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  1. UnderTheCaliSun

    Water pill??

    Has anyone found a safe diuretic to take after surgery? I get awful bloat during my period and it is more noticeable since I've lost all my weight. It's actually uncomfortable. Perhaps, it was just as uncomfortable when I was much heavier but I didn't notice it. My fingers hurt and I can't wear my wedding ring. I'm nervous to try a water pill because I don't know how my body and stomach will react to it. Has anyone found a positive solution that works but is safe for people who have had WLS??
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    I’ve been drinking while eating :(

    I've always done that to some extent. I have had reflux for decades so drinking while I eat was a necessity to help move things down. I try not to but I usually have a few sips because it makes me feel like things don't get stuck. I wait only 15 minutes after a meal to drink. I've hit my goal and am doing great so it didn't seem to have any problems. I would talk to your doctor about it.
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    When could you tolerate salad?!

    4 months out! Salad is one of my favorite things. I counted the days until I could have one. It was about 4 months out and I chewed really, really well. I have had no problems. In fact. a huge salad is one of the few things I can eat in volume. It freaks me out how much salad or veggies I can eat in a sitting but I pretty much chew to the point of liquifying it so I get to really enjoy a lot of bites. I eat my salad first before my protein because it takes up no space. Now I use feta cheese, greek olives, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and chickpeas on a nice bed of lettuce for a daily salad. I add chicken, shrimp or tri-tip for protein. I change up dressings to change the flavors but salad is one of my favorite meals now and one where I can enjoy quite a bit of it.
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    Not feeling understood by partner

    I didn't have sleeve surgery, I had MGB and I can eat anything now. BUT there is no way I could eat most of the stuff I can have now at 2.5 months out. It took me a good 6 months to work up to it. At 2.5 months, I was still on soft foods and slowly introducing more solids but it had to be solids that I could basically liquify with my chewing. I didn't tolerate a lot that wasn't liquid for awhile. It takes time. It is really important that you give your pouch time to heal. I think you will prevent it from being so sensitive later down the road if you give it time to heal properly and not try to eat things it isn't ready for. Listen to your body, and take it slow. Everyone has a different journey but your body will tell you when it is ready for something new.
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    I had severe acid reflux before I had my mini. I had a hiatal hernia too. That was fixed and my mini was done last year. I have since lost 120 lbs. I don't have any acid reflux, none at all. I may have had one small episode of bile reflux last fall but I'm not sure. It didn't last but 10 minutes and went away with a few swigs of mylanta. I don't take any medication for reflux but I'm prepared to take Nexium if need be. They sell it pretty cheap at Costco and I have a friend who gets bile reflux after she had her gallbladder out. She said Nexium works very well. As for eating, I can eat anything. I don't dump, I don't crush pills. I just eat very small amounts of food 5 or 6 times a day and stay on my healthy diet. I had a small piece of cake at a wedding and a cadbury egg at Easter but I have lost my sweet tooth so I don't crave that stuff anymore. It was really satisfying to allow myself a treat and find that I didn't want to finish it all. I just was not interested. I really love meat, veggies and fruit. I drink a protein shake every morning. I use a straw daily. I take my chewable vitamins and so far I have no complains. This was the best decision I ever made. My philosophy is that nothing is perfect. I can either deal with the health issues that come with being obese along with how uncomfortable I was and that I hated my appearance OR I can deal with the very few health issues that might come with WLS. So far, it is one episode of something (maybe bile reflux) and a lot of extra skin. I"m good with that trade off. I hope that helps!
  6. Why don't more people get the MGB? I had mine on April 27th and it has gone so smoothly that I often forget I have it. My friend has a different surgeon and he is resistant saying that there are more complications and risk of reflux. However, they are bypassing the stomach so there can't be gastric reflux and there is a technique or stitch that they can do to prevent or minimize the risk of bile reflux. It seems with only 1 connection that the risks are smaller. Why do so many surgeons not offer this. I absolutely love mine! My recovery has been great and so far I've lost over 60 pounds and that includes a 3 week stall. I absolutely feel restriction which is great and what I want. I do feel hungry and sometimes starving but I can eat a snack like a boiled egg and then I'm satisfied and full for hours. I don't dump and have no heartburn or reflux. I know my surgeon did the stitch to prevent bile reflux and so far it works. It seems that I can eat anything but just in smaller portion sizes. I only count fluid and protein. I stopped counting calories because it is a real effort to exceed 1000 at this point. Maybe because my favorite things are tri-tip steak and salad or scallops and veggies. When we eat out, I've learned to order al a carte or just bring home the leftovers for another meal or two. Most important is that I don't dump. That really terrified me. I can eat sweets but I've found that I have no interest in them anymore. One bite is all I need and I'm done. I had a small piece of cake at my niece's wedding and I didn't get sick but I didn't want more either. It was nice for a celebration. Is my experience unique? I still have 50 lbs to lose and at some point I know it will slow and be more difficult but isn't it that way with all WLS methods? Why aren't there more MGB patients?
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    My doctor said it is ok to use a straw. He said there is zero scientific evidence that it has any ill effect. It won't stretch your pouch and there is no evidence that we take in more air than we should. He said zero, it is old, out-dated information. I've been drinking from a straw all day every day since 2 weeks post-op. I have sensitive teeth and won't drink without one except for warm drinks. I'm down over 100 lbs. The straw has not hurt me and in fact, I get far more fluid in each day when I use one. I struggle to get fluid in on days that I don't.
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    I have coffee daily. In fact, I only stayed with decaf the first week. I drink 16 oz of coffee every morning. I mix in unflavored protein collagen and a tablespoon of creamer. I drink it 30 minutes after my Premier Protein drink in the morning. My doctor has no issues with it and my body is happier.
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    It's pretty normal to not feel much restriction right after surgery. I freaked myself out with how much and how fast I could drink my fluids including protein drinks, soups etc... at first. I didn't get much help during the pureed stage other than I went longer in between meals. However, once I moved toward solids, the restriction was evident. Hang in there, you will find that particularly with meats, you will get full fast. At about 5 or 6 months when all the internal swelling has gone down, you will find a new level for restriction and be able to eat a little more in one setting but not a lot more. Now that I'm farther away from post op, I don't eat as often during the day. I have 3 meals and one snack plus my liquids. If I get hungry, I eat a spoon of peanut butter and I'm good for a few more hours. With weight loss, I lost a lot the first week and stalled for several weeks after surgery. Everyone is different but I tend to lose for 2 or 3 weeks and stall for a week or two and repeat. I'm down almost 100 lbs so the surgery did work. You'll find your own losing pattern and it will become predictable for you, just stick with the program.
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    Why don't more people get the MGB? I love mine!

