Jump to content
×
Are you looking for the BariatricPal Store? Go now!

Band to Bypass Surgery coming up...SCARED



Recommended Posts

Hi, folks. I got a lap band in 2014 and did well for a few years but the band "migrated" and I had to have it removed. Now I'm going in for gastric bypass 2/3. I am excited to get my body in a healthier place but I'm nervous about the massive changes I will have to learn to live well. The band simply wouldn't allow me to get most things I wanted to eat through. It was more of a surgical device for bulimia than a life-style change tbh.

Can you folks who have gone through a band to traditional gastric bypass (not sleeve) surgery tell me what you found to be the MOST helpful tool to maximize your success? I need peeps who've been where I'm heading in 2 weeks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I didn't have band to bypass, I had sleeve to bypass, but I can still suggest what I think is the greatest tool for me - tracking RELIGIOUSLY. Every thing that goes in your mouth gets weighed and tracked. Buy yourself a little digital scale, you don't need anything fancy, can get a decent one for ten bucks on Amazon. Make sure it does both grams and ounces, and USE it every day for every meal, and put it in your tracker. I use MyFitnessPal (free version), you can use whatever you feel comfortable with. But weigh and track. NEVER eyeball a meal. You will always assume it is less than it actually is.

I don't eat more than 4 oz or so at a time, and you would be surprised how small 4 oz of some foods can appear. The scale keeps you from cheating with the portions (even accidentally) and the tracker keeps you honest about how many calories you are consuming, as well as the nutritional values.

An extra benefit of the tracker is if you start to have problems or backslide, you can go back to see what you did that worked and recreate those meals. I recently went back and looked at my entries in 2016 and 2017 to see what I was eating the first months I was sleeved because I was doing so well, and I started eating those same things again now and am seeing similar success.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you!! I will get the digital scale and download the tracker app on my phone. I'm a little nervous about the surgery but I am excited about getting back on track with my health.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am doing band to bypass on 2/1 and in same boat. Did band 13 years ago and was successful but has to come out due to complications

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm a little anxious about the upcoming surgery. Are you having to do the liver shrinking diet?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I did band to bypass (band out about 5 months before my bypass). Bypass is SO much better than band. Although I did very well with the band originally, it got to where I'd wake up choking on stomach acid even when I was mostly unfilled.

For the bypass I was fortunate to have a very easy recovery. I followed my Surgeons orders exactly, especially in the first couple of months. Drink as much Water as you can (I found if I sipped everytime someone on TV or around me did or at all commercial breaks it helped in the early days). I also did lots of Premier Protein shakes (and still do green smoothies with Protein for Breakfast quite often)

Once healed and on "normal" diet I found meal prep was key. I don't like to eat a piece of meat and veggies, but I do well with casseroles or stews, so I'd find and make healthy meals, portion them out in microwaveable bowls. I'd do 2 or 3 different meals each week (freeze extras if needed) then I just have to grab and heat and I got the right amount and good macro's.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Loridee, did you lose all of your weight while you had your band? Or did you have more to lose after you revised to bypass? And if so, did you lose your weight slower with the bypass?

I'm in the process of revising to bypass from band. My band was removed 4/2021 and now I'm in the process of revising and I'm trying to get an understanding how exactly the bypass is different from the band. I see a lot of people saying it's different and better, but I'm still not exactly sure what makes it different and better. Other than the obvious lack of reflux a lot of banders experienced, myself included.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had the lap band in 2002, switched to sleeve because it was causing problems in 2009, now I’m working on the process for conversion to bypass. I lost a lot with the band, I didn’t really lose much after the sleeve due to stress, illness, etc. I’m committed to the changes and have lost 18 pounds since initial consult with the surgeon in September. The GERD issue is prompting the conversion surgery. I have one more pre surgery appointment left. I’m scared of both the pain and perhaps failing. Good luck to you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks to my fellow WLS pals for responding. I have been getting more prepared for surgery (in FIVE DAYS!) and have what I need for the first several weeks at home and ready to go. I am not as afraid of post-surgery pain as I am about having a pretty big surgery at 55 y/o. I know that's not crazy old but it's not 20's or 30's anymore either. I am praying to put it all in God's Hands and Trust in Him.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On 1/29/2022 at 1:42 PM, MaryRN66 said:

Thanks to my fellow WLS pals for responding. I have been getting more prepared for surgery (in FIVE DAYS!) and have what I need for the first several weeks at home and ready to go. I am not as afraid of post-surgery pain as I am about having a pretty big surgery at 55 y/o. I know that's not crazy old but it's not 20's or 30's anymore either. I am praying to put it all in God's Hands and Trust in Him.

So how did everything go?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On 1/24/2022 at 7:26 PM, loridee11 said:

I did band to bypass (band out about 5 months before my bypass). Bypass is SO much better than band. Although I did very well with the band originally, it got to where I'd wake up choking on stomach acid even when I was mostly unfilled.

