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I Have Had Gastric Bypass Surgery

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    Would Do It Again!

    I had GBS in Jan of 2007. I've lost 113 pounds so far and counting! I love the feel of the 'new me' and can't wait to get to my goal. I would encourage anyone to research first but I would recommend it to anyone that has struggled with weight all their lives like I have.
    SteelCityGirl74 SteelCityGirl74 36-40, F 19 Responses Jun 29, 2007

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    Effects

    Hi my name is kt i had the gastric bypass surgery April 2010 and i wouldnt change it for the world but in the last month i have been passing out going very dizzy and have very bad shakes i also wake up every morning very weak light headed and with the shakes again i have spoke to...
    minder2010 minder2010 22-25 6 Responses Jul 16, 2010

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    21 Days and Counting................

    I am now 21 days away from my surgery and counting.  I have been on the Optifast liquid diet for 1 week now and am struggling to stomach the shakes they are so terrible.  I am so excited but also nervous about the whole thing.  I am a mother of 4 young...
    songstress songstress 31-35 1 Response Jul 3, 2008

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    16 Years Of Throwing Up!

    I had Gastric bypass surgery 16 years ago. Yes I lost 200lbs in 8 1/2 months, but my health has slowly gone down hill. 2 months ago, due to my 5th hernia, I saught out help from dshs to get it looked at. With no medical insurance for 7 years, I didnt know how bad off I was. After...
    Crystal68 Crystal68 41-45, F 4 Responses Jul 31, 2012

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    Anemia

    Hello, I had gastric bypass three years ago. I am seriously iron and B12 anemic. I have a weekly b12 shot and take three iron tabs a day, but still can't get my iron levels up. Has anyone dealt with this? If so, what was your solution?
    artccc artccc 36-40, F 3 Responses Nov 6, 2013

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    Update from a few months ago,

    I was worried about Medicare covering the R-N-Y bypass procedure at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Well, I retired on January 1st of 2014 as planned and the request was submitted the same day for insurance approval (from Medicare) for my surgery. By January 11th the approval was...
    tpat1515 tpat1515 61-65 1 Response Jan 28

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    I had my surgery on Dec/5/2011 I lost 183lbs in

    the first 6 to 8 months. Then I started to maintain my weight. I had been the exact weight for the past year and a half. Now I have gained 20lbs in the past 6 weeks. I am craving sweets like crazy. Not just junk food but oranges, grapes, grapefruit ect. plus the junk sweets. I...
    tltb310 tltb310 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 21

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    Gastric Plication Tomorrow

    I know that this is a forum for Gastric bypass, but there isn't one for plication, and I figured-It's all bariatric, right? Tomorrow, I will go to get gastric plication. It is essentially "stomach origami" where the doctor turns your stomach into a tube like the Realize band...
    xxkattiaxx xxkattiaxx 26-30 5 Responses Apr 2, 2012

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    8 Years Later

    I had the surgery april of 2005 and lost 110 pounds. I have gained back 45 and have maintained my present weight. I had a liver abcess 2006 from eating raw oysters. Well, I found out We cannot eat any raw fish or oysters because We don not have the acids to kill some bacteria...
    pleadies pleadies 56-60, M Sep 2, 2013

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    Some Good, Some Bad

    I had gastric bypass on in April 2012 and I look and feel great and am in the best health of my life.... EXCEPT... I was never a diabetic and am now a sever hypoglycemic. I was so overjoyed at my success but now I am afraid I could drop dead any moment. I told Kaiser to get a...
    mbsoul33 mbsoul33 46-50 2 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    Help With Extra Skin Problem

    Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm 7 yrs out from gastric bypass surgery & I'm 47 yrs old. I lost 230# total. I've maintained my weight loss. BUT, my problem is this, my husband left me for a younger woman, and I found a boyfriend that I fell in love with, from my hometown in July, that is having...
    hopperandlisa hopperandlisa 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 8, 2013

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    Hello. I myself did not have the bypass surgery.

