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Hi Elizabeth! I was sleeved a year ago at 67 and feel better than I have in many years. I had a smooth recovery and continual weight loss, although very slow at this point. Slow and steady wins the race (well, not in the Olympics). Good luck, and ask any questions!

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I had no gas pains whatsoever. I was worried before the surgery about the pain other patients reported, mainly because I cannot take narcotics (cause violent vomiting in me). I expressed my concern to the surgeon/anesthesiologist, and they gave me a TAP block during or right after the procedure. That and Tylenol completely controlled the pain. I felt quite fortunate.

Hey, I see you’re a retired nurse. I’m a retired veterinarian. 😉

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Hi, I am 62 and pre op. Date imminent hopefully. I also thought I may be too old but have little to no other options. I really didnt want to do the All in, never cheat 2 year really focused diet. How many times have I done this ? 3 or 4. My life is getting shorter. I wish I had this done years ago

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I had my RNY conversion from lap band 5 years ago. I was 65 at the time. No pain. Best thing I have ever done for my health. I am now 69 and healthier and stronger than I have ever been in my life. I still have to consciously eat well every day. Take advantage of the honeymoon period to learn good eating habits. Best wishes on this exciting journey.

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I had the DS 6/1/21. I’m 63 and still working as an Administrative Nursing Supervisor. I’ve lost 54 pounds so far … 35 of that since the surgery … and I feel so much healthier now! My knees and ankles haven’t felt this good in years! I track everything I eat, making sure to get the recommended 80-100 grams of Protein daily and take my daily Vitamins. I still struggle to get the recommended 64 oz of fluids but I’m improving on that every day and get close if not meet that daily goal. Best wishes to each of you!

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Hi Elizabeth,

I’m 62 (I’ll be 63 in October). I had the sleeve on June 1st of this year. I too was concerned about additional risks since being “old”. My surgeon said that people our age actually do better and have less pain. It turned out to be so true. I only took three half doses of tramadol after surgery and then switched to Tylenol but I’m not sure I even needed that. I even had two flights (three hours and two hours) to go home after surgery. The gas pain didn’t bother me. I hardly noticed it. I also had a hiatal hernia repair so maybe I just felt better with it being fixed.

I am short - only 5’ 2” and surgery weight was 205. I’m down to 181 so losing slower than many but I know I’ll get there someday. That is probably the biggest drawback of having surgery at our age.

I feel so much better than I did before surgery and just got back from a week hiking trip at a National Park. Never would have been able to do that pre surgery.

good luck! You’ve got this!

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@ Elizabeth having the sleeve: I had the same concerns when I was sleeved last August at age 68. I came through with no issues and have had a slow but steady weight loss. My snacking habit is rearing it’s ugly head and slowing down my progress. It is super difficult to maintain my focus!!. I never thought that I would have to even consider Weight Watchers or a”pouch reset” or whatever. Overall I am super pleased that I got this tool.

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On 8/3/2021 at 10:19 AM, waterwoman said:

I had my RNY conversion from lap band 5 years ago. I was 65 at the time. No pain. Best thing I have ever done for my health. I am now 69 and healthier and stronger than I have ever been in my life. I still have to consciously eat well every day. Take advantage of the honeymoon period to learn good eating habits. Best wishes on this exciting journey.

Thank you.

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On 7/28/2021 at 12:24 PM, elizabeth having the sleeve said:

I am 69 having surgery on August 16. any support is very appreciated.

I'll be 61 in October. I just recently got a revision from vsg to RNY. There is gas pain, some stomach pain but never over lvl 6 pain for me. The nurses told me that they thought I'd be one of the ones that needed most help but I never called them in. I stayed one night. There must be some truth to the older the patient is, the better they do in surgery and handling the pain. I think you'll do great.

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