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nigel

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  1. Hi, now 4.5 months since the surgery. 95KG. I had tremendous pain on Thursday 2am and next day was rushed to the emergency ward. Had 2 Kidney stones 4mm and 6mm, never had them before. I googled kidney stones and omega loop. It seems common after 6 months post surgery to get Kidney Stones. I am pretty sure I was not warned about this, and they are extremely painful. A stent was inserted on Thursday night, in 2 weeks a camera and laser are inserted into me to blast them away. Ouch!!!! I will ask the surgeon if there is likelihood these will re-occur.
  2. Hi, Its now 3 weeks since the operation, I am down from 105Kg to ~98Kg, not doing any exercise yet except 45 minutes a day walking to the train station and back. Feeling good, no issues at all except maybe a little tired. No wound pain or anything really, very good fast recovery. Let me know if anyone has any specific questions, I am really keen to see if I can get below 90Kg by Xmas....
  3. Hi, sorry for the delay, just been busy with a new job.... Had Surgery 4PM Monday 29 June Norwest Private Hospital Sydney (Dr Roy and Tony Brancatisano) Finished surgery about 3 hrs later. Stayed in Hospital Mon-Wed Night, discharged 6pm Thursday. After day 1 was able to walk around the ward, had fluids via a drip and self maintained pain control Tuesday - Wednesday am, very little pain, was very happy with the recovery. Was able to have clear fluids on Thursday, once home has liquid Protein shakes for a few days, then soft mushy food. After two weeks weight has dropped from 105Kg to 98Kg. It's too early to confirm 100%, but it does seem like my appetite has finally diminished. When I had the Omega Loop they re-shape my sleeve, and the Doc said it had not enlarged much at all, but re-shaped it a tad anyhow. Wounds were minimal, Doc used the old scars from prior band and Sleeve, and they healed 100% within 10 days, bandages came off by themselves after 5-7 days. This afternoon I see the doctor for the first two weekly check up. I'll try and update more regularly
  4. HI, I have had the gastric Band, Sleeve and now the Omega Loop is scheduled for June 29 2015. I was 165KG, got down as low as about 90 and currently about 104. Hopefully after the Omega Loop I can settle at around 88-90Kg, if so I will be very happy indeed.
  5. Hi, I had the band, Sleeve and in a few weeks Omega Loop, also had excess skin cut off. Any questions, ask away, hope I can share my experiences.
  6. HI, I had a gastric Sleeve in July 2005 lost about 60KG over 2+ years, in 2012 had bad reflux, band removed and 3 months later after putting on about 15Kg, had a sleeve. 2.5 years later on 1 June 2015 I am having a Mini Gastric Bypass (Omega Loop) I am now 105Kg and goal is about 85, I still lost 60Kg from before I was banded. Teh reason I am having teh Omega Loop is because I am constantly hungry, and I am told teh Loop will be the best solution for me. I'll let you know how I go. I have an Pandescopy to see what my stomach is like on May 21, then Omega Loop on 1 June 2015. Wish me luck.....
  7. I find the sleeve so much better than the band, no more throwing up, and can tolerate any food, just in a small quantity. I do think my starving sensation was due to the stomach acid mimicking hunger, will see if I continue to lose weight and i'll update the post in a few weeks.
  8. HI, I had my band removed yesterday afternoon Monday 22 October 2012. I had my band installed 7 years ago, went from 163KG down to 89, had some reflux related issues and went back to 102Kg. I'm typing this from my hospital bed. Band removal was straightforward ad I'll be released in a few hrs, so only had to stay overnight. In Australia the surgeon won't re-sleeve me till Mid December, after today's visit he will see if there was not much scar tissue removed from around the band, if minimal he will do the Gastric Sleeve Dec 14 otherwise Mid January, I am terrified to keep purring on weight now the band is out. I'll let you know of my progress.
  9. I tried TUMS for the acid, it offered very short term relief. 40Mg Nexium made instant results, I take 1 x 40Mg tablet a day.
  10. Hi all. OK had my surgery to have sleeve late December 2012, was 102Kg when band was removed, in 2 months ballooned to 113Kg, 2-3 weeks after the sleeve I dropped to 99kg..... Had reflux for about 3-4 months and weight increased to 103Kg, saw the doctor in November 2013 because I was not losing weight and was constantly feeling hungry? Forums seemed too indicate hunger due to reflux... Doc put me on 40Mg Nexium for reflux, has been 1 week lost 1kg and not feeling anywhere as hungry as before, Nexium site says effects take 2-3 weeks maximum to fix reflux issues, so I am hoping I am now back on track. For anyone starving after having band removed and sleeve installed, consult your doctor, and maybe try Nexium or something to stop the acid which seems to make you feel hungry constantly and hr or two after a meal.
  11. I had reflux, even after having most of the fluid removed and taking a tablet each night to combat it, weight went up from about 95KG to 102Kg.
  12. HI, I had my band removed yesterday afternoon Monday 22 October 2012. I had my band installed 7 years ago, went from 163KG down to 89, had some reflux related issues and went back to 102Kg. I'm typing this from my hospital bed. Band removal was straightforward ad I'll be released in a few hrs, so only had to stay overnight. In Australia the surgeon won't re-sleeve me till Mid December, after today's visit he will see if there was not much scar tissue removed from around the band, if minimal he will do the Gastric Sleeve Dec 14 otherwise Mid January, I am terrified to keep purring on weight now the band is out. I'll let you know of my progress.
  13. Hi, going well, bets thing I had ever done. NJF

