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Posted: 8/17/2011 7:38:55 PM EST
I have to hit the hospital door at 0545 hours. I'm first one in my OR for a gastric bypass. I've been heavy for years, it was starting to take a toll, and I don't plan on dropping dead like my Dad did. So, I'm going for it.

Liquid Diet for the last three weeks was bad, but nothing but water or broth, ONE OUNCE at a time for the next week should be interesting. Not sure how anyone stays hydrated drinking like that.

I've got 100-120 pounds to go. Wish me luck, or at least a hot looking nurse...
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 7:40:27 PM EST
sounds unhealthy.
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 7:40:43 PM EST
Good luck on losing the LB's.
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 7:41:00 PM EST
Good luck to you!
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 7:41:38 PM EST
Just when they first build the new stomach. You start upping the amount in a week or two, but at first it does seem awfully small.

Sippy-Cup, anyone?
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 7:41:59 PM EST
Good luck!

Ask the nurse to write down what crazy shut you say when you start coming out of the drugs.

Hope it all goes well and you reach your goal.
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 7:43:25 PM EST
You'll stay hydrated enough because there's plenty of water in fat and you won't be up and about.
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 7:48:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/17/2011 7:48:38 PM EST by millfire517]
My doctor refused to refer me to a Gastric specialist. She has had several people she knew die from complications from their body not getting enough nutrients and essentially starving to death. So she scared me out of doing it. So far I have lost almost 30# by eliminating all pop and drinking only water and lemonade. I eat a turkey sandwich every day for lunch and eat only one serving for dinner no going back for seconds. I have a real rough time losing weight because of my previous back injury and surgery keeping my back in constant pain keeps me from being active any more. I was at 347 I am now down to 315. I know I have a long way to go but I am trying. Before my back fuck up I was at a constant 210-220 at 6' tall/.
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 7:56:14 PM EST
Originally Posted By millfire517:
My doctor refused to refer me to a Gastric specialist. She has had several people she knew die from complications from their body not getting enough nutrients and essentially starving to death. So she scared me out of doing it. So far I have lost almost 30# by eliminating all pop and drinking only water and lemonade. I eat a turkey sandwich every day for lunch and eat only one serving for dinner no going back for seconds. I have a real rough time losing weight because of my previous back injury and surgery keeping my back in constant pain keeps me from being active any more. I was at 347 I am now down to 315. I know I have a long way to go but I am trying. Before my back fuck up I was at a constant 210-220 at 6' tall/.


Paleo. Please look it up, There was a 10 or 12 page thread on here a few weeks or days ago. It WILL......WILL work, and is easy.
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 7:56:44 PM EST
Originally Posted By millfire517:
My doctor refused to refer me to a Gastric specialist. She has had several people she knew die from complications from their body not getting enough nutrients and essentially starving to death. So she scared me out of doing it. So far I have lost almost 30# by eliminating all pop and drinking only water and lemonade. I eat a turkey sandwich every day for lunch and eat only one serving for dinner no going back for seconds. I have a real rough time losing weight because of my previous back injury and surgery keeping my back in constant pain keeps me from being active any more. I was at 347 I am now down to 315. I know I have a long way to go but I am trying. Before my back fuck up I was at a constant 210-220 at 6' tall/.


We're in the same boat, back wise. I was told mine would never heal until I dropped the weight. Since the accident, it's only gone up. I'm tired of hurting, and cutting out soda did help, but not much. Knees are going from having worked medics, so for now, until I lose the weight, the gym is not really an option. So, I'm going the hard way, and dealing with the malabsorbtion, which I'm told goes away in a few years. By then, if your habits aren't changed, and set in their new ways, it's on you.

My fiancee had it done two years ago, lost her weight, and kept it off. Now it's my turn. So, we'll see.
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 7:59:19 PM EST
Good luck.
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 7:59:57 PM EST
Good luck man.
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 8:00:52 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/17/2011 8:01:08 PM EST by millfire517]

Originally Posted By MedPig:
Originally Posted By millfire517:
My doctor refused to refer me to a Gastric specialist. She has had several people she knew die from complications from their body not getting enough nutrients and essentially starving to death. So she scared me out of doing it. So far I have lost almost 30# by eliminating all pop and drinking only water and lemonade. I eat a turkey sandwich every day for lunch and eat only one serving for dinner no going back for seconds. I have a real rough time losing weight because of my previous back injury and surgery keeping my back in constant pain keeps me from being active any more. I was at 347 I am now down to 315. I know I have a long way to go but I am trying. Before my back fuck up I was at a constant 210-220 at 6' tall/.


