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tx2az

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  1. Sleeved on 9-1-2022. Surgery date weight 200, current is 172.2. Height 5'2. My beginning BMI was pretty low, about 36. I am so glad I had this surgery! I didn't have to take any pain meds. Never had nausea or anything. Looking forward to getting off meds for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. AND learning to nourish my body properly! Overall, a very positive experience.
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    Post op diet

    Pinto beans with ground beef. I use canned pintos and cook until very soft and thick, not just heated up. Add cooked, well drained ground beef or turkey. One can beans and about 4 oz of meat will last me about 3-4 meals. I was sleeved on 9-1-22 and have lost 30 pounds
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    Low BMI obesity gastric sleeve option

    Totally agree with everything you said. Loved your analogy, too. It is amazing how WLS helps with health issues. I have a diabetic friend that lost about a hundred pounds through diet but still had diabetes, gained some weight back, then had the Sleeve Surgery and within 2 months is totally off diabetic meds as well as his other meds. My experience has to do with gastric problems. For over 4 years I have had gastritis and colitis causing, vomiting daily and severe diarrhea to the point of not being able to leave my house. After many tests, 2 colonoscopies, 3 EDGs, and many, many meds it was finally discovered I had developed a hiatal hernia, ulcers and a damaged pyloric caused by having about 5 times too much stomach acid that was destroying my stomach lining and allowing the acid to seep throughout my digestive system causing severe intestine problems. I was sleeved on 9-1-22. From day 1, no more gastric problems at all! And have lost 30 pounds so far. Congratulations on making a decision that is best for you and continued success in your journey to better health. As stated, it is not a "cheat', or the easy way out. It is what is best for YOU!
  4. I had a full hysterectomy and tummy tuck in 2008. Was sleeved on 9-1-22. I am 71 and I had no problems at all, quick easy recovery. I didn't even have to take pain meds. My tummy tuck scar is hip to hip so the sleeve incisions weren't close.
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    HealthChoice Wait Time?

    I have Medicare. My doctor's office said 4 months and that if it was less than that, Medicare may question it more.
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    69 yrs old and unsure..

    Sleeved on 9-1 and turned 71 on 9-6. No regrets at all. Easy recovery, no pain, no gastric problems, should be off blood pressure and cholesterol meds soon. I have lost 22 pounds so far. It has been great! Looking forward to continuing weight loss and improved health.
  7. My son-in-law's cousin had the sleeve done in Mexico and was very pleased with the results. I believe she lives Ohio or Indiana. Flew in got it done and flew back within a few days.
  8. I have Sjogren's Syndrome. Mine is moderate, mainly causing a lack of moisture in my mouth, sinuses, throat, and eyes. I take OTC guaifenesin (generic Mucinex) to help thin down the mucus in my throat. I had the sleeve on 9-1 and have had "the foamies" more than I have ever had. Often after I drink a protein shake. "Foamies" is such an accurate description! If I miss even one day of not taking the guaifenesin I get this awful "plug" of slimy mucus in my throat that basically chokes me until I can get it up and get rid of it. I have had this problem for years, finally I went to an ear, nose, and throat dr that correctly diagnosed my problem and put me on guaifenesin. This is not medical advice, just my experience. Maybe finding a different kind of doctor would help, as it did with me. Best wishes to you. Sjögren's is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body. Along with symptoms of extensive dryness, other serious complications include profound fatigue, chronic pain, major organ involvement, neuropathies and lymphomas.
  9. I had the gastric sleeve and hiatal hernia repair 9/1 and I turned 71 on 9/6. I have had severe on-going gastro problems for 4 years, many tests and many medications tried. We knew what the problems were but nothing we tried helped. I then saw a bariatric/general surgeon that brought it all together for me, thankfully. We knew my stomach was pumping out about 5 times as much acid as it should have. In one year, that had caused ulcers and pyloric deformity, and I also developed a hiatal hernia. I had such bad diarrhea and vomiting I was afraid to leave my house at times. Since I have had the surgery all of that is gone! It is totally amazing! Also, I have been on blood pressure meds for quite a while, my cardiologist says with a few months I will probably be completely off those. I'm not going to tell you if you should do this or not, I will say it has made a huge improvement for me. I went to the surgeon to lost weight for sure but got so much more out of it. Best to you!
  10. My progress is very similar as yours. Sleeved on 9/1. I'm a little under 5'2". Started the pre-op diet at 203 and surgery weight was 199. Since surgery date I've lost 14, with 7 of that during the first week. Mine has gone a tad up and down a little which was disappointing. I went up 2 lbs in one day! The day before I had drank Gatorade Protein sugar free drink which had a lot of sodium. Good for 10 grams of protein but not the salt. I am being more careful with that now. Just gotta do what is best for us individually and, as you said, don't stress about it. Best of progress to us all!
  11. My surgery was on Thursday Sept 1. I am retired so I didn't have to worry about that. However, I truly believe I would have been able to return to work quickly, maybe by the following Monday or Tuesday. Luckily, I have not had the problems some people have had. Everybody is different. I didn't have to take any pain meds or anything for nausea. Only little pain I had was in the incisions pulling a little. My daughter carried twins and suggested I use a belly sling, which sounded like good idea, but I decided to just use a long cami and kind bunched it up under my lower belly to give some support. Totally worked for me. Wishing you great success! I am also from Texas, living in Arizona since I retired from teaching school. Good luck!
  12. How do I get the runner on my ticker to move?
  13. Had my VSG yesterday. Came home today. No nausea, no pain (of course that may pop up) lol Now on to the Stage one for 14 days. - broth, and Premiere protein shakes, SF 1 popsicle . 1 SF jello.
  14. It's getting real! Tuesday -Pre-op bloodwork. VSG on Thursday, have to be at the hospital a 5:30AM.
  15. Thursday Sept 1st for me. There are a lot of different dr requirement, isn't there? Mine is 2 weeks of protein shakes, 3 oz lean protein and 2 cups non starchy veggies per day. Day before surgery only protein drinks and nothing not even water after midnight. Good luck, it's getting close!
  16. VSG Surgery in scheduled for Sept 1, 2022. 4 years ago I started having a lot of gastric problems. Random and often vomiting, severe diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, etc. I had 2 colonoscopies and 2 endoscopes. Finally, diagnosed with gastritis and microscopic colitis but no reasons why those happened. I took lots of different meds, changed when and what I ate, etc. Nothing worked. It was so bad I was afraid to even leave my house at times. I went to a bariatric/general surgeon about a VSG. He ended up being just who I needed to help solve my huge gastric problem. At first, he said I would probably need to get a bypass instead of the VSG because he thought I may have had GERD/reflux. He sent me for another endoscope and discovered from the last endoscope (a year before) I had newly developed a hiatal hernia, stomach ulcers, and deformed pyloric. Did some more tests and found my stomach acid was about 5 times too much. My pancreas was not able to produce enough of the necessary stuff to neutralize the stomach acid traveling through the intestines, which in turned cause the gastritis and severe diarrhea. The bypass leaves a still somewhat function stomach so I will get VSG instead since it removes a large portion of the acid producing fundus. I will also get a repair for the hiatal hernia and pyloric. I am so thankful to my doctor for finding my gastric problems and explaining to me in a way I could understand. AND lose the weight, too! I ended up not having GERD/reflux at all, even I develop due to the VSG, I think I can handle it! Thanks for listening to my story!
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    Help! VSG or Bypass

