- HEALTH TRACKER
I loved the pre-op liquid diet, no decisions to make about what to eat or how much, it has left me free to prepare myself in other ways. I didn't like the flavor of the Ensure but I purchased some sugar-free Cinnamon Doluce (spelling) coffee flavoring from Starbucks and added a couple of squirts to the vanilla and chocolate and they tasted great, even after approx 3 weeks they still taste good to me (and this is my second time on the fast, first started the end of January and two weeks into the fast had to cancel surgery as I had an accident). The only tough part I found was not "tasting" my cooking, having to go on instinct, and smell, and some of the smells made me want to have some but was never stressed about not being able to.
Well I am new to this forum, as of today! I just found you, and my surgery is slated for tomorrow, June 21st @ 10:30. It has been a long journey to get to this point and I am glad that I can now move on to another phase.
My Dr. is Dr Karmali and I had to have a scope and a 21 day fast, although my surgery was moved ahead 2 days so am only doing/did a 19 day fast and this tada is Day 19.
Anyone else having surgery at the Alec tomorrow?
Thanks ! My original date would have been in late may however, I asked to wait until July because of my job. If I had my surgery in May it would have been about 11 months from my first apt. at the clinic. It really does vary though between people. If you comply with everything they ask you do to and they see you making lifestyle changes you will be through within a year. :) Good Luck :)
I'm sorry things have gone so badly for you. I am out of Red Deer as well and have had everything go smoothly. They seem very professional and have already helped me a lot. Sometimes things just happen...even if they are at the 99% of doing great...there's still the 1% that have a rough time. Sorry it had to be you :(
I hope things look up from here :)
I agree with what has been said here and I have friends that have had the surgery and they are not scary skinny. They are however enjoying their lives more then they ever did fat. Healthier and not taking medications that they had been on for a long time when fat. Taking a daily vitamin is good for you. Even when people consume a lot of food it does not mean that the food is meeting their nutritional requirements. I'd rather take a few vitamins a day then insulin, blood pressure medication, water pills and all the other stuff that goes along with being obese.
This is a major step and it can be overwhelming with all the info you need....but it is so worth doing the research and finding out how you can get your life back. Good luck!
When I was preparing for surgery I spent 100's of hours researching the different surgeries and used this forum to help support my choice and decision.
I will be 3 years out from Sleeve surgery in September and these past 3 years have been the best ones of my adult life. I'm not crazy thin and at my current weight I am literally still considered over weight according to the BMI charts, but I'm happy and healthy. I take my vitamins everyday but really even without surgery you should be doing that. I actually have always had some vitamin deficiencies so surgery didn't change that. I am able to walk forever and even r 5 km now and I wasn't able to do that since childhood.
My personal opinion is only based on what I know but the lap band has very low success rates and most people will lose in the beginning but have regain which leads to having the band removed and than revising to another surgery either by pass or sleeve.I think it's a was of time and energy to have it done and than put yourself at risk later with 2 more surgery to accomplish what you set out to do, it's unnecessary surgery when you have great choices like sleeve or by pass.
good luck with your research and I hope you are able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and choose a surgery that will suit your lifestyle. It's probably one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make next to marring your hubby of course :)
HW:274 SW:238 CW: 150.0 1St goal: 199.8 2nd goal:174 (100 pound lost)
My Persoanl Goal: (HIgh)150 (Low)140
1st goal acheived December 27th/2010. 1 week after my 3rd month surgery anniversary.
2nd goal acheived June 4th/2011. 2 weeks after my 8th Month Surgiversary.
Gall Bladder surgery April 12,2012
You can either believe it will happen.....or believe it won't. Both are self fulfilled prophesies. For Me it has happened. My Surgery was September 21/2010
The RNY is the surgery with the most data and evidence of long-term patients. The doctors and nurses in the Red Deer clinic don't like the Lap Band and there is LOTS of research and evidence that show patients don't have long-term success and many end up having the band removed and having a revision to the RNY or the VSG (sleeve). Check out the forums for the individual surgeries...you'll find many many patients that have had successes with the RNY and VSG and aren't scary thin. Yes you'll have to take vitamin supplements, but I think that's better than having to be on a bunch of other medications due to complications of obesity. Talk it out with your doctor, check out the forums on this site, you'll find a lot of useful information. Good luck to you on your journey!
Got my surgery date last week ....so excited!! I remember about a year ago posting about my first apt!!. Now that its booked, Im really getting nervous !!! Also just wanted to remind those that dont know we have a great support group on Facebook called Patients of Weight Wise Edmonton ...but anyone who is considering weight loss surgery is welcome !!!
I've recently moved to Fort McMurray and was wondering if anyone had suggestions for a family doctor who they have had good experience with (I'm 1.5 years post op, no complications other than needing my gall bladder removed).
I know there is a website that shows doctors accepting new patients, but I like hearing recommendations (and am willing to go on a waiting list for a good doctor)
OMG - I have had one since surgery and the first day, I had such wicked cramps that I had to sit down because I felt like my body was going in to shock (bit sweaty and my daughter even commented on my white face). I had a bit of cramping pre-surgery but I was still able to function.... not that day, I laid on the couch (after I managed to get out for some Tylenol) with a ho****er bottle! I hope they aren't all going to be like that......