    But my father did. He is 52 years old and had his surgery on Dec 16th. I am the one that does all the cooking at home and am looking for some advice for recipes for him to eat. And also some good advice to help him lost the best amount of weight. He is 6' and weight is 480+ lbs...
    DesertDreamRider DesertDreamRider 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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    May 2003 400 Pounds

    Hello, if anyone out there has wondered what it would be like to have gastric bypass surgery it wasn't me in 2002. I was on a cruise ship heading for the Panama Canal and this girl, Mindy, started talking to me about GBS. Well, one year later I was undergoing GBS myself at...
    whobbcknows whobbcknows 36-40, F 12 Responses Jun 6, 2007

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    Musings About My Surgery and the Aftermath

    I had the surgery in 2006. I did it so that I could have a new life which I do. My husband died in 2003 and I was alone and knew I could not waste the rest of my life like I was.  It changed my life in many ways, all for the better.  I am able to do so many things...
    Izabella Izabella 56-60, F 2 Responses Jun 14, 2008

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    My Sister

    Hey,don't really know where to start....you see it's my sister...several years ago she had gastric bypass surgery, all of my family has always sturggled with our weight, well she got to the point of looking sickly and so i told her so , long story short, she said that she...
    naypooh naypooh 46-50 5 Responses Oct 28, 2010

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    The Gastric Bypass Surgery

    Hello people, I am new here and the first thing that I would like to talk about is my weight. I can't leave my home because I'm petrified. I usually like to go outside when it is raining because people don't usually go out when it's raining, right?  Anyway I have been getting...
    IdSayImDirtyDan IdSayImDirtyDan 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 12, 2013

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    Insurance -6 Month Diet Program Questions

      Hi, I am looking into having a gastric bypass. I have made the appointment for the consultation.....I have contacted my insurance company and my insurance company will pay for the surgery only after a 6 month physician documented diet program... The thing I am worried...
    4everChanging 4everChanging 41-45, F 6 Responses Sep 23, 2009

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    Emotional and Exciting

    You think about having this surgery, its like forever. I was size 22-24 and weighing 272 lbs, age 33. I went tubing at the resort, with my kids and that night I couldn't breathe I cried so much oh did it hurt for hours. I told my self the day I couldn't keep up with my kids...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Sep 1, 2009

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    Greg

    I am haveing gastric bypass surgery in 6 day's ive read about one hundred different stories.I hear the extra surgeries,people dieing.dumping but ive still decided to have this surgery.Im 426 pounds when i started ive lost 26  pounds in one week trying to loose some weight...
    grcarlisle grcarlisle 51-55 4 Responses Jun 1, 2011

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    I Lost 200lbs After Having Gastric Bypass Surgery

    I shared this story with the Weight Loss Surgery group, but I thought it also had a place here.I had my gastric bypass surgery on May 27Th 2011.I was 40 years old. I had gone from overweight, to obese, to morbidly obese, and in the days before my operation I weighed in at 360lbs...
    RammiGal RammiGal 41-45 6 Responses Aug 2, 2011

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    I had gastric bypass in July,

    2012, and have lost 110 lbs. I keep losing and now I'm too thin. I struggle with food, especially solids. I'm good with soups. I am concerned that I am starving to death. What can I do to put some weight on? I have no stricture. I did have an ulcer but that has healed...
    mrslynda99 mrslynda99 66-70, F Dec 6, 2013

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    I am seriously considering this,

    going to talk to my primary doctor and see about starting the process to get this.. I've been reading many of the stories here and have a few questions.. After surgery, how much weight do you lose during recovery? If you don't walk everyday or at least once a week do you really...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 1 Response May 21

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    Gastric Bypass

    Hi my names Gemma and I've had a gastric bypass a week ago and wanted to talk to someone that was going through what I'm going through at the moment :) x
    Gemma1991 Gemma1991 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 19, 2013

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    Days After Gastric Bypass

    I had Gastric Bypass 11 days ago, and I can not sugar coat this. I have to say it is one of the hardest things I have ever gone through. I am loving the weight loss ( 18lbs down), but all the other changes are sometimes to much. I would still say this is the greatest tool I have...
    Kara75 Kara75 36-40, F 16 Responses Jun 14, 2011

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    I Have A Problem Keeping Food Down

    I had my gastric bypass surgery in May of 2003 and things went well for the first 18 months. I learned that there were certain foods that I could not eat like those with high sugar content that gave me "dumping" syndrome, other than that I could eat all the foods that I enjoyed...
    patba patba 56-60, F 9 Responses Apr 3, 2011

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    i had a bypass revision on April 2013

    and have lost 122lbs with 100 lbs to go and the weight loss has STOPPED.. i am not really eating anymore than i should and i wk out often , WHAT can I do to jumop start the weight loss again.. is this type of plateu normal, habvent lost more than 5lbs in 2 months ;(
    txyangel3 txyangel3 41-45, F Feb 2

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    I just had my RNY surgery on Jan.

