Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Gastric Sleeve Surgery – a 2009-2011 Success Story


If you are thinking about having weight loss surgery then hearing someone else’s story is a great way to start.

Jenny underwent a gastric sleeve procedure on the 26th October 2009. She agreed to chart her progress in this blog. So, be aware that as this blog gets longer, Jenny will be getting thinner!

Jenny said that before she made her decision to proceed with the gastric sleeve surgery she googled the various surgeries. She said she considered both lap band surgery and the gastric sleeve procedure.

Jenny knew that she fulfilled the criteria for bariatric surgery for the following reasons.

Firstly, her Body Mass Index or BMI was more than 40. In fact, it was actually 50.

Secondly, Jenny had a history of unsuccessful weight loss attempts including LA Weight Loss,  Tony Ferguson meal replacements, joining a gym, using a personal trainer, consulting a dietitian and attempting a variety of fad diets used to sell magazines.

Thirdly, Jenny’s weight was affecting her physically in a number of ways. She was experiencing back pain, joint pain, foot pain, fatigue, fatty liver and difficulty walking short distances and performing certain tasks.

Fourthly, her weight was impacting on her psychological state. Jenny was experiencing depressed mood, low frustration tolerance, irritability, poor self-esteem, extremely low body-esteem and lowered confidence levels.

Fifthly, Jenny admitted her weight was also impacting on her socially. She reported social withdrawal, increased conflict with her partner, siblings and other family members, as well as a deterioration in her working relationships and her work performance.

Overall, Jenny’s weight was significantly impacting, in a very negative way, on her quality of life.

In her quest to get information about weight loss surgery, Jenny consulted two bariatric surgeons and attended a support group for people who had undergone various bariatric surgical procedures. Based on her research and the advice she was given Jenny elected to have gastric sleeve surgery.

Once she made her decision, Jenny was referred for screening by a psychologist, and consulted a dietitian and exercise physiologist.

Jenny was accepted for surgery and commenced a weight loss program three weeks prior to the surgery.  The program consisted of meal replacements three times a day, low joule vegetables and two serves of fruit daily. Her weight three weeks prior to the surgery was 150kgs. By the time of the surgery her weight was 144kgs.

On the day of the surgery Jenny was hydrated with an IV drip, and sucked on ice.

The day after the surgery, Jenny was commenced on clear fluids. She said she was advised to drink 30-50mls of water every 15 minutes to ensure hydration. Jenny explained if she became dehydrated she would be more likely to experience nausea and be readmitted to hospital for intra-venous rehydration.

By day 4 Jenny weighed 139kgs, and was progressed to mixed fluids.

By day 5 Jenny admitted she was missing savoury and more substantial food and attempted to eat pureed vegetables. Although what she attempted to eat was the liquid consistency of custard, she said it caused discomfort.  The next day she said she went back to mixed fluids.

Jenny said that from day five her intake included the following. For breakfast 250 milliliters of Up and Go, a proprietary liquid breakfast in Australia. For morning tea, 250 milliliters of reduced fat iced coffee. For lunch, Velish Soup, made by Campbell’s. For afternoon tea, 25o milliliters of milk. For dinner, 150 grams of low fat custard.

In addition to this food intake, Jenny said she took a Berocca Performance as a supplement.

A DietPsyche dietitian analysed Jenny’s intake. It was estimated that Jenny’s total energy consumption was about 2500 kilojoules and 35 grams of protein a day. This intake was considered nutritionally inadequate.

Jenny mentioned that she had been given some protein boosters after the surgery and intended to contact the hospital dietitian to obtain approval to take these supplements. Jenny said the protein boosters were called Dymatize and were 45 grams of protein per serve, and 180 kilocalories.

By day 11 Jenny had not weighed herself but believed her weight was the same. She said she had been warned she would plateau until she began to eat more food. Jenny explained that they were warned about weight plateaus.

Jenny said she began to feel much hungrier by day 6. However she said she avoided transitioning to mushy foods on the advice of the dietitian. By day 9 Jenny was feeling so hungry she upgraded to pureed foods. She said that being on fluids only and watching other people eat normal food was challenging.

