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Has anyone here had weight loss surgery? (No judging)

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I know 4 people who had surgery. 2 band, 2 gastric bypass. One band can't eat normally, but tries and is sick and is obese. One band had to be re-done, but she is normal weight and doing well. One gastric bypass is still a problem 4 months later (rehospitalization twice) health wise, but she is thrilled to be down 80 pounds and is normal weight now. The other lost some weight but regularly eats very unhealthy food and is still quite obese with health problems. I've heard 70 percent of people gain the weight back eventually. My ex-relative is a gastric bypass surgeon who swears it is a wonderful thing and he is proud that his death rate is much lower than other surgeons-which is 2% or so-or was, it is going down, which is good. I agree with the thought that if I can't eat well and exercise now, I don't know how cutting out my insides will make my brain want to eat and exercise better. I'm sure it saves more people than it kills, but it isn't a magic fixer of all ills, so expectations and results may vary greatly.

Holli Level 6 Sep 2, 2018
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Yes. Gastric bypass. Went from 389 to 160. Yes there have been problems. Yes I had to embrace a whole new lifestyle. When I see friends and family members pass away from weight related issues, or watch them moulder away, eating themselves to death, I know I'll never regret the operation. Best thing I ever did for myself.

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I have 2 very close friends who have had gastric bypass. Neither has had any serious complications and both have had dramatic results. Your mileage may vary.

Long term results?

@dahermit 3 years for one and 5 years for the other, not very long.

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I had to find a new doctor, the doctor I loved retired and her replacement then moved to a different health system. I got a recommendation from a coworker. In our first visit my new doctor gestured with her pen towards my midsection and asked if I had considered bariatric surgery. I went searching for another new doctor.

So, in my job as a claims examiner for short term disability I have recently had two claims for ladies that had bariatric surgery and are now having malnutrition issues from it. One is pregnant and has been off work for several weeks early in her pregnancy and is now on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. The other lady is just is not doing well, I don't remember details.

With bariatric surgery you have to adjust your eating habits for the rest of your life. I know me. If I'm not willing to make those adjustments now, I know I won't be after surgery. I'm stubborn that way. Then after having those two claims, I'm damn glad I chose to avoid that option. That being said I also know folks for whom it has been great. I read quite a bit about it in the past and it just never seemed to me to be the best route for me.

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I happened to notice the post. I have not had any bariatric surgery. Instead, I worked in an imaging facility that performed upper GI (gastro-intestinal) studies on many who had this surgery done. I am merely a radiologic technologist. So I just wish to offer this one piece of advice, which you'll probably receive if you are electing to have this surgery performed: It is an entire lifestyle change you will be undergoing.

To hopefully keep you from meeting techs like me it is imperative to understand any resection (cutting short, removal by way of surgery) to the digestive tract or stomach necessarily means a smaller surface area. In not so technical terms, you will not be able to fit as much food as you once did into a smaller space. I know it sounds too obvious for words, but this is a huge reason for why many people's surgeries backfired on them. Now, if you'll venture forth, try to imagine all the ramifications for what this surgery entails. It's a psychological as well as a physical change of lifestyle. And as most people know, especially on a site like this, changing one's mind about something (food, religion, politics) is usually much harder to do if you've done something one way all your life. Without such change no permanent effects ever take place. Good luck to any having this surgery done.

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Yes, the band. Gained all my weight back and more, and have oesophagus issues. Don’t bother.

Livia Level 6 Sep 2, 2018
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My cousin and two aunts did. I've considered it, but honestly, I'm not sure it would be worth it. Its hard. They've all three been successful. No, bad outcomes or anything, it's just a whole new way of life.

Minta79 Level 7 Sep 2, 2018

@Katastrophe69 Post surgery is a life long commitment to avoiding foods that make you I'll, and counting protein. So, similar to the "natural way" but there is no off button. There's no cheat days. Which I understand is the main draw. But, I've also seen my cousin puke her guts out for an hour over a piece of cake. I don't let food have that much control now, a surgery to give it that much control is scary to me.

