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Hello everyone, I am new here, Im Suzie, 36, single parent, from Adelaide Australia. I will be having my Single anastomosis bypass (MGB) done on the 30th of March 2016, I am currently going through the pre op Optifast stage to ready myself for the operation.

My surgeon is the wonderful and most knowledgeable Doctor Michael France who operates out of the Ashford Private Hospital here in Adelaide, South Australia.

My stats are:

SW 185.4kg May 2015

CW 163.5kg Feb 2016

Total loss to date 21.9kg.....

Will try to update again in 4 weeks time before i head in for the big day. :)

Im am also from adelaide. I am inthe process of deciding between the mgb and the sleeve.

I am struggling to decide which is right for me, though my surgeon is suggesting the sleeve as the first step with a revision if weight loss is not sufficent, but he believes it will be

who are you going through? My doctor also suggested the same, but i prefered the option of end result....

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Ive heard good things about him. Good Luck! :)

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Hi I am also from Adelaide and having the MGB done on 11th March with Dr G D'onofrio at Calvary North Adelaide. I'm currently on week four (last day) of a six week pre-op diet. Allowed 3 Optifast and up to 2 cups non starchy vegetables. The diet itself isn't that hard but seems to be going forever. I have lost 17.8 kgs at this stage, 9.1 prior to the pre-op diet and the rest since.

Hope everyone is well

Marie

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Hi I am also from Adelaide and having the MGB done on 11th March with Dr G D'onofrio at Calvary North Adelaide. I'm currently on week four (last day) of a six week pre-op diet. Allowed 3 Optifast and up to 2 cups non starchy vegetables. The diet itself isn't that hard but seems to be going forever. I have lost 17.8 kgs at this stage, 9.1 prior to the pre-op diet and the rest since.

Hope everyone is well

Marie

Interssting. I met with him last week and he is allowing me 2 optifasts per day, free vegies (non starch) and a Protein based meal per day when i start my diet in a few weeks. Nice to see he isnt a one size fits all approach

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Hi eclecticwingtips, (can't work out how to quote)

Dr D'Onofrio originally told me 2 Optifast also but didn't explain the rest of the plan. On my last visit I had to sign the consent form and was given both my pre-op and post-op diet plans and other paperwork. You probably will be given a date when you see him again, I was given mine on my second appointment. Dr D'O initially was pushing me towards the sleeve but I told him I didn't want to take the chance of my reflux getting worse, he is repairing that at the same time. Good luck with everything

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My journey is two fold. I had the sleeve in Mexico in 2011. I lost 88 pounds and then nothing. I found out about a year and a half ago that my sleeve had stretched. I had gained about 35 pounds. I lost 10 and then couldn't seem to lose any more. I have had progressively worse acid reflux also. My original surgeon suggested a mini bypass but I wanted the bypass as I really didn't know anything about the mgb. I talked to a surgeon here in the U.S. and he suggested a bypass but my insurance denied it since I have a bmi of 31.8 and no comorbitities, I also never did a 6 month supervised diet since I went to Mexico. I was about to book with my original surgeon but his price went up and they want me to pay the hospital cash, pay for the hotel, and the swallow test. It quickly started adding up so I found a new surgeon and talked to him yesterday. I'm scheduled for the mgb on March 31st in Mexico. I'm excited but nervous.

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Hi, I had a MGB in February 2016 in Mexico self pay. Surgery day weight was 224 and almost two months out and have lost 29 lbs so far. I had a pretty easy recovery with the exception of getting the flu and dehydrating at week two. Feeling pretty good now and excited when I see that scale go down! I have had two stalls for a couple weeks each. I have had No dumping syndrome so far but have felt a little nausea when eating too much sugar or carbs. I wish I'd done it sooner is my only regret!

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Hello Everyone,

I just had my MGB surgery on May 18th (about 2 weeks ago). I have been overweight for nearly 10 years, and though I have had some successes with diets along the way, all those ultimately failed and I regained everything back and a little more. I am a short guy so just looking purely at the weight, it may not look like I was that bad, but I surely felt really bad. At my highest I weighed 196 lbs (day of the surgery) with a 35 BMI and 38% body fat. The doctors stated I was morbidly obese, though they admitted I was one of the smallest size patients they had ever had. After the surgery the surgeon told me that my intra-abdominal fat was one of the worst he had ever seen. Though he admitted I was his first foreign patient, and the main reason could be that Chinese diet which although can also cause obesity due to excessive eating, is a lot healthier that what *we* foreigners eat.

I did my surgery at a NCKU Hospital here in Taiwan (a national university hospital), which is also supposedly one of the top in the country. The great thing about Taiwan is that their National Health Insurance covers even temporary foreign workers, irrespective of the work they do. That was very helpful as the NHI covered majority of my cost. Weight loss surgery here is only covered by National Insurance if the doctor deems it necessary for you, which is either if you have BMI of over 40 or 35 with co-morbidities, which in my case was Diabetes, so I qualified for it.

Most of the information I researched prior to the surgery came from English forums such as this one, so I had a good idea of how everything was supposed to be if I were to do it in US, but had little information of it would be done in Taiwan, since I didn't have any reference. I was surprised to find that some things were very different than I thought.

