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#1 kissy10

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:21 PM

I have been thinking very seriously about getting this WLS done, however wonder if anyone has traveled this path & regretted it?

I prefer sleeving over band due to refill costs, ability to eat smaller portions of everything, a perm solution and less complications.

Thanks

Edited by kissy10, 25 August 2011 - 04:41 PM.


#2 Ruby Gloom

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:24 PM

I'm in the process of getting it all happening here.

To be honest, everyone I've spoken to have said their only regret was they didn't do it sooner.

#3 ~chiquita~

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:24 PM

I came here thinking you were talking about tattoos! biggrin.gif

#4 kissy10

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:26 PM

QUOTE (bumblebee_girl @ 25/08/2011, 04:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I came here thinking you were talking about tattoos! biggrin.gif


hahaha

#5 kissy10

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE (Ruby Gloom @ 25/08/2011, 04:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm in the process of getting it all happening here.

To be honest, everyone I've spoken to have said their only regret was they didn't do it sooner.


Cool, that's what I thought. Because it is a "permanent" operation,  my family are freaking out about it.

What state are you in? I'm in Melbourne & have a few surgeons who have been recommended.

#6 Jupiter123

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE (bumblebee_girl @ 25/08/2011, 04:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I came here thinking you were talking about tattoos! biggrin.gif


tis okay, that was my first thought too.

#7 ~megan~

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:30 PM

Nope. Not one single regret.  I was 118.1kg when I started my pre op diet. 112kg on my day of surgery 1/3/10. I was 71.5kg a the end of December 2010. I'm about 83kg now, but as you can see by my ticker I am also 36 weeks pregnant (something I hope to achieve by having surgery as the fertility treatments were not working at all for me at the weight I was).

Good luck x

#8 miinii

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:30 PM

QUOTE (bumblebee_girl @ 25/08/2011, 04:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I came here thinking you were talking about tattoos! biggrin.gif


HAHA i came in thinking the same thing

#9 Tsikos

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:34 PM

~megan~ how does it affect pregnancy/nutrition during pregnancy?

Did they mention what would happen long term if you get a chronic disease like bowel cancer or any other form where optimal and maximun nutrition is necessary.

These are the mental barriers I have ATM...

#10 Ruby Gloom

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:34 PM

QUOTE (kissy10 @ 25/08/2011, 04:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cool, that's what I thought. Because it is a "permanent" operation,  my family are freaking out about it.

What state are you in? I'm in Melbourne & have a few surgeons who have been recommended.



I'm in Sydney. Check out the Gastric Sleeve Support Forum http://www.gastricsleevesupport.com/ . There are LOTS of recommendations for surgeons and lots and lots of questions answered.

My husband has been very reluctant only because he's nervous about the risks of the surgery. I'm nervous too but I have so many health problems now that there are more risks to not going ahead, iykwim?

#11 kissy10

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:35 PM

QUOTE (~megan~ @ 25/08/2011, 04:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nope. Not one single regret.  I was 118.1kg when I started my pre op diet. 112kg on my day of surgery 1/3/10. I was 71.5kg a the end of December 2010. I'm about 83kg now, but as you can see by my ticker I am also 36 weeks pregnant (something I hope to achieve by having surgery as the fertility treatments were not working at all for me at the weight I was).

Good luck x


Well done & congrats on your pregnancy! Glad to hear you can get preg after being sleeved. You never know, there may be another one down the track!!


#12 twinboys

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:36 PM

Best thing I have ever done!!

My bestie has also had it done after watching my progress and results and she is rapt too.

We both had BMI's of 34 - 35 and I am so glad our surgeon saw us as suitable candidates - I have PCOS and she has familiy history of heart disease and diabetes.

I am in Melbourne.
There are regular sleevers catch ups all across town.
One is happening every fortnight at the Cranbourne Botanical gardens mid week ATM.

Look at the gastric sleeve support forum - there you can read about surgeons join in meet ups and get some great feedback!!



