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on 1/24/21 3:26 pm
Topic: RE: Anyone covert from Sleeve to DS?

Thank you for posting too, it so nice to talk to other people that have had WLS. Hope to see you at the Zoom mtg this Saturday!

Hooray to faith, trust, and slow and steady:)

on 1/24/21 9:54 am
VSG on 06/07/18
Topic: RE: Anyone covert from Sleeve to DS?

I truly appreciate your response. I believe all those things to be true as well. I will join in on the zoom as well. They say slow & steady wins the race. Like you I also have faith & trust!

Many blessings!

on 1/24/21 9:20 am
Topic: RE: Anyone covert from Sleeve to DS?

Hi There,

I sure did. It really boiled down to weight regain after the sleeve. 5 years down the line and I was close to my post-op sleeve weight again, and the numbers kept creeping up.

I did a lot of research before making my mind up, and ultimately I felt very strongly that I was bound to gain more weight. I went in for surgery about 7 weeks ago at a BMI of 32. I was private pay with Dr. Ungson who uses the Hess Method, and now I am seeing a great DS specialist here in Los Angeles for aftercare to make sure I get my lab work and vitamin regimen done correctly.

So far I am down about 15 pounds, the aftercare doctor is stressing that I focus on losing weight more slowly and work on gaining muscle. On a footnote, there is a brewing theory that helped me make my decision. Basically it is the idea that some of us are super absorbers and have longer intestinal tracts. Indeed, I am was one of them, but thanks to this procedure not anymore. Here is a link with a YouTube video that is helpful in explaining:

Obesity is a complex disease. The move more, eat less model, which is pretty mainstream is outdated and the research is showing it's simply not true. I know so many folks that could benefit from WLS but they are simply stuck in a state of mind that it's somehow their fault and therefore they can change it through traditional dieting. The DS is the most powerful surgery available, but it comes with responsibility regarding daily protein intake, vitamin supplementation, yearly or bi-yearly lab work, and such.

There is always risk with any surgery. And there are no guarantees I will be thin forever either. But I was able to look at that square in the face and know in my heart getting this surgery is the right decision for me. Being on this board also really helped, community members helped me in the process of deciding too. I knew a diet was not a forever solution and unsustainable, and I knew I could not live feeling trapped in my own body. I may have regain, problems in the future, and such, but it's worth it to me. This is my journey and there is something bigger than myself looking after me, so however it works out, I have faith.

There's a zoom mtg every Saturday staring on 1/30, the link is one of the most recent posts. Good luck on your journey too.

on 1/24/21 8:39 am
Topic: RE: Weekly Zoom Meeting Starts 1/30/21

Thanks Janet! Hope you can make it. It starts this upcoming Saturday at 11am. I'll figure out how to contact admin and see if they will pin it for us too, great suggestion.

on 1/24/21 7:42 am
VSG on 06/07/18
Topic: Anyone covert from Sleeve to DS?

Which surgery did you opt for? Why? What is your success so far?

Janet P.
on 1/22/21 4:13 am
Topic: RE: Weekly Zoom Meeting Starts 1/30/21

This is a great idea. I'm 18 years post-op from the DS and I will try to dial in (currently I have a conference call scheduled at that time every Friday but it could change).

See if the admin will pin this to the top of the board so it doesn't get lost.

Janet in Leesburg
DS 2/25/03
Hazem Elariny

on 1/19/21 9:58 pm
Topic: RE: Starting a Zoom Weekly Support Group

Hi Everyone!

I just posted regarding our Zoom meeting. It start 1/30/21 at 11am Pacific Standard Time. Here is the Zoom meeting information:

Meeting ID: 750 1754 0708

Passcode: RQGkb0

Hope to see you all!

on 1/19/21 9:18 pm
Topic: Weekly Zoom Meeting Starts 1/30/21

Hi Everyone,

There will be a weekly Zoom Meeting for DS'ers and those seriously contemplating having the surgery starting 1/30/21 at 11am Pacific Standard Time. Since I signed up for a free Zoom account, max running time for the meeting is 40 mins. We will have a timer and anyone who wants to share will have 3-5mins. I'll write a brief format, something very simple but structured with the ultimate goal of all of us having a place to support each other and share our experiences. If you think you might be able to make it, please respond to this thread. Thanks!

You will need the Meeting ID and Passcode to log on via Zoom. Here is the Zoom Meeting Info:

Meeting ID: 750 1754 0708
Passcode: RQGkb0

on 1/11/21 2:02 pm - NY
Topic: RE: Starting a Zoom Weekly Support Group

I would most definitely participate. I am almost 7 years post op sleeve to DS revision.

First goal 120.0: 12/7/13  Final goal 115.0 (114.6):  2/6/14  

 5'3  SW: 199 (12/11/11)  Current: 114.8 pounds  18% body fat   BMI: 20.3           


on 1/11/21 7:09 am, edited 1/14/21 1:26 am
Topic: RE: Anxiety about vitamins/malnutrition

Don't worry about your lab history please, you did everything right and there is no reason to overthink about this. I am sure that you will be all right, I am also anxious about a lot of things and I know how does it feel to be in your skin. This is our nature and it's hard to change it, at least at this early age. When I get too anxious, I use to take some kratom extract, it has a soothing effect and it helps me stop overthinking and focus on more important things.

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