Weight Loss Surgery is a community for folks who have had Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) — Gastric Bypass (RnY), Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lap-Band, Duodenal Switch (DS), etc — or are contemplating having a procedure.
Wow! I cannot believe the day is already here. Hardly slept last night due to all the excitement and nerves. Have all my meds ready to go next to my bed and have numerous clear liquids for the week. I’m feeling kind of nervous but I expected that. Just really looking forward to this lifestyle change and becoming a happier, healthier, me.
Do you guys have any advice or suggestions for post-op? I’m mostly nervous about the nausea since I had nausea pretty bad before the surgery, but they gave me some anti-nausea medicine that I’m hoping will help
I can’t thank you all enough! This sub has been a HUGE help and I’ve been on it daily since I started this journey
So the last time I posted was to let all of you know that my liver enzymes were sky high and my surgery was cancelled.
My program was set up so there were 2 doctors I saw - a weight loss doctor who saw both surgical and non-surgical patients, and then the surgeon, who you only saw when you were ready for surgery. The surgeon (who'd said to me that we'd probably do the surgery in a couple weeks) sent me to a gastroenterologist, who, after ultrasounds and MRIs, could find nothing visibly wrong. A week after the cancelled surgery, my liver enzymes had returned to near-normal, just a bit high. The GI doc decided that even though I no longer have a gallbladder, I must have had a tiny stone in the bile duct and passed it. Although it was unusual, he said, that I didn't have any pain.
By the time I had all these tests, a month had passed, and so to remain in the program I needed to go back and see Dr. Weightloss. I told him about my cancelled surgery and he seemed very surprised and spent a long time looking over my chart. "Oh," he said, "so you went through the whole program and came in for your surgery and it was cancelled that day?" Okay, they hadn't made a note on my chart, whatever. He says to come back in a month and then I can see Dr. Surgeon again and get back on the surgery schedule. So I go about my business and come back in a month. Dr. Weightloss comes in and is talking about me being ready for surgery, and somehow (it's been almost a year, I forget) I realize he had forgotten my situation. "Oh," he says again, "So you actually showed up for surgery and were cancelled?" This was frustrating. Clearly they still hadn't noted my chart and it felt like no one knew what was going on with me. Anyways, the GI doctor had cleared me for surgery, but hadn't faxed over a letter saying as much, so Dr. Weightloss said I'd need to see him (Dr. Weightloss) again next month and then could see the surgeon.
Some time after this visit I'd called in to inquire about needing to do the 2-week liquid diet again and they said I'd have to, but good news! It would "only" cost me $150 this time instead of $200.
Relevant to all this: In September, I was having some side effects to one of my antidepressants so my psychiatrist decided to switch it out. Unfortunately, they put black-box warnings on antidepressants for a reason. This one, either on its own or in combination with my other med, made me more and more depressed. So in October, having been put off and forgotten for 3 months, and with worsening depression, I left the bariatric program. Finally in January I realized that it was the medication making me worse and went back on the old med. Within days of stopping the new one, I was feeling better, but it took until April for it to be gone from my system and me to be in a good enough mood to consider a new program. But in my severely depressed state, and feeling like the weight loss rug had been yanked out from under me, I topped my heaviest ever weight by about 15 pounds. I basically gave up caring about my weight for a little while.
Last week I did the seminar for the new program and this past Thursday I had my first appointment. It's set up a bit differently. There is only one doctor, the surgeon, that I see every month, so I'm glad he will always know what's going on with me. He seems great. Also, as long as I can get my BMI under 50 (which means losing about 25 pounds in the next 6 or so months) I don't have to do the 2-week liquid diet. But the price I pay for that is a pretty strict diet for the next 6 months. It's not awful but, for example, no fruit, no bread products, pasta, or rice.
The dietitian though, is a real problem. She came in and I started to tell her about my last program and my liver. She rolled her eyes and said "yes, I know, I've heard about it from EVERYONE." "Good," I said, "I don't have to repeat myself!"