Her diet by day 11 was Up and Go for breakfast. She was still having a milk drink for morning tea. For lunch she had managed an entree size of chicken and sweet corn soup. It took her an hour to eat, and she said it filled her up. She was drinking 600mls of water during the afternoon. For dinner she was having pureed vegetables and some pureed mince.

Jenny said she was feeling tired. She said she didn’t regret having the surgery but was concerned about her weight plateau.

On Day 14 Jenny said she consulted her consultant dietitian. Jenny said her dietitian was extremely happy with Jenny’s progress. She had lost 12 kilograms since commencing her meal replacement diet four weeks prior to her surgery on 26.10.09. By Day 18, Jenny was given permission to transition to soft foods, or foods that when you chew them they become mushy in your mouth.

Jenny said that on Day 14 she was eating one weetbix with milk for breakfast, pureed fruit or milk at morning tea, soup at lunch, milk coffee at afternoon tea, mashed pumpkin, potato and mince at dinner and occasionally custard at supper.

Jenny said that even though she was still very tired she was feeling good about her weight loss.

On Day 15 Jenny consulted her psychologist. She said the psychologist gave her tips to manage food cravings and also talked to her about how relationships can change when the person having the bariatric surgery loses considerable amounts of weight. The psychologist told Jenny that sometimes spouses and other friends and family members had to actively adjust to living with a new and often completely different person.

At six weeks post-surgery Jenny has achieved a total of 17kgs weight loss. She lost 6kgs prior to surgery and 11 kgs subsequent to surgery.

Jenny’s weight loss plateaued for 2.5 to 3 weeks, two weeks after the surgery. She said it was explained to her that the plateau represented the body’s adjustment to her already significant weight loss and her reduced food intake. By six weeks post-surgery Jenny said she had once again begun to lose weight.

Jenny said that she suffered severe reflux after the surgery and said that it was explained to her that the body took time to adjust the amount of acid it produced and initially would have been producing the acid required for a full stomach, not one that had just been resected by between 60 and 85%. Jenny said that she took Nexium daily to manage her reflux but by week five had begun to take the Nexium second daily.

Jenny reported experiencing signficant changes to her taste buds. She said, “Everything tastes awful. I cook something and although it looks good and smells good, when I go to eat it, it tastes awful.” Jenny said that she had read on forums that this happened with other people who had gastric sleeve procedures.

Jenny said her energy levels were improving, but still fluctuated from day to day.

By week five to six Jenny was eating a weetix with hot milk for breakfast, a large salada cracker with cheese or ham for lunch, a yogurt through the day, grapes or a small packet of rice crackers at afternoon tea and a meal that would fill a quarter to half a cup for dinner. Jenny said that she could only eat 1/4 to 1/2 a meat patty for a meal. She said she did not drink 1/2 hour before eating or during eating or she would feel full too quickly.

Jenny said that other people with gastric sleeves said they vomited if they ate too much, but Jenny said that while she had felt uncomfortable after eating she had not vomited.

At 9 weeks post-surgery Jenny had lost a total of 22.5kgs.

At around 7 weeks Jenny complained of a change to her taste buds. She said that all food tasted bad. Foods she had previously enjoyed, stopped tasting good. She spoke to the doctor about it and he said this was quite common. At the support group one woman who had undergone the procedure 7 months before still had problems with taste, however most people said that it improved around 12 weeks. Jenny said that she had noticed an improvement in this symptom over a period of a few weeks.

Jenny said her energy levels were a lot better than what they had been but warned her energy still fluctuated day to day.

Jenny had experienced difficulty with reflux since the surgery. She was on two anti-reflux medications daily for the first month (Nexium and another drug she cannot recall the name of). After four weeks one of the drugs was stopped and she proceeded to wean off the Nexium. Initially she took the Nexium second daily but moved on quickly to taking it only as needed. Jenny said she still experienced reflux on a regular basis around 9 weeks post-surgery but was only taking Nexium every 3 to 4 days.

Jenny said that she could eat more food but explained that she found she could eat different amounts at different times, but could not work out why. For example, on some occasions she said she could eat a whole mango, but not at other times.

Around 9 weeks she had been able to eat a larger variety. For example, on the day this blog entry was made she ate a baby tin of baked beans for breakfast and a part of a cup of coffee. For lunch she had a good 1/2 cup of Thai Green Curry (chicken) including rice. Her evening meal was 1/2 cup of stir fry vegetables and meat with rice. Between meals she may or may not have yoghurt or fruit or a plain biscuit.

