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  1. Gastric Sleeve Surgery Forums

    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.

    143,313 topics / 1,640,328 replies
  2. Gastric Bypass Surgery Forums

    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.

    30,275 topics / 356,920 replies
  3. LAP-BAND Surgery Forums

    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!

    159,872 topics / 1,784,424 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.

    138 topics / 1,385 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.

    496 topics / 5,720 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.

    700 topics / 6,086 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.

    123 topics / 1,350 replies
  8. General Weight Loss Surgery Forums

    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.

    45,137 topics / 679,389 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!

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  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

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  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.

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  12. Fitness & Exercise

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

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  13. Plastic & Reconstructive 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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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!

    NOTE:  You must be 18 months post-op to participate in the WLS Veterans's Forum.

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  19. Rants & Raves

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!**

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  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!

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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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    • CarolinaGirl5192

      ONDERLAND!! Finally! It feels awesome!!
      It's been a journey with bumps, but learning how to be a healthy person. Remember that every day is a new day and to just move forward. The bumps, turns and sometimes pot holes are all a part of your journey.  Journal, journal, journal! Know what you are putting into your body. Still have 24 more to go but feeling blessed and determined!
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    • Daisy30uk

      Hi, my name is Karen and I had my bypass surgery on October 11th 2017. I had been researching various kinds of weight loss surgery for a while, first in the UK where I was born and lived until 7 years ago, and then in the US. I first looked at the band back in 2008 but the process in the UK was long and expensive and my bariatric surgeon was very unfriendly and very conceited. I had to put things on hold when we decided to make the move to the US and it took some time to get life set up here. In 2013 I broke my knee - the tibial plateau in particular, and was not allowed to weight bear for nearly 12 weeks. Of course, I packed on more pounds during that time and even worse, the rehabilitation from that injury was made significantly harder by being morbidly obese. In 2015 I decided that I had had enough and I contacted a surgeon in the local area. I started the process to get approved by insurance and part of that was a six month supervised diet. During that time I lost over 50 lbs and the nutritionist encouraged me to carry on losing by myself without the surgery. That worked for a while, but stress and going back to work meant a return to my old habits and the weight soon came back. Before I could put all of those 50 lbs back on, I got back in contact with my surgeon as I had decided that I really could not do this on my own. Insurance accepted my six months supervised weight loss from the previous attempt so all I had to do was get the psych evaluation done again plus an EGD. That surprisingly took way longer than I imagined since the surgeon's office managed to mess up both appointments plus leave me out of pocket for the psych eval. Anyway, my papers finally got submitted this September, insurance approved me within 4 days and surgery took place just over six weeks ago. I am down 31 lbs from my highest weight and 23 lbs from my surgery weight and feeling so much better already. My now arthritic knee (from the break) is benefiting from the weight loss and clothes that had once again become too tight to wear are now fitting nicely again. It's early days but I am happy with how things are going!
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      1. karen_marie

        Congrats on your success thus far!

    • nelsonglo122

      Surgery date is Dec 5th
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    • LaLaDee

      I've lost 34 kilograms but it sounds better as 75 pounds. Maybe the Americans are onto something!
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    • Newme69

      Pre-op diet starts Monday 20 and Thanksgiving non Thursday, I don't know how this is going to work.
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      1. shedo82773

        I'm so glad this helped you. Another thing "Take it one day at a time"!!! Just think you are getting so close to your journey. Keep on doing it for yourself!!!

      2. JadeVT

        It's a lot easier than you think, trust! I would do the trusty Premier Protein for Breakfast and Lunch (with water (flavored/unflavored in between both meals and after), then for dinner, I didn't have to worry about cooking too much, b/c I made broth. I have this amazing Asian Thai-Flavored Chicken broth that is absolutely delicious if you want the recipe! :) After my broth, I had a SF popsicle and a SF Jello, and I was full and good to go.

        Don't listen to the negative people that talk about it being "miserable", it's not. It's only miserable if you think it is. It's actually pretty freeing. Like, you know you're going to stick to it, so the free food at work or the fast food places on the way home don't bother you. You'll start looking forward to the broth lol. Not to mention, you will see weight come off and feel so much better. Also, this will prepare you for your Post-Op eating (which for a while, will be just liquids) and that will be a breeze.

        You got this, don't worry about the holidays or whatever, just focus on the goal. :)

        BTW, I stuck to mine and lost 33lbs in 2 weeks.

      3. Newme69

        Wow, great job. Thanks for the advise. I sure would like the recipe for the broth. To be honest, I'm not really feeling this holiday. I'm looking forward to my new beginnings. I hope my experience is similar to yours.

      4. JadeVT

        Thai Inspired Chicken Broth

        • 1 tsp of Better Than Bouilion Roasted Chicken paste (little goes a long way)
        • 2.5 cups of water
        • dash of lime juice (RealLime brand is what I use)
        • 1 tbsp of Huy Fong Chili Garlic Paste (not Sriracha in the tube....it has sugar -- I've attached a photo for reference) - optional
        • 1 small dash of soy sauce (low sodium)
        • 1 dash of garlic powder/onion powder (no salt)
        • 1 scoop of kimchee - strained out after cooking -- also optional

        Try it out and tell me how it goes. You could also do a Thanksgiving inspired chicken broth with some seasonings like Rosemary and Sage. :D

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      5. Newme69

        Thank you so much......☺:)

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