We're in the same boat, back wise. I was told mine would never heal until I dropped the weight. Since the accident, it's only gone up. I'm tired of hurting, and cutting out soda did help, but not much. Knees are going from having worked medics, so for now, until I lose the weight, the gym is not really an option. So, I'm going the hard way, and dealing with the malabsorbtion, which I'm told goes away in a few years. By then, if your habits aren't changed, and set in their new ways, it's on you.

My fiancee had it done two years ago, lost her weight, and kept it off. Now it's my turn. So, we'll see.

Keep me updated on your progress, I may look into it in the near future. Oh and good luck.
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 8:12:08 PM EST

Originally Posted By MedPig:
I've got 100-120 pounds to go. Wish me luck, or at least a hot looking nurse...

If you are serious about losing weight then there is no need to do anything drastic like surgery.

I doubt I will be able to change your mind, but I lost 180 pounds myself without doing anything stupid like bypass surgery or spending useless time in a gym. There are many people here who would be glad to help you and give you real advice, myself included. You just need to keep an open mind and actually want to lose weight.
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 8:27:32 PM EST
good luck to you

Link Posted: 8/17/2011 8:32:18 PM EST
good luck

would it be cold of me to point out that the fact you have "pig" in your user name made me LOL
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 8:36:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By Sturmgewehr-58:

Originally Posted By MedPig:
I've got 100-120 pounds to go. Wish me luck, or at least a hot looking nurse...

If you are serious about losing weight then there is no need to do anything drastic like surgery.

I doubt I will be able to change your mind, but I lost 180 pounds myself without doing anything stupid like bypass surgery or spending useless time in a gym. There are many people here who would be glad to help you and give you real advice, myself included. You just need to keep an open mind and actually want to lose weight.



My problem has always been that I am a stress-eater, and I cheat. A lot. The nice side effect of the surgery is called "Dumping". My GF suffers from it when she cheats. Have a soft pretzel? After all, we live near enough to Philly. Buuuuut, half an hour later, she's doubled up, swearing she'll never do it again. I need some invisible "Smite" button to kick my ass when I try to cheat. I've tried everything I can think of. Atkins worked, but gave me horrible diarrhea, and dehydrated me something fierce. South Beach, didn't seem to do a thing.

Finding out I was a diabetic was the last straw. A lot of things people suggested involved stuff that might have sugar, which is out. I'm trying to avoid artificial sweeteners altogether, but with limited luck. Water, and those Splenda drink mixes have kept me away from carbonated stuff. Using my CPAP religiously has helped a lot of other problems, but as my weight varies, the pressures keeping needing to be changed.

Four hours until check-in, guess I should at least TRY to nap. Thanks, though. I'm glad you were able to lose it. Even smoking didn't help me keep the weight down. Some appetite suppressant Nicotine turned out to be. (No, not why I started, Stress, remember?)

Thanks everyone, be back in a week or so.
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 8:37:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By www-glock19-com:
good luck

would it be cold of me to point out that the fact you have "pig" in your user name made me LOL


Well, I was a Paramedic/Cop, but yeah, being heavy didn't help that... LOL!
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 8:39:21 PM EST
Gastric bypass is some serious shit.

Did you at least explore a laproscopic band?
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 8:39:27 PM EST
Good luck, my sister had it done. She is so glad she had it done, it changed her life
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 8:42:37 PM EST
Good luck
Link Posted: 8/17/2011 8:43:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/17/2011 8:43:45 PM EST by mnvwguy02]
Good luck OP, Gastric Bypass has worked for 1000's of people. My aunt included.

One of the newer developments is the Sleeve Gastrectomy.

Link Posted: 8/19/2011 3:22:43 PM EST
I am back home already. Tests show the new stomach is good, no leaks, and I'm on clear liquids for a week. Then, I get better soup, full liquids, stuff like that. Coffee might be a while, like 6-9 months.

Surgery wasn't as bad as I thought, they WERE able to do Laproscopic, so I only have 6 little holes in me. Good times...

Pain meds SO rock...
Link Posted: 8/19/2011 3:30:04 PM EST
Originally Posted By MedPig:
I am back home already. Tests show the new stomach is good, no leaks, and I'm on clear liquids for a week. Then, I get better soup, full liquids, stuff like that. Coffee might be a while, like 6-9 months.

Surgery wasn't as bad as I thought, they WERE able to do Laproscopic, so I only have 6 little holes in me. Good times...

Pain meds SO rock...


that's good

how about avoiding things you used to consume that aren't good for you, like coffee?


