Invitation to participate in OH Surgery Survey

Sparklekitty, Hag of Science
on 11/8/17 9:34 am, edited 11/8/17 9:34 am
VSG on 12/10/13

Hello OH friends,

As you're probably aware, there can be a lot of conflicting information out there about WLS. What things do all patients go through? What are common factors to success? What things should we avoid? The wisdom and experiences seen on the forums here don't always match up with what we hear from doctors.

To address this, I'm doing an informal survey of WLS patients who hang out here on OH. I've put together a short questionnaire that asks about your surgery, your health, your habits, and your experiences. It is completely anonymous and participation is voluntary.

Check out the survey here!

I will use the information gathered from this survey to assemble some statistics about what our group looks like, and make it available for everyone who uses the forums. I believe it will come in very handy for new members and people interested in surgery-- with information like "roughly this many people on the forums have experienced iron deficiency" or "most RNY people here do this," we can provide some solid information to back up our advice.

Helpful things to know:

  • No identifying information is collected at any time. You don't need to share your OH username, email address, real name, or anything else that could identify you.

  • All questions are optional, and you may stop the survey at any time.

  • The information I collect will not be used for any marketing purposes or otherwise shared. I will create a summary report and post it here on OH, and that will be the extent of it.

  • I'm a professional data nerd. Research surveys are what I do for a living! I can offer my assurances that this project and report will be treated with the utmost professionalism and respect.

The survey should take about five minutes to complete, and I'm hoping to provide the results by the end of December. I'd really appreciate your help!

Take the survey here!

Feel free to PM if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks so much for your participation!

* This research project has been approved by OH Member Services.

Nerdy Little Secret (#42) - Tucson Roller Derby

on 11/8/17 1:25 pm - MA

Thank you for doing this! I hope everyone participates :)

  • 4'11"
  • High Weight before LapBand: 200
  • High Weight before RNY: 160
  • CW: 121
  • below goal in 9 months

on 11/8/17 3:14 pm
VSG on 01/27/16

I can't wait to see the results. I would like to know the average calorie intake for maintenance for most people.

Liz WantsHealthForAll
on 11/9/17 3:27 am - Cape Cod, MA
VSG on 03/28/16

I did it yesterday! Thank you for this!

Liz 5'3" HW: 219 (BMI 38.8) SW: 185 GW: 125 CW: 115-118 (BMI 20.4-20.9) - TT and facelift 1/11/2017 - Brow and eyelid PS 12/11/2017.

WL: Pre-op: -34 M1: -17 M2: -12 M3: -11 M4: -7 M5: -7 M6: -5.5 M7: -3.3 M8: -3.3 M9: -2.5 UNDER GOAL since 10/12/2016 - in current range since 12/10/2016. Average maintenance calories 1350

Sparklekitty, Hag of Science
on 11/9/17 2:28 pm
VSG on 12/10/13


I will be closing the survey tomorrow night and working on the analysis over the weekend. (Yes, this is what I do for fun!) If you'd like to participate but haven't yet, you've got one more day.

Thanks a million to all who have already participated. We just hit 100 responses, so there will be a TON of great data to work with!

Nerdy Little Secret (#42) - Tucson Roller Derby

on 11/10/17 2:28 am
VSG on 08/14/14

Julie, EXCELLENT questionnaire and response choices!



ANN 5'5" AGE 72 HW: 235.6 (BMI 39.2) SW: 216 GW: 150 CW: 132.0

WEIGHT LOSS: Pre-op: -20 M1: -10 M2: -11 M3: 10 M4: -10 M5: -7 M6: -5 M7: -6 M8: -4 M9: -4
NEXT 10 MOS. -12 TOTAL: 100+ LBS.

on 11/10/17 3:56 pm

As pre-op and a newbie here, I'm so glad you are doing this. Great idea! :)