    VSG Surgery in scheduled for Sept 1, 2022. 4 years ago I started having a lot of gastric problems. Random and often vomiting, severe diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, etc. I had 2 colonoscopies and 2 endoscopes. Finally, diagnosed with gastritis and microscopic colitis but no reasons why those happened. I took lots of different meds, changed when and what I ate, etc. Nothing worked. It was so bad I was afraid to even leave my house at times. I went to a bariatric/general surgeon about a VSG. He ended up being just who I needed to help solve my huge gastric problem. At first, he said I would probably need to get a bypass instead of the VSG because he thought I may have had GERD/reflux. He sent me for another endoscope and discovered from the last endoscope (a year before) I had newly developed a hiatal hernia, stomach ulcers, and deformed pyloric. Did some more tests and found my stomach acid was about 5 times too much. My pancreas was not able to produce enough of the necessary stuff to neutralize the stomach acid traveling through the intestines, which in turned cause the gastritis and severe diarrhea. The bypass leaves a still somewhat function stomach so I will get VSG instead since it removes a large portion of the acid producing fundus. I will also get a repair for the hiatal hernia and pyloric. I am so thankful to my doctor for finding my gastric problems and explaining to me in a way I could understand. AND lose the weight, too! I ended up not having GERD/reflux at all, even I develop due to the VSG, I think I can handle it! Thanks for listening to my story!
  18. We had Mexican food from Filiberto's. So good and the portions size are huge. My husband and I always get1 entre and chips with salsa, which is actually pica de gallo. Started the pre-op diet on last Wednesday. Surgery is Sept 1. My ID stands for Texas 2 Arizona, so yep, I had to have Mexican food. lol
  19. Has anyone been told they will use a compression garment after Sleeve surgery? I asked my dr nurse and she said the dr would decide after my surgery.
  20. Thanks everyone for your responses. Definitely following whatever my dr says. There are so many varied requirements by doctors for before and after surgery, especially the pre-op diet that I have read on here. Not comparing, just wondering.
  21. I started on the pre-op diet on Wed so this just my third day. I get 2-3 protein shakes, 3 oz lean meat, and 2 cups veggies per day. I want to try this: 2 cups ice, 1 vanilla protein shake and 1 single packet of sf orange drink. Sounds and looks good on the video. She used a Ninja Bullitt.
  22. How do I get my ticker to appear on my posts?
  23. Thanks for the info on getting my ticker to appear. I will give it another try.

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