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    Gastric Sleeve Member jessiejess's Avatar
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    Default Former Rockstar considering revision

    So I was a rockstar according to Tinman. Starting weight in 2013 was 248. By 2015 I was 130. I felt and looked incredible for the first time in my life. Then the regain started. 6 years post surgery and Iím probably back around 200. I donít know for sure because I broke up with my scale a year ago. Too many panic attacks. So now Iím considering a revision to a resleeve or bypass. Iíve done tons of research but I want real people to tell me about real experiences. Please share your revision stories with me. I donít want to make a bad decision.

    Thanks!



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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    HI Jessie, I cannot help about the resleeve but I do have some questions for you. I started off at about the same weight as you before my sleeve and am now about what you got down to. I am curious as to how long after did you start to regain weight and do you or did you exercise. I am so scared of gaining weight back, but as you know as time goes by you are able to eat more and yes, bad habits do start to creep back. I do weigh myself twice maybe more everyday , and as soon as i see the scale wonder too far up the scale, i go back to basics. So far that has worked. All the best.



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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    Would your insurance pay twice? Or would you be self pay twice? Any reason you can't get back to basics and lose again? Best of luck in whatever you decide.



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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    Regain is a sad part of this experience-I attend a bariatric support group in my area and watch either people struggle with it, deal with it, or give in to it. I'm fascinated by the show "My 600-pound life" and see so much of myself in the episodes. The sad fact is that the core issues aren't addressed in any surgical procedure. The real reason for weight gain is overeating--and the reason we overeat is psychological. There's no shame in consulting with a counselor in dealing with why
    we eat. It also may be paid for through insurance.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member sraebaer's Avatar
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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    My maintainance secret is to weigh daily. Even when you know it's gonna suck!! That way you get back on track before it gets too bad.

    I did join Weight Watchers to help with maintenance. I gained some after breaking my neck. (Fine now!). I like the accountability and it works if you do it. Hope you find something that works for you!



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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    I do agree with sraebaer. I log my food, even when I know I have totally gone off the rails (well, not in too big a way, but enough to move the scales the wrong way). I weigh every day, and sometimes I get on and off several times hoping it was not really that number.

    BUT I also give my self a "drop dead" number. And so far (only 2+ years) when/if the scales says that, I review what I have been eating and doing, and adjust to get back below that. I was self pay, and would be devastated to have spent all that much (we're both retired) and then become unhealthy through my choices.

    YES I struggle with my food relationship more than"normal" people, I think. But I post here often, and read every day. I journal about my 67 years of eating baggage, where I went from 103 to 240 to various in betweens. I still hear my mother saying I was fat, even though I was not.

    It's hard to realize how much "weirdness" got us to the VGS point in life, and we are never going to be perfect.

    But things like family, work, lack of sleep, not enough body movement (whether you yoga, exercise, walk, or chair exercise) can change your weight and your outlook.

    I don't know about revision. I have read about "re set" and Dr. V on YouTube seems to have some very good information; that said, your own physician and your self knowledge are your best tools.

    Do you think if you had another surgery, the other issues are at a place where you can move forward?

    Praying for the best decision and outcome for you!
    [I]HW: 240 lbs SW: 199 lbs GW: 140 lbs

    1 MO = 167.0 2 MO = 156.4 3 MO = 148.4 4 MO = 140.6
    5 M) = 136.0 6 MO = 130.0
    1 YR = 122.0 2 YR = 140.00 2.5 YR = 139
    Happy with my weight; happy with my size; over-the-moon with my health!

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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    I always say that losing weight is one thing, but maintenance is a totally different animal. Before you try a revision. Have you gone back to basics? Opening up that sleeve bible and going back to the guidelines that we used when we first got sleeved? I am sure that there is still restriction especially if you're eating protein first, then veggies. Like Sharon, I went back to Weight Watchers. I need the accountability. I weigh almost daily so that I can see what "the number" is. I am hoping that you find something that will help you get back on track, if that happens to be a revision, then so be it. Good Luck in whatever you decide.