#13 kissy10

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:36 PM

QUOTE (Ruby Gloom @ 25/08/2011, 04:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm in Sydney. Check out the Gastric Sleeve Support Forum http://www.gastricsleevesupport.com/ . There are LOTS of recommendations for surgeons and lots and lots of questions answered.

My husband has been very reluctant only because he's nervous about the risks of the surgery. I'm nervous too but I have so many health problems now that there are more risks to not going ahead, iykwim?



I'm on there too, but like to get feedback from various sources.

#14 kissy10

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:40 PM

QUOTE (twinboys @ 25/08/2011, 04:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am in Melbourne.
There are regular sleevers catch ups all across town.
One is happening every fortnight at the Cranbourne Botanical gardens mid week ATM.


Poo, I'll be at work! I met up with some members earlier in the year on a weekend.


#15 ~megan~

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:42 PM

No problems with nutrition and I can eat a little more now than I could pre-pregnancy. Not sure if that is due to pregnancy (my dr said it could be as metabolism is faster) or time post op (allowing the swelling to decrease).

I never asked about chronic conditions later in life really and I am a nurse. I figured I had a much greater chance of even making it to being older by having the surgery than I ever would by not.  

I had high blood pressure, hyperinsulinaemia (pre-diabetes) and was over 50kg overweight with PCOS.

I now have low blood pressure if anything, normal insulin levels and had ALMOST got to a healthy BMI (26) when I fell pregnant after starting at BMI 45!!

The only thing I am deficient in is iron, but that could also just be pregnancy related as I was borderline with my last child also.

#16 Ruby Gloom

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:43 PM

QUOTE (kissy10 @ 25/08/2011, 04:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm on there too, but like to get feedback from various sources.


Good idea original.gif

#17 PurpleWitch

Posted 25 August 2011 - 06:24 PM

Not a single regret. I regret the band though, evil things.

Sleeve = best thing ever.


#18 Guest_Maxim_*

Posted 25 August 2011 - 06:27 PM

QUOTE (PurpleWitch @ 25/08/2011, 07:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not a single regret. I regret the band though, evil things.

Sleeve = best thing ever.


Why, what was wrong with the band?

#19 MoonPie

Posted 25 August 2011 - 06:34 PM

QUOTE (Tsikos @ 25/08/2011, 02:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
~megan~ how does it affect pregnancy/nutrition during pregnancy?

Did they mention what would happen long term if you get a chronic disease like bowel cancer or any other form where optimal and maximun nutrition is necessary.

These are the mental barriers I have ATM...

Chronic obesity is a major risk factor for many cancers. I work in oncology and this was one of my considerations, but I'd rather do what I can to prevent the cancer than be in an optimal position to treat it, if that makes sense.

I absolutely and completely do NOT regret my sleeve. My BMI was 49.9 (I know, right?!) and is now 37.2 at last measure a few weeks back. I have a long way to go and the loose skin I've been left with is... well, its not pretty. But I'm alive, I'm healthy, fit, life is fantastic. My depression is well on its way to being under control. I'm seeing someone. I can handle hardcore gym classes without feeling like I'm actually going to die. There are times when I get cranky at it, especially when eating out, but I'm going to live for like, 30 extra years now, so there's plenty of time to get in extra bits of lamb korma and whatnot.

So, umm, in short, no. I don't regret it. /steps off soapbox.
PS: I've blogged my journey at Lion Jumper
*cough* desperate for blog readers *cough*

Edited by Rebothy, 25 August 2011 - 06:35 PM.


#20 PurpleWitch

Posted 25 August 2011 - 06:38 PM

QUOTE
Why, what was wrong with the band?


Long term? There is an increased risk of complications. Slips, leaks, erosion.
Once you start having issues with it, faffing around with fills and unfills, it's on the way out.

The beauty of the sleeve is it's a set and leave procedure. I never have to worry about getting gatro or food poisoning, vomitting no longer fills me with dread in case it causes my band to move and my stomach to swell.

My band was fab for the first 18 months. Then the troubles started. Some days I couldn't swallow my own saliva. I developed reflux and started dysfunctional eating.