  1. I found that the time from the first visit to the date of the surgery was much longer compared to many of the cases I read online. Although I wanted to get the surgery as early as possible, they insisted I had to follow their process, (and it wasn't even due to the surgeon being too busy). I spent nearly 7 months doing a wide variety of tests. At one point I was going to the hospital once every week just to do a different type of test. (Tests are also covered by Insurance so it wasn't a money-making scheme or anything) I can't remember what all those tests were but I guess they tested nearly everything prior to the surgery. When I asked surgeon about these tests, he basically said :
    • We want to find out if there's anything wrong with your body that is causing you to be overweight.
    • We want to find out all the health problems you have (even the hidden ones) that may have been directly or indirectly caused by you being overweight.
  2. I would strongly recommend that everyone follow what their own doctors/surgeons tell them. Every forum I read mentioned about the pre-op diet so I was surprised to hear that there was no pre-op diet here. They doctor said that there was nothing I needed to do before the surgery, and just live a normal life. I had my last cheese Burger at 10:00 pm, the night before the surgery. After 12:00 am that night I wasn't allowed to eat or drink anything. I had my surgery next morning at 7:00 am and it lasted for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. For the whole 7 months prior to the surgery I had always wanted to get the Gastric sleeve surgery, because the thought of my intestines being rewired scared me. It wasn't a week before the surgery that I decided to change to Gastric Bypass, only to find there was no Gastric Bypass offered there. It turned out majority of the national hospitals only offered Mini-Gastric Bypass instead, so I had to go with that, despite having little information on it. The surgeon told me that Mini-Gastric Bypass was easier, had a short surgery time, quicker recovery and higher weight loss in the first 12 months compared to Gastric Bypass. He also said that there was a 60 to 90% chance that my Diabetes would go in total remission with MGB compared to less than 40% chance with a sleeve. He referred me to some many local researches that were performed by the university as well as the local Bariatric association in Taiwan. In my personal research I also found Taiwan was one of the best in Asia when it comes to Bariatric surgeries, so I just trusted my doctor and everything he said.
  4. I stayed 5 days in the hospital. The first couple of days were really rough but everything started to get better quickly after day 3. Walking helped a lot. I left on day 5, and was back to full-time work on Day 7 already (though I don't recommend it).
  5. As far as Diet is concerned, the nutritionist and doctor told me I could eat normal food but with certain restrictions. This is unlike what I read about many other people having to go through the soft food stage for a few weeks to a month. I was told the following :
    • I could eat pork, chicken, beef, as long as it was lean cut, and cooked to be soft. She told me not to eat any fried or deep fried meat, but I could grill it, steam it, or cook it in very light oil. I was recommended me to eat more fish than other types of meat. I was told about the types of fish/sea food that I could eat and ones I couldn't. Shrimp was recommended as well.
    • I was told I could eat Yogurt (low-fat and sugar-free recommended) eggs (boiled or scrambled), potatoes or sweet potatoes (bakes, mashed/boiled or cooked in very little oil).
    • I was told I could eat more or less any kind of fruit I wanted, but to avoid fruits with very high-Fiber during the first few weeks (e.g. Pineapple). Now two weeks later, I can eat most fruits already.
    • They said no sweets, or any kind of artificial/processed food. As long as the food was natural I could eat whatever I want but I had to chew everything 20 times and eat very slowly, and small portions.
    • The only food I was told not to eat (ever or at least 1 year) was Rice, Noodles, Spaghetti, and bread. So basically no starchy food. Instead they recommended that I eat any kind of vegetables (boiled or cooked). Though they said RAW vegetables could be a little difficult during the first couple of weeks.
    • To keep hydrated I was recommended to drink lots of Water and low-fat milk. I think the requirement was something like 1500 ml of liquids per day at least.
    • To avoid muscle wasting I was recommended to get at least 6 servings of Protein each day with at least 60% of them coming from natural food instead of supplements. The nutritionist said that I could eat 6 boiled eggs a day, I wouldn’t need to eat Protein. I was also told to take daily Multi-Vitamins and Calcium Citrate.
  6. So far, since the surgery I have been eating normally more or less, except that I am eating much healthier foods than I used to. Even without the pre-op diet, I lost 15 lbs within 6 days from the date of the surgery. Since then I have only lost an additional 2 lbs in the following week.

I couldn’t find any local forums or groups to share about my surgery so I am doing it here. I hope this info is helpful. If you have any questions about my surgery I would be happy to answer.

Last but not least, I am very happy with my decision, and I think it’s a brave choice, given all the risks involved. I read an interesting saying in one bariatric articles about people who do these surgeries, which said, “I will live forever, or die trying!” This is indeed the case; in order to live longer and better lives, we take these extreme measures. This is not something to be ashamed but something to be proud of.

Edited by da_gud_guy

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Hello friends!

It has been some time since I started this forum and wanted to thank you all for telling your stories. I'd love an update on how you are doing with your MGB operations. Please do tell

Now we see that many people are converting their sleeves and lap bands and other wls to MGB, Dr Rutledge (the founder of this surgery) is spreading the word abroad and teaching at conferences, and more and more people are hearing about the ease and effectiveness of this surgery as a tool to get healthy.

I hope to get the MGB this year, probably in Mexico with a colleague of Dr. Carbajo, a bariatric surgeon who does these operations in Spain.

Please post your success and failures here. Love to know how everyone is doing!

Tristan in utah

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On 2/21/2016 at 3:59 PM, eclecticwingtips said:

Dr d'nofrio. Im still deciding. I see him again tues and will hopefully book in a date then

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Can you msg me I need to talk about Dr DONOFRIO tnx

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On 2/21/2016 at 2:55 PM, SuzieNewbury7 said:

Hello everyone, I am new here, Im Suzie, 36, single parent, from Adelaide Australia. I will be having my Single anastomosis bypass (MGB) done on the 30th of March 2016, I am currently going through the pre op Optifast stage to ready myself for the operation.

My surgeon is the wonderful and most knowledgeable Doctor Michael France who operates out of the Ashford Private Hospital here in Adelaide, South Australia.

My stats are:

SW 185.4kg May 2015

CW 163.5kg Feb 2016

Total loss to date 21.9kg.....

Will try to update again in 4 weeks time before i head in for the big day. :)

Would love to hear more about ASHFORD

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