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    Gastric Sleeve Member bscastaneda's Avatar
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    Default Any regrets?

    I have not had my gastric sleeve surgery yet, I am 110% sure that I need it and want it. I was wondering though, does anyone have any regrets? And Im looking for answers maybe 45+ days post op...only because I know the first 30 might be the roughest.
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    Default Re: Any regrets?

    I'm exactly 3 months out today. And yes, the first 30 was filled with regret. After that, not a day has gone by that I have regretted it. I love my sleeve and my new lease on life. I had a great support system in place with family and friends and I made it through and so happy I did. I know there will still be bad days. I had an "eating" day yesterday when I wanted to eat everything in site. I get like that from time to time. I try to find something else to do when that happens. I'm back at work today and doing great. I think it's just when I'm home alone with nothing to do that I have those "eating" days. Good thing about them now is....I can't gorge myself on food like before. Good luck with your surgery.
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    Default Re: Any regrets?

    As I was walking today the thought came to me that I feel perfectly normal, when had the band it always felt like something was pulling. I do not regret sleeving, great for portion control and weight loss. I only felt a bit incomfortable for a few day, more like feeling vulnerable until you found the limits after surgery. After that it was just a matter of finding the balance for protein and fluid. No regrets, I would do it again tomorrow. Good luck
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    Default Re: Any regrets?

    i had super rough time n the begining, n to b honest i regretted it for probably the first 90 days. not only physically waz i having a rough time but mentally i was really going thru it, im 5 months out now and the lst 2 months ive finally bn able to get bk to life, im soooo happy and dont regret it for a minute, everything i went thru n that hell-ish 3 mnths waz deff worth all the great things i get to experience now!


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    Default Re: Any regrets?

    I just regret that I didn't know about the sleeve sooner. I had finally come to the conclusion that I needed a gastric bypass and when I went for my consultation, found out I was not a candidate for one due to prior medical problems. Then, my surgeon told me about the gastric sleeve. I cried on the way home, got on the computer and began to educate myself and oh boy!! did I ever get excited. I'm thrilled it turned out the way it did. I now have a sense of control and no longer suffer from the constantly hungry and never full syndrome. I love that I have this wonderful sleeve.
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    Default Re: Any regrets?

    I kind of went thru a little regret. I had my surgery on May 8 and I am down 45 pounds. I was taking a total of 17 different medications for cholestrol, blood pressue, RA, thyroid, aspirin therapy, etc. and now I am off five pills and maybe more when I go back in a month to have another checkup. I do have more energy and I feel fine. I think the regret issue comes up when I realize how little I can actually eat and I don't like how my taste buds have changed. It's harder now for me to decide what to eat because nothing taste that well. I am told that will improve. But overall, the weight was causing other health issues so it balances out. Good luck.
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    I'm 11 weeks out and not a single regret! Best decision I ever made and just wish I had known about it sooner. Good luck to you on your journey. And if my weight loss looks "slower" than some, I'm really short (5'1)... the best definition of how much I've improved is that my BMI has gone from 40.5 to 33.82 in less than 3 months. I love shopping now (I can finally shop in the regular sections of stores without having to go to the "Womens" section) and I feel fantastic... so much more energy, which is definitely needed in this Texas summer heat!
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    Default Re: Any regrets?

    Only that I couldn't have gotten this surgery 10 yrs ago in my early 40s, before my body fell apart. Now I'm a smaller size but the damage is done to my joints, etc. This is a wonderful thing you are going to do for yourself. Well, ok.. sometimes I miss certain foods, but when I look at size 18 on my jeans instead of size 30, it's worth not being able to eat a meatball sub.....
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    Note that my responses here are from the viewpoint of a female 3 yrs out from surgery, with post bariatric hypoglycemia. I am not a medical professional. Lowest wt after surgery, 218 at 9 mo out.

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    I am 11 months out and have no regrets. I knew that the first few weeks could be a bit rough but I knew that it would be temporary. I have had both shoulders done in 2 separate surgeries so the sleeve was a cinch compared to that plus physical therapy! If you do have problems take the pain meds or anti nausea pills etc. You will be sooo happy you have made this decision. Last summer I really did not want to ride my horse very much or lay in the pool because I was so ashamed of my weight. This summer I just got back from a 2 day ride (my horse is glad I lost weight too!) and wore a 2 piece suit in the creek afterwards! WOW!
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    Thanks to everyone who replied. I'm really a "give it to me straight" kinda girl and I realize its going to be tough. I think what I was thinking about the other day is (while drinking an ice cold large glass of water) that I will never be able to drink like that again. Its a hard thing to imagine. Something good for my body, I will never be able to enjoy a nice full size of it anymore I will have to sip. I know I'm going to be more than extatic when I see all the weight loss but it just sounds so crazy to imagine little bits of food. I know my stomach will not allow me to eat more than its able to intake just makes me kinda sad to think of something that has always given me comfort will no longer do that. lol sounds silly Im sure but its 26 yrs of the same unhealthy routine changed in 1 day. It's a scary thought. Thanx everyone for sharing, I appreciate every single one of you.



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    You may be surprised how much liquid you can tolerate. I drink 2 16 oz. mugs of tea in the mornings and that's exactly what I used to do. It does take a little longer but not much. The rest of the day I have to work at getting liquids in but it's really that hard. I have more restriction w/ food than liquids.
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    I am 8 days post op & no regrets. I have been blessed to have not had any difficulties so far (hope to continue that trend), and that my pain has been very manageable. I had a hernia repair and gallbladder removal so I had pretty major surgery & the pain has been very mild for all that was done. Today I am started on full liquids, and I am looking forward to mushy foods next week. I wish I would have known about the sleeve sooner honestly!!
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    Brenda, at 11 weeks out, I can take a pretty big drink of water. I'm in Texas and we've already started our 100+ day streaks and I've enjoyed several large drinks of ice cold water when I've gotten really hot and "forgotten" I'm not supposed to do that. I can feel the restriction a little if I gulp too much, but really hasn't been a problem. Like Dee, I have much more restriction with food than with liquids, which is just what I prefer! Although, I'm not able to take large drinks after just finishing a meal... I guess this is the reason they recommend you wait 30 minutes after eating to drink... otherwise, I do just fine.
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    Default Re: Any regrets?

    Every day of my life. Nothing but regret.

    I am the 0.001% with major complications. I regret my decision completely. Since I cannot change my decision, I just have to live with it.

    Even still, I would recommend the sleeve procedure as a brilliant tool for weight loss, as long as you are willing to be dedicated to change. So many people think this is magic. You still have to work on changing how your brain works, especially after the doctors change how your stomach works. Read everything you can get your hands on. Prepare for the possible worst case scenario. Expect the best, but prepare for the worst. The sleeve can work, if you're willing to work for it. It just wasn't the right decision for me.
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    Kiera, I have read your (a lot of)blog and am terribly sorry for all of your pain and suffering (I know that doesn't help much-but I truly am). My question is (since I am so newly sleeved) do they have any idea what caused these terrible complications? We all have to go into this knowing that it is not a magical experience & although the % of people who have complications are small, there are still real risks associated with what we are doing or going to do. With that comes a complete lifestyle change, because if we do not we can jeopardize our health.



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