She talked to me like she'd gone through the same spiel 25 times already that day and she was just DONE. Lots of snotty tone and eye rolling. She handed me a list of things I need to accomplish, like not drinking 30 minutes before or after meals, not drinking carbonated beverages, etc. And she went through the whole list, rather curtly, and made me tell her the reasoning behind all of the things. At some point we reached the item that says "sip water slowly." She said "So those little 8oz bottles of water? It should take you an hour to finish those. I just saw a patient who had her sleeve last week and she's drinking a 16oz bottle of water in an hour and she feels no resistance because she's already stretched her stomach, and I'm like, what's the point?" I get that she's upset about a non-compliant patient but it felt very much like she was taking it out on me, like she didn't think I could, or would, do it, and since I saw her I've been pretty anxious. I've talked to a few friends about it (one of whom is one of the 5 people I know who have had WLS) and they've all said maybe she was just having a bad day, see her next month and if she still has such a bad attitude, talk to the doctor about it. It also scared me a lot that I'll get really thirsty one day and drink too much water and basically ruin my surgery.
I had signed up for BistroMD which sends out prepared meals, but the dietitian said it's a waste of money. It's my money to waste and I thought it might help me start getting used to cutting calories, eating more slowly, and etc, but now that I have my program's diet, it looks like I may not be able to have a lot of the things on it. My first shipment should be here any day now and I'm committed to at least one more week before I can cancel. I just hate cooking and it seemed less overwhelming to have prepared meals delivered, so I can focus on one thing at a time - eating less - instead of having to do that and grocery shop and cook too. (I hate cooking.)
So here I am. Back in the saddle again but a lot less optimistic and more stressed since I had that awful appointment.
I’m three weeks pre-op now with the surgery taking place on June 12. Just did my “before” pics and measurements and will get an accurate before weight in the morning, though I suspect it’s going to be about 350. I’m a 27F who’s 5’10 and I weighed 175 when I left high school so I’ve got work to do.
I’m getting a “mini gastric bypass” which is a little less complicated than a roux-en-y but according to my research is just as effective. My surgeon boasted of his success rates and he’s never had a patient fail yet.
I do have a lot of support from my family at the moment, especially since my Aunt has already gotten RNY, however she is already making a lot of poor choices and I know she’s getting back into bad habits (last I heard she was forcing down White Russians (possibly with ice cream in them) because they were always her drink of choice and she was adamant she could still have them).
Hopefully I’ll be posting again in a few months with progress pics but I’m so excited to get this second chance with my health and to get back to being able to hike in the woods with my poor hyper dog.
found out my insurance doesn’t cover bariatric surgery. i was going to finance a personal loan but i would need a co-signer. i don’t undstand that as my credit is fine and i’ve never missed any payments. i offered to pay around 9k upfront but no one will do payment plans for self pay. i told myself i was done with this journey but i find myself still trying.
anyone else ever been in this circumstance? just feeling really sad and defeated. i don’t know what to do at this point.
During my pre-surgery screening it was discovered that I have degenerating discs in my thoracic spine and bone spurs cause by them rubbing together. I have had pain there for years but I always thought it might be due to a botched epidural (horrific experience) The pain has gotten much worse since I began exercising regularly. Even walking can jar me and I’ll have to take days off to rest.
NSAIDs/anti inflammatories are off the table, obviously. Tylenol doesn’t even touch the pain. I don’t want to use opioids. My family has a serious history or addiction and I am not willing to risk it.
That leads me for medical marijuana. Our program here doesn’t officially start until September but I have an appointment with my new primary on June 13th. I want to ask her about it. I think she is more open-minded than my last doctor, but I’m still nervous to come off like a drug seeker. But I am in so much pain. If I can get a “recommendation” then I can purchase black market and if I’m caught with it I will have an affirmative defense and not get in trouble.
What do you guys think? I am in so much pain and my weight loss has slowed to a crawl because exercise puts me down for days at a time. I am really anxious and I don’t know what to do.
I'm going to be starting the steps to get surgery (sleeve) but I'm kind of worried about the psych eval. I'm diagnosed with bipolar 2 and I'm a domestic violence survivor with a PTSD diagnosis. I don't have issues with binge eating and I'm not suicidal. I am also under the care of both a psychiatrist and a therapist. Do I really have anything to worry about?