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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    Quote Originally Posted by elllie View Post
    HI Jessie, I cannot help about the resleeve but I do have some questions for you. I started off at about the same weight as you before my sleeve and am now about what you got down to. I am curious as to how long after did you start to regain weight and do you or did you exercise. I am so scared of gaining weight back, but as you know as time goes by you are able to eat more and yes, bad habits do start to creep back. I do weigh myself twice maybe more everyday , and as soon as i see the scale wonder too far up the scale, i go back to basics. So far that has worked. All the best.
    Hi Ellie. I hit my lowest weight of 130 by October 2015. From March 2014 to April 2015 I worked out every day for at least an hour and twice a week with a personal trainer. Then I had to stop working out so much because I developed a pinched nerve in my neck that was causing excruciating pain in my shoulder and all the way down my arm. I had to have a surgical procedure to fix that. My workout frequency drastically reduced because I was afraid of hurting myself again. I probably worked out 2 - 3 times a week on a good week and it wasnít as hard. Then, to add insult to injury, in October 2016 I broke my ankle in 3 places and was laid up for 8 weeks. I never got back in the gym after that. I tried to start up with my personal trainer again and went three times but then pulled my quad so bad I could hardly walk for weeks. That was it. I know I have to get over my fear of getting hurt again because I totally LOVE LOVE LOVE working out and itís the only way I will be successful again. I just have to not push myself so hard. I totally over-did it.

    I started to gain around May 2016 and it came on gradually ever since. I tried going back to basics and the pouch reset and a few other diets and even diet pills and still kept gaining. I even got on my elliptical every morning for a month WHILE doing Atkins and still no loss. I recently found out that itís because when you lose weight, your resting metabolic rate goes down making regain really easy. Mine is now 1258 calories a day so anything over that over time caused the regain. I wish Iíd known that before last week!! i would have done things a LOT differently! Oh well. At least I know it now.

    I hope this information is helpful. PM me any time if you have questions about anything. I know a LOT about post-op losing at least. Not so much apparently on the maintaining though. Lol.

    Take care!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member jessiejess's Avatar
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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    Reply to all the other posts:
    I did all the resets and all that stuff and unfortunately they didn’t work for me. I used my fitness pal and tracked everything I even breathed. I also know I have a lot of emotions tied to food. I’ve been doing a lot of journaling to get this stuff all worked out and will be going to support meetings this time too. I didn’t do that before. I’m also working on finding a good counselor. I need more support this time around. I thought I could do it all on my own and keep it off and I was wrong. I do still have the restriction and I have always followed the protein first rule and the don’t drink while you eat rule. I really haven’t gone very far off the rails at all. I am 99% sure I drank around my sleeve (wine in lieu of a counselor). I will not be doing that again, ever.
    Regarding the revision, I went to see my surgeon and he said he wanted to have a look at my sleeve to see what is going on. He did an EGD and found a hiatal hernia so he is doing a bypass to correct it. He said that’s what they recommend for patients who have had a sleeve. Must be, because my insurance is going to cover it but they weren’t before the hernia was found. So now I have no choice.
    My surgery date is 3/11. I’m nervous as hell but also excited. It was so hard losing the first time. I just hope it works again and I can actually keep it off. So, here we go again!! I’m going to be on this board a lot for support, just like old times. And that’s a good thing.



    You donít have to be perfect. You just need to be better.

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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    Good luck! I hope this procedure will be successful for you. I am also struggling with a regain......



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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    Quote Originally Posted by jessiejess View Post
    Reply to all the other posts:
    I did all the resets and all that stuff and unfortunately they didn’t work for me. I used my fitness pal and tracked everything I even breathed. I also know I have a lot of emotions tied to food. I’ve been doing a lot of journaling to get this stuff all worked out and will be going to support meetings this time too. I didn’t do that before. I’m also working on finding a good counselor. I need more support this time around. I thought I could do it all on my own and keep it off and I was wrong. I do still have the restriction and I have always followed the protein first rule and the don’t drink while you eat rule. I really haven’t gone very far off the rails at all. I am 99% sure I drank around my sleeve (wine in lieu of a counselor). I will not be doing that again, ever.
    Regarding the revision, I went to see my surgeon and he said he wanted to have a look at my sleeve to see what is going on. He did an EGD and found a hiatal hernia so he is doing a bypass to correct it. He said that’s what they recommend for patients who have had a sleeve. Must be, because my insurance is going to cover it but they weren’t before the hernia was found. So now I have no choice.
    My surgery date is 3/11. I’m nervous as hell but also excited. It was so hard losing the first time. I just hope it works again and I can keep it off. So, here we go again!! I’m going to be on this board a lot for support, just like old times. And that’s a good thing.
    Hi

    Wow!

    Good Luck for tomorrow and so interesting to hear all that you have been through.

    I wish you well and I am so interested and curious to hear all about your journey from this point please do tell us how it goes! as I am touched by your honesty and offer you so much support!

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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    Sending you good wishes for surgery today.
    Please let us know how you are doing when you feel up to it.
    x



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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    Hope everything went well! Wishing you a quick recovery!



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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    I hope everything went well and wish you a speedy recovery and back to some serious weight loss !



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    Default Re: Former Rockstar considering revision

    Injuries throw such a wrench into things. I think they mess with your head as much as the physical damage to the body. I hope you are doing alright and that everything went well with your surgery.

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