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  1. I was on Metformin before my surgery. I stopped taking it the night before my surgery and on my three month labs my hemoglobin A1C had shot up, but my PA said wait until the 6 month labs before panicking, and the six month A1C came back normal. They had me cut my BP medicine to half dose, and it shot back up again, but we are trying again on half dose. So far, so good... My knees were so bad with osteoarthritis I actually had to get one replaced, and the other was only a few years out. Now neither of them are bothering me! So good luck...keep us posted on your journey to better health!
  2. Loriey, you will hear people say weight loss is difficult after revision surgery. I didn't find that true AT ALL. I started at 240 and only got down to 160 with the band. Then after I had trouble with it I got back up to 200. Seven months ago I got my revision and I am now down to 140. I found it much easier to eat small meals with the bypass than with the band. With the band, if the first bite didn't land just right in the pouch I'd feel nauseous and NEVER had that "ahhhh...I'm perfectly full" feeling. With the bypass there is NEVER that sickly lap band full feeling. It's just a nice "That's just right" feeling of fullness.
  3. STOP!!!!! You're making me HONGRY!!!! Seriously, as a vegetarian I LOVE new ways to use eggplant and the one with peppers and rice and hummus sounds delish!
  4. Add me to the list of people with lap band failures. Mine was 12 years old. It slipped upward around my esophagus and caused a large hiatal hernia. I had no fill in it and still was throwing up every other meal I ate. The surgeon I saw recommended a bypass--he said it was easier to do the revision in one surgery (which I preferred instead of two separate surgeries) and I also had a history of GERD. So I went that way and the only regret that I've had is that I didn't get the bypass instead of the lap band 12 years ago! Get that dang band out and save yourself a lot of woe!😁
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    Loose skin

    Those are some beautiful arms! It's hard to believe a cream could do that, but you have youth on your side. I have the granny flaps from hell--I mean I could really hurt someone if I whapped them upside the head with them. But at 66 all the cream in the world ain't gonna make them shrink...
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    New Member! 11 months Post-op....-122lbs

    Dayum, girl! That's amazing..and you look great!
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    3 months versus 6 months????

    Three months for Medicare.
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    Hair loss

    I started losing it alarmingly at about four months. So I just got it cut really short--think Carol on the Walking Dead--so now that it is growing back in it's not crazy with a lot of short hairs and long hairs-it's all short!
  9. JRT Mom

    Hello Everyone

    Welcome! You will get lots of support and good tips here on this board. You can read all you want about WLS but it's not nearly as useful as getting help from people that have been through it. And no question is a dumb one, so ask away!
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    Doing your own adjustment

    If you do your own, you must find a special non-coring needle that will not core your port as it goes through. If you don't you run the risk of developing leaks in it. If it leaked badly enough you might have to get it replaced because you would constantly lose your fill over time. Also you must be thorough with your skin cleaning, and not just with alcohol. You run the risk of developing a cellulitis or port infection which could be bad enough that they would have to replace it. Good luck to you--I know in theory it's not too hard but can you stick a needle in your own stomach? Try to find a nurse that is used to accessing portacaths and maybe he/she would be willing to help you.
  11. Sugar free popsicles. It helps you get liquids in.
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    carbonated drinks with sleeve

    Mine said carbonation is OK but had me wait three months to make sure everything in my pouch was totally healed. I still drink it by pouring it into a glass and stirring it well to get a lot of the excess carbonation out. And then I purposefully burp after every swallow to let the gas out. I also mix soda with something non-carbonated like sugar free lemonade to also cut down on the fizz.
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    I have to get a colonoscopy in a couple of months and the information sheet has no special instructions for the prep post-RNY. I wonder if the prep's gonna give me dumping syndrome? (snerk-just kidding on that part...) I have to drink 32 oz of miralax in gatorade the first day, and then six hours before the procedure drink another 32 ounces. Seriously, have any of y'all had one, and was anything different?
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    11 Days Post Op plateau

    Be patient, trust the process--the scale WILL start moving again. The stalls are VERY frustrating but hang in there as your body adjusts to it's "new normal" (God I hate that phrase related to covid-19 but it's true here) and they will be temporary.
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    5 more days.. 5 more days..

    Woohoo! I'm happy for you. Don't sweat the liquid phase after your surgery. Trust me, you won't be hungry AT ALL. The preop liquid diet is much tougher than the post op one. YOU GOT THIS!
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    The first three days or so are the roughest. Many people struggle with fluids--it's likely his stomach is swollen. He will get better each day. Tell him to be patient with himself and don't force the issue with the fluids. The regret phase is very short lived and disappears quickly once he sees the scale start moving. Good luck to him!
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    Can your pouch stretch?

    My surgeon's PA also said you couldn't really stretch it back out. She said that people who regain a lot of weight are usually drinking lots of extra calories, or "eating around the pouch" (what when I had a lap band we called "slider foods") I hope she's right--I've been afraid to up my amount of food in one sitting for fear of stretching my pouch.
  18. That was NOT social distancing!😁 Seriously, I hope you had a good time! (I can't tell by your expression if you loved it or was scared sh*tless--probably both!)
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    I have a date

    Ha--I'm seeing your user name is Libra758347. Your life is soon to revolve around scales so your name is fitting!
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    Having surgery

    Wow, that's tomorrow! The very best of luck to you!
  21. JRT Mom

    I have a date

    Wow that is soon! It'll be here so quickly your head will spin. Good luck to all of our July surgeries!
  22. JRT Mom

    It’s getting real...

    What a great story you have. You are young and it is great that you are changing your life and your health for the better. I wish the very best for you--please keep us posted on your journey. You got this! ps I am sorry about your friend.
  23. Hey Mikeyy! How ya been? You look MARVELOUS! Hey, don't lose any more...
  24. If you can stand it three more years, Medicare will cover it. I had a similar situation like yours...when they did my revision they found the band had slipped and caused a large hiatal hernia. I went with a bypass rather than a sleeve since I had a history of GERD before getting my lap band. The Medicare and my supplement paid for everything but the psych consult and the dietician visits. You might find an obesity advocate law firm to challenge the age restriction on your policy. It sounds illegal! Good luck--I hope you can find a solution to your dilemma!
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    Incontinence greatly improved

    YESSSSS!!!!! I have noticed the same thing. I couldn't laugh or sneeze without wetting myself. You hear all the good things about losing the weight...healthier heart and lungs, less strain on your joints, etc, but I don't think my doc mentioned relief from stress incontinence. WOOHOO!!