Bariatric surgery has become my only option. I am in really rough shape and my whole life has become a struggle. Since I had a heart attack almost a year ago I have become unable to walk and now I can't even get up at all and I have increasing difficulty just turning around in bed. I have gained so much in the last few months I am estimated at well over 1000 pounds. From a gainer's perspective this is so sexy but I have stopped being a gainer a year ago but it was too late already and now I am unable to stop gaining so I decided to go for it. My operation is to take place in 5 months given that I survive this long. It will require a few steps due to my extreme condition. First they will have to remove fat from my belly and tights because they have become so huge. I will then train to maybe walk again and go on a severe liquid diet after which the doctor will determine if I am safe for the surgery. I still wanna remain fat but not this fat, I'd like to go back to a sexy 500lbs and be able to walk around in my full leather outfits.
I just wanted to up date I have lost 160lbs and I feel great and no problems with eating....I eat what I want cookies sugar chocolate everything chips you name it and I have no problems....I love my weight loss please know that when I do eat all that crap..I do not eat alot....when I want chips I buy a small bag and eat it when watching a movie so 2hrs for a sm bag of chips...I may have 2 cookies or 1 muffin 2 slices of pizza...eggs give me problems...but other than that I can eat what ever I wish is small amounts.....I am very active and love biking and belly dancing
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thats good i wish u all the best...make sure that is what u want as far as the gastric bypass surgery cuz God makes his children in all shapes and size and He never makes mistakes..Keep your head up and be encouraged and stay forever blessed!!
Had it done.. Its not a fix all. It is just a tool to help you loose the weight. IT comes with NO guantees. If I had to do it all over again, I dont know if I would pick the same choice or not. I am 100 pounds smaller - but it opens up another whole can of worms. I think that if you want to loose the weight you really should think about making a life change and exercise and watch what it is you eat. And take a look at the family genes that plays a major roll in it all. But anyone that is thinking about it - think long and hard about it - I would go for the old fashion way first! But either way good luck...
Well this chickie is having surgery and its on Sept 11th..........and its not that I can't lose weight on my own its the fact I can't keep it off.....and genes play a HUGE factor as well in all this....losing weight by diet and excersise is the best way but for many its not....if you can do it and keep it off GOOD FOR YOU.....its just hard for others.....it took me three yrs to decide this was the best way and it is for me and I will let others know all about the good benifits to being healthy again with this surgery....I just lost on my own in one mth 27lbs so I'm proud of what I have done so far and I know surgery is the right decision for me...BB Jeanie
I am looking at my surgery date Aug. 10th, Im very excited about it. Will let you know just how it goes. This wasnt a right away descion. It took me over a year to decide to do this, and then 10 months to do it!!!
I see that you are from Australia, is that where you had it done? The one I am looking at is in Mexico. According to the website they have a 75% success rate versus the US of 35%. The lady I talked to told me that they have only had 15 fatalities and they were all due to blood clots. She said that is a risk with high BMI's. Do you know what your BMI was when you had it done? Mine is 58. I was told that there are extra precautions that are taken for higher BMI's. I would appreciate any info you have such as, how it has changed your life, what it was like, what recovery was like, your new eating habits, absolutely anything you want to tell me, I will be happy to learn.
I had an open RnY on August 5, 2004 and had no complications.
I had lost 124 pounds in the year before I had surgery by walking and staying on a 2000 calorie a day diet. Since the surgery and plastic surgery last October to remove the folds of loose skin from my stomach I have lost a total of 290 pounds. It is not easy. You have to make a change in life style but at 49 years old and weighing 504 pounds I wasn't going to be around that much longer other wise. Incidentally I have been diabetic 14 years (Type II and Hypoglycemic) and have taken no medication for the last 12 months and only check my blood sugar twice a day.
I am deathly terrified of having the surgery. I love to eat and am afraid that I will do more harm by eating too much. I am also afraid that I might be in the small minority who would have devastating problems because of the surgery.
From losing and gaining weight all of my life, I know what will help me lose but at the time, I don't feel pushed to do it, (even though my doctor is warning me to lose at least 100 lbs). Mentally, I am fine with my weight, but I know that I have to do something.
Tomorrow is Lent, so I have decided to do some sort of exercise each day and to give up carbonated beverages such as Pepsi, and Sprite.
I have a friend who has had complications from this surgery, but it wasn't from the surgery itself, it was from the band, and complications arising from the band actually slipping quite some time after the surgery (I think perhaps years?).. She was one of the first people to get it in this country..
I would guess the techniques and technology would have improved since then.
There will be a product coming on the market soon, I think the company behind is called "Metabolics" or something.. it's currently going through final TGA trials, I had actually applied to be part of the trials, but was rejected because of interactions with my other medication. It works on fixing metabolic rate, and unlike all the others (like the ones based on amphetamines and other nasties) this one aparantly actually works.. it can't be too much longer before it comes on the market, but as always with Medical trials and the TGA don't count on anything.
I don't need it anymore, since I had a complete change of lifestyle, and am losing the weight anyway. You have to tackle everything at once, Diet, Exercise, and most importantly, psychological. But all the things you change, have to be something you can live with for the rest of your life... there is no "when I finish this..."..
Cathii write: It is a bandaide solution ...basically the surgery was only for people over a certain mass weight that they were so morbedly obese they were gonna die .then others saw it as a *quick fix* as you lost so much weight in a short period of time. I am just blown away by all the people who actually have this proceedure done and can *afford* it...over here in Aussie it is something like $10,000 and that isnt covered on private health insurance, but if u wait 3-5yrs on a waiting list for public hospital you get it for free...and in that time if u did a complete lifestyle change i am sure you could lose that weight.. losing all the weight so quickly is similar to starving yaself and the body acts on that..so lets say the band had to be removed, the body is already in starvation mode and when it gets more food it is gonna * hold on to that* and store it as fat so that the body wont be depleted and as we all know when u diet and then stop u put the weight plus double back on.
Ok, well you're sort of right about it being a "band-aid" solution but it's always the persons choice on if they are going to have it done.
I'm having it done not because it'll give me quick results but because I've tried everything....and I mean EVERYTHING to loose the weight; diets, personal trainers, walking, weight watchers.
And private insurence does cover the operation if you have top cover. it's about $3,000 not $10,000 with insurence. I know cause i've just been approved by my health insurence to have the surgery done.
Also the band doesn't come out once you've reached your goal weight, it stays with you for life....no there isn't any problems if you want to have kids later.
Sorry but i just thought I had to put my 2 cents worth in.
Hello I am 8 monthes post-op and doing great per my surgeon. I have lost 160 lbs so far and I have a ways to go.. But its better then being 560lbs like I was a year ago. Medicaid paid for all of it except for 200 dollars of it.. I delt with private insurance companies for 15 years and said the Hell with it. When I was approached by this blonde that tossed my a note while I was standing in line to pay for my gas at a gas station. I went home and gave the gal a call and she said that Medicaid paid for hers 3 years before she saw me and that was back in 2002. I would do it again in a Heart Beat! I feel 20 years old again and I just turned 40 this year! I had the Lapiscopic RNY done. The only thing I regret is that I am losing my nice thick hair... Its getting darn thin up top... But other then that I would do it again in a Heart Beat...