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kamac
on 6/24/18 6:08 am
Topic: RE: Did you get a VGS instead of RNY because your BMI?

Thanks Laura! I'm in Canada, and my provincial health plan only covers sleeves if RNY's are medically unfeasible. If the surgeon gets in there and the amount and/or positioning of abdominal fat makes RNY too risky to perform, they'll do a sleeve. If that happens, I can modify to RNY down the road, after some weight loss.

Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, ON
Orientation Dec. 7/16 ~ Nurse Practitioner Jan. 6/17 ~ Dietician & Social Work Feb.10/17
Internal Medicine Feb.27/17~F/U Social Work June 2/17~Psych July/17(Psych cleared Jan/18)
F/U Social Work Oct/17, Mar/18~Pre-Surgery Class June 6/18~Meet the Surgeon June 13/18
Anesthesiologist June 23/18~Surgery scheduled for July 9, 2018 at St Mike's with Dr. Grantcharov
42 yrs old, 5'8, HW 420lbs, Optifast starting weight 395lbs

Laura in Texas
on 6/22/18 4:05 pm
Topic: RE: Did you get a VGS instead of RNY because your BMI?

Interesting. I think my highest BMI was 53 and this never came up. I had RNY and my surgeon did not have any issue with my BMI as far as my surgery was concerned.

The sleeve is a less complicated and quicker surgery for surgeons to perform. Could that be the reason? I hope not. There are pros and cons to both surgeries. I believe we should get the surgery we think is best for us.

Do you have any issues with acid reflux? If so, I would not get the sleeve.

Good luck!!

Laura in Texas

51 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); CW: 140 (BMI=22)

RNY: 09-17-08 Dr. Garth Davis

brachioplasty: 12-18-09 Dr. Wainwright; lbl/bl: 06-28-11 Dr. LoMonaco

"If what you're doing doesn't work, change what you're doing - don't complain that it doesn't work."

kamac
on 6/20/18 10:50 am
Topic: RE: Did you get a VGS instead of RNY because your BMI?

Thank you! I realize now that my question was kinda dumb...I posted when I still feeling overwhelmed and a bit panicky about my upcoming surgery. Since then, I've been doing a lot of reading and I see so many folks here who have sleeves and have done amazingly well. Like you say, it's all how you approach it and work the tool.

Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, ON
Orientation Dec. 7/16 ~ Nurse Practitioner Jan. 6/17 ~ Dietician & Social Work Feb.10/17
Internal Medicine Feb.27/17~F/U Social Work June 2/17~Psych July/17(Psych cleared Jan/18)
F/U Social Work Oct/17, Mar/18~Pre-Surgery Class June 6/18~Meet the Surgeon June 13/18
Anesthesiologist June 23/18~Surgery scheduled for July 9, 2018 at St Mike's with Dr. Grantcharov
42 yrs old, 5'8, HW 420lbs, Optifast starting weight 395lbs

Gwen M.
on 6/19/18 4:50 pm
VSG on 03/13/14
Topic: RE: Did you get a VGS instead of RNY because your BMI?

My BMI was 55 when I had surgery and my weight loss is going well with VSG. Both surgeries are excellent, but you can eat around both of them as well. As long as you work on the mental side of the equation, you'll be successful with either.

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 41 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

TrendWeight | Food Blog (sort of functional) | Journal (down for maintenance)

kiranjohn
on 6/18/18 12:33 pm
Topic: Problem in reducing the BMI

Hello there, Recently I checked my BMI after my friend's advice.Actually I don't know how to calculate bmi so I googled and found this bmi calculator.This helped me to calculate my bmi easily.I'm shocked to see myself in obese category.I'm not actually that fat but I don't know how I get under obese category.From that I controlled my diet and did severe excercises.After continuing this for 2 months I found myself in same BMI category.If anyone has any working and easy way to reduce BMI please share

kamac
on 6/16/18 8:36 am
Topic: Did you get a VGS instead of RNY because your BMI?

I'm on my 3rd day of Optifast and have surgery scheduled on July 9. As of today, my BMI is 59.3 (if I calculate at my current height of 5'8"...when I'm a healthy weight, I'm actually 5'9" and if I use that as my height my BMI is 57.6. Anyways, it's high).

When I met the surgeon last week, he told me that sometimes for patients approaching BMI 60, they end up doing a sleeve instead of RNY because the abdominal fat can make it difficult to perform the RNY. That was new information for me. So far all my reading and research has been on RNY but now I'm reading up on VGS so I'll be prepared in case that's what I end up with. I see there are benefits and downsides to both procedures, although RNY is considered "gold standard" for WLS.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for RNY, but want to stay positive if I do get VGS instead. Surgeon won't know until he gets in there, of course. And of course, there are other factors involved too, like scar tissue or just the positioning of one's "insides".

Just wondering if any of folks here went in hoping for RNY and ended up with VGS? How is your weight loss going? Have you been able to maintain your weight loss? Did you eventually get a revision to RNY, or did you keep the sleeve?

Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, ON
Orientation Dec. 7/16 ~ Nurse Practitioner Jan. 6/17 ~ Dietician & Social Work Feb.10/17
Internal Medicine Feb.27/17~F/U Social Work June 2/17~Psych July/17(Psych cleared Jan/18)
F/U Social Work Oct/17, Mar/18~Pre-Surgery Class June 6/18~Meet the Surgeon June 13/18
Anesthesiologist June 23/18~Surgery scheduled for July 9, 2018 at St Mike's with Dr. Grantcharov
42 yrs old, 5'8, HW 420lbs, Optifast starting weight 395lbs

Teena D.
on 5/31/18 10:00 am - Oshawa, Canada
RNY on 01/12/17
Topic: RE: Weekly weigh in 5/21-5/27

Congrats on the loss!

  1. Referral Feb 4, 2016, Toronto Western RNY Guelph Jan 12/2017 with Dr. Reed

Happily married, mom of 3 teens. On a journey to healthy!

Weight Loss: PreOp: 13 lbs M1: 21.9 M2: 13.4 M3: 14.4 M4: 10.3 M5: 11.9 M6: 11.9 M7: 9.5 M8: 6 M9: 5.2 M10: 4.5 M11: 6.9 M12: 0.5

129.4 lbs lost and counting!

Amy Liz
on 5/21/18 8:58 am - CA
RNY on 11/21/16
Topic: Weekly weigh in 5/21-5/27

Good morning everyone! The previous week got a way from me eating wise, and last week time wise, but I'm back and it's a new day!

HW - 309

LW - 171.1

TW - 165.5

Feeling better these days - my head is 100% in the game. I am now setting a goal weight with a goal date. I'm tired of repeating the same gain/lose cycle over and over...determined to hold myself more accountable!! I'm 18 months post op today and there is no reason I shouldn't already be at goal right now. Enough!

Goal weight - 145

Goal date - 9/11 - my 50th birthday!

Have a great week!!

Amy

SW 309 CW 162 GW 145

M1-25 M2-20 M3-13 M4-11 M5-12 M6-13 M7-11 M8-11 M9-13 M10-4 M11-8 M12-3 M13-5 M14-3 M15+9 M16+4 M17-4 M18-4 M19-2

yvonnef1964
on 5/16/18 11:01 pm
VSG on 08/11/14
Topic: Weekly weigh in 5/14-5/20

hello,

hw 368

Lw 184.4

Tw 181.4

jessdly
on 5/16/18 12:26 pm
Topic: RE: VSG BMI 66!!!!!!????

Did you have your surgery in the states?

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