At week 9, Jenny had lost 16.5kgs post-surgery. She lost 6kgs presurgery over 3 weeks.  Overall, she had lost 1.875 kgs per week, but said that she did not lose this amount consistently each week. Jenny warned that her weight frequently plateaued. Translated into stones, Jenny has lost 3.75 stones and had reduced from a Size 26 to a Size 22 (pants) and Size 20 (shirt).

Jenny said she was happy with her progress, and admitted that if she exercised more she would likely have lost more weight. However, her living situation precluded this.

Jenny admitted that she compared her weight loss to other people but further disclosed that this was not a good thing to do because everyone appeared to lose weight at a different rate based on their age, weight, gender, genetics, diet and lifestyle behaviours such as exercise.

Entry 21.01.10, approximately three months post-surgery.

Jenny had now lost 30kgs since deciding to have gastric sleeve surgery. She lost 6kgs prior to the surgery and 24 kgs since. She believed she had reduced three sizes but believed her shirt sizes were reducing faster than her trousers.

Jenny said that she tended to lose 3kgs in a week, and would then plateau for several weeks. She found the irregular weight loss trends frustrating.

Jenny said that foods tasted different. Sweet foods tasted sweeter, and fatty foods tasted oilier and fattier and had become unpalatable. Essentially the taste changes encouraged healthier food choices.

She said she was still tired but had noticed an improvement in energy two months post-surgery.

Jenny said that she had adapted easily to eating less. She said that because she felt full so quickly and vomited if she ate too much in a short period or ate too quickly, that this managed her eating. Jenny said that because she has had the taste of food and feels full she doesn’t miss eating larger amounts.

Jenny said she still had reflux but said that it was not as bad as it had been . She was only occasionally using Nexium and estimated only experiencing reflux second daily.

Jenny said that other people were commenting on her weight loss frequently.

She was pleased with her decision to opt for surgery.

Entry 29.12.11 – twenty-five months post-surgery.

Jenny’s total weight loss to date has been 73kgs, 6kgs of which she lost pre-surgery.

In the first 12 months Jenny lost 60kgs. However, she then became pregnant in October 2010 and during the pregnancy initially lost a few kilograms but then maintained her weight. She weighed about 93kgs pre-pregnancy and at the time of birth was about 88kgs. After delivery she dropped to 83kgs. As of 29.12.11 she is 76.5kgs.

Jenny said she was warned her fertility would increase with the weight loss, and this proved true! Her baby was born by Caesarian section and he weighed 6lbs 6 1/2 oz.

Jenny said she attended a support group recently and the psychologist and dietitian did not recognise her until she introduced herself. Looking at her before and after photo you can understand why. They disclosed that they believed Jenny would not lose more than 60kgs!  Jenny said she is still losing but is averaging a loss of about a kilogram a month. She has lost about 6.5kgs since the birth of her baby boy and while some of this could have been contributed to by the extra energy requirements of breast feeding, her baby was supplemented with bottle feeds and she had a brief period of illness during which she ate less.

This was Jenny’s third child and third Caesar. She said it was also the quickest and least painful recovery. She did not need pain killers and attributed her quicker recovery to her weight loss and improved health.

Her dietary intake has increased since the last blog about Jenny in early 2010. For breakfast she eats cereal – two weetbix or 1 cup sultana bran or a single serve of oats with 1/2 cup milk. For lunch she eats deli meat (approximately 50gms) and vegetables (no more than one cup), and on some days will eat one slice of toast with it. Another lunch option she will have is a toasted sandwich but she qualified that she may only eat 1/2- 3/4 of this. On other occasions she may eat two cruskits with ham, cheese and pickle. She usually misses morning tea because she is busy with the children but for afternoon tea will eat sliced fruit with the children. If she paces herself she can eat a whole piece of fruit, but would need 1/2 hour to eat it all. For dinner she eats another 50gms meat with vegetables and sometimes a small carbohydrate serve like pasta or potato. She emphasised that the doctor encouraged her to focus on eating her protein first, however, she made the comment that it is difficult to eat even an entire lamb chop. To optimise her protein intake Jenny drinks 500-750mls of a proprietary iced coffee.

