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  1. I’ve come across some scary research that states a high rate of bone loss among bariatric surgery patients. It said that the bone loss is prominent around 3-5+ years post surgery. This concerns me. I thought calcium supplementation and weight bearing exercises should help avoid and issues. Has anyone come across this? Or if you are 3-5+ years out have you experienced it?
  2. Hello all - I am going through the pre-op process for Gastric Sleeve and have been doing some research to be better prepared post-op. One topic that is really concerning me is the risk of low Thiamin/B1, Iron and Vit D3. My original understanding was that as long as you follow the post-op instructions and take your recommended vitamins/supplements long term, that you will be Ok. However, after reading a number of posts online, it sounds like even then you could develop major complications due to extremely low levels that Dr's may not be able to address? Any info, pointers, or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks
  3. I am curious as to how much time you need to take off work after surgery. I have a desk job but I work about 10 hours a day and I need to be quite alert and able to think. If my energy level is low, effecting concentration, I won’t be able to do anything - so might as well plan for a longer leave. Would 3 weeks be enough time?
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    Post-op Pian?

    Hello all - I am reading how most people are experiencing severe pain post-op (at least for the first night). I am wondering why pain meds are not used in the hospital like they do for other surgeries? Is it not permitted for VSG?
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    Post-op Pian?

    Thank you all for the helpful responses
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    Potential Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency

    Thank you all for your helpful responses
  7. Hello all - I just started the process for Gastric Sleeve surgery after doing a lot of research on my own. My insurance requires 6 month on a nutrition program, which thankfully I am already in Month 5. The part that has me nervous is the referral requirement. I really have not had a steady primary care physician for the past 6 years - mostly due to the fact that I’ve been so ashamed of my weight. So I really don’t know if I can just walk into a Dr’s office as a new patient and ask for a referral. Can I ask my OBGYN? Not sure if she would be open, but I can try. I have a BMI of 43 along with high blood pressure and sleep apnea so from that sense I don’t believe qualification is an issue. I have completed the initial application for the bariatric surgery clinic and am waiting for them to contact me for next steps. I am concerned about the referral becoming a blocker. I would appreciate it if anyone who has gone through a similar situation can share their experience or advice. Thank you!