  14. Hi everyone, after 3.5years of being banded I have shed about 75Kg, I was 165Kg and now around 88Kg and goal is 85Kg. I am 179Cm and pretty active going to the gym about 4 times a week for the past year, despite that I can't see that any amount of exercise will get rid of the excess skin, that losing 75Kg+ has left me with. I was in Malaysia recently and visited a surgeon from Gorgous Getaways who advised me I would need 4 operations, Tummy tuck, male chest reduction, Thigh lift and buttock lift, the excess skin would reduce my weight about 3-4kg as well and could all be done in one operation, overnight stay in hospital, 2 week stay in Kuala Lumpur for dressings to be changed etc, all up about $15K AUstralian including all fees and accomodation. I would much prefer getting it done locally in Australia, has anyone had any similar work done locally ideally, or abroad? Any help would be appreciated, when I get the procedure done, I will update the post and offer any assistance to anyone considering getting it done as well.
  15. nigel

    Sydney get togethers???

    Hi, I would be interested :tongue_smilie:
  16. Best Thing I ever did was have the surgery, I can't even begin to tell you just how much it changed my life. A few stats below, may help you make the decision to have the surgery. 23/07/05 Weight 162.9Kg 05/09/08 90.4Kg 23/07/05 BMI 50.3 05/09/08 28.2 23/07/05 Fat % 62.8 05/09/08 27.1% 23/07/05 Fat Mass 101.2Kg 05/09/08 24.6Kg
  17. nigel

    Nigel's Story...

    Update, Dec 22 2008 Having Tummy tuck and Male breast reduction to get rid of excess skin, Jan 8 2009 2nd procedure, thigh and buttock lift. Will update posts with details for those who are interested in doing the same. Merry Xmas to everyone.
  18. Hi everyone, I am in Adelaide (SA) in a hotel a few minutes from Adelaide Memorial hospital Dec 21 - Sunday. Tomorrow Dec 22 at 7AM I get admitted for stage 1 of my surgery to remove excess skin. Stage 1 comprises of 1 x Radical tummy tuck, and Male breast reduction. Total cost inc GST $6030 surgeon, $800 Aneathesist, $0.00 for assistant, $200 for chest and tummy compression garment (Needed to be worn for 2-6 weeks) and $250 excess for hospital, I will be staying at hospital Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, on XMAS day between 8and 9AM I am allowed to fly home to Sydney, assuming there are no complications, stitches where my belly button is re-positioned are able to be removed by a local surgeon. Stage two entails a Thigh Lift :tongue_smilie: (I have lots of skin on my thighs) and a buttock lift. Cost is going to be slightly under 7K all up for this second procedure. The quotes I had in sydney were about 4 times as much as in Adelaide, the Adelaide doctor also gave me medicare numbers so I will also get some $$$ back from Medicare :tongue: Will update some more details after 1st and second stage are completed. Am happy to give more details when stage 1 is completed and I am back to accessing my PC after XMAS, stage 2 is scheduled for 8 Jan 2009, assuming I recover enough by then, should be OK. Am really nervous and so excited, I just hope it all works out like it is supposed to. Merry Xmas to everyone, and thank you for all the support and advice I have been given from this forum for teh 3.5 years of my Lapband journey. Weight today is 89Kg, after both procedures it should drop about 4-5Kg, making my weight almost exactly 1/2 of what I was prior to being banded :eek: Amazing!!!! Anyone who is considering getting banded, stop wondering and do it, it was the best thing I have ever done in my life, it has changed my life in so many ways.....
  19. Thank you Jacqui, I will definitely look further into it, and talk to my GP, thank you for the advice. :thumbup:
  20. nigel

    Aussie Newbie

    Ange, it was the best decision I ever made. Good luck, I am sure you will feel the same.
  21. 3 Year's up on July 27th 2008 :rolleyes2: 162.9Kg then, 92 Now :thumbup: Goal 82....
  22. nigel

    Another lapbandit!

    Hi Josh, I am from Sydney, I had teh band 2.5 years ago, I was around 164Kg and am now about 94. The only regret I ever had about the band was not getting it sooner. Beleive me you will feel the same soon. If you have any questions you think I can answer from first hand experience, feel free to ask me.
  23. nigel

    Sydney Doctor

    Dr Brancatisano at www.circleofcare.com.au is excellent. I was banded 20 months ago and have lost 60KG, only 20 or so to go to goal. It was without doubt the best thing I ever have done, I wish I did it 25 years earlier.
  24. nigel

    Is there anyone from Australia

    Hi I am from Sydney
  25. nigel

    Who Has Lost Over 100 Pounds?!?!

    Started at 162.9KG 27 July 2005 117.9Kg 27 July 2006 Is 45Kg close to 100Pounds?
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