Her doctor told her that her only nutritional deficiencies were B12 and Vitamin D. So she supplements with these. She takes 3000IU Vitamin D and one B12 under the tongue daily. She has annual blood tests to monitor her nutritional status.

Jenny said she feels completely different within herself having lost 73kgs. She now fits into size 10-12 and has adjusted to being slimmer. She said she has had to make a conscious decision to stop shopping in the plus size stores.  She commented that she is treated differently by people, particularly men. She has noticed men looking at her. She felt she stood out in a bad way when she was 150kgs but was invisible to males. She now feels she blends in, but is more visible to the opposite sex. Her experience is that people are “nicer” to her. She gave the example of store assistants being more helpful when her weight dropped from size 20-22 to size 12.

In relation to body changes Jenny provided the following measurements:

Pre-surgery: Bust 145cms; waist 130 cms; hips 152cms; neck 41cms; shoulers 134cms; right upper arm 43cm; left upper arm 43cms; right and left forearm 30cms; right thigh 83cms; left thigh 84cms; right calf 50cms; left calf 52cms.

Jenny: Before & After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Current (73kgs weight loss): Bust – 96.5cms (48.5cm difference); waist 86cms (44cm difference); hips 106cms (46cm difference); neck32m (9cms difference); shoulders 100cm (34cm difference); right upper arm 28cm (15cm difference); left upper arm 27.5cm (15.5cm difference); right and left forearm 20.5cm (9.5cm difference); right thigh 52cm (31cm difference); left thigh 50cm (34cm loss); right calf 33cm (17cm difference); left calf 34cm (18cm difference). In total Jenny has lost a gargantuan 327cms from her body.

These size losses have left loose skin. Jenny said she went from a 20-22H-I cup in the bust to a 14E. She believes that once her weight stabilises she would advantage from a breast lift  and a tummy tuck. One thing she has noticed is how jelly like her stomach has become since her significant weight loss. Fortunately she has not ended up with skin folds, other than an overhang where she had her C-sections.

Jenny said she escaped the tuckshop arms and has been able to wear short sleeved shirts. She said she would be happy to wear a swimsuit but with shorts. The thing that annoys her the most is her stomach. She said bras can  address her breast issues and was delighted to be paying only $20 for a bra, when previously she was paying $100! There was only one shop in her capital city that provided for her bra size. Now she can shop anywhere. Yahoo!

Interestingly, her shoe size has changed with her weight loss. She was a size 11 and is now a size 10.

Overall, Jenny’s only complaint was that the doctor’s did not give her enough information on what to expect post-surgery. This included the fatigue, the taste changes, the weight loss pattern, or what to try and eat to optimise nutrition.



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39 Responses to “Gastric Sleeve Surgery – a 2009-2011 Success Story”
  1. Tinkerbelle says:

    I agree on the comments questioning why we had surgery.. That was day 2 and 3. Ohh the painnnn…ohhh the nausea. Really think I was just feeling sorry for myself. I was discharged from hospital on day 4 and improved immediately, pain and nausea under control with just soluble paracetamol. Difficulty in getting enough fluids in, worried about protein. At day 6 no and feeling heaps better about everything.. Can meet neqarly all protein needs with three shakes a day.. not much to catch up on..Still working on the fluid but confident to manage now..

  2. Anita says:

    An important thing to do after gastric surgery is to ensure you are meeting your protein and other nutrient needs. Your shakes will manage that for you in the early days but you must eventually translate that to food. Your food volume is so reduced that you have no space for what I fondly refer to as “crapola” aka junk food. Too many people “cheat” after surgery and the body suffers. Make life a healthy habit! Good luck. Anita

  3. Tom says:

    I am currently waiting to do the sleeve, reading all these posts on line is scaring me. After a few months can you ea wha ou previously ate, jus in moderation?
    Can you have a beer on occasion, Ice cream?
    I don’t want to live on mush the rest of my life?

  4. Anita says:

    A person’s response to the sleeve tends to be individual. You will not be eating mush for the rest of your life, but the amount you eat will be significantly restricted. If you eat too much you will experience discomfort and may vomit; both outcomes will encourage you to moderate your intake! You can still drink and eat icecream, but this should be done in moderation as the amount you can consume is so restricted that what you do eat needs to be of a high nutritional value. Good luck. Let us know how you go. Anita.

