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Hi my name is Jamie. I am in the very early stages right now. They just verified my insurance. Now it begins..... I have been doing all the research I can right now. Which includes the complications that can come with having VSG. But in doing that I see people who have had bad experiences happen. And of course now I'm very very nervous. I totally understand there can be complications in any surgery. But I'm even looking at the post op stuff. Like feeling sick not being able to keep anything down, feeling dizzy etc. Any advice for someone just starting this journey??? Please & thank you!

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Everyone's journey with this surgery is different. All you can do is choose a great surgeon, then follow the plan. For me, I went to a Center of Excellence. I had no post-op issues. No gas, minimal pain, great recovery.

Good luck to you! It is okay to be nervous, I think some forget it IS major surgery and should be looked at with respect!

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Hello Jamie,

My Name Is Roseanne I agree with u 100% to be Nervous you should be I rushed into this and thought Because A lap-band is removable it was the right thing for me I really did not talk to all the people who had problems and said to myself I will never have a problem I don't care about the things they say about the lap-band I can do it!! well I was wrong The thing is It was the worse chose for me I can't eat good food So now I have to have it taken out and I chose to have a sleeve done.. after really looking into it talking to people and like the girl above me said going to a Center of Excellence makes a really big diffrance Where do you live? make sure your Dr Is good talk to his people in the waitting room ect..

let me know ok..

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You can make your odds of a good outcome better by doing research, like you've been doing. Investigate your surgeon (I know my state shows actions against physicians on a public database; not sure if they all do), investigate your hospital, investigate the various procedures available. Go to an orientation, ask questions. Go to a support group, ask questions of people who've had it done.

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That's great that you are doing your homework and going into this with realistic expectations. I had my sleeve done at the age of 62 and had many serious co-morbidities including being post-stroke. I had an outstanding surgeon who teaches bariatric and robotic surgery, so I was confident that I was in good hands. My recovery has been textbook, with no complications whatsoever.

Post op nausea and vomiting are to be expected. However, I urped up once in the hospital, and did not vomit until six months post-op when I indulged in a sweet pastry. At twenty months out I am still glad I had it done.

Then there are those who damn-near died from horrific complications. It's a risk you take, but you also take a risk every time you get in the car or on a plane, or a horse. Since I am post-stroke and a high fall risk, I take a chance everytime I go up or down the stairs, and I live in a tri-level.

Every time I eat something, I risk choking. Every time I eat something that my sister cooked, I run the risk of dying a hobbible death from botulism (not joking!). Because I live on the Southwest Airlines approach to Chicago's Midway Airport, I run the risk of a plane landing on my patio.

See? We take risks everyday, in many ways. By not having bariatric surgery, you a risking a premature death or at least a miserable reduced qualityof life from the complications of obesity.

So, all I am saying is that for every one person who is openly honest about regretting bariatric surgery, there are a hundred more who had acceptable outcomes are are satisfied with their new life. S**t happens. Are you going to stay in bed and risk bedsores from being afraid to get up and leave the house?

Whatever you decide to do about your health, at least do something. If you decide that bariatric surgery is not for you, then you can at least follow the typical post-op dietary protocols, and move your body every day. It won't killl you and may do you some useful good. I wish you good luck and good health. Hugs from Chicago.

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I'm only two weeks out from gastric bypass surgery, but knock on wood I haven't had any complications at all. I follow the rules: I don't eat too fast, I don't eat too much and I feel fine. You'll be fine too.

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Thanking you for caring enough to reply. It helps.

I think it's normal to be nervous. I am half way through the process and with every Dr visit and test I take I mark it off in a book as a small victory. It helps me to keep a positive attitude. You will be ok. We are all in the same boat heading to the same destination! It helps to know that we're here for each other! Welcome aboard!

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Thanking you for caring enough to reply. It helps.

I think it's normal to be nervous. I am half way through the process and with every Dr visit and test I take I mark it off in a book as a small victory. It helps me to keep a positive attitude. You will be ok. We are all in the same boat heading to the same destination! It helps to know that we're here for each other! Welcome aboard!
. Thank you so much! And it does help so much hearing from all of you. The support makes it better.

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