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.

    142,342 topics / 1,629,830 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.

    29,968 topics / 353,895 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!

    159,835 topics / 1,784,250 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.

    136 topics / 1,365 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.

    480 topics / 5,502 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.

    698 topics / 6,084 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.

    121 topics / 1,336 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.

    44,909 topics / 676,283 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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    • XYZXYZXYZ1955

      I seem to have hit another stall already--I keep waiting for my loss to hit 50 pounds but it just isn't getting there. I have lost a bit of the grip on what I'm eating and whether I'm getting enough protein and so on--a lot of changes lately. I moved about a week ago and then lost my niece (age 43) to a heroin overdose. So, kind of traumatic times. I don't think I'm going to be able to get to the funeral. Like so many things, nothing I can do about that.
      Still, shopped yesterday and have some protein shakes, much as I dislike them, to help me get back in control. Made a birthday cake for the friend with whom I'm staying, but that's gone now and I've bought some sugar-free fudgesicles for my "sweet." 
      I'm a bit frustrated by the fact that I don't really notice a change in my body and I'm still wearing all the same clothes. How much do I have to lose before the clothes are too big? Sheesh. And then I have to stop a moment and realize it's only been six weeks since the surgery--this is a long journey, not a sprint. 
      So, onward.
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    • karen_marie

      Day 5 of liquid liver-shrinking pre-op diet, and so far so good! I have been taking more enjoyment out of watching my cooking/baking shows on TV though  Can't believe my surgery is soo close@ This process has been incredibly fast for me (went to free WLS seminar by surgeon July 29th), and can't believe my life will change for the even better so soon! 
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    • LadyLeo

      How can I lose half my weight I am 52 years old I have arthritis I have COPD I have high blood pressure I have carpal tunnel and I get tired when I walk and it hurts to be heavy and I'm only 5 3 what can I do to get gastric bypass or anything to help me to eat less and don't cost me anything because I don't have any money all I have is a partnership health card from the government so help me and my daughter we weigh the same thing and we are the same height so what kind of help can we get to help us get our weight off so that I can be here for my grandchildren and she can be here for children their children I only two and three years old my last child 13 years old I want to be around from my family
      · 3 replies
      1. blizair09

        I weighed 397 when I started this journey in March 2016. Today I weigh around 177. I lost more than half of my body weight. You can do it, too if you want it badly enough. Wishing you the best.

      2. Berry78

        Call your health insurance to find out if they cover bariatric surgery. If you need help, ask your family doctor.

      3. Fibro Queen

        Have you tried to get disability with the COPD? Don't know what the limits are. I have Fibro and many other illnesses and know the pain of walking. Chronic fatigue, chronic pain, diabetes and high blood pressure to include a few. I start with very mild yoga. Stretching mostly, and 5 minutes of walking. After a couple of weeks move up to another 5 minutes. Use a walker if you have to. I do. It helps with the knee pain. Takes the pressure off my back and knees both.

    • MissRobin

      Seeking support.  I feel like I am loosing my new self to the evil of my old self.  The battle is 10x harder this time around.
      · 2 replies
      1. Sosewsue61

        You did it before and can do it now. Try to remember how you handled this in the past. I write intermittently in a journal and can look back to see what was going on that made me make bad choices. Honestly I had anxiety over something that didn't even deserve my attention - and then think - 'you fool it all worked out in spite of the drama and it got you nothing.' A lot of the time it was other people's problems and not even my own. It's hard to give ourselves the attention we need and deserve but we HAVE to do it. No one else is going to do it for us.

      2. MissRobin

        I am finding it very difficult because I have kept my surgery journey to myself. I have a great issues with appearing weak, thus struggling silently and not express my difficulties to others.

        Today is the new chapter in my Book of Life.

        Thank you for your kind words.

    • biginjapan

      Today I finally hit 100 pounds lost since my highest weight! I'm pretty stoked, and hoping I can get to goal weight by the time of my one-year surgiversary. 
      · 4 replies
      1. Newme17

        What!? What!? 💯 lbs! That is awesome. I can’t wait to be able to share that myself.

      2. shedo82773

        YAY!!! Nothing taste as good as getting the weight off!! YOU'VE did great!!! KEEP ON KEEPING ON!!

      3. biginjapan

        Thanks! Only another 22 pounds to have lost 100 since surgery, and 22 past that I will have finally hit goal. Not sure how long it will take - I find myself very tempted by warm, thick, savory or sweet foods and drinks (often hot) that are appearing now that the weather is getting cooler. Will definitely have to find substitutes to keep me satisfied and on track over the winter months!

      4. blizair09

        Congratulations! Keep working!!

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