    20, 2014. It has been a very difficult week, lots of pain and discomfort. The liquid diet sucks and is very hard for me to get used to. Also it seems my emotions have been all over the place and I am just hoping the next few Weeks go alot easier!
    cherryjubilee cherryjubilee 31-35, F 5 Responses Jan 27

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    Gastric Bypass Surgery In 10 Days

    Ok so I am scheduled to have my Gastric Bypass surgery on Dec 15th 2011 I am doing my 2 week liquid diet. Day 5 & I am starving. I am trying so hard I have been working on this for about 8 months now. And I am so ready to have my surgery.
    hummingbird3039 hummingbird3039 41-45, F 6 Responses Dec 4, 2011

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    Bariatric Surgery

    If you are considering weight loss surgery in Orange County, it is essential to know the various available Weight Loss Surgery options. We offer the latest in bariatric surgery procedures at our Bariatric Care Center California.
    bariatriccarecenter1 bariatriccarecenter1 18-21, M Oct 5, 2013

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    4 Weeks Post-op

    Hi everyone, I am 4-weeks post-op now. The surgery went fine. I had little pain after the surgery. I had a heart issue on the second day, and I ended up staying 5 days in the hospital. I am doing ok now. The first time they brought the liquid diet in, I thought that the sugar...
    dragonfly237 dragonfly237 56-60, F 2 Responses Oct 8, 2012

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    May 18th, 2007, at the age of 21,

    I had the Ruen Y Gastric Bypass surgery. At the beginning of my journey, I weighed in at 507lbs. Although I weighed im at 248lbs 5 years later, I have and still am going thru some really tough issues. I am constantly sick ( nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, depression...
    missmotivation missmotivation 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 22

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    I had surgery 3 years ago

    and lost 120 pounds and have gained back 50! I really need some help....
    catlove4 catlove4 56-60, F Mar 18

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    4 Months In

    I had surgey Oct 28 2010..% have lost 156 lbs. I ahd surgery done at Pouder Valley In Ft. Collins Co.They were great. It was harder than I thought to get used to eating this way.I have a severe lower back problem too.I am very happy I did it
    bobbyshay18 bobbyshay18 46-50 4 Responses Feb 26, 2011

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    Went to An Information Seminar

    I just got back from an informative seminar about GB/Lap-band surgery. I certainly was impressed by the benefits and potential results of it, they even had a few people there that had had it and I was impressed by them as well.   My mother definitely wants to do it, not...
    maikeru maikeru 26-30, M 3 Responses May 6, 2008

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    I Finally Made A Choice And Stuck With It

    I am 3 weeks post op, I do not regret the surgery at all, I am so grateful I want to talk to others who understand what im goin thru and also here to answer questions for those wondering about the surgery
    Amanda8383 Amanda8383 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 7, 2013

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    I Had Gastric Bypass Surgery

    I have been overweight pretty much all of my life, with my highest weight reaching a whopping 356 pounds.  I thought about and began working towards obtaining gastric bypass surgery about a year and a half ago.  I was scheduled a few days ago, August 6th, 2007.  I...
    melnel25 melnel25 26-30, F 13 Responses Aug 9, 2007

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    Hi All, I had my R-N-Y last Tuesday,

    3 days ago.other than a little gas pain once in awhile, I'm doing great. Tuesday morning I entered the operating room laying on the table looking at the ceiling, the next thing I knew I was in recovery feeling pretty awful. Then I was in my room with my wife. A couple of hours...
    tpat1515 tpat1515 61-65 2 Responses Mar 7

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    I Had My Gastric Bypass This Morning

    everything went incredibly well.I did have some initial pain when I woke up in the recovery room.my surgeon did such a wonderful job and um my pain is minimalit is now 10 minutes to 6 in the evening and I am just on oral pain medications. And I am taking Vicodin uh 5 in 500I have...
    rn4u2 rn4u2 51-55, M Aug 14, 2013

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    I'm considering getting the gastric sleeve

    but an petrified about the actual surgery
    toinfinityandbeyondx3 toinfinityandbeyondx3 18-21, F Jul 15

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    No More Insulin, Metformin, Beyetta, Glyburide...YAY!

