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  1. Do people think they've lost more weight than they hoped to, or are you happy with end weight? Any others who feel they didn't lose enough and what did you do, revision etc for example.
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    Mini Bypass reversal

    I have. Reversal from mini gastric bypass to RNY. It's early days for me, but I'm glad I had the reversal. I was suffering from steatorrhea and excessive malabsorption. The steatorrhea has been cured as well as the toxic off the scales smell following a visit to the toilet. I'm now just hoping for some weight gain.
  3. Anyone tried a tuna omelette?
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    May 2024 Surgery Buddies 😁

    When I went to the hospital, I wore my pyjamas, comfy crocs and a fleece. I packed another pair of pyjamas, underwear and phone charger. Nothing else. In the UK, hospitals provide you with toothbrush/toothpaste and toiletries for showering etc. Besides, when you get admitted, you have to change into a hospital gown. I kept my boxer shorts on, and discarded them in the hospital bathroom bin when I showered three days later. You want to keep packing light, make it easier on yourself. Most of your time will be spent in bed recovering, not surfing the net.
  5. B12 is extremely important for memory. For bariatric surgery, excluding the lap band, you need 12 weekly B12 injections.
  6. With a butt lift, I imagine post recovery is excruciating. Because one still has to sit on the toilet etc. I would welcome feedback from those who have had various types of plastic surgery and which parts they struggled with most.
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    Post op constipation…

    Have smoothies with avocado, bananas and pitted prunes etc. That will help regulate things.
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    Vaping after Surgery

    I'm 3 weeks post op. I'm vaping but nicotine free. Do not have any nicotine post surgery because it will slow down your healing.
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    Deciding between bypass & sleeve

    I have always had a dilemma about the sleeve, because patients can expand their stomach pouch, by poor compliance. The majority of people who have bariatric surgery experience psychological problems with their relationship with food rather than a physiological problem. Therefore, not withstanding a brain transplant, I don't think a sleeve would be successful for such individuals. I think that's one of the main reasons for revision from sleeve to bypass. With bypass, this is my own experience, you can eat as much as you want, but you don't put on the weight. I feel sleeve is suited to people who need a helping hand to lose weight but are strong enough to comply with a lifestyle diet change. Those of us who would continue to struggle with our relationship with food regardless, I think are better candidates for the bypass. The bypass comes in various strengths. There are several variations of the bariatric gastric bypass surgery, including: 1. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) 2. Mini gastric bypass (MGB) 3. Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS) and While Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, mini gastric bypass, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch are the most well-known variations, there are other less common types of gastric bypass surgeries, including: 1. Single Anastomosis Gastric Bypass (SAGB) 2. Loop Gastric Bypass 3. Sleeve Gastrectomy with Transit Bipartition
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    Best vitamins to take for energy

    I think it's extremely important that you religiously take all the vitamins that you were advised to take on a daily basis. Make sure you don't take calcium and iron at the same time, you need to spread them out. It's also important that you have vegetable smoothies to help you digest vitamins naturally.
  11. I've had RNY. Although leaks are very rare, I don't blame anyone who stresses or worries about this happening to them. I think a fair assumption would be that if you are 12 months out, you can rest assured that you won't experience any leaks going forward. I think 12 months is a good time for everything internally to have fused and healed. Every year thereafter, actually strengthens the fusions that have taken place to the anastomosis and stomach pouch. I think the only thing that you need to be mindful of thereafter and for the rest of your life, is the possible occurrence of a bowel obstruction.
  12. I had my RNY on 22 April. I'm also following the post op diet. It's not easy, but I remind myself that my insides have been sliced and diced so to speak, so have to go easy with things I put down my throat. The hardest thing for me is lying on my back. I imagine I'll be lying on my back for a good month. I'm too afraid to sleep on my sides any time soon. My incisions haven't completely healed. I can't wait for them to fully heal so that I can start submerging myself in the bath.
  13. Vitamin and Mineral Absorption: Unlike SADI-S, gastric bypass allows for full absorption of fat, protein, and carbohydrates.
  14. The SADI procedure is much more drastic than the the RNY. I would imagine that a lot of people experience these types of difficulties after the procedure. You need to keep on top of your vitamins because it's an extremely malabsorptive procedure.
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    ways to boost confidence

    This is my own perspective (male). You need to love yourself for who you are and come to terms with things. There are some things you can't change and other things that you may be able to, for example with cosmetic surgery. But you have to ask yourself what is bothering you and is it actually worth doing something really drastic about it. A lot of it in my opinion is about finding peace within your own mind and thinking about those who are a lot less fortunate than yourself.
  16. I use a blender (nutri ninja type) and make smoothies. For example, one avocado, one banana and a handful of spinach with semi skimmed milk - then blend it. It'll make your vegetable intake a lot easier.
  17. You didn't explain your reasoning for choosing the gastric bypass.
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    Vaping and WLS

    I'd be interested in knowing the risks of vaping NICOTINE FREE post surgery. It's not the nicotine addiction I have, it's more the habit I'm trying to wean myself off from.
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    How do I STOP losing weight?

    Keep us posted about your weight, whether it continues to fall or stabilises. If it does stabilise, let us know if you feel you have lost more weight than what suits your physique.
  20. I hope someone will be able to comment on a scenario similar to my own. I underwent a mini gastric bypass procedure several years ago. I have lost 60-70% of my original body weight and now look very emaciated! The mini gastric bypass procedure has proven to be too powerful in its malabsorptive nature. Scans revealed no anomalies to the index procedure or other parts of my anatomy that would contribute to why I am not putting on weight, despite eating like a horse. My only option now is to have a conversion of the mini gastric bypass to RYGB, and the surgeon will be looking at the limb lengths, to help increase my absorption so that I look healthy. Currently, I am not even absorbing nutrients or vitamins to a satisfactory level. My body aches and I have next to no energy. Original weight 130kg. Now 55kg. Does anyone have experience of a revision to RYGB where the desired outcome was to achieve absorption and weight gain? Most revision posts are geared towards achieving weight loss, which is understandable. But there must be cases of MGB or even RYGB whereby it has proven too powerful to the detriment of achieving a good quality of life. My message to all those who are considering MGB/OAGB, please do not be fooled by the “mini” part. This procedure is much more powerful than RYGB. Unless a patient is excessively excessively overweight, the safest bet in my opinion would be to go for RYGB over MGB. I chose MGB because it was a safer procedure over the RYGB and I erred on the side of caution, thinking that I may not lose sufficient weight. I could not have been more wrong.
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    MGB vs. RNY

    The mini gastric bypass is definitely more malabsorptive than the RYGB. I would advise against the mini gastric bypass from my own personal experience.
  22. I have the mini gastric bypass and the smell after using the toilet literally strips the paint off the walls. The stench is out of the world nauseating and lingers. I truly feel sorry for people who are experiencing similar issues with the smell, because no amount of air freshener or pills make a blind bit of difference. It's a very depressing existence. The weight loss is to be celebrated, but the smell issue is something that really affects your confidence, relationships and quality of life in general.

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