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Weight loss Surgery for dummies?

Started by aslimmerme, May 01, 2011 6:53 PM
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Posted May 1, 2011 - 6:53 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm three months away from my surgery and I had someone mention a book called weight loss surgery for dummies. Just curious, have any of you read this book? Is it worth the purchase? Thanks in advance!


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Posted May 1, 2011 - 7:24 PM

I bought a used copy from ebay and read the whole thing over a weekend. I wouldn't spend the money. There is way better information for us here. I got it when I first began researching all surgeries and have honestly gotten way more from internet research and since making my decision to get the sleeve, this has been the very best place (I've also looked at gastricsleeve.com). I loaned it to a friend and don't care if i ever see it again..


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Posted May 1, 2011 - 7:56 PM

Agree with treequeen. I think my $$may have been better spent on a cookbook for sleevers!



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Posted May 2, 2011 - 12:01 AM


I thought that much, but I just wanted to be sure.


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Posted May 2, 2011 - 3:53 AM

Yep I have that book. It's a good reference but things are actually a bit out dated. Also - not much info for sleevers in there as most of the book is geared towards RNY. Don't waste your money.


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Posted May 2, 2011 - 10:32 AM

That book was my very first step into looking into WLS. There is a lot of good info in it, but I have learned A LOT more from VST and YouTube. Also, I agree with doggz109, there is about one paragraph in it that explains the sleeve.


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Posted May 2, 2011 - 4:42 PM

I got it used on amazon for little of nothing. I like having it for reference. I think I got it for 99 cents and then a few dollars shipping. To me, it was worth it, I was so excited about the surgery, I wanted to read anything and everything I could get my hands on. Much of it was stuff I had read elsewhere, but It was something I could "hold" and highlight. It's up to you.....for $4, I wasn't out much.


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Posted May 3, 2011 - 5:30 AM

The book was OK -- I agree with the earlier post - it's more for the RNY. Check it out from your library, that's what I did and I'm glad I didn't waste my money.

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