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Registered: 05-25-2005
Introduce yourself here!
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Fri, 08-26-2005 - 2:08pm

Hello:

Welcome to the newest addition to the iVillage Diet & Fitness Message Boards.

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Registered: 09-03-2005
Sat, 09-03-2005 - 5:42pm
Hi,
I am considering surgery.I did the first application and I am waiting for a screening.I really do not want to have to resort to this but all else seems to fail.I am 260 lbs. I have many health issues. My lungs I have COPD & emphysema.I need oxygen at night for a sleep disorder. My breathing is pretty bad. My knees are shot. I just had to get a walker for night as my legs just won't work at night when I need to get up. I have a high output colostomy. I also have high blood pressure. I take a lot of medications. I am told many of these hinder losing weight.I have gained the majority of this weight in the last 5 years. I quit smoking then too. That was the hardest thing I have ever done, that is until now.I have lost 13 lbs on The South Beach Diet in the last two months.Most of that was water. my ankles are down quite a bit. I am not doing well with any this. I need to lose a larger amount of weight or I am going to give up. I really have tried. I am trying to inquire about a liquid diet. If I don't get more of this weight off I am not going to be able to walk and I am struggling to breathe.If I lose enough to start to feel better I know I can go on.I need to walk for exercise I have trouble walking to car. I have to be able to keep functioning. Anyone have any ideas for me?
Thank You for listening to all this.
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Registered: 05-19-2003
Mon, 09-05-2005 - 9:40am

Hi there. I am considering the lap band surgery. It's not as invasive as gastric bypass. They don't cut your stomach or take anything out. They just put a band around the stomach to slow things down. My family had a big intervention with me last night because they are very concerned with my weight. I am 150/160 lbs overweight. I have high cholesterol, sleep apnea, swelling in my ankles, and if I don't get this under control I could end up with Type II Diabetes. I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy last year.

I'm at rock bottom and out of control. I won't do gastric bypass. I think the lap band would be a much better alternative for me. I'm scared and looking to hear from others who have had it done.

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Wed, 09-07-2005 - 2:01pm

Hi there and welcome to the board!

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Registered: 05-25-2005
Wed, 09-07-2005 - 2:19pm
Hi there!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-03-2005
Wed, 09-07-2005 - 8:59pm
Hi,
I just got my screening date today. I am going the 27th of Sept. I am nervous of course and I have no idea what to think about any of this. If anyone out there that would like to tell me their experiences please do. The more I know the better I am. Also I have a colostomy and is there anyone out there that has both? Apparently that is an additional consideration for the Doctor to make.
Thank You for the support.
Janet
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Registered: 09-09-2005
Fri, 09-09-2005 - 1:24am

It's been forever and a day since I have been to this site, but decided to come back to share my experiences with women who might be going through the same thing I have already gone through. So, let me start with reintroducing myself.

HI!!!!! My name is Wendi and I have had bariatric surgery. It was the best decision I ever made. After 3 kids and one less gall bladder I was a whopping 130 lbs more than what I weighed in high school Thank god for a loving husband who stuck around despite the physical change (it probably helped he gained a lot too. Anyways, I thought I would never do the surgery. I saw quite a few people at work do it and always thought it was the lazy way, you know the easy way out. Then I saw how great everyone was looking and also began to realize that it wasnt easy to only be able to eat just a little. I heard a lot of food horror stories thateen included one girl chewing and spitting an entire jar of pickles. In Sept of 2004 I decided that I was tired of Atkins, Weight Watchers, Pills and everything else i had tried not working. I would get down about 50 lbs then stall for months, get frustrated and gain it all back. My blood pressure was high, I snored terribly, and my feet hurt so bad when I got out of bed in the morning it was hard to walk. The day I had the surgery (12-7-04) I weighed 280 lbs at 5 ft 11 inches and wore a 22. I had laproscopic Rouen-y gastric bypass. The day after surgery i went home without blood pressure meds, and not feeling too badly. Fast forward 9 months. I have lost 125 lbs weigh 155 and wear a 10. My blood pressure has been normal since the day after surgery, i no longer snore and my feet no longer hurt. I have very limited skin issues, but insurance will pay for most of it when i maintain my current weight for 6 months. I cant wait to get "the lift". This was the best thing i could have ever done for myself and would do it again in a heartbeat. I feel absolutley wonderful and wanted to share my experience with others contemplating surgery, or who have already gone through it. I really hope to be of some help to anyone who needs it.

Wendi

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-09-2005
Fri, 09-09-2005 - 1:30am

HI there :^),

I have had the bypass surgery myself and chose it over the lapband. I know a lot of people who have had one procedure or the other and in my travels I have seen a higher percentage of people gain the weight back with the lapband. It is a very personal choice, but is something to consider when making your decision.

Wendi

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-19-2003
Fri, 09-09-2005 - 1:47pm

Hi Wendi,
Thanks for your input. I know that with the lapband you supposedly have to work harder to lose and maintain. I also know that you really need to go for the fills when you "get comfortable" where you are at or with eating. I only know one person who had bypass surgery, and I see that she has gained back a portion of her weight. I'm too scared to get the bypass. I don't want to "change anything" inside me, ya know? I'm scared anyway. I'm going to a seminar about it next week. Hearing from others who have had either procedure helps so much. Thanks again.

~ Kim

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