    I had my Roux-en-Y gastric bypass November 2011. It took me 7 mths to follow through with the surgery but I am so glad I did it! I have been a Type II Diabetic since 1997 and have done the yo-yo weight loss for many years. I have done it all just like many of you, so I won't...
    Abbycc727 Abbycc727 51-55, F 1 Response Aug 14, 2013

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    Puzzled

    I had gastric bypass because I am a diabetic.  Since the surgery I have losted weight but very slowly.  My diabetes is still here and it drops quite a bit.  I have to eat every 2 1/2 to 3 hours just to keep it up. Needless to say I hate to eat now. I...
    WILLIAMS1 WILLIAMS1 46-50, F 1 Response Jan 25, 2010

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    Hello, My name is Kimberly Carter I had

    gastric bypass surgery October 6, 2012. It was the best thing that ever happen to me. I have 3 kids 1 grandson and I recently got married August 24 2013. I have always been a very confident person up front and never showed anyone how i really suffered from depression by...
    kbja1 kbja1 41-45, F Feb 6

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    5 Years Post-Op, 120 Lbs. Gone Forever

    This is my first experience and I wanted to share about something that changed my life forever (for the better). :) I had laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass surgery on 6/25/08, a little over 5 years ago. I started at 243 lbs. (heaviest being 247) and I'm down 120 lbs. as of now. I...
    brokenxveritas brokenxveritas 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 20, 2013

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    Gastric Bypass-Did I Make The Rite Choice?

    I am 3 weeks post op gastric bypass and I am asking myself everyday why did I do this? I just started the soft protein diet so I eat a lot of ground meat with mayo or gravy and im sick of it already. I fix dinner for my husband and daughter and am in tears that I cant eat normal...
    gwen03220 gwen03220 36-40, F 3 Responses Sep 7, 2013

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    "i Finally Did It"

    I FINALLY HAD MY GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY ON MAY 19TH OF THIS YEAR!  I WAS SO READY, YET SO SCARED!  IT HAS BEEN 7MNTHS AND TEN DAYS AS OF TODAY!  I LOST A TOTAL OF 86 PNDS THE LAST TIME I CHECKED.  THE DAY I HAD MY SURGERY I WAS NERVOUS AS ALL HOLY HECK! ...
    lessthemess lessthemess 36-40, F 3 Responses Dec 29, 2009

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    Desperate For A Life!!!!

    Hi!! My name is dannice7. I had gastric bypass on Sept. 16, 2013. It was totally drama free! I had no pain to speak of, no nausea, nothing! I did have some gas pain but nothing that couldn't be handled. At my heaviest I weighed over 380 lbs. And at 5'1", that is VERY unhealthy...
    Dannice7 Dannice7 51-55, F Oct 3, 2013

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    I had gastric bypass 1 month ago

    and while i dont regret it it has been a hard transition. I started the process at 305, I got down to 265 through the requirement of losing 10% and I am not sitting at 240. In all honesty I dont actually see any difference in myself. Yes my clothes are lose and while i recognize...
    Leinaala Leinaala 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 18

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    I had gastric bypass surgery 4 years ago

    and lost 170 lbs .would do it all again. only one problem I have become an alchohloic! only drank socially before, but in last 15 months have gon to detox twice and now attend 'AAanyone else have this experience
    bigbob01 bigbob01 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 13

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    Struggling: Bypass Vs. Food

    My name is Katie, 28 Ny. I am a single mom of a wonderful 4 year old little boy. I had gastric bypass 6-27-2012. Its only been 3 weeks and 3 days, but I am struggling with following my food plan. I have to prepair meals for my son, and doing so i am taking bites of his food. It...
    katielpnmom katielpnmom 26-30 3 Responses Jul 21, 2012

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    i had bypass surgery

    and started out at 377lbs on 4/1/13, i have lost 122lbs but have 100lbs to go and am at a STANDSTILL and its freakin me out some.. i DONT want to fail at this.. i dont OVER EAT and wk out OFTEN...so FRUSTRATED to say the least.. anyone else have this happen?
    txyangel3 txyangel3 41-45, F Feb 2

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    Afraid Of Being A Failure

    Had my Gastric Bypass July 8, 2013...as of Sept 12, 2013 I have went from 273 lbs down to 237. With that said I am not feeling like i thought I would by now..I'm still tired, still have back pain, still can't stand up right, still using a walker and it seems like food has me...
    joann12 joann12 46-50, F 3 Responses Sep 12, 2013

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    Changing Things Around

    i recently had gastric bypass surgery in may of 2007.  I must say, i was ready for a change.  i started out at 260 lbs, and it is rapidly decreasing.
    sleepyirish007 sleepyirish007 21-25, F 3 Responses Jun 13, 2007

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    Question About Medicare And Gastric Bypass

      I'm new to this side of the road, I've contributed a few stories and comments on "I have Spinal Stenosis" but now I have other "issues". I have been dealing with my weight as long as I can remember and kept it under control for much of my life. Now I have had 4 spinal...
    tpat1515 tpat1515 61-65 Oct 2, 2013

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