For the bypass I was fortunate to have a very easy recovery. I followed my Surgeons orders exactly, especially in the first couple of months. Drink as much Water as you can (I found if I sipped everytime someone on TV or around me did or at all commercial breaks it helped in the early days). I also did lots of Premier Protein shakes (and still do green smoothies with Protein for Breakfast quite often)

Once healed and on "normal" diet I found meal prep was key. I don't like to eat a piece of meat and veggies, but I do well with casseroles or stews, so I'd find and make healthy meals, portion them out in microwaveable bowls. I'd do 2 or 3 different meals each week (freeze extras if needed) then I just have to grab and heat and I got the right amount and good macro's.

I'm trying to add some stuff to what I eat, I have a very limited "menu", can you recommend a few of your casserole/stew recipes? Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On 2/5/2022 at 6:26 PM, Tufflaw said:

I'm trying to add some stuff to what I eat, I have a very limited "menu", can you recommend a few of your casserole/stew recipes? Thanks!

This week I'm going to make:

- chicken Pot pie - minus the pie --- so kind of a chicken stew. The one I like has Thyme and Dijon as the base flavors.
- Vegetable au gratin: It's cauliflower, broccoli, leek and chicken dinner sausage in a Sour cream (I replace 1/2 with greek yogurt and use lower fat versions) and cheese sauce.
- Thai chicken salad for lunch's.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On 1/24/2022 at 4:39 PM, WhispersOfAngel said:

Loridee, did you lose all of your weight while you had your band? Or did you have more to lose after you revised to bypass? And if so, did you lose your weight slower with the bypass?

I'm in the process of revising to bypass from band. My band was removed 4/2021 and now I'm in the process of revising and I'm trying to get an understanding how exactly the bypass is different from the band. I see a lot of people saying it's different and better, but I'm still not exactly sure what makes it different and better. Other than the obvious lack of reflux a lot of banders experienced, myself included.

Hi whispers, I lost most of my weight with band (333 to 183) but then I gained it all back. When I started my weight loss pre- RNY I was back at 333. I'm now down around 160 and I lost it over a little over a year.

What made bypass better for me: food doesn't get stuck. I don't throw up. I don't have acid reflux (well, much. I'm one of the unfortunate ones that still has some). At 2+ years out I eat a "normal" amount --- normal for normal weight people, not my pre-surgery normal. That can be good or bad as if I eat the wrong things I will get too many calories. But it is better than with band. With band, if I was retaining Water, or on my period I may only be able to eat a bite or two some days. Other days it felt like I could eat anything.

For what it's worth, I also really embraced exercise and walk almost every day, hike multiple days a week, and hit the gym a few times a week now that they are open again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On 3/12/2022 at 7:52 PM, loridee11 said:

Hi whispers, I lost most of my weight with band (333 to 183) but then I gained it all back. When I started my weight loss pre- RNY I was back at 333. I'm now down around 160 and I lost it over a little over a year.

What made bypass better for me: food doesn't get stuck. I don't throw up. I don't have acid reflux (well, much. I'm one of the unfortunate ones that still has some). At 2+ years out I eat a "normal" amount --- normal for normal weight people, not my pre-surgery normal. That can be good or bad as if I eat the wrong things I will get too many calories. But it is better than with band. With band, if I was retaining Water, or on my period I may only be able to eat a bite or two some days. Other days it felt like I could eat anything.

For what it's worth, I also really embraced exercise and walk almost every day, hike multiple days a week, and hit the gym a few times a week now that they are open again.

Thank you so much for all of this information. This helps me so much.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Trending Products

  • Trending Topics

  • Recent Status Updates

    • lizardskelter

      done
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • heyitsdilly

      I've officially surpassed 80lbs of weight loss! Working on that 100lbs!
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • Songbyrd420

      Kind of nervous, as expected. One month out from surgery!
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • lauren.g

      😫 Hi, I’m new to bariatricpal! I am 8 days post op VSG. I am struggling very badly. I’ve been so emotional because I feel like I’m doing wrong. I’m afraid I’ll eat or drink to fast or eat the wrong thing. I’ve been on Pinterest and YouTube constantly for help. I have followed all of my surgeons and dieticians instructions. I just don’t know if my body is getting enough. Today, I am weak, sore, and just exhausted. 
      · 2 replies
      1. Tara A

        It passes!! Everyone goes though it! It is a short term emotion! I'm almost five years post op! You made the right decision! Don't focus on the change right now. Try to entertain your mind. What your feeling only last about a week. It's related to your body adjusting and you mind adjusting. You got this!!

      2. SleeverSk

        I agree with Tara it's hard right now but it gets better do t forget your hormones will be all over the place you may even feel depressed. Be kind to yourself reach out and talk to people how you are feeling .

    • Reluctantsleever

      Scheduled for VSG and hernia repair surgery 5/18/22
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
  • Recent Topics

  • Hot Products

  • Sign Up For
    Our Newsletter

    Follow us for the latest news
    and special product offers!
  • Together, we have lost...
      lbs

    PatchAid Vitamin Patches

    ×