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SusieSouth

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    NY
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  1. SusieSouth

    Tummy tuck - lipo - Turkey

    I’ve literally watched every tummy tuck video on YouTube. Motivated. What is the diet? One of the bad things about getting the tt done abroad is that I have very little aftercare instructions. I am really careful not to overeat, but at the same time am sure I need protein and fluids, but what else has helped with the healing? Pls send any great links you may have, my way? Thanks
  2. SusieSouth

    Tummy tuck - lipo - Turkey

    Thanks @fluffychix
  3. Hi all, I travelled to Turkey and had a tummy tuck with lipo on the back. No muscle repair was needed, thank goodness. 1st day and 2nd day were rough. By day three it seemed to be getting better. Today is day 5. There is no pain near the incisions, and I have to just be careful to keep them from getting wet. I still have a drain. I started with two but doctor removed one of them today and the other one is still in and getting fluids. For those of you who have gone through this, any words of tips, what to look out for for, what to look forward to, and anything else will be so appreciated.
  4. Hi all, Post op- MGB August 18, I started IF at the beginning of February. I'm doing 16:8, and have hours of fasting between 5pm and 9am, and eating window of 9am - 5pm. Within 4 days, I feel less bloated and am down 3 pounds. I will keep this diet for this entire month, and will see if it's more effective. I've been undergoing a very frustrating stall which has lasted weeks/months. I'll keep you updated often.
  5. SusieSouth

    MGB weight loss stalled

    I Had MGB on August 6, 2018. It was a revision from VSG. My surgery weight was almost 260, today almost 5 months later I’m at 240. I feel discouraged, but will keep at it. im having little restriction so im keeping mindful about staying under 1000-1200 calories, getting protein in first. Also drinking 2 liters of water. in a desperation, I’ve begun 16.8 IF... this is not the result I was expecting from a revised surgery, 4 months in. :-/
  6. SusieSouth

    Surgery August 6 2018 - so nervous

    Thank you, Ellie..Best of wishes to you! Recovery is going well. I have not had any pain since I've gone home. Sleeve and MGB feel different too. Although I'm not eating yet, I can tell from just drinking liquids that i will need to pace myself better than when i had the sleeve, which had the restriction. I fear dumping more so, I worry about how I will react to things, like hours later. Sugar is a no, no... which different from the sleeve too. No hunger. Too early to say this for sure but if things continue going well like this, I'm wondering if I should have gone with the MGB from the start. Best of wishes to you. [emoji3] Sent from my SM-G965F using BariatricPal mobile app
  7. SusieSouth

    What length is your bypass?

    200 cm' or 6.7 feet Sent from my SM-G965F using BariatricPal mobile app
  8. I'm finding so many conflicting and confusing guidelines. My doctor tells me 3 weeks clear liquid, 3 puree, then on to real foods...but then my friend gets done same procedure different doctor and she can begin eating after one wk of clear, 1 week of puree,.... Then I watch videos of Dr. Rutledge (creator of this surgery) online and he says he has patients who eat or have soup immediately and that people don't have to be on soft foods one whole month, and Dr. KULAR, frmer president of MGB club, saying he has patients who eat right away, like two days after eating things like beans. Just small. Skipping liquid stage. When did you all begin eating? Only asking for curiosity not to give myself excuses for breaking my docs orders... [emoji3] Sent from my SM-G965F using BariatricPal mobile app
  9. SusieSouth

    Surgery August 6 2018 - so nervous

    Thank you all so much. Appreciate it. Recovery is going very nicely. Almost even smoother than my sleeve, provided I dont attempt anything crazy like eat wrong thing or overeat. Sent from my SM-G965F using BariatricPal mobile app
  10. Hi all, I am getting my surgery today. Excited but nervous too. I am revising from Sleeve to MGB. I look forward to this tool being the right one for me. My only fear and worry is that I need to take vitamins every day and for life. How are you all coping and what can you tell to put me more at ease. What was also the hardest for you? Thanks Sent from my SM-G965F using BariatricPal mobile app
  11. I have been researching this form of bypass and am leaning towards having it. Is there anyone on the forum who can give me more information ? Anyone who has had it done or know someone? Much appreciation.
  12. SusieSouth

    Lapband surgery after VSG?

    Thanks all. Sad to find out it’s not very common.
  13. SusieSouth

    Lapband surgery after VSG?

    Found an encouraging article online: https://www.sages.org/meetings/annual-meeting/abstracts-archive/band-over-sleeve-a-safe-alternative-to-achieve-further-weight-loss-and-reduction-of-co-morbidities/ BAND OVER SLEEVE: A Safe Alternative to Achieve Further Weight Loss and Reduction of Co-Morbidities Amy Banks, MD, R Harrell, MD, J Foote, MD. Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, Michigan State University and Grand Health Partners. Introduction: The vertical sleeve gastrectomy was traditionally performed as part one of a staged bypass procedure in the super obese patient population. The weight loss achieved from this surgery alone is often substantial and frequently patients do not require or desire the second stage malabsorbtive procedure. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is one of the most common weight loss surgeries performed today. Over time, however, weight gain often occurs and we present a new technique of using a laparoscopic placed adjustable gastric band (LAGB) over a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) to aid in further weight loss and reduction of co-morbidities. Methods: A retrospective review was performed of five patients who underwent LAGB placement following a VSG. BMI, weight loss from VSG alone and weight loss from LAGB plus VSG were reviewed. Percent excess body weight loss (%EWL) for LAGB alone and for LAGB plus VSG was calculated. Co-morbidities and their resolution as well as any postoperative complications were evaluated. Results: All five patients achieved further weight loss after placement of the adjustable gastric band over the vertical sleeve gastrectomy with an average of 40.4 lb (range 31-64 lb) and an added %EWL of 32.2% (range 12.7% – 44.1%). Total %EWL following VSG plus LAGB placement was 57% (range 43% – 67.5%). The average BMI decreased from 56.6 pre-operatively to 43.9 post VSG and down to 37.6 after VSG plus LAGB. No major complications occurred during the 31-month average follow up (range 15-46 mo). An average of 3.6 adjustments to the gastric band were needed post operatively. Several co-morbidities resolved after VSG, and there was even further resolution of co-morbidities after LAGB plus VSG. One patient was intolerant of the band and required eventual removal. Conclusion: This case series introduces a novel approach to add to the repertoire of bariatric procedures following a vertical sleeve gastrectomy. There are advantages to placing an adjustable gastric band over a sleeve gastrectomy in lieu of converting patients to a malabsorptive procedure such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or a biliopancreatric diversion with duodenal switch. We demonstrate that certain patients can achieve further weight loss from laparoscopic placement of a gastric band over a vertical sleeve gastrectomy without complications. Further studies still need be done to determine the efficacy of this procedure to provide long-term weight loss in this patient population.
  14. Does anyone have any information on lapband after VSG surgery or have had it done and can share the experience? MGB or RNY was suggested as possible revisions but I fear these options due to the malabsorption. Thanks for any comments.
  15. Dear all, feeling lost. ive stalled badly last two months. im now 241, down from surgery weight of 295. Since November I feel like I should be much less than I am. This distresses me. I know everyone's journey is different but my body is sooo stubborn I honestly don't know what to do. i exercise 5 days a week. but I have started to eat more. 1200 calories. this far out please tell me what the magical number for eating is. It was so much easier in the beginning because it was so clear. I don't know right now in my journey. The number of calories, water, protein etc are a bit fuzzy. please help.
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