How Diabetes Affects Life Expectancy and If Bariatric Surgery Changes It

Once a diagnosis of diabetes is made, many people worry about how it would affect their lives. Death is not something that we like to talk about, but it’s our nature to wonder how long we can live. There is no specific equation or answer because it can be influenced by many variables. It is ...


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Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery Forum (RNY)
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What's on your Monday Menu?

Hey Everyone! Welcome to a new week... who is ready? I am good with it, because my weekend did not have enough structure. I ate way too much crap (including some cool brownies!)! But it was a really nice weekend. We got to see Grim's daughter (by talking in her…


Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Forum (VSG)
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Wish me luck! Surgery is tomorrow!

Hi everyone, I want to thank anyone who posted replies and support for me! You all helped me to get through and my surgery is tomorrow bright and early! I'm less nervous now and feel like I'm opening a new chapter with this. I will update maybe after the weekend…


Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery Forum (RNY)
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What’s on your Sunday menu?

Good Sunday morning everyone! not much new to report today. I am tired and I am feeling a lot of pain so same ol same ol. thought I’d share puppy memes today! QOTD: What mythical creature do you wish actually existed? centaur...not sure why but it’d crack me up which…

Melody P.

Duodenal Switch Forum (DS)
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Blank Slate Here, is there rapid weight loss with the DS procedure?

Again, sorry to y'all. Not a clue what this procedure is, reading the books is fine, but if anyone can share real person experiences, I appreciate the help. My girlfriend thinks she wants DS but I'm trying to educate my own self about weight loss surgery. I have a friend…


Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery Forum (RNY)
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What's on your (PHOTO) Friday Menu?

Hello and Welcome to Fridaaaaaaay! Phew, I am ready for this weekend. Yesterday was busy at work-- we were very busy dealing with schools moving to remote, of course... but then on top of everything else, one of the school committee members was caught on a live mic making fun…


Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery Forum (RNY)
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What’s on your menu for Saturday?

Good morning everyone! We had our first freeze last night and my body could tell. So sore. This is going to be a very long winter. not much planned today. The hospitalization rate here is so high they are going to reduce capacity at businesses. It is so scary here.…

Melody P.

Weight Loss Surgery Forums
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Birth Control question

I just had my last appointment with my PCP/Nutritionist and everything is being submitted as we speak! Hopefully will have a surgery date within one to two months but wondering about birth control ? Doctor told me to stop the pill because of blood clot risks, which I totally get.…


Weight Loss Surgery Forums
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for the ladies out there

i have a question for you gals out there-i am 2 yrs post op (RNY) & lost 245 lbs. I live in a rural area & decided to finally get a mammogram (the last one i had was 3 yrs ago) the radiologist said i had to have it repeated…


Weight Loss Surgery Forums
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Scared to Lose

This may sound like a stupid question, but has anyone ever been scared to lose the weight? I mean really WANTING to lose weight, but at the same time being scared of losing it, because your weight was what defined you (almost) all of your life? Although it was in…


Duodenal Switch Forum (DS)
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Hi. Twenty years ago I had the Gastric Bypass. I had a revision of the Duodenal Switch back in January of 2020. I started losing weight quickly and went through my first stall in my 4 and 5th month. As of my ninth month, I have lost 82 pounds. I…



Just wondering


I have lost 95 pounds since my surgery.  I work out 3 times per week. The problem? I no longer nervous eat when I'm stressed out. I drink lots of dry wine instead. Anyone else feel like they have traded addictions?

reshape | Feb 11, 2018 | Bariatric Surgeon: Dr.

Cost of duodenal switch surgery


Hello everyone. I have a question regarding the cost of duodenal switch surgery. I live in NC and have completed my pre-op for duodenal switch surgery. The doctors office that I am attending offers a self pay duodenal switch price of $15,000 for non insured patients. My insurance will cover…


6 years later

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Hi everyone, i was an avid OH follower before and after my surgery. It's been 6 years and i have forgotten my user name and password so here i am under a new name.  i had my sleeve in Aug 2014. It was a great success. I hit my goal…

VSG | Aug 14, 2014 | Bariatric Surgeon: Dr.

Still sober


Still sober as of October 21. This is not easy. I have every excuse as to why I need or want a drink. No alchohol in the house and I am taking medication that will make me sick if I try to drink. 

RNY | Apr 15, 2019 | Bariatric Surgeon: Dr.

17 years since my gastric bypass today!


My once a year check in!  Still doing great and keeping my weight stable at 130 to 132.  Happy with that.  I just like to post this once a year on the anniversary of my surgery to let new post ops know that this can be maintained long term. I…

RNY | Oct 16, 2003 | Bariatric Surgeon: Dr. Bryan Freeman

Day by Day


Day three of being sober and third AA meeting in the bucket. It is such a struggle but I am hopeful.

RNY | Apr 15, 2019 | Bariatric Surgeon: Dr.

Getting Back in the Groove Focusing on the NSV


It's been almost 3 years since I made the decision and went through with my VSG surgery. During Covid Life hit me and it hit me hard, not even going to lie or sugar coat it. I am very connected with my bariatric community and family, support team. As each…

VSG | Dec 11, 2017 | Bariatric Surgeon: Dr.

Plastic Surgeon in Northern Illinois area

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I am looking for referrals for plastic surgeons in the Northern Illinois area that have experience in handling patients who have had etreme weight loss from gastric bypass. This is my first time posting a question so hopefully I am doing it correctly. Thank you!


Self-Care (borrowed from another site)

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Here’s how you can reward yourself for losing weight: Have a facialBudget: Give yourself a facial at homeSplurge: Have a facial at a spa Have a movie nightBudget: Have a romantic movie night at home with your partnerSplurge: Go see a film at the movie theater Enjoy some entertaining readingBudget:…

Tammy S.

Facing the fear - written 09/27/2019

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Why do I fear a gastric surgery? Why do I fear facing this fear? I felt quite blind-sided last fall, when Deena told me to go inpatient for my Binge Eating Disorder. I went through each stage of grief – Shock & Denial, Anger, Depression & Detachment, Dialogue and Bargaining,…

Tammy S.


Dr. Dmitri Baranov

Bariatric Surgeon

The office of Dmitri Baranov are very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. I had the surgery twice. The 1st one I had the sleeve and then had the revision to the bypass. It was my choice and I am so glad I did it. The 1st one I did because I…


Overlake Medical Clinics Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Center

So far my experience with Overlake has been wonderful. They have been professional and helpful. The staff wants me to reach my goals and is willing to support me in them. As I continue with them through this process I will continue post reviews about them.


Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela

Bariatric Surgeon

Thank you Dr. Valenzuela and team for an absolutely amazing and easy surgery. I can not thank you enough. Amazing skill, communication, and care!


Dr. Guillermo Alvarez

Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. A saved my life! When I made the decision to have gastric sleeve I weighed 435 pounds! Thanks to Dr. Alvarez I am down to 291 pounds! I'm 61 pounds away from my goal but with this tool I will get there! Dr. A and his staff were amazing…


Dr. Guillermo Alvarez

Bariatric Surgeon

Dr A changed my life! Best decision ever!! I could not have asked for a better experience. I can not give Dr A and his team as many stars here as they deserve. Who knew you could ask questions and get answers so quickly anytime day or night. He is…

- Debymt




Taken Feb. 15th, 2001, day before surgery. I can't believe I let myself get this way...:o(
6 months post-op ...... Now this is more like it :o).....