- HEALTH TRACKER
i'm not good with eating when i'm supposed to, but i also don't have a schedule right now (unemployed and only have class 1 day a week) which makes it harder. keep healthy snacks on hand for while you're out, like string cheese, protein bars, nuts, fruit, etc.
I had RNY in September 2010. I never got down to my goal weight, but I am happy where I am (other than my excess skin and residual fat but that process starts in June!). For the most part I feel "normal" and definitely think that surgery was the best decision I have ever made.
a lot of people put on a lot of water weight right after surgery, and you're body is in shock. i think it was month 2 when i lost the most. i had surgery on sept 27 at 253 and it was christmas eve morning when i hit 199
i hate the way that my stomach looks even in jeans. and i'm extremely uncomfortable in spanx (or even tights), plus if i wear them now i get awful marks all over my skin. i'll probably never get all of the surgeries i want (unless i marry a plastic surgeon lol), but a girl can dream lol. i'll probably post before/after pictures when i'm all excited about how i look lol. if you add me as a friend i have pictures on my profile from before/after my rny, they haven't been updated in about a year but not much has changed since then.
i'm 5'0" and started around 252/253 and never hit my ultimate goal, but am maintaining less than i have ever weighed as an adult (probably since middle school). my body just does not want to drop under 150, i was 148 for a few weeks after being sick but it bounced back up.
others say my skin isn't bad but it's a wreck to me. i haven't had kids yet (and no plans to do so anytime soon seeing as i haven't even had a date in over a year). i'm having an extended tummy tuck with lipo in my hips and thighs in june. after that we'll evaluate if my thighs need a lift too or if the lipo solved the weird fat deposit issue i currently have. then i plan on having a breast reduction/lift, with possibly an upper body lift depending how that looks after my june surgery, same with the arms, and if the things are needed then i'll have them done then too. no idea how i'll be paying for this second surgery but it wouldn't be for at least a year anyway and hopefully insurance would cover the reduction.
i don't see the binder really helping. the excess skin is due more to genetics and the elasticity of your skin. if you're going to get it there really isn't any way to avoid it. muscle can make it look a little better, but it will definitely still be there.
i don't really know how to describe it so this is my surgeon's before and after gallery:
it's somewhere between the 5 & 6th pictures down (for my stomach). the panni extends about half way around my hips and hangs just above my pubic area. the skin on my legs is good but i accumulated weird fat deposits on my upper inner thighs so he's going to lipo them and we'll see how the skin responds and if i'll eventually need a thigh lift. my flanks have some laxity which depending how i look after this round i may include with by breast reduction/lift in the next. i have very little excess skin in my breasts as they didn't lose too much size (still a DDD), they don't really hang more than they did pre-op. my arms hang maybe an inch and a half, as of right now i'm not too concerned with them, but we'll see. everything above my shoulders is perfect, except my nose looks bigger now that my face isn't round, but i wouldn't touch my face anyway!
finally called and scheduled my extended tummy tuck with hip and inner thigh lipo for june 6! i know it'll be here before i know it but it seems so far away (had to wait that long since i graduate with my masters' on may 24th).
my surgeon said i should be fine, but from those of you that have had the surgery, i should be okay for my sister's wedding on july 13 right? it's just over 5 weeks and from the poking around here i've done it seems most people are feeling better around week 3. i'm guessing i'll still probably have some swelling going on, but i tend to not really swell much. i'm going to wait until as close to the wedding to get the dress altered as i can (the biggest issue will be the length anyway since i'm only 5' and its floor length), and it's going to be big everywhere else anyway thanks to the boobs.
1. Was it difficult to get your doctor to approve of the surgery? I JUST switched to a new doctor because my health insurance was no longer accepted at my previous doctors. I do not know this doctor well, but she knows I struggle with depression and obesity.
at 24, my cardiologist is the one that recommended the surgery so after i told my pcp that he jumped on board. i had been seeing my cardiologist for 2 years at that point and my pcp since i was maybe 15 or 16 and both knew that i had been struggling with my weight. dieting and exercising like crazy and still gaining weight.
2. Which surgery did you choose and why? I'm leaning towards Roux - en - y.
i wanted restriction and malabsorption (the malabsorption being more important) and my insurance only covered rny or lap band so it was an easy choice. plus ds seemed to drastic for me.
3. How did you choose your surgeon? How do you learn their qualifications?
again my insurance made this easier, i had to use a center of excellence, which left only university of penn in my area (my parents live outside of philly and i was living with them at that point). i went to their informational session and scheduled my consult that day with the nurse that ran it. she recommended my surgeon for me, based on my goals and age, when i had my consult both me and my dad agreed that he seemed great, and he was!
4. I'm terrified of side effects - losing hair, teeth falling out - any advice?
most people lose some hair, it's more an effect of the anesthesia. for me it was a lot, but i had a TON of hair to begin with. my hair texture changed to but i'm not sure if that's coincidental since they say it changes every 7 years or so. my hair still hasn't grown back to the same thickness it once was (i'm almost 2 1/2 years post op) but i'm okay with it. if you didn't know how thick my hair was before you would never know, plus it's a lot more manageable and easier to straighten now! i haven't heard of anyone's teeth falling out, but i'm assuming if that happened they haven't been taking their vitamins, which is super important!
5. Loose skin - I'm pretty young, but have been obese for a long time. In mid-20's is it more likely that your skin will be less saggy post surgery?!
this was probably my biggest fear about losing weight. they say age and genetics play a huge part. but a lot of us on the board have had problems with excess skin, and a lot of people have had plastics. i have my first consult with a plastic surgeon february 6th. in a perfect world i would have a lower body lift, boob reduction and lift (they're still DDD after losing around 100 lbs), arm lift, and inner thigh lift. right now i think i'm going to focus on the lower body lift, but i'm open to see what he recommends and says can be done at the same time, and of course the cost. but i'm lucky and my parents and grandparents want to help to cover the cost.
hope this helps! if you have any other questions feel free to ask or pm me. i have some before/afters on my profile (don't remember if you need to be my friend to see them). i haven't updated in a while but not much has changed. getting surgery was definitely a great decision that i made. sure i'm still not happy with my body (but is any woman ever really happy with their bodies?), but i can physically do a lot more than i could before, and i am so much more healthy!
are you planning on joining a gym? a lot of them offer a free session with a personal trainer when you sign up, just to give you some ideas.
personally, i LOVE zumba. that's the only class. i hated running while i was doing it but liked the shape it gave my body, unfortunately my joints didn't agree with it, but i'm thinking of trying it again. i usually use the elliptical or some sort of cross trainer (depends what's open at the gym) or the stationary bike. i also do little things like taking the stairs when i can or walking more than necessary (getting of the subway a stop or two early, walking instead of taking the bus when i'm going under 2 miles or so, etc)
so jealous! hope everything went great!
i would call the office and see what they say.
my office seems to be more liberal than most... i was on full liquids as soon as i was discharged. at 1 week (on monday) i was on pureed, when i went in for my 1 week appointment friday they said i could start soft foods if i wanted. then after a week i was back onto regular foods (within reason of course).
so glad that you finally got your surgery and you're doing well!