Gastric Sleeve Surgery Forums

  1. Basics for Gastric Sleeve Surgery Beginners

    1. PRE-Operation Gastric Sleeve Surgery Questions & Answers

      This is the place to talk about your pre-surgery preparation. Discuss choosing a surgeon, pre-op diets and nutrition, medical tests, and other basic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy issues.

    2. POST-Operation Gastric Sleeve Surgery Questions & Answers

      This is the place to talk about post-op questions. Discuss recovery, the post-op Gastric Sleeve diet progression, nutrition, complications, medical tests, and other Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy issues.

  2. My Gastric Sleeve Surgery Journey - Tell Your Story

    1. Tell Your Gastric Sleeve Surgery Story

      This is the place to share your Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) Surgery journey with other members. Please start your own thread to tell us more about yourself. Do you have the gastric sleeve? Who was/is your surgeon? How much weight have you lost, what changes have you noticed, and what challenges have you overcome?

  3. Main Gastric Sleeve Surgery Forums

    1. Gastric Sleeve Surgery Success Stories

      Congratulations! You made a life-changing decision and are now benefiting from your new, positive lifestyle. Please share your Gastric Sleeve success story with our community. You deserve to celebrate, and your story may make the difference in someone else's life.

    2. General Gastric Sleeve Surgery Discussion

      This forum is for any topic related to the vertical sleeve gastrectomy that is not covered in other forums. Sample topics include complications, exercise, and replacement addictions.

    3. Gastric Sleeve Surgeons and Hospitals

      This forum is the place to share your personal experiences and discuss surgery costs, length and quality of hospital stays, surgeon recommendations, and anything else related to gastric sleeve surgeons and hospitals.

    4. Insurance & Financing

      This forum is for discussions related to Gastric Sleeve surgery insurance coverage and financing options. Gain from learning from others’ experiences!

    5. Band to Gastric Sleeve Revisions

      This forum is dedicated to discussions dealing with revising from a Lap-band or Realize Band to Gastric Sleeve Surgery.

    6. Research & Statistics on Gastric Sleeve

      Have you come across new research that you want to discuss or share? This is the place to post and discuss research studies and statistics that you find related to Gastric Sleeve, obesity, weight loss surgery, and weight loss.

  4. Gastric Sleeve Surgery Support Groups

    1. General Gastric Sleeve Surgery Support

      Weight loss is easier when you have support. This forum is for providing and receiving emotional and psychological support before or after Gastric Sleeve surgery.

    2. Gastric Sleeve Surgery Buddies/Mentors

      A buddy/mentoring relationship pairs a successful and experienced BariatricPal member with a novice and/or struggling BariatricPal member. Both partners work together through the physical, emotional, and spiritual components involved in weight loss. The goal is for both partners to achieve and maintain healthy weights. This is a win-win relationship, with the more experienced BariatricPal member having his/her weight loss reaffirmed, and the novice or struggling BariatricPal member building the confidence and motivation necessary to achieve his/her goals.

    3. Local Gastric Sleeve Surgery Support Groups

      Are you looking for a local friend for support before or after your Gastric Sleeve surgery? This forum is for members looking for other members in their cities, states or countries.

    4. Monthly Gastric Sleeve Surgery Support Groups

      This is the place to gather with others who are having Gastric Sleeve Surgery (VSG) the same month you are. You can go through the journey together.

    5. Age-Specific Gastric Sleeve Surgery Support Groups

      These forums allow you to discuss age specific Vertical Sleeve Surgery (VSG) issues with others in your age group. Your age can affect how you respond to the surgery, and the journey can be easier when you share with others who are of similar age.

    6. Weight Loss-Specific Gastric Sleeve Surgery Support Groups

      This is the place to give and get support from others who have the same amount of weight to lose. Encourage each other and count down toward your goals together!

    7. Pregnancy with Gastric Sleeve Surgery

      This is the place for support for pregnant, trying-to-get-pregnant, and new parents after gastric sleeve surgery. Share your tips and support here regarding breastfeeding, good nutrition, and taking care of yourself and your baby.

    8. Gastric Sleeve Surgery Complications Support Group

      Come here to give and receive advice and support for Gastric Sleeve complications, such as leakage, food intolerances, nutrient deficiencies, heartburn, diarrhea, and nausea/vomiting.

    9. Special Interest Gastric Sleeve Surgery Support Groups

      Here you'll find Gastric Sleeve Surgery (VSG) support groups centered on common hobbies, religions, medical conditions, and other mutual concerns. Get to know other BariatricPal members who share your interests!

  5. General Weight Loss Surgery Forums

    1. 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!

    2. 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


    3. 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.

    4. Fitness & Exercise

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

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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!

    10. 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.

    11. Rants & Raves

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

    12. The Lounge

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

    13. 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.

    14. 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.

    15. 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!**

    16. 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!

    17. 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!

    18. 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.

    19. 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!

    20. 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.

    21. 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!

    22. 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!

    23. 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.

    24. Popular Diet Forum

      Before or after weight loss surgery, you may be following one of the popular diet plans to guide your eating. This is the place to talk about the Paleo diet, Atkins, Jenny Craig, SlimFast, Weight Watchers, South Beach, and any other diet. Talk about recipes, meal plans, do’s and don’ts, and how to get your popular diet to fit into your weight loss surgery diet.

    25. VIP Lounge

      Welcome to the VIP Lounge! This exclusive, private forum is just for BariatricPal Premium Members - other members and search engines can’t see it! Drop in when you want to talk about weight loss surgery or just shoot the breeze with other Premium Members. This is your place to hang out under the radar, so come on in and add your personality to the mix!

