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    Gastric Sleeve Member shparks's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Five Years Later - Seeking Approval for Gastric Bypass

    My maximum weight was 415. I was 390 at the time of surgery. I dropped about 100 pounds. I plateaued. My weight started to creep up again. I let it happen. Now I am around 360 pounds. I recently went to my primary care provider to seek medicaid approval for gastric bypass surgery.


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    Gastric Sleeve Member sraebaer's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Five Years Later - Seeking Approval for Gastric Bypass

    So you have the sleeve now? Isn't the sleeve the same as bypass where you have to change your lifestyle?

    My doctor would say you still have the same small stomach, you have just learned to eat around it. What about going back to the basics you learned when you got the sleeve?

    I'm over 4 years out and understand I can eat so much more than at the beginning, but nothing like I could before surgery. But it's not easy, as now I really have to eat the right stuff and exercise to maintain.

    Good luck with whatever you decide!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member DutchSleeve's Avatar
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    Default Re: Five Years Later - Seeking Approval for Gastric Bypass

    Can you do that in the US?
    You get a sleeve, then eat around it and then just get another surgery?
    That would never be approved, where I come from.
    English is not my first language, so I may and do make mistakes in my spelling, or say things oddly. Please ask me, if you want any clarifications.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Christie13's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Five Years Later - Seeking Approval for Gastric Bypass

    You can eat around bypass as well. My father had bypass and lost all his excess weight. Then over the years he allowed himself to gain about 80 lbs of it back. Once he got serious about being healthy again, he was able to lose all the weight again. It is a matter of a lifestyle change. I wish you the best of luck. I agree with Sraerbaer that you should be able to start back to the basics. I would actually start back with what it was like post op. Two weeks on liquids, 2 on soft, and then start back to solids. It would be a good way to jump start and retrain your mind and body. Good luck to you.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member azladyrider's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Five Years Later - Seeking Approval for Gastric Bypass

    Quote Originally Posted by Christie13 View Post
    You can eat around bypass as well. My father had bypass and lost all his excess weight. Then over the years he allowed himself to gain about 80 lbs of it back. Once he got serious about being healthy again, he was able to lose all the weight again. It is a matter of a lifestyle change. I wish you the best of luck. I agree with Sraerbaer that you should be able to start back to the basics. I would actually start back with what it was like post op. Two weeks on liquids, 2 on soft, and then start back to solids. It would be a good way to jump start and retrain your mind and body. Good luck to you.
    Yeh I've got friends who had the bypass done years ago and they all gained it back. I just cannot understand it.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member simplyseahorse's Avatar
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    Default Re: Five Years Later - Seeking Approval for Gastric Bypass

    I, too, have a friend who had a bypass - this was back when that was about the only option, and she regained all of her weight over several years' time. She tried getting back on the wagon, all kinds of diets (AGAIN) but what finally got her on track and got her weight back off was exercise. She became a crossfit member, never did any exercise before, but something just clicked with it - and now she looks wonderful.

    I agree - you have had the one surgery, and with a bypass, you are still going to have to make the same lifestyle changes. I would hate for you to have another surgery and no success. Of course, maybe it will be just what you need. Most everyone here has experience with the sleeve, since it is www.gastricsleeve.com haha, but I know some have previously had a bypass as well.

    Best of luck to you - I am sure you can get advice and questions answered from people here - I am still waiting to complete requirements for insurance to even get my sleeve, but wanted to say hello.


    I am a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist but I have never practiced in the areas of bariatrics or weight loss. I am happy to offer ideas or tips, but please follow your own Nutritionist's advice - she is the expert in the area.

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    Gastric Sleeve Member sraebaer's Avatar
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    Default Re: Five Years Later - Seeking Approval for Gastric Bypass

    Or maybe your previous surgery was the Lapland. If that's the case, so many people have had problems with that. Details please!



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    Default Re: Five Years Later - Seeking Approval for Gastric Bypass

    Under your avatar is the text "i had a gastric sleeve", so you did have the sleeve in 2012?
    English is not my first language, so I may and do make mistakes in my spelling, or say things oddly. Please ask me, if you want any clarifications.



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    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Five Years Later - Seeking Approval for Gastric Bypass

    Quote Originally Posted by DutchSleeve View Post
    Can you do that in the US?
    You get a sleeve, then eat around it and then just get another surgery?
    That would never be approved, where I come from.
    insane isn't it? I'm in the US and paid out of pocket for my surgery because my insurance doesn't cover it. Then to see people get multiple surgeries makes me bonkers.



    Surgery Day Weight 1/11: 300
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    Gastric Sleeve Member AmyLess's Avatar
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    Default Re: Five Years Later - Seeking Approval for Gastric Bypass

    They have started doing lapbands over VSG for gaining weight issues. Restriction is restriction and the lapband will work. You could try a pouch reset as well.
    Starting weight 06-06-11: 215 36.9 BMI
    Weight at Surgery 09-07-11: 188 32.3 BMI
    Current Weight as of 05-15-12: 135<-- As of 145lbs No longer overweight!
    Goal: 120 <-- Ideal weight 20.6 BMI



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    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Five Years Later - Seeking Approval for Gastric Bypass

    I don't have a problem with insurance paying for a different type of surgery when a patient has failed at weight loss. We give drug addicts multiple chances at recovery, yet we hold people with eating disorders to a higher standard. You have to have food to live but you don't need illegal or over prescibed drugs to live. I'm just grateful that insurance companies have finally acknowledged that obesiety is a true illness and should be treated as such.



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