Hello all and Happy New Year!
I just got Florida Blue Insurance and now my dream of getting a sleeve can happen! I'll be honest im really nervous about it though. Im a big guy and this will make a dramatic change for me. right now I use a scooter for longer distances and im looking forward to eventually being able to ride my motorcycle to work and not have to have my scooter! the thought of real clothes is exciting. but I have some questions and maybe silly but I still have them;
thanks in advance!
Col. Eric J. Dhabliwala
First, welcome! There's lots of good advice here.
Good luck with your journey and keep reading the forums for advice.
Congrats on the insurance and being one step closer to a tool to help earn back your health.
Welcome, Eric! I'm so glad that your insurance is eligible now! How long is your pre-approval process? Finding out now and making a checklist will be helpful, I'm sure! :-)
I want to caution you that I have spoken to many that have had this surgery. I have also attended a group with several women and one man. And everyone's experiences ARE different! Keep that in mind!
Hi Eric! Congrats on the insurance.
I'm two weeks out from surgery now, about to start purees tomorrow.
Best of luck!
VSG with Dr. George Fielding on 12/20/17.
Peak Weight: 348 | Surgery Weight: 327 | Goal Weight: 200
Hello and welcome to the forums!
To address your questions, more or less in order:
1: Everybody is different, so it's hard to compare journeys. Your starting BMI, how long you've been obese, how closely you follow your plan, and your unique health situation all impact what your progress could look like. That said, most people lose a fair amount of weight in the first month (~20lb, sometimes more, sometimes less) and then it's a slow and steady 1 - 2lb per week. Of the folks here *****ach goal, most seem to do it within a year.
2: You can still eat a lot of foods, but your relationship with it absolutely changes. Some people need professional help, like therapy, to help negotiate that change; surgery fixes your stomach, not your head. Healthy habits did not lead to morbid obesity, so most of us have a lot of work to do. That said, I can totally eat a variety of foods that I love that are good for me.
3: Some people have trouble with spicy food early on, but I never have. The hotter, the better!
4: Plastics are a very individual choice. For many/most of us, insurance won't cover it, so it's self-pay or nothing. Some people have lots of loose skin, others have less. Some choose to get rid of it, others (myself included) can live with it. Personally, I'd much rather have some tummy jiggle than all of the health problems that came with my obesity.
5: Other thoughts-- Read the forums thoroughly and know what to expect. Check out the menu threads to see what post-op eating looks like. See how many people panic at the "three week stall." Read up on the dangers of alcohol after WLS and the risks of transfer addiction.
Welcome, and good luck!
Hello and welcome! Questions are never silly and it's good that you're asking!
1. Never as fast as I wanted to :)
2. Sometimes I miss eating a HUGE serving of something, but that's rare. I can eat anything I want to. However, just because I can doesn't mean I should. So there's really nothing to miss - if I really feel I NEED something that's not in my way of eating, I know I can eat it.
3. Probably. Eating hot and spicy foods is a little different now since you can't temper the heat with water or a carb like bread or rice. So I have to be a little more careful about chancing something being too spicy and then not being able to do anything about it until after I've eaten it!
4. What about plastic surgery? What, specifically, do you want to know about it? Some people need it, some people want it, some people get it, some people don't. It's rarely covered by insurance, it's expensive, and it's important to find a surgeon who specializes in reconstruction after massive weight loss because our skin is different. For me, the excess skin was annoying during exercise and preventing me from doing some of the things I wanted to do.
5. Read everything. I spent my pre-op time reading through all the old forum posts here and that was super useful. There are a lot of frequently asked questions and, thanks to all the reading, I didn't need to ask them myself. Losing weight is strangely expensive - shopping at thrift stores can be a good way to save money! Find a therapist you click with and start working with them - even now when you're pre-op. Surgery is on the stomach, not the brain, and the brain is the one that will ensure longterm success. You can also start working on getting in the habit of weighing and tracking all the food you consume with something like MyFitnessPal. This will help to build awareness of food in addition to awareness of your calories and protein intake. Work to cut out the liquids you currently drink that have calories in them and to make a habit of drinking at least 64 ounces of calorie-free liquid a day. You can also start working on not drinking with meals and waiting 30 minutes after you finish eating to start drinking again. Lots of good habit work can be done now, even before you have surgery :)
Most of all? WLS is awesome and there's never a single day that I regret making the choice to have the VSG.
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