  5. Robyn Isaguirre says:

    Tom…my doc said NO Carbonation after surgery…thus, I do not think beer would be in your future if you choset this procedure. Tastes do change, but I feel mine were for the better. Sweets do seem sweeter…sometimes a bite is enough. That is a good thing right?? You have to be prepared and expect some changes in your dietary habits.

  6. DAWN OLIVER says:


  7. Gail says:

    I am due to have a gastric sleeve in July 2013 and hope that as my diet is currently restricted to gluten and dairy free that the sleeve will just mean a reduction in what I currently eat.

  8. anita says:

    Hi Gail

    If you have been diagnosed as gluten and dairy sensitive by a medical doctor then the same situation will apply post surgery. As I said in the last post, bariatric surgery by reducing the size of the stomach automatically removes choice because the stomach is smaller and you simply cannot eat a lot. That being said, you still need to monitor your fluid intake. There are “naughty” people out there that wonder why they do not lose weight quickly after surgery and don’t realise that drinking lots of milkshakes, juice and even alcohol (fattening stuff!) means they are not reducing the energy intake. Anita

  9. MARGARET says:


  10. BrittanyG says:

    I am scheduled for the sleeve on August 6th , 2013 EXCITED!! I am very concerned about the details of the surgery though, how long after the surgery are you able to get out of bed, bend over, walk, and maybe exercise? I can only imagine how painful and tender your body must feel. I have scheduled 14 days out of work for recovery, any comments?

  11. anita says:

    Check Jenny’s blog entry out on this site. It details everything she went through. Others may like to blog a response as well of their experiences. That would be interesting. Anita

  12. Betsie says:

    Hi. I had my surgery on March the 25th 2013 and lost about 15kg up until now. Although I am still not believing the weight loss and therefore does not want to climb on the scale that often. I can eat anything in small amounts and I enjoy my food alot more than before the surgery! There isn’t a second of the day, that I want to reverse the surgery. It is life changing. I feel like a new person inside and outside already. BrittanyG, you will be able to get out of bed on the same day after surgery and walk for short distances. Two weeks sick leave will be enough for recovery, and better leave the exercise up until 6 weeks post-op. One thing however that I did not know about the surgery is the length of the incisions. It is about 2-3 cm in length. Much longer than I expected. But again, if I had done my research on that, I would have known. But after all of it – good and bad – I am still happy that I have done the surgery.

  13. BrittanyG says:

    Thanks, great info. I’m excited about it, my surgery date is August 6th, 2013. Right now I’m trying to eat healthier and monitor my meal portions so I won’t be in shock after surgery. Reading blogs and posts like this are a major help.

  14. Delores says:

    I had surgery in April, and have felt great. I got up in the recovery room and dangled my feet. then walked as soon as I got to my room. I have not been sick or in pain!!!! Happy I did it. Delores

  15. michelle says:

    hi my name is michelle, i was sleeved on the 4.11.2012 and to this date which is the 29.5.2013 i have lost over 30kg, i was expecting alot more but iam on a stall. i have had no problems with stomach, i love it. so for anyone out there considering doing this ,, GO FOR IT…..

  16. Cassy says:

    I will be have my surgery on 22nd July, 2013. I am very nervous about it, ( I think I have been reading to much about. good and bad) but can say I am looking forward to a new life with my kids.

  17. Gail says:

    I started the optifast diet four weeks earlier than necessary and have been very pleased with the results. I am losing 2 kilos per week on average and have learnt a few ‘tricks’ along the way. I always use a blender for the shakes and add cinnamon (quite a good heaped teaspoon full) to enhance the flavour. Miso soup and a bar for lunch and sugar free jelly and cut up celery, cucumber and carrot when I want to chew something. Stir fry veg with lots of spices or a salad for tea. I feel ready for the two week intensive diet pre surgery and am feeling very good about the whole thing.

