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  1. Anj0399

    VSG 1st month

    Yes, just stick to your program! It happens to all of us. Just make sure you are hitting your daily protein and water goals. Stalls can last days/weeks so be patient 😊
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    6 week PO Food

    Steamed zucchini and squash were my favorite and easy to eat!
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    where, when and how much?

    My insurance paid and my out-of-pocket was $1900. I have BCBS of AZ. It was 7 1/2 months from my initial surgeons visit until surgery day. I had to do 6 months of supervised weigh-ins and a few evaluations. It flew by pretty quickly.
  4. If you chew it really well you shouldn’t have to purée it. My nutritionist said chew until puréed (chew about 25 times) because no one wants to eat puréed meat 😂 Just make sure it’s moist and not dried out.
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    How long did your incisions hurt?

    My incisions were tender for about a month. Your internal stitches take about a month+ to fully dissolve while the incision sites on your belly that are glued shut take about 2-3 weeks to heal.
  6. Had the same thoughts right up until the day of surgery. My urge to be healthier outweighed all my worries the day of surgery. Now, I am so happy I went through with it. I’m down 48 lbs (33lbs since surgery 2 months ago) and feel so much better mentally and physically. I can ride a bike again and walk faster and farther than I’ve been able to in years. Also I’m off a few meds I no longer need. Whatever your final decision is, I wish you the best!!!
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    Carbonated drinks after VSG

    My surgeons office told me I can have them as long as they’re sugar free but they may not sit well in my new tummy.
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    Hi Cheryl, my pre-op appt consisted of going over the surgery (I had the sleeve) risks/side effects, expected hospital stay, meds to have filled prior to surgery, pre-op photos, weigh-in and follow up appointments to be scheduled after surgery. Hope this helps!
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    Daily Calories

    That’s really low! Just like others, I was told to stay around 800 calories a day. I consume about 500-600 a day at 6 weeks post op mostly due to not being terribly hungry and of course the restriction. I couldn’t function on 300 a day 😬
  10. Hi there, I am just over 3 weeks post-op and can only eat about half a 5.3oz yogurt so I save it so I can have it later, usually before bed. Eggs I toss as they dry out when reheated.
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    Does it ever get better ?

    My surgeon stated that it’s not necessarily the chewing that causes pain…he said the stomach is still swollen and healing and that’s why it can be painful. He also said it can be painful to eat pureed and soft food the first few days starting them but said as the swelling goes down it gets easier to eat and is less painful. He was totally right! I’m 19 days post-op and can get everything I’ve been eating down for the past few days with no problem. Hopefully it will get easier for you each day!
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    Tests before surgery

    It seems pretty common prior to surgery. Not too sure about the ultrasound and stool sample but every doctor is different. I had to have bloodwork, an EKG and X-rays done prior to surgery.
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    How many bites to the center of.....

    I’m not sure as I take a bunch of tiny bites over about 20 minutes. I weigh my food so I have an idea of when to stop. I know I can get about 1 1/2 to 2 ounces of food in and I’m full. Fullness hits me about 15 minutes after I’ve stopped eating. Not once have I gotten sick or felt like I over ate. Maybe try weighing your food?
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    July 2021 Surgery People!

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one. I have been making my husband and daughter dinner every night and find it easy to do. Although I want to eat it it helps me learn to control my eating. My husband has offered to make them dinner so I don’t have to cook but I want them to have healthy meals and not just hotdogs and chicken strips (which I just tossed out) lol.
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    Up and moving

    Just a few hours after surgery I was walking the hospital halls. It actually felt good to walk and it helped with the gas pain.

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