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Sleeve & Umbilical Hernia Surgery Two-fer???



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So, I have been contemplating bariatric surgery for about 10 years. Kept putting it off, but now I have to have hernia surgery. Doc said he can do both the hernia and the sleeve at the same time, so I'm thinking two-fer sounds like a good idea.

I'm not looking forward to worrying about what I eat the rest of my life, but I know that it will be good for me, and the fact that he is already going to be rooting around inside, makes this a little bit easier of a choice.

Is there anyone else in here who had both done at once?

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I had a hiatal hernia repaired at the same time I got my sleeve. My surgeon said the combination is pretty common and I had no issues. Honestly, once you get into the groove of how to eat, you won't have to worry about it for the rest of your life. There's a learning curve but it becomes 2nd nature over time. 👍

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I was just sleeved yesterday (and feeling great so far). I didn't realize I had a hernia until the EGD, but yes both were repaired at the same time for me as well.

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It's very common - often patients don't even know that they had a hernia, whether it be a hiatal, umbilical, or whatever, before surgery and the doc just fixes it as part of the WLS.

As to what you can eat for the rest of your life, most likely it can be whatever you are eating now. The problem is that whatever you are eating now is what got you to 400 lb and you will likely be back there again if you don't learn how to eat to maintain your weight in a healthy range.

Think of WLS as more of a "do over" rather than a total fix - it helps get you back to where you should be so that you can start over again, but if you don't correct what got you morbidly obese (whether it be strictly diet, or psych issues, or likely a combination,) you will likely work your way back to where you are now.

The good news is that you can start that now, working with a dietician and/or therapist to start correcting things and learning how to eat and live for the rest of your life, and that all carries forward making the WLS and post op processes that much easier.

Good luck

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Thanks. This is an umbilical hernia, not a hiatal. I should have specified.

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