My surgeon spends most of his time removing lap bands now. Just not worth it.


Out of all the girls I know who were banded the same time as me? So, that's 5 of us, only one still has her band.



#21 Guest_Maxim_*

Posted 26 August 2011 - 12:52 AM

QUOTE (PurpleWitch @ 25/08/2011, 06:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Long term? There is an increased risk of complications. Slips, leaks, erosion.
Once you start having issues with it, faffing around with fills and unfills, it's on the way out.

The beauty of the sleeve is it's a set and leave procedure. I never have to worry about getting gatro or food poisoning, vomitting no longer fills me with dread in case it causes my band to move and my stomach to swell.

My band was fab for the first 18 months. Then the troubles started. Some days I couldn't swallow my own saliva. I developed reflux and started dysfunctional eating.

My surgeon spends most of his time removing lap bands now. Just not worth it.


Out of all the girls I know who were banded the same time as me? So, that's 5 of us, only one still has her band.


ohmy.gif good to know

#22 joshuasmum

Posted 27 August 2011 - 06:46 PM

I am being sleeved on 20 Sept - can't wait!  I did a lot of research and spoke to people who have had it done and as a previous posted said their only regret was not having it done sooner.  
The big thing that I had to get my head around was that I wouldn't be able to go out to dinner and have an entree, main course, etc but then I thought that that is what got me to where I am not - morbidly obese.  I am comfortable with my decision now. I have done absolutely everything to loose weight and failed to keep it off.  If I don't do something about it now then in 5-10 years I will be at serious risks of developing life threatening conditions.  I saw something that someone wrote and decided it is so true - I don't want a knife and fork to dig my grave......

#23 Guest_Cathode_*

Posted 27 August 2011 - 06:54 PM

QUOTE (PurpleWitch @ 25/08/2011, 04:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Long term? There is an increased risk of complications. Slips, leaks, erosion.
Once you start having issues with it, faffing around with fills and unfills, it's on the way out.

The beauty of the sleeve is it's a set and leave procedure. I never have to worry about getting gatro or food poisoning, vomitting no longer fills me with dread in case it causes my band to move and my stomach to swell.

My band was fab for the first 18 months. Then the troubles started. Some days I couldn't swallow my own saliva. I developed reflux and started dysfunctional eating.

My surgeon spends most of his time removing lap bands now. Just not worth it.


Out of all the girls I know who were banded the same time as me? So, that's 5 of us, only one still has her band.


If you don't mind me asking ... how long have you been sleeved for? does it have the same potential for maladaptive eating patterns? (what I am going through atm with band).
Also, did your surgeon remove band and sleeve in the one operation? or were you made to remove, wait 3 months and then sleeve in a separate operation?

#24 PurpleWitch

Posted 27 August 2011 - 10:25 PM

Yvonne, I go out to dinner a lot.

I just order whatever I want and eat what I can. I feel as full as I did pre sleeve just at a fraction of the amount. It's brilliant.

QUOTE
how long have you been sleeved for?


Almost 9 months now.

QUOTE
does it have the same potential for maladaptive eating patterns? (what I am going through atm with band).


Nope. Because of the restriction of the band, that causes maladaptive eating. Yet with the sleeve, you actually can eat everything, just in smaller amounts.



Also, did your surgeon remove band and sleeve in the one operation? or were you made to remove, wait 3 months and then sleeve in a separate operation?

I had my band removed in early July and I was sleeved 5 months later. He wanted to wait until I'd healed so as to have the best chance at having a sleeve. Sometimes the scaring is too bad and a sleeve is not possible. Mine was his worst case, I was so lucky that he sleeved me.

My diet is by far the best it's ever been with the sleeve. I follow my dieticians guidelines to the letter. And I'm 42 kilos down. I'm fit and strong. I really would recommend the sleeve to anyone.




#25 LK1

Posted 27 August 2011 - 11:20 PM

Can I ask about cost? If you have PHI, what's the average out of pocket costs?




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