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Hi guys.I am considering a gastric sIeeve surgery with Dr.Wisman or Dr.Shillingford in South FL.I want to hear from people 3 or more years post op about the amount of weight loss to date, complications, cravings,e.t.c.I will appreciate any output.Thanks

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Not 3 years but as a Fellow Floridian wanted to help you

Lost 177 in 8 months

Complications: Really none a little heart burn and i get crabby at times when i can not drink

Cravings - White Russians and I now eat what i crave but I eat differently, One thing you will realize is your taste buds will change and your tastes will change a little

But you are on the right place for information

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Who did your surgery?Also I am so afraid that the surgery will leave me depressed as I won’t be able to eat much😔Do you miss food?

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Gulf Coast Bariatrics Very good surgeon - No i do not miss food because i still eat all the time - Just smaller amounts - For example for lunch had 4 CocoNut Shrimp and coleslaw. Before would have eaten 25 and fries and coleslaw

Its the food that is killing you -

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I had Dr. Shillingford do my surgery. I hear that they have an amazing bariatric wing in the hospital they do their surgeries in. Unfortunately, due to Covid, I had mine outpatient with a nurse attendant at the Hampton Inn for one night. :( That being said, I have had no complications and I am not depressed because I have been out to dinner several time and as Gator says above, I can still eat, just not as much! I'm down 44 pounds in 3 months (7/30 was my surgery date) and feel great!

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I had gastric sleeve last year. Only lost 52 pounds. Dr said I was a non responder to the sleeve planning on the gastric bypass next year.

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4 hours ago, vdbarbie said:

I had gastric sleeve last year. Only lost 52 pounds. Dr said I was a non responder to the sleeve planning on the gastric bypass next year.

OMG!I am so sorry to hear that.I didn’t even know there’s such thing!Do you get sweets cravings post op?

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I am 10 years out. I lost 145 pounds - was 54 years old at surgery.

I eat. I even have a half of a cocktail every once in a while. But half of a margarita fills me up and makes me drunk now ! I eat well, healthfully. I watch carbs. I use rice or Pasta as a sprinkle added to a dish, rather than as the main event. Chinese dinner out (pre Covid) I will order chicken with vegetables and sprinkle some rice on top ! If I grill a small steak - it might make three or more meals for me with salad or vegetables.

I love something sweet - and will have a small serving of ice cream or a chocolate - but that is like three little squares off a cadbury bar !!! But I indulge in very small amounts. My sleeve still helps with that.

No issues. Post op was hard - my body does not like surgery. I needed two nights inpatient to stabilize - but I did well afterwards. No issues no problems.

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I'm only a year and a half out from my surgery, but so far I have no complaints. I had a lot of post-op pain, but my surgeon was very responsive and upped my pain meds to keep it controlled. I had no significant complications, I healed quickly and I did lose most of my excess weight (115 pounds so far). The surgery really affected my appetite and cravings have not been an issue up until this point. I do eat and enjoy my food but my appetite is much less urgent than it was pre-surgery. I allow myself a small treat now and then (a small piece of cake, etc.) and then I get right back on plan. Interestingly, something about my relationship with food changed and now I don't derive comfort from "comfort food". It still tastes good, but that emotional hit is not there anymore. Which is a good thing for me. I hope that effect lasts forever, but I'm not counting on it. 😀

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12 hours ago, BriarRose said:

But half of a margarita fills me up and makes me drunk now

Oh yea you said it used to be able to slam down Vodka drinks 8-10

Now

Hold On Im going down on the second for sure

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