  18. JasmineR says:

    I am 25 and is scheduled for my surgery on July 22 2013! Im excited and enjoyed reading the stories! A little scared but ready for the life change! I have one question is anyone having hair loss? Some people reported it and that worries me

  19. Rob says:

    I had my sleeve surgery on 4th July 13. Was questioning the decision all the way into surgery. After surgery I experienced a lot of pain in lower back and kidneys. This passed within 12 hours. Nausea was not pleasant as it came on very quickly but medication was provided as required from nursing. Ten days now post surgery no pain at all the fluid diet tests your will but am now trying purée foods. No hunger pains but nexium is a necessity and I take it each morning at moment. Have lost 12 kg since commencing on the liver shrink diet pre surgery. I look forward in a couple of weeks to a simple sausage and mash meal

  20. Gail says:

    Had my sleeve done yesterday and I am home today. Occasional pain if I gulp too much water but not hungry and no need of any extra medications. Have bought liquid panamax just in case.

  21. jo says:

    Hi , I have my Sleeve surgery on the 13th August 2013. I know it is the right way to go but still a little nervous and now getting a bit scared. It is good to read other stories about you all and the way you all deal with it. My weight is 134kg and am hoping to get down to around 75/ 80 kg. I know things will change but it can only be for the better. For the first time in my life I am on my own and looking to have a great future being a bit healthier and lighter weight. jo

  22. Anne says:

    Hi all,
    I had my op on 24 Jul, stayed on hospital for four days. I haven’t had any reflux or vomiting. Am learning to sip smaller sips but forget sometimes and feel a bit of discomfort momentarily. Can’t believe how many ads there are on tv for food! Ha ha ha. Haven’t told many people about the op, I’ll wait until it has been successful first. I think this is from way too many failed diets over the last 20 years.
    I’m not in a support group, wasn’t offered one. So would like to chat with others with a similar time frame to mine

  23. lovinglife420 says:

    I am post op 4 months 🙂 By far it has been a great decision for me. I will not lie and say it does not have its ups and downs but what doesn’t…I have a huge concern about hair loss 🙁 I am currently having that problem and is worrying me A LOT!!!!! At the moment I am afraid to comb it dye it wash it style it like I normally would. I am taking vitamins but the amount of loss daily is just crazy and I do not know what to do….any suggestions. I have been up and down on my weight which is very upsetting as the same as i have plateued.

  24. lovinglife420 says:

    awesome job JENNY 🙂 cant wait to have the same success!

  25. Gail says:

    I have a friend who experienced the hair loss but she said it all came back. She is two years post op.

  26. Sherry says:

    For those who are facing hair loss please increase your protein intake to atleast 60 grams a day. My doctor said amount of hair loss can br directly proportional to the hair loss you will face. So if you cant eat much add a good serving of Whey protein which will add 25 grams of protein per portion.
    Hope this information in helpful

  27. debbie says:

    Hi all

    I had my op on 29/07/2013, it was quite painful for thee first few days, but by the end of first week I was feeling good. Have had no trouble with reflux or vomiting, can still only eat very small amounts and meat fills me quicker. I am down 15kg to date and already back into clothes I had not worn for years. I am very excited with my progress and have now started doing a little more exercise. Looking forward to feeling fit and fabulous. I would recommend it to anyone. The best decision I have made for myself in years. if you ae sitting on the fence about it, just do it. Alot of people comment about losing taste, I have not, but I do find that healthy food has more appeal, so that is a good thing. Good luck to all.

  28. Steve says:

    Hi everyone, I have been struggling with my weight all my life. My doctor has recommended that I seriously look into surgery as my medical conditions are getting more severe with more weight gain, I am at an all time high at 140kgs, my BMI is 45, I have sleep apnea, high blood pressure, depression, thyroid problems and i’m only 36 yrs old. It is a scary thought to have surgery as I have never had anything like this before. I have a wife and 3 young boys and after reading everyone’s stories and information, I know this is something I need to do, for them, and me. I think once I take the first step to a new life, it will be easier to accept, the only thing I have to fear, is fear itself. Thanks and I will keep you posted of my progression.

  29. Tushi says:

    I am considering sleeve surgery How does it affect your social life as ours seems to revolve around sharing meals either at restaurants, BBQ or people’s homes. I don’t drink alcohol so that is to an issue Have others had problems socially?

