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.

    141,610 topics / 1,622,080 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.

    29,750 topics / 351,817 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!

    159,810 topics / 1,784,170 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.

    134 topics / 1,338 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.

    469 topics / 5,356 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.

    696 topics / 6,082 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.

    120 topics / 1,335 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.

    44,759 topics / 674,084 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!

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

  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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    • Topix10

      I am 5 days into my Pre-op diet and i have had slip ups every day. They have not been fatty food and very small portions. I have a family so when preparing meals it is very challenging for me. I read that it was ok to eat sardines so i do but only once since i started my diet. I am loosing weight so that is a good sign. During the day I am so busy that i sometimes forget to drink my liquids, i feel that nights are the hardest for me because i have to make dinner and lunch for the kids. 
      · 1 reply
      1. Loot Lady

        You can buy ziploc bags in the shape of a freezie and add 0 calorie drink flavours (cool aid etc) and I hate the shakes, so I lived off optifast shake cookies (add 1 egg white and 1 cup splenda) and bake for 10 min, at 350) it just adds 10 calories and adds protein. You can have as many freezies as you want in the evening. I am post surgery and still have them as a treat and helps to get my water in.

    • Jodie B

      I'm going to France in the next few months to have surgery. I'm undecided on whether to go for a Lap band or a Mini gastric bypass. Could I please get some advice on both - recovery times, loses, long term weight loss etc.
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    • StephersSweet

      So I'm terrified of what's going to happen to my tattoos after I have my surgery.
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    • IdontWant2beAfatty

      3 days and I will be a full month POST OP, I am down 43lbs and on my stahl currently.. Still having a hard time with my protein but Im pushing myself to make sure I can get enough in for the day.. I have been learning what it is like to NOT eat due to my feelings (its been hard) but Im learning that not every feeling means I have a excuse to shovel fat in my face  currently I have started expressing myself threw my pen and paper... I no that its a much healthier way of dealing with the stress that is in my life. I HOWEVER am ready to start regular foods, I like to freeze my shakes into ice cream and eat it with a spoon but I would give anything to just have some regular High protein foods, a couple more weeks and then that will be something I will be ready for, this week I start some strength training me and the gym will get a long well this journey is crazy but I am making it <3
      · 2 replies
      1. Loot Lady

        Hi - be careful with the strength training... I was reminded by my body and my nurse that I have had major surgery and cannot join the gym for 5 months! I had lifted just a couple of light boxes and ended up in great pain. You need time to heal - just walk, walk and walk. I was told NO resistance training, none, no weights etc. I have made the mistake of moving boxes more than once and paid dearly each time. So check with your doctor/nurse before starting any exercises. I struggle with protein too but it has gotten better now that I am 7 weeks out - eating chicken & protein bars very slowly with many chews.

      2. IdontWant2beAfatty

        Thank you <3 I have to not do major strength training until a full 6 weeks out so I have a couple more weeks, I do walk every single day and do stairs and other things to keep me motivated :)

    • Berry78

      Today is a special day!  I'm 6 months and 3 days postop, and the scale now reads the same weight I was when I graduated from High School (215)!  Ok, so .. yes, I was fat when I was 17!  Lol.  After graduating, I started dieting, and so from the ages of 18 to 23, I usually weighed somewhere between 145 and 200.  But after turning 23 and having had 3 pregnancies, I never got back down to onederland... (I'm almost 39 now).  
      · 3 replies
      1. FluffyChix

        Congrats to you!! That's fantastic news. Doesn't it feel great? :460_circus_tent:

      2. Loot Lady

        That is great news. an inspiration. Now if I can just figure out how to change my weight status on this thing.

      3. Newme17

        Happy special day!!! I knew that "78" had to be something to do with the year you were born...ok, well I was assuming. 😊 I can't wait to hear you "scream" onederland here. Lol.

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