    So far, I'm still having great results. It was my understanding that it is a cure for acid reflux as it does bypass the stomach. The only difference is that you can develop bile reflux. I haven't yet and definitely keep an eye on it and so far so good. It is one of my worries but I felt it was worth the risk because there were too many risks with a full bypass. Does Omeprazole help with bile reflux? Should I ever develop it, I'd rather just take that than have a revision. I thought one of the ways you could tell the difference between acid reflux and bile reflux is that bile reflux does not respond to PPI's or antacids like acid reflux does. Do you know if there is any truth to that?
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    Mini vs RNY

    @MarinaGirl That's a bummer. I hope your revision to full bypass helps you. Did you have the same surgeon do both or a different one and who did you use for the MGB?
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    Mini vs RNY

    @MarinaGirl Did you get the anti-reflux stitch done to prevent the bile reflux? To my knowledge, only a few surgeons do it. I know that bile reflux is a known risk of MGB but the new stitch procedure is supposed to prevent that. This was one of my concerns when I had the surgery. I had the stitch done. I wasn't going to have the MGB without it. So far, it works but there's no guarantee it works long term. I would love to know if you also had the stitch done and how long after your MGB did you develop the bile reflux?
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    Mini vs RNY

    Not at all but I agree that it's hard to compare unless you have had both. However, I've been completely pleased with my MGB and surprised at how quickly I recovered.
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    I start my day with a Premier Protein drink. If I don't, I struggle to get all my protein in. I just can't eat enough to do it. I follow that up mid-morning with a boiled egg or greek yogurt, sometimes hummus and cucumber slices. I have coffee 30 minutes after breakfast. My pouch is like iron. I seem to tolerate everything so my choices are limitless but I definitely feel restriction so my portions are small. I don't want to stretch my pouch out so I tend to eat 5 or 6 very small meals a day. I always eat protein first, always. If I don't, then I can eat more food which is not good. Protein fills me up to the point that I often can't eat anything I paired with it. If I get scared that I might have stretched my pouch out then I do a liquid only day the next day and that seems to reset it and help me feel the restriction. I've only over eaten twice and felt miserable both times. Tight chest, painful stomach and felt like the food was overflowing in my stomach back up my esophagus. It was awful.
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    That's still quite a large breakfast. I had surgery 4/27/2018 and the most I can eat for breakfast would be 1 boiled egg and a taste of avocado. I might be able to eat 1.5 boiled eggs but I think I would feel sick at this point. I'm surprised that you can eat 2 eggs AND avocado on a toast cracker especially only being 12 weeks out from surgery. For me, it would be either the eggs or avocado cracker but not both. However, I don't eat bread/crackers/cereal because they are slider foods. I don't have any problem eating them but there isn't any nutritional value to them so I avoid plus I tend to want to drink after a starch to wash it down and that just defeats the purpose of my surgery. I would probably still eliminate the cracker part since it's basically bread which is still a slider. You mentioned you have a mug of coffee? Do you take that with your breakfast? If you are drinking with meals, even just a little bit, that could be a big reason that you aren't feeling restriction and are able to eat more.
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    Why don't more people get the MGB? I love mine!