  30. Gail says:

    Tushi , socially you get to be the one with lots of time to talk as you need to rest the fork quite a bit between mouthfuls. You also get to save a lot of money as an entree size is probably double what you will be able, or want to eat. You can drink but again it is greatly reduced and the impact of alcohol is greater on your system. The op doesn’t mean you can’t socialise, just that eating isn’t the most important part of it.

  31. Lilly says:

    I am considering the sleeve after banding of which slipped and have had 3 surgerysto date. I have lost faith and will not use the band anymore as iI am too scared it will slip again. My friend is worried as she knows someone who had the surgery and she has large hairloss abd many health problems even though she has kept to all the nutrition. Now a little scared I would love to talk to people over a year if not longer. Is anyone out there that can help??

  32. Kyra says:

    Hi, I’m 23 yo female and am currently waiting for a date. My gp sent the refersal as a triage request so I know it won’t be long… But I’m so terrified. Like I’m really freaking out.
    Is there anyone that wouldn’t do the surgery again given the opportunity over again? Did anyone else feel like this? I was all set and really excited but now I just want to run and hide… I’ve tried a lot to lose the weight and have been big for as long as I can remember and I know there isn’t much option – just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at aged 23 is never encouraging…

    But even though I know I need to I’m still terrified and really don’t know what to do….

  33. Gail says:

    Kyra, This will change your life for the better. Nothing is easy, but it is worth the effort. I think everyone is scared of the op and the changes, but they are a means to an end and the end is good.. We have all been through the worry, you are not alone!

  34. Jazz says:

    My surgery booked for 2 JAN 2014.
    Can’t wait. Last Christmas being fat.
    I just hope doesn’t cost more than advised and praying for no complication!
    A bit worried about eating as I hate cheese, yogurt,mayo.
    Only can tolerate some milks and whipped cream, pudding.
    So first month will be hard as it’s only dairy and protein!

  35. Sarah says:


    I’m due for surgery on 21st March 2014 after 2 lapband surgery and repairs of those surgery including now removal of the band. I had hair loss from lapband surgery and also the band slipped. I’ve heard that there is an increased chance I might suffer with reflux and hernia’s with the gastric sleeve, plus more hair loss. What should I do?
    The other thing I was recommended as I’m 154kg and only 157cm is to do the Bypass surgery.
    I’m really scared as I have 3 special needs children who depend on me and post surgery I only have a couple days of respite before the children come home to me. Will I be able to look after them?
    Thanks in advance

  36. anita says:

    Wow Sarah! You have some big decisions to make. You really need to talk them through with your medical specialists, and even get a second opinion. Perhaps seeing if you can have a support person help you after the surgery, or even having the children in respite for a little longer may take some of the pressure off you. Most surgeons have set up support groups for their bariatric patients. This may be another source of support. Anita

  37. Vicki Tautau says:

    Hi everyone, i have just had the sleeve done 5 days ago, i have had no pain with the wounds or reflex but i have been struggling with referred pain into my back which can only be relieved by burping. I am too scarred to drink anything including water as it feels like air keeps building up and then gets blocked hence causing the need for my to burp to relieve my discomfort. I have contacted the dr and they are concerned that i will become dehydrated and may need to be put back into hospital with a drip but i was getting this with the drip in hospital. Has anyone else experienced this post surgery and if so how long and how did you get through it?

  38. Sarah says:

    Hi Vicki,

    Sometimes the CO2 that they pump you up with to be able to do laproscopic surgery causes severe shoulder pain and is basically the air being trapped and being reabsorbed and as you know air usually sits in bubbles above liquids until reabsorbed. This process takes a few days to a couple weeks. It is very painful and I’ve had it a number of times myself.
    What I have found helps is peppermint oil/ or DEGAS (simethicone is active ingrediant) and that can be taken orally (it’s just like a drop or two you can take on your tongue or in water). It helps with the gas and bubbles.
    For those having the surgery, ask the Anesthetist and Nurses in POST- OP not to sit you up too quickly following surgery. This is just from my experience.
    Let us know how you go,,
    Well done with your surgery and all the best
    Sarah 🙂

  39. Sarah says:

    Oops, I also forgot, if you can tolerate it, drink peppermint and camomile tea post op. Peppermint helps with gas and camomile settles. I gave this to my babies also when they were young and had colic. I mixed this with their Infacol drops.
    All the best

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