Thank you. I have lost over 100 pounds over the last couple of years. I was on high dose Prednisone for a long time. Air will make you gain weight on that stuff. I'm still a long way from healthy weight, but, I'm healthier than I've been in my entire adult life, and honestly as long as that trend continues to hold, I'm good. This is not about appearance for me. It's about hiking and riding rollercoasters with my kid.

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Duodenal switch. Dropped 200, gained back 70 when I got a sit all day job. Still my BP is a fraction of what it was. Saved my life

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The only thing that has worked for me is diet. eating fresh fish, fruits and vegetables in the amazon jungle. they are very difficult to find where i live in the united states unless you catch the fish yourself.

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Do surgery on your diet. Corporate food isn';t. It is formulated to activate your reward center in the brain & addict you to fake fat producing results. No carbs period except for boiled or baked potato or whole rice. Some 12 grain bread in small amounts. If you can eliminate carrion that is all the better. Eat colors other than brown or white. Simple if you eat from many other cultures. Northern euro diet is for work on the farm not in an office.

Mooolah Level 8 Sep 2, 2018

Pretty much the basics right there yup. That's how I usually eat now. I still like "carrion" though. (I was raised on a lot of wild meat and fish), but eat less nowadays.

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That's the problem..as we age, our metabolism slows and we need less and less food to maintain the current weight.

I was a fanatical organic health food-eating and fasting person who exercised constantly, ate tiny portions, but when I went through menopause, I suddenly started gaining TWO POUNDS A DAY! In a week or so, my weight jumped up 25 pounds!

I practically stopped eating to stop the weight gain and bloating but finally found certain hormone balancing herbs to put me back on my old weight and stop the bloating.

Or you could try CBD oil, which seems to cure EVERYTHING.

"CBD reduces appetite—the opposite of THC, which can trigger over-eating. I invited two friends to try it with me. We squeezed a few drops of CBD-infused oil under our tongues and waited. An hour later, at the time we’d planned to have dinner, we noticed we weren’t especially hungry. All thoughts of food had been swept away. My friend said that if this were widely known, “Cannabis would be legal in twenty minutes.”

Allan Frankel, a renowned internist in Los Angeles, and one of the country’s pioneers in “dosed cannabis medicine,” says his theory is that CBD oil is so broadly effective because it’s an essential nutrient.

It's like vitamins and amino acids; when there’s a CBD deficiency, people get sick. Because CBD brings the body into homeostasis, or balance, it can work in two directions; cutting appetite in people who overeat, and increasing appetite in those who need to eat more."

Link: Can CBD Help you Lose Weight?

[huffingtonpost.com] via @HuffPostBlogOr you could try CBD oil, which seems to cure EVERYTHING.

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A guy I work with had it, and says it was great, people trying to talk me into it, no way. Girl I worked with years ago died from complications, she had young kids at the time, it was hard.

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No but I have an ex sister-in-law that did, did not work out too good for her. She's doing okay now but for the first five years it was not good.

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As a chef/wellness educator, I teach both a before surgery cooking/food prep class and an after surgery food class as a consultant for a large medical center. So, I see both the pre and post 2x monthly.
I think, for people who are grossly overweight, that the surgery helps them lose tremendous amounts of weight and reach normal weights.

As much as I wish it could, not every weight issue can be addressed with only diet and exercise.

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A close friend of mine had his wife die during the procedure. I've had doctors advise it for me, but so far I haven't.

ldheinz Level 7 Sep 2, 2018
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I have not but like most replies here know people who have. Some had success and others did not, but it is a lifestyle change as well from what they have told me. You have to change what you're eating. I'm not going to pass judgement on anyone because I've dealt with weight issues in what seems like my entire life. I don't think it would be for me though.

I recommend doing intermittent fasting to everyone.. It is part of my life style so it is very easy for me to follow.