    I agree N0VA, if you get where you want to be, it doesn't matter. I just find it interesting that so many doctors don't recommend it or perform it. It just seems like such a viable option. Lots of sleeves get converted so I don't understand why they don't just recommend it in the first place. Personally, I don't know many people that have had it. I have met a lot of full bypass patients and sleeve patients. I rarely meet an MGB person.
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    What length is your bypass?

    I don't think it smacks of mistrust at all. I think it shows an educated, thoughtfulness with regards to a patients decision for surgery. I didn't ask before hand because I didn't know there were different lenghts but length of bypass is an important consideration and choice. My surgeon spoke openly about it with my husband so that we would know what exactly was done during the surgery. I have no doubt he would have been open to the discussion before hand if I had thought to ask. I would not use a surgeon that was offended by the question. There are numerous good surgeons out there and as a patient, I'm letting them cut into my body and rearrange my guts so I better be able to ask specifics and not have a surgeon take it personally. It is a medical procedure, there should be nothing to hide. Having a bypass is a big decision. I say ask and discuss with your surgeon all you want. Most surgeons don't have a hard set length and will discuss the positives and negatives with their patients of the different length options. If they won't, find a surgeon who will.
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    Protein water

    I drink a Protein2o every afternoon. I love the grape flavor, especially cold. I also have some Clear and it has a bit of the whey after taste in it for me but I like the tropical punch one. I can't drink the Isopure at all.
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    Not losing like we should

    I'm super frustrated. I lost 20 lbs the first 3 weeks and have been at a stall for the past 2.5 weeks. I lose a pound, gain a pound etc... keeping me between 232 and 234. I get my water in but it is hard since my doc said to increase it from 64 oz to 89 oz. That's a lot of fluid in between meals. I seem to have stalled since I introduced soft foods. I seem to only lose when on a liquid diet. I am trying to stay in Ketosis because that does seem to help so no carbs or low carbs. I am also avoiding sugar. I eat eggs, tuna, ground beef, soft chicken, salmon and protein shakes. Now, my doc wants me to increase calories but I don't see how that is going to help. I only lose on the days I go back to liquid. I'm discouraged that I went thru all this to only lose 20 lbs by straight liquid diet. I could have done that without surgery.
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    What length is your bypass?

    My bypass length was 7 feet. We did not discuss length prior but I trust my surgeon. Yes, the MGB does have a longer bypass length than GBP because there is only one connection.
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    Week 3 stall?

    So I have officially hit my Week 3 stall. I was losing about a pound a day and the last 5 days, nothing, nada, zilch... How do I break thru the dreaded week 3 stall? I'm still on pureed foods. I get in more than my daily amount of water. I meet my protein standards and take my vitamins. What else can I do?
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    Follow Up

    You will definitely be taken care of. Remember to pack very light for travel. You can't lift anything more than 20 lbs after surgery so you will want to make sure your luggage is easily transported without lifting and use flight attendants to put things in the overhead for you. Make sure you walk a lot in the hospital and hotel day so that you are ready for the walking at the airport going home. Best of luck, you won't regret it. It was the best decision for me and I would make it again!
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    Follow Up

    You will love Dr. Illan. He is really amazing and so very nice!
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    Follow Up

    I had surgery in Mexico. In theory, I follow up online or by phone but I'm not good at that and it is just as easy to use my local doctor. My primary doctor is the one I see at 10 days post surgery and every 3 months to run vitamin levels and labs. That's all I need. My Mexico doctor and nutritionist sent home the post-op diet and I just follow it and email or call with questions. Plus there is loads of info online to help. I don't know why I would need to follow up with a bariatric doc here in the states unless there was a complication my primary doc couldn't handle. Hopefully, that won't happen!
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    Out With the Old--In With the New!

    FluffyChix, you inspire me! I'm only 7 days out from a mini-bypass but my favorite foods are salads, veggies and meat. Your recipes and journey give me hope that at some point I will be able to eat these things again! Thank you!