Link Posted: 8/19/2011 3:30:53 PM EST
Please take your vitamins and b12 injections. Gastric Bypass has more systemic and irreversible deadly side effects if you do not get enough protein and nutrition. Good luck.
Link Posted: 8/19/2011 3:31:52 PM EST
Originally Posted By MedPig:
Just when they first build the new stomach. You start upping the amount in a week or two, but at first it does seem awfully small.

Sippy-Cup, anyone?


Do not be suprised if you can not swallow your own spit at first.

Link Posted: 8/19/2011 3:52:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By MedPig:
I am back home already. Tests show the new stomach is good, no leaks, and I'm on clear liquids for a week. Then, I get better soup, full liquids, stuff like that. Coffee might be a while, like 6-9 months.

Surgery wasn't as bad as I thought, they WERE able to do Laproscopic, so I only have 6 little holes in me. Good times...

Pain meds SO rock...


Good to hear, heres hoping you shep the lbs like crazy :cheers:

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Link Posted: 8/19/2011 3:57:48 PM EST
Good luck I hope you stay healthy and get the results you are looking for.
Link Posted: 8/19/2011 4:03:44 PM EST
Good luck man, let us know how it works out.
Link Posted: 8/19/2011 4:16:42 PM EST
A couple people I've known that had that done dropped weight like a rock. Let us know how it goes. Enjoy your meds!
Link Posted: 8/19/2011 5:22:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By America-first:
Good luck I hope you stay healthy and get the results you are looking for.


Link Posted: 8/23/2011 3:38:56 PM EST
Update??
Link Posted: 8/23/2011 3:39:48 PM EST
Good luck! A friend is having gastric sleeve on Friday.
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 12:40:55 AM EST
Originally Posted By odontia32m:
Update??


6 days out. I am drinking quite easily, apparently, the new exit to my stomach allows liquids to run right through. Jello, of all things, can clog me up a little, and make me feel VERY full. I'm still on "Clear Liquids Only" until tomorrow, after the Dr's visit, when I go to "Full Liquids", which means soups (but no chunks), and things like EAS protein shakes.

I feel good, all the IV water weight is gone, and I'm down to 303 so, I feel like something is starting to work.

I'm not allowed to have coffee for MONTHS, but most teas are okay. Constant Comment, an orange tea, is pretty good.

So far, so good.
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 12:45:43 AM EST
Congrats on taking a shortcut around willpower and hard work.
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 12:55:00 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 1:24:38 AM EST
Originally Posted By roboman:
Congrats on taking a shortcut around willpower and hard work.


I spend my life looking for those precious lil shortcuts.

Link Posted: 8/24/2011 1:27:35 AM EST
Stick with it
I had Lap band 4/48 and am down 80 lbs
I have 70 more to go for 1st long term milestone
I full understand where your at
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 1:30:45 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/24/2011 1:34:27 AM EST by desertw0lf]
Good luck with the bypass, OP. I went the Band route, because there are a LOT less complications both with the surgery, and later on in life as a result.

With the bypass, you will likely not be able to enjoy things with real sugars in them. Dumping syndrome is a bitch. Make sure you keep up on your vitamins, every day, you will find that you end up taking a TON of them to keep from getting malnutrition. Take them slowly throughout the whole day.

Originally Posted By roboman:
Congrats on taking a shortcut around willpower and hard work.


Some people are just stuck with the weight. I ate healthy, and resonable amounts every day for years, but put on pounds no matter what I did. I was always very active, even when I got really big. I spent two years with a doctor and nutritionist watching me like fucking hawks, and they could not figure out what the issue was. I had quit sodas, and we never really were prone to keeping snackfood around so that was not a problem. Eventually they told me to have the band. It helped, but even with the band and the four-ounce meals (only three a day) consisting mainly of protein, and supplemented with a ton of powdered vitamin supplements I still sometimes mysteriously fluctuate upwards in weight.

So, in short, fuck off with your ASSumptions.
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 1:43:59 AM EST
Originally Posted By roboman:
Congrats on taking a shortcut around willpower and hard work.


Link Posted: 8/24/2011 1:47:43 AM EST
Good Luck dude... i hope they briefed you on the very real risks of this surgery...
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 1:58:55 AM EST
Originally Posted By Strongbow:
Good Luck dude... i hope they briefed you on the very real risks of this surgery...


hes is already out and been home for some time now.
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 2:03:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By delemorte:
Originally Posted By Strongbow:
Good Luck dude... i hope they briefed you on the very real risks of this surgery...


hes is already out and been home for some time now.


