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Elle_Woods

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. Elle_Woods

    Post op pain - be honest

    I had pain.....I had the single incision vsg surgery and getting up to walk every hour was AWFUL. I went too long with out pain meds after I was taken off the iv dilaudid, and that sensitized me to pain and it was bad for about 3 days. Then it was bearable.....those first few days tho we’re pretty painful, even on pain meds.
  2. You all, I had surgery a week ago- and it was really rough at first. Still trying to figure everything and my new stomach out. What does everyone’s post op diet look like? I am on the puréed stage day after surgery. Which is still a little weird Bc apparently you can put anything in the blender and purée it and the. Eat it? (Except like tough meat, unhealthy food, ect) So can you not purée food in your mouth if you chew it like a million times? Also- what happens if you do eat a solid food? Like what does it do to your stomach? Need to know why so I don’t do it!! Hope everyone is healing well and feeling better!
  3. It’s finally here- I go to the hospital tomorrow morning for my gastric sleeve surgery! Strange mixture of anxiety and excitement. All prayers and good vibes appreciated!!!! See ya on the losers bench!
  4. Elle_Woods

    August 2018 sleeve surgery!!

    Tomorrow is my day! I have to be at the hospital at 5:45 am for my gastric sleeve surgery. All prayers and good vibes appreciated!!! See y’all on the other side!!
  5. Elle_Woods

    August surgery ppl

    Tomorrow at 5:45 am I am reporting to the hospital for my surgery! All prayers and good vibes appreciated :) see y’all on the other side!!!
  6. Elle_Woods

    August surgery ppl

    @diane60 congrats!!! From what I have heard, best decision you have made for yourself :) I have my surgery on August 13th!!! So we are close.
  7. Elle_Woods

    Self pay

    Sorry for any typos! I am on my iPhone
  8. Elle_Woods

    Self pay

    I paid 10,000 for the surgery itself, 4,000 for out patient testing which included everything since I’m getting it done in the us and they require so much (endoscopy, pulmonary, cardiac, psychology, stress test, sleep study, ect.) I also did labs. I got it all done at the surgeons practice. It was so convenient who was able to do it all in one place. I wanted to get it done quick and I have crappy insurance so I did not try to get it done for cheaper. My hospital stay and all the anesthesia for the surgery is 8,000.00. But since I’m paying out of pocket I was super picky and went with a surgeon who does the single incision gastric sleeve surgery so the surgery is virtually scarless. It’s expensive, but I am young and looking at this as an investment in myself and my future :)
  9. Elle_Woods

    August 2018 sleeve surgery!!

    How is everyone feeling about their surgery? Nervous? Any second thoughts? Are you all excited? I think I am feeling all of these things! Haha mine is on August 13th! It’s coming up soooo fast!
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    August surgery ppl

    Good luck everyone who has their surgery at the beginning of the month! :) it’s going to be an axing life transformation for you!!!
  11. Hey all! Looking forward to starting this journey in two weeks. I am wondering what it is like for those of you who are now “thin” or who have lost the weight? Do you lead a pretty normal lifestyle? Do you still obsess about nutrition and exercise?
  12. Thank you all for your thoughtful replies :) reading them is really helpful. I don’t think the surgery or even the weight loss will be some magic bullet and my life will just be perfect! I know it will still be hard. I already obsess about diet and exercise also-but then am still overweight!!!! I cannot tell you how frustrating that has been. Or to lose some of the weight, only to gain it all back and then some when I quit the crazy restrictive diet. I love the idea of having more self confidence and when I do eat well and exercise- getting lasting results. I have done a lot of researching and reading about obesity and the mechanisms of obesity surgery. It really is sooo complicated and the surgery helps lower your body to a lower set point. I think that is pretty amazing and shows obesity is so much more complicated than calories in calories out. Congrats to everyone who has lost the weight and is happy :) that is amazing and I am glad you had good results from your surgery!
  13. Hey all, So I am confused.....I have a doctor who is very experienced and I feel very confident in.....but he told me that he does not need me to do a pre-op diet. My BMI is a little lower and I am Doing self pay, but I would still think this maybe would be necessary? Has anyone else had gastric sleeve without doing the pre-op liver shrinking diet?
  14. Elle_Woods

    Cleared!!!!

    Thank you frustr8, that truly was one of the nicest and most encouraging messages I have received. I am so appreciative of you!!! And you’re right, I am focusing on loose ends and personal development and good habits and self care :) I love you and appreciate all the kindness :)!
  15. Elle_Woods

    Cleared!!!!

    Yay!!!! I have my date but unfortunately it’s not till August 13th :/ long wait! Wahhh but had to find a time that worked with my work schedule......I am glad to have my date tho :) I am counting down!!
  16. Elle_Woods

    Surgery in a few hours!

    You will do amazing! Can’t wait to see your progress on the other side :)
  17. Elle_Woods

    Surgery in a few hours!

    Thinking of you!!!!! I know everything went well. :) keep us updated! Take care of yourself and get lots of rest!
  18. Has anyone been able to make this dream a reality? I have spent my whole life dieting and restricting myself. I would love to be able to eat small bites of “normal” food, aka not some crazy restricted diet, and stay small after surgery. I love the idea of eating small bites and savoring each one rather than eating quickly and not even tasting the food I eat. I would love to hear some positive affirmation about this!!! Bring on the success stories :)
  19. Yay!!! Thank you all SO MUCH. This is my dream after surgery. I def don’t consider boxed or processed food “real” food. I am so so glad to hear you all are able to eat normally in small amounts! I think that’s been my downfall is I always went on extreme diets and cut out foods and food groups then would eat too much of everything I deprived myself of......so it was one bad yo-yo cycle where I was never able to portion control with normal eating. I just want to let go of all the obsessing about food and eat normally again!
  20. Elle_Woods

    August bypassers/sleevers

    Thanks so much!!! :)
  21. Hey all! I am having my surgery done August 13th out of state....I will be driving to a nearby Airbnb from the hospital, then flying home a week later. I hear people talking about compression garments they wear just after surgery that really helps them with pain when traveling. Can someone give me some recommendations? I am not quite sure what to buy......thanks so much!
  22. Elle_Woods

    Compression garments for after surgery

    Awe thank you so much for the info and advice! Very helpful :) I am glad your husband was able to go get stuff for you :) how are you feeling now? How is your weight loss?
  23. Elle_Woods

    Compression garments for after surgery

    Haha you’re nice! I am sure trying ;) I started this journey at rah beginning of June haha I have been obsessively researching and figuring out what I need :) Anything else you would suggest?
  24. Elle_Woods

    Compression garments for after surgery

    Thanks! So it was provided by your surgeon?
  25. Elle_Woods

    August bypassers/sleevers

    August 13th surgery date!!!
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