

  26. Family and Friends

    Supporting a weight loss surgery (WLS) patient through his or her weight loss journey can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging. The journey is long and bumpy. These forums are where you can find other spouses, other family members, and friends to offer encouragement and advice as you support your loved one through his or her journey.

  27. BariatricPal Local Chapters

    Visit our NEW Local Chapter Directory


    Use these forums to find out about meetings in your area and contact your Local Chapter leaders. Keep up with your BariatricPal Local Chapter friends in between your regular face-to-face group meetings, and find out what other BariatricPal Local Chapter groups are up to.

  28. BariatricPal Polls

    Welcome to the BariatricPal Polls forum! There'll be a new polls regularly so you can cast your vote and add to the conversation to explain your vote. You also get to see how the other BariatricPal members voted. Come let us know what you think! If you have an idea for a poll, please post it below!

  29. Other Types of Weight Loss Surgery & Procedures

    The Gastric Plication (sleeve plication or greater curvature plication), Duodenal Switch (DS), Mini Gastric Bypass (MGB), Gastric Balloon (intragastric balloon), and other Endolumenal Bariatric procedures are also options for treating obesity. This is where you can talk about these weight loss surgeries and procedures. Share your experiences and ask questions in these forums!

  30. Weight Loss Medications

    Are you using weight loss medications or are thinking about using them? Have you tried them before? This is the forum where you can talk about side effects, weight loss results, new drugs, and anything else related to using weight loss medications such as orlistat, lorcaserin, phentermine, and others.

  31. Clothing and Goods Exchange

    Have clothes that are too big? Need smaller clothes? This is the forum to post your clothing needs in. Extra vitamins, protein powders and bars ? Bariatric Books ? Lets help one another out as we progress through our weight loss journeys by saving money and exchanging clothes and bariatric related goods with one another. No commercial postings, please.

  32. BariatricPal en Español! (Nuevo!)

    Bienvenido a los foros de BariatricPal! Aquí se puede hablar de temas relacionadas con la cirugía de pérdida de peso. Discute las etapas de la dieta posoperatoria, su elección del cirujano, las luchas mentales del viaje de pérdida de peso, y cualquier cosa que está en su mente. No hay que estar solo cuando se someta a la cirugía para perder peso!

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    • Karazona

      Wahoo! I just had my 3rd pre-op nutrition appt. and I'm -20lbs! I REALLY need to increase my exercise if anybody has any motivational tips.
      · 3 replies
      1. Newme17

        Wow! 20lbs is awesome.  Great job! What changes have you made to get that loss? I'll have my second apt tomorrow but am not expecting a loss--simply for the weight training that I've been doing.  Depends on what exercise you've been doing, if cardio, then add in some weights.  Build that muscle, it'll burn the fat and change your body shape too. :)

      2. Karazona

        Most of my changes are nutritional. I have been adding the treadmill and recumbent bike into the mix but not nearly enough. It seems like I have a lot of excuses and little action. What's worse it that I OWN both pieces of machinery and never have to leave my home to use them!!! I really shouldn't have any excuses at all, yet I do. "It's lonely down there" "There's a dead mouse in a trap (occasionally)" "This music sucks". I'm in some sort of funk I can't shake it seems. I don't know how to get out of my own head! 

      3. Newme17

        That's great actually. Because I've learned over 80% of our physique is due to our diets anyway. I just made small changes, mostly just replacing breakfast with a protein shake, whether I make it or drink a pre-made. I try to make sure most snacks are high protein. Haven't mastered sipping water and not drinking it with meals though. Oh, and haven't totally let go of my coffee either. I have a couple of months to get things straight. I hear you on the exercise equipment. I never enjoyed working out at home though. So I opt for the gym. Currently I'm out of commission due to a shoulder injury (someone backed their car in to me--literally). Hopefully it helps quick so I can get back to weights. 

        (Blowing whistle like a super disciplined coach) 📢🚴🏽‍♀️🏋🏽‍♀️No more excuses!!! Ride that bike! Do those weights!!! I know you've got it in you!! Don't quit on yourself!!!!! You can do this!!!!! 😂 

        blessings on your journey hon! 

    • shull1105

      What a ride...and I haven't even begun. I was encouraged to learn that I'm not the only one that thought of gaining weight and putting weights in my pockets and slouching so that my BMI will be 40 so insurance will cover my sleeve surgery...any creativity for those things is welcome. I have eaten myself sick...Ive gained almost 20 pounds already...and it will be weigh in time on the 6th. Time to move forward and get on with it!!
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    • AmiLou

      Hello everyone.  I haven't been here in a while.  It's been eight months since my surgery.  I am down 70 lbs and went from an 18/20 to a size 10.  I am going to the gym three times a week and trying to walk everyday with weather permitting.  I feel good!  I am no longer obese... just overweight.  If I could get rid of the arm, leg, and belly flab I would feel like a sexy senior citizen! lol
      · 2 replies
      1. TracyBar

        Wow - you've made some incredible changes!  70 lbs. is a lot!  I'm 55 and seeing a surgeon this week and nervous!  The whole prospect of this surgery has me freaked out.  I guess because it means an enormous change to my lifestyle and at 55 I'm pretty used to who I am and how I live, etc.  Not that change isn't a good thing - I'm open to that - but surgery!  That's a BIG step for me.  I struggle with having elective surgery when I have no pre-existing conditions due to weight.  But I know that it's only a matter of time, and likely not much more time, before those conditions will be present.  I need to abort that!  I have a young daughter to raise still - I need to be healthy for her, and me.  The stretched out skin is making me worried too!  But weighing less is so much healthier. Congrats on your achievement  :-)

      2. AmiLou

        @TracyBar You sound just like me!  I have not had surgeries to speak of but was pre-diabetic and a genetically inclined to have heart problems.  My cholesterol was through the roof.  Aging is difficult on it's own!  I have been going to the gym regularly, however, there is a good possibility that your skin will get a little saggy.  I had a pretty good double chin so the excess skin on my neck is not especially pretty but not all that bad.  I love the loose skin in comparison to the fat!  Good luck with your surgery.  You won't regret it!

    • My Bariatric Life

      Have an awesome day, everyone! This is going to be great!
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    • Newme17

      NUT appt Wed morn...2 more to go!
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