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Hello. My surgery is scheduled for Sept 11. I am both excited and anxious at the same time. Any advice for me before my surgery date?

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Had mine June 5, first procedure ever and was nervous. Take it a day at a time

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Whatever your pre op diet, try to eat relatively healthy a week before that. Don’t go from doing food funerals one day to the liver shrink diet the next because the cravings will be that much worse. For me, carbs make me crave more carbs so i cut them completely the week before while I could still eat any portion of other stuff I wanted so that the pre op diet was a little easier and it wasn’t bad.

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read as much as you can (hanging out on this forum should be very helpful!) and start trying to eat a really healthy diet - lean Proteins, fruits & veggies, whole grains. You may or may not be required to lose weight before the surgery, but I was - I think 20 lbs or something (it's been over nine years for me, so I can't remember the exact number). I worked with a dietitian for six months (actually required by my issurance) and she had me eating 2300 calories/day in addition to focusing on types of food (same ones I mentioned - lean proteins, fruits & veggies, whole grains). I ended up losing more like 50 lbs rather than just the 20! Also, some programs (but not all) require you to give up caffeine for the for the first few weeks or months after surgery, so she also had me gradually wean myself off of it (replacing regular coffee with Decaf a little at a time until I was on total decaf). She also got me exercising - slowly at first (I think I started with walking - but I eventually added swimming, too). All this really prepared me for post-surgery life, and I think made it all much easier.

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Thank you all so much. I appreciate all the suggestions!

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As well as the above great advice, have a look at the you tube videos by Dr Matthew Weiner (he has podcasts, books & website too) & Dr John Pilcher. They are highly informative & easy to understand what you might experience after surgery.

Everyone here is always happy to share their experiences & offer suggestions so feel free to post any questions & concerns from I’m confused, how do I, what on earth, etc. Also make sure to share your successes too.

All the best.

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On 6/20/2024 at 8:23 PM, Ididit4myself said:

Hello. My surgery is scheduled for Sept 11. I am both excited and anxious at the same time. Any advice for me before my surgery date?

take pictures of your self now before the weight loss begins! also take your body measurements!

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To add to @ms.sss comment. Iif you are weird like me and hate people seeing pictures of you , Ask one of the nurses ti take the ones at pre op, pre surgery and post op. After that you should be feeling much more confident and not mind having them taken by loved ones.

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On 6/21/2024 at 1:23 AM, Ididit4myself said:

Hello. My surgery is scheduled for Sept 11. I am both excited and anxious at the same time. Any advice for me before my surgery date?

Mine is scheduled for October 7th! It seems like ages away, but too soon, but not soon enough! I know what you mean about being excited and anxious at the same time! There's a million emotions.

Since I'm getting my surgery done on the National Health Service, I didn't really get a choice in surgeries or times. I was given the choice of bypass of sleeve and then an assessment that told me the doctor was going to do a sleeve.

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