    26. 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.

    27. Weight Loss Surgery Magazine

      Weight Loss Surgery Magazine is an online publication made up of informative articles written by weight loss professionals who have experience with weight loss surgery.

      WLS Magazine covers many aspects of weight loss surgery and is written by health professionals from across the healthcare spectrum, including: Physicians/Surgeons, Dietitians/Nutritionists, Health & Wellness Experts, Psychologists, Life Coaches and Others who are at the forefront in the fight against obesity.

    28. BariatricPal Newsletter

      BariatricPal News, a regular newsletter to keep you up to date on our community. We’ll tell you all about our exciting new features, programs and anything else you need and want to know about Our goal is to make sure you know everything.

    29. Website Assistance & Suggestions

      Technical questions? Comments about BariatricPal? We welcome feedback and suggestions on any aspect of This is also the place to visit for updates about new features and updates.

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  • Recent Status Updates

    • Newme17

      Today is a new day.  I will be positive and joyful.  LOL  Now that I said that, let's see what comes my way to try and get me off of my joyful high.  My kid's behaviors, hubby not listening to me (lol), an obstacle in the way of our remodel?  I will laugh through it.  Ha! (I'll have to update later.....)
      So, I'm up early on a Sat morning.  It's somewhat usual.  I'm enjoying the QUIET of the house and drinking my last iced coffee, made with Chameleon brand cold brew, almond milk (unsweetened), and a tad almond creamer, caramel flavoring.  I have been having decaf for the past month or so, but I allow one cup of regular coffee once a week.  So this is my last and I'm enjoying it.
      Pre-op starts Monday for me.  I'm to have a shake and go pick up my pre-op paperwork from the center I'm going to.  They said it'll take about 10-15 mins to go over.  I failed to ask if that's when I make my payment or not.  I'm going to pay using my cash rewards card, even though I have the cash (will just turn around and pay it off).  Why not make money, right?  I'll be doing two shakes and a meal for two weeks.  Of course, the meal will be restricted.  Not sure about snacks though.  I'm a snacker....and that's going to be the hardest part for me.  Overall, I'm ready to get this show on the road!!!  
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    • Newme17

      Had a way better day than yesterday, that's for sure. Slipped up for one slice of pizza, but ate my plant based foods for lunch and dinner, protein shake for breakfast. I've already determined that I will not go all out my last day before pre-op, simply for the fact that I literally feel sick when I eat bad. Acid indigestion flares up too. I haven't had it for so long, but yesterday's ordeal was just awful. To somewhat make up for it, I did an hour of Just Dance with my daughters. That made me feel so wonderful (besides the cramping in the feet) that I was thinking to unfreeze my gym account to go back, but the pain from my shoulder injury crept up today. 😑 I miss my weights. I miss the gym. I miss seeing that I can literally do more weight then most women (yes, I'm very competitive) and even some guys. I miss it....boohoohoo. 😭 I feel my body getting too limp. Sigh....I will be back. May God heal my shoulder while I lose this weight to enjoy my workouts again!!! 
      Two more days.....pre-op time!!! Yay!!! 
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    • Vanessa W

      God is with me always 
      · 1 reply
      1. Newme17

        Yes He is!!! 😊

    • biginjapan

      Down 60 pounds today! I was very happy to see the scale drop below the 100kg mark this morning - it's such a wonderful visual reminder that things are working (slowly but surely). Once I lose 10 more pounds I will be halfway to goal, which is almost unbelievable to me!
      · 1 reply
      1. Newme17

        Say what!?!? 60 already? Didn't you just have it done? Lol. Wow!!! Are you exercising? What types, if so? Doing any kind of specific diet for your lifestyle?

    • Sweet as peaches

      Had a great day. No interference in my second day of full liquid diet. I drank my shakes low sodium v8 water carrot ginger mixed with chicken broth. And will have another shake in twenty minutes. I am so happy it's a great day. The weekend is easy no temptation.
      · 5 replies
      1. Newme17

        Yay! I'm glad your day went great!!!! You did very well. You reminded me of V8! I'm totally getting some of that this weekend. You mixed it with broth? I would have never thought of it

        Alas, I gave in to one slice of pizza. I can give all kinds of excuses, but there's no excuse. I start my pre-op Monday, so it'll be harder I think mentally than physically then. Good grief, it's hard now. But I think being under docs order will make it much easier for me. I am not a liar and will not lie about what I do...goes against the very grain of who I am. There is hope.

      2. Sweet as peaches

        Oh yes! Honesty does save you and it feels uplifting and freeing. No I mixed the chicken broth with my carrot/ginger soup. It was filling.

      3. Newme17

        Uplifting and freeing....hmm....sounds like my Jesus. ;)

        I'll be on the quest to make sure I try different things. Sometimes we get so stuck in our diet ways that we eat/drink all the same stuff over and over. I want to try mixing soups, proteins, broth, etc. myself. Thanks for you updates. They really help, just as @Thejeweledsleeve's. Thank you both.

      4. Sweet as peaches

        @Newme17 aww shucks you are so sweet. I feel like you and @Thejeweledsleeve are my besties on here we definitely compliment each other and I'm so looking forward to you guys continued success.

      5. Newme17

        Well, isn't that something....I had the same thought/feeling when I was replying to your status a few mins ago. We've all really hit it off....and I'm glad. I also believe that it's meant to be as well. :)

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