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I have and have known several others. I don't know of anyone who kept the weight off permanently due to the surgeries. Be aware however, that there are many different bariatric surgery techniques and they are not all of equal effectiveness. I would not recommend any of them.

dahermit Level 7 Sep 2, 2018
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My niece-in-law had some type of gastric surgery. She now looks anorexic and sickly, but since we don't really talk I'm not sure how healthy she is.

At the moment I'm about 100lbs overweight. I am slowly losing it, but I will NEVER get the surgery. Too many adverse effects are associated with it (malabsorption and severe diarrhea being two of them).

kiramea Level 7 Sep 2, 2018
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As someone who has had gastric bypass surgery (April 2016) it's been interesting to read the comments on this post. I lost 177 lbs at my lowest weight (I was way too thin there) and currently sit at 160 lbs lower than my highest weight. It's the best thing I've ever done for myself! NOT EASY! But a good thing! My acid reflux was gone immediately, I was able to stop all diabetes meds within 72 hrs, I no long have sleep apnea, and I feel like a new person. Those are just some of the physical benefits. There are psychological benefits as well - self-esteem and confidence, self-control, and I've made some amazing friends for life. And those are just the major benefits to me. It's the first time I've been at a normal weight since I was a kid (except for a brief period in my late 20's, early 30's). Correct, the surgery only changes the size of your stomach and the rest of it requires hard work, lifestyle changes, a very serious number of vitamins, minerals, calcium & iron to counter-act the absorption issues and a whole lot of self-examination, support, and sometimes a lot of therapy. I would not have been successful without the smaller stomach, though. Trust me, I'd been dieting since the 6th grade and could never maintain the weight loss. I've lost hundreds of pounds over the years and know how to do it. Temporarily. This time it's forever.

The Gastric Bypass itself is a tool only and is successful if you follow a strict diet and take good care of yourself. I have followed the doctor's orders and therefore have been pretty free from problems. Of the 100's of people I know that have had this surgery or the vertical gastric sleeve, I only know of 3 people that have had serious issues, 2 people who had life-threatening issues. Kaiser in Sacramento has an amazing bariatric dept with incredibly skilled surgeons, mandatory classes and meetings with the psychologist pre-op and the best support/follow up that you could ask for (which is how I know 100's of other patients). I feel so blessed to have had this surgery! Feel free to ask me any questions you might have - I'm an open book!

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I considered it twice. Although I only have about 50 pounds lose. The restrictions were too much. I joined the Y instead.

Sennia Level 2 Sep 4, 2018

try intermittent fasting.

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I had a gastric bypass in 2003 at around 400#. There have been ups and downs since, but I'm about 245# now. Not great, but a great improvement. No real complications for me. There is certainly a learning curve, and the surgery alone is not the answer. You will, of necessity, eat fewer carbs to avoid "dumping." You learn that pretty quick. Your bathroom breaks will be more frequent for a while, but your body will adjust.

Realize that you can stretch your new pouch out to the size of your old stomach if you overfill it constantly. One thing that really took some getting used to was not drinking with a meal. You want the food to be solid and stay in the stomach so you will feel full. Without a pyloric valve, things can wash right into your intestine, leaving you unsatisfied.

One bad thing, but it's true with any method that produces a lot of weight loss, is the sagging skin. If you're looking for a "beach bod" expect to have plastic surgery, as well.

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I sought advice and the physician I trust most recommended I try changing my eating habits and exercise first. They emphasized I actually try, not just say I tried after a week or so (I used to do that a lot).

I was able to make the right changes for me, but since my weight was starting to cause serious health problems, I would have done it.

Umbral Level 8 Sep 2, 2018
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no surgery for me. 5 feet 2 and 120 pounds. tell me about you. i want to move to Tweeds. i can afford a small home to rent, maybe we could become friends. I do not do hookups, but give all of myself when feelings and chemistry. Where is your picture?

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