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Hi everyone! What do you wish someone had told you about before you had surgery that you didn't learn until after?

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To never even test your new self to see if you can have sugar ever again! I’ve slipped back into my horrible eating habits & have gained 25 lbs. I’m so upset with myself & I’m having a hard time getting back on track. Those food & alcohol demons will always be with me!

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I wish I knew that once the weight started coming off, I would experience unexpected anxiety and depression from the hormone dump. I never even knew that was a thing until after surgery and I did some research on the subject. I'm feeling better now but it would've been nice to know this was a thing. Good luck with your surgery!

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All my issues have been things that ppl always told me about on this site oddly enough. I was stupid enough not to really really listen. Im still dealing with what I look like now after having lost the weight and am at a normal weight, but it's all in my head (which ppl told me) BUT you never really understand it until you get there. SO if I had one bit of advice, it would be no matter what ppl tell you and what you read, the experience will be totally soul changing...sometimes bad..but MOSTLY good. It is so worth the journey!!!!!!

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The recovery from the surgery will be more about fatigue than pain. I was sore for a few days, but needed multiple naps per day for 2 months! All worth it of course! Best decision I ever made!

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I wish I would have known that dumping syndrome can happen even if you get the VSG. It's happened to me, multiple times. I also wish I would have been less scared of loose skin and excess hair shedding and went for Bypass.

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- That you will bruise for basically anything

- That food no longer will be any kind of comfort

- That the weight does not just slipp off, you have to work for it

- Smelly farts and bowel movements - like really

- That I would feel at the top of my game after a while, beeing confident, lighter, have a pep in my walk, not get exhausted by walking some stairs, my back pain and swollen feet would go away

- That you actually drop 1-2 shoe sizes
- That I would eventually be pescaterian borderline vegan

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11 hours ago, Krestel said:

All my issues have been things that ppl always told me about on this site oddly enough. I was stupid enough not to really really listen. Im still dealing with what I look like now after having lost the weight and am at a normal weight, but it's all in my head (which ppl told me) BUT you never really understand it until you get there. SO if I had one bit of advice, it would be no matter what ppl tell you and what you read, the experience will be totally soul changing...sometimes bad..but MOSTLY good. It is so worth the journey!!!!!!

So well said, Krestel! I read things on this site before surgery and thought, "I won't be like that" (such as being tempted by sugar and carbs). Almost all of it turned out to be true. The process is difficult and you will wonder at times why you did this to yourself. And it's still a challenge even at the maintenance phase. AND it's totally worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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How much I will learn and grow from this life altering experience, not only about myself, but the terms of my relationships.

In a word, Relationships. My relationship to nearly everything is changing. Relationship to food, to clothing, to money, to myself in the world, husband, family, friends, new boundaries, etc.

For me, it has been nearly 100% positive but requires patience, persistence, no longer comparing, listening and learning, delaying gratifications, realizing that what I want most, may not be what I want right now.

Great question, Embody, you’re off to a well grounded start! 🌟

Edited by Lily66

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42 minutes ago, Lily66 said:

In a word, Relationships. My relationship to nearly everything is changing. Relationship to food, to clothing, to money, to myself in the world, husband, family, friends, new boundaries, etc.

✊🏼

Same, same, same here.

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9 hours ago, Circlesis said:

I wish I knew that the sleeve won’t in any way help keep weight off past year 2 and that it is normal for the sleeve to stretch to regular capacity by that point with no reduction in appetite.

At the time of sleeve gastrectomy, mean BMI was 43 and 78% of patients were female. They had a mean follow-up of 5.9 years. Overall, Peterli and colleagues found that the average excessive BMI lost after 1 year was 61.5%, and then 61.1% after 2 years. By 5 years, average excessive BMI lost was 57.4%, they reported.Jul 17, 2013

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I wish I knew about surgery 10 years earlier

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Thank you, everyone, for your honest responses. I am considering gastric bypass and know it is a big life decision. Is there a best place to post questions about the mental/emotional piece?

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