Dint see that... I hope he does well. Some of teh side effects of this surgery can be NASTY.... and fatal.
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 2:17:05 AM EST
Originally Posted By MedPig:
I have to hit the hospital door at 0545 hours. I'm first one in my OR for a gastric bypass. I've been heavy for years, it was starting to take a toll, and I don't plan on dropping dead like my Dad did. So, I'm going for it.

Liquid Diet for the last three weeks was bad, but nothing but water or broth, ONE OUNCE at a time for the next week should be interesting. Not sure how anyone stays hydrated drinking like that.

I've got 100-120 pounds to go. Wish me luck, or at least a hot looking nurse...


Dis regard the bs some people here will give you. Good on you for taking charge and doing something that will prolong your life. Good luck and god speed my friend!!!
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 2:32:49 AM EST
Originally Posted By Strongbow:

Originally Posted By delemorte:
Originally Posted By Strongbow:
Good Luck dude... i hope they briefed you on the very real risks of this surgery...


hes is already out and been home for some time now.


Dint see that... I hope he does well. Some of teh side effects of this surgery can be NASTY.... and fatal.


Just out of curiosity. Are you a md or had first hand experience or are you simply spitting out stuff you have heard on the internet?
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 2:39:04 AM EST
Good luck and keep us posted on how it goes.
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 2:41:39 AM EST
Hang I there OP. I had it done a year ago and lost 200lbs. I would do it all over again in a heart beat.

If you have not been fat all your life you just have no idea what it is like and how nearly impossible it is to change.

If you have any questions or just want to talk IM me anytime.
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 2:46:33 AM EST
Originally Posted By roboman:
Congrats on taking a shortcut around willpower and hard work.


I swear to christ, this is the most judgmental bunch of pricks I've ever seen!

You people bitch about fat people, now you bitch about fat people doing something about thier weight.

Class act, dipshit
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 3:01:04 AM EST

Originally Posted By delemorte:
Originally Posted By Strongbow:

Originally Posted By delemorte:
Originally Posted By Strongbow:
Good Luck dude... i hope they briefed you on the very real risks of this surgery...


hes is already out and been home for some time now.


Dint see that... I hope he does well. Some of teh side effects of this surgery can be NASTY.... and fatal.


Just out of curiosity. Are you a md or had first hand experience or are you simply spitting out stuff you have heard on the internet?


Well.... I have a friend (or kinda HAD now) that had Gastric bypass. It's been a nightmare for him. First he had a leak. Another surgery to fix the leak. It wasn't cleaned up properly and went septic. He nearly died from that. Now that the immediate complications are over, he deals the "normal" issues. He has a hard time getting enough vitamins absorbed. He suffers from "dumping syndrone." He's sick and lethargic all the time. His life revolves around his sensitivities to foods and his requirements. He's only in his 40's.

The up side is he is no longer diabetic.

Keep in mind that the mortality rate (within 3 years of the surgery) is nearly 1 in 200 (found that out when trying to talk him out of this surgery).

A lap band is a the right choice for most people if they really want or need surgery. It's not as effective, but it has FAR fewer side effects and is easily reversible.
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 3:16:24 AM EST
So, you have no will power, you can't stick to a diet, you cheat, and you expect this to work? I'm not going to be a dick and wish ill on you, but for guys like you, long term, this rarely works. Just closing your stomach so you physically can't put as much Philly cheese steak in it doesn't require any effort, learning, or reprogramming on your part. Without that, relapse is almost inevitable.

Obesity is mostly a mental disorder. Unless you fix whatever caused you to get fat in the first place, you're doomed to failure. A bypass doesn't fix the root cause, it only alters the end effect.

That said, in five, ten, or twenty years, I'd love to see you make me eat crow, but from what I've seen, you're just looking for the cheap way out.
Link Posted: 8/24/2011 4:28:15 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/24/2011 4:29:14 AM EST by odontia32m]
Originally Posted By Eazy_E:
So, you have no will power, you can't stick to a diet, you cheat, and you expect this to work? I'm not going to be a dick and wish ill on you, but for guys like you, long term, this rarely works. Just closing your stomach so you physically can't put as much Philly cheese steak in it doesn't require any effort, learning, or reprogramming on your part. Without that, relapse is almost inevitable.

Obesity is mostly a mental disorder. Unless you fix whatever caused you to get fat in the first place, you're doomed to failure. A bypass doesn't fix the root cause, it only alters the end effect.

That said, in five, ten, or twenty years, I'd love to see you make me eat crow, but from what I've seen, you're just looking for the cheap way out.


Both my neighbors gained weight, Eat purge eat purge then repeat. I still wish you luck.

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