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Everything posted by Hop_Scotch

  1. One of the reasons is that liquids help push foods through the much smaller stomach quicker, therefore possibly not allowing the 'fullness/restriction' to kick in. A weight loss surgeon demonstrated this on youtube, I can't remember which surgeon though, I can't imagine a small sip here and there would have too much impact, but full on drinking fluids when eating would. My body produces very little saliva due to autoimmune issues, I suffer with dry mouth, occasionally I need to take a sip to help swallow dry meats. But its only the smallest of sips. Mostly though I manage fine without drinking while eating and typically wait at least 20 to 30 minues before drinking anything.
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    Revision Pain

    I haven't had a revision or rny but I assume if the pain has continued in the last six hours you have contacted your surgeon's or doctor's office to make sure everything is okay/
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    Only cereal I eat at the moment is high protein oats (soy protein has been added) with some added chia seeds, soaked overnight in skim milk, I do that a couple times a week. I did try a 'bran' plus' but that caused acid reflux. Other than that my breakfast is either eggs, protein smoothies and occasionally a protein bar or high protein yoghurt (yopro).
  4. I haven't heard this, maybe contact your surgeon or if the clinic has a nurse that you can ask? I imagine they will be taking your temperature etc so hopefully that would cover off on any issues.
  5. I wish (more) surgeons would highlight the impacts of iv fluids, inflammation etc on the body after surgery, it certainly would save a lot of worrying and confusion,
  6. That's a fairly lowish weight and to lose 10% in two months is doable but you will have to be tight with your eating and exercise. In the first week or two you will lose a lot water/bloat weight so that will give you a kick start. If by the last two weeks you need a weight loss boost you could cut out one of the protein bars and the other if needed by the last week. Is this your preferred surgeon or do you have other options?
  7. 10% in two months is a lot, do you mind if I has how much you weigh and how tall you are? After two months (and expected weight loss) do you immediately qualify for surgery or do you have insurance requirements to meet as well?
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    Cream of Soups

    Pre-op plans vary from surgeon to surgeeon/dietician to dietican - you'd be best to clarify with your dietician. If they are not available, look at your guidelines: mostly higher protein low carb? Does your soup / puddings conform to this? if not, you only had it once or twice, you should be fine.
  9. No need to apologise, What does your surgeon think of the issue? Have they done an endoscopy to make sure there aren't any issues, such as excessive scarrage or blockages?
  10. I have an issue that causes dry mouth, I took some spray with me in case my mouth was drier than usual, but in the end I managed quite well with just ice chips, fluids (as I progessed) and lipbalm
  11. I am so happy for you that you were proactive in this! As tough as it to go no contact, the mental health benefit to you will be immensive.
  12. How awful for you? If may be useful to tell us what weight loss surgery you had, so you get relevant responses.
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    I got sick this morning

    Misha, may I ask what, if any, information has been provided to you by your surgeon and / or dietician? Did they provide any post op guidelines around food, drink etc and to what volumes or measurements? This seems to be a question that is being avoided. If you went out of state or overseas for your surgery sometimes ongoing support and/or post-op programs is not given, and people do struggle. If no post op guidelines were given pre surgery or at the time of surgery , I assume such information is not going to be available to you and that it may be beneficial for you to seek out relevant information from other surgeons/clinics online. I have always found this website useful https://drjalil.com/bariatric-post-op-diet/, it may vary from other post-op guidelines elsewhere but that's the way it is, post-op programs do vary significantly.
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    Calling all fellow Aussies!!

    Hello and welcome. I had VSG in March 2020 in NSW, best thing I ever did for myself and my only regret is that I didn't do it much sooner. The month will fly by, hope it all goes well for you.
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    "Head Hunger"

    Hopefully the links below will help some people differentiate between physical and head hunger. I don't know about anyone else but in the early stages of post op, it was difficult to know when I was genuinely hungry as none of the usual clues were there. Only way I knew if I had gone too long between eating was due to hand tremors. I am nearly a year out and still do not get any physical hunger cues as yet, but I do get head hunger cues, and its like they say in the links below, those head hunger cues are for chips, lollies, icecreams. I do lots of distracting myself: reading, going for a walk, going to the gym, chatting with a friend, play games, do puzzles. The longer I distract myself and don't give in to head hunger cues, the less frequent they are. If I give in (which occasionally I do), those head hunger cues come back in full force...until once again I get into distraction mode. I am getting better at ignoring the cues which for me works best, as I am an all or nothing person. I don't moderate well at all, just having a little bit doesn't ever work for me, one little bit mostly leads to all of it. https://www.stlukesonline.org/health-services/health-information/health-topics/head-hunger-after-weight-loss-surgery#:~:text=Head hunger is about eating,are “above the neck.” https://primesurgicare.com/head-hunger-vs-belly-hunger-difference/ https://www.streamline-surgical.com/2017/02/dealing-head-hunger-bariatric-surgery/
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    Lack of support for post-op

    I live alone and undertook surgery by myself. I didn't need any help at all at home, and in fact, was happy not to have anyone around me fussing.
  17. Well done on the weigh loss so far. You weigh about 200lb (assuming as you mention 50lb but the profile on left shows something different), at your height 200lb if far from looking sickly. Your friends aren't supportive at all, maybe time to take a break from them and look at developing supportive friendships with other people. I don't know how you get through this, hopefully there will be plenty of suggestions, but one thing I would suggest is some counselling for you so as to help you deal with your feelings around this, and hopefully some suggestions on how to deal with non-supportive friends and family members.
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    2 Months, 50lbs, Image issues?

    There is a lot of really unhealthy fat that sits around our organs, its not visable but it plays havoc with our health and wellbeing. I imagine if you had a DEXA scan before surgery and now, you would see a significant reduction in that unhealthy fat. It won't be long before the visable fat reduction is going to be noticable!
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    Need Help (Puree Stage)

    Flavoured may have added sugar? Look at the nutritional panels and compare with plain oatmeal.
  20. Some people have had good weight loss, others not. In general the average weight loss with ESG is lower than the surgical options because the stomach reduction is not as great as the surgical options. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/endoscopic-sleeve-gastroplasty/about/pac-20393958#:~:text=When combined with lifestyle modification,at 12 to 24 months.
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    ESG vs. LSG?

    The sutures may have loosened, come undone totally or perhaps incorrectly placed so there wasn't sufficient reduction in stomach volume. I had an ESG, an endoscopy showed that most of my sutures had loosened or come undone totally. I converted to VSG March 2020
  22. Wow the proverbial who needs enemies with a friend like that rings true here. You don't need that toxicity in your life.
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    Considering surgery

    Hello and welcome. Sounds like some counselling may be in order for you to help you with your decision. For me personally I am quite happy with the surgery choice I finally ended up making but then food of itself wasn't a passion to me. I am nearly a year out and so far I have no regrets whatsoever.
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    Better Late Than Never

    Welcome and thank you for sharing. Great that you and your wife are going through this together, to be able to support each other.
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    Not necessarily weird. Dry eyes can be caused by my things, you may have changed medications or supplements since surgery, eating different foods, added different supplements such as fish oil capsules (which are suggested for dry eyes), you may not be sitting in front of a blowing fan, change in heating perhaps? A dry heat could cause dry eyes.