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    Default 50 YO male - Sleeve tomorrow 2/23/21

    (Copied from Member Intro Forum, meant to post this here as I looked at this forum much more frequently and want to reach others) Trying to figure out how to delete the other.

    Hello fellow weight-challenged and former weight-challenged friends!

    My name is Scott, I'm a 50 year old male, 5'11" and weighed 285 when I began the process to have gastric sleeve. I'm on the lower end of weight for what many would think makes such a drastic step called for (including some of my family and many of the friends I have told about it).

    Before I get into a little about myself, I first want to tell you why I'm even posting on here. I am doing it as a THANK YOU to all of you former posters, and also hoping to get another male story out there as they are a little less common. What an amazing resource this is. So anyway - thank you to those of you before me who took the time to detail their journey. I plan to tell my story here in as much detail as possible, hopefully less for me and more for somebody else down the road. So here we go...

    My background and reason for deciding to move forward with surgery is that I have battled weight my entire life. I was a chubby little boy and as an adult my "average" weight was around 260 with swings up to the highest I ever saw at 318 and the lowest I can remember at 239. After around 45 years old, I found it increasingly hard to drop the weight. That said, with hard work, I can drop weight to get down in the 250s. But then, inevitably, it comes back and it's a cycle that gets harder each year. I have high BP, high cholesterol, frequent knee and back pain. My hope with surgery is that it will drop my "base line" down to around 200 and allow me to be so much more active and just enjoy life more.

    A unique speed bump I ran into was, I was originally scheduled for surgery in late November. The hospital stopped electives and my procedure was postponed. I was so disappointed, but took it in stride. It did cause some weight gain, as I went on what I assume most of us do, which is a "feast on my favorite foods" bender for what I thought was one last time. Well that turned into a couple months. Went from 285 up to 305. EEK. Luckily I was able to drop most of it in the 10 days or so leading up to surgery.

    My doctor called for only a 3 day pre-op liquid diet, but knowing I had gained some weight, and being impatient and excited to start, I began liquid 5 days ahead. I have lost 10 lbs as of this morning on liquid diet. Liquid diet didn't bother me terribly. My doctor called for 4+ protein shakes per day (80g+ protein) and I utilized Premier Protein shakes as the source. TIP: I didn't purchase any flavorless protein powder, and would have in retrospect. The shakes are good when you are drinking 1-2 per day. 4+ gets tough after a day or 2. I would have mixed some powder into broth / strained soup had I known better. I drank a lot of water and water even starts to get a little bitter / different tasting but never enough where I can't drink it. I was taking in so much liquid, I honestly was never terribly hungry. Some grumbling the second day or so, but it really wasn't bad.

    So pre-op I am writing this on day 5, my daily regimen didn't change much:
    Early AM - Premier Protein Cafe Latte (especially if coffee drinker, these are best as they have a hint of savory / not just sweet as gets old.
    Late AM - 1/2 PP shake - see below
    Lunch - Strained can of soup, added some beef or chicken broth
    Afternoon - PP Carmel (also great, and same - just not as sweet as others)
    Dinner - PP CL
    Evening - 1/2 PP shake

    So I actually was only taking in 3 shakes on last few days, below what surgeon was wanting. By dinner time I was just shake'd out and not sure why (and thankfully), the hunger just wasn't really an issue. I wish I'd have had the protein powder to fill that need in the soup. I think the clear liquid drinks and protein powder have definite place for us - I have powder on order.

    I tried a bunch of the Premier Protein (Costco sells some, others available online) and they have great texture and flavor. I'll continue these for life. My tastes were:
    Cafe Latte - amazing, and I'm not a coffee drinker. If you hate taste of coffee, this won't be for you. But as I said, it has less sweet taste and that's huge during liquid phase.
    Carmel - also very good and same as above
    Chocolate
    Strawberry - good in beginning but get too sweet
    Cookies and Creme - I did not care for this one at all and they went in garbage
    Cinnamon Roll - OK, but too sweet
    Pumpkin Spice - I have high hopes, ordered it too late though and it's still on the way. I'll have it for post-op

    Last thing I think might be helpful to others: This isn't a big thing, but after I got a confirmed surgery date, I told many of my closer friends, family, and even co-workers about the upcoming surgery. With my situation and surgery getting postponed due to COVID, the time up to surgery got extended and I got a lot of "when is it" and such. In retrospect, I think I'd have kept it to myself till after. I suspect that many don't tell everyone about it, but for whatever reason I didn't care what people think and chose to share. It's not a big regret, and hopefully nobody else gets postponed like that, but now I would've waited.

    OK - that's all I can think of in my pre-op review. I will post pre-op photos next week or so when I'm home recovering. Again - THANK YOU to every person who has posted to this forum in the past. YOU are why I'm writing this today.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member KiwiGal's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: 50 YO male - Sleeve tomorrow 2/23/21

    Hello and thank you.
    What a great post!
    Really lovely to get another story added to the forum. It's been a little quiet of late.

    I found this forum invaluable when starting my journey -and still do. No-one I knew had had this surgery and being able to come here and get advice and support has been fabulous.

    I hope that all goes well with your surgery. Just follow your surgeons instructions and you will be fine.
    When you feel up to it please come back and tell us how you are doing.



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    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: 50 YO male - Sleeve tomorrow 2/23/21

    Hoping that everything went well for your surgery yesterday. Good Luck and welcome to the forum!



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    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: 50 YO male - Sleeve tomorrow 2/23/21

    Everything went perfect. Was home next day at 4:30pm. I was up walking quite a bit in the hospital and able to knock down quite a bit of fluid. Pain after surgery as never bad at all. I'd say worst was maybe 6.5 on a 10 scale?.. Zero pain from incisions, the discomfort I feel is from gas still trapped in body. It kind of moves from side to side in my upper chest. From what I understand it is typical and will fade. Haven't pooped and when I do that should help. I'm sipping away on protein drinks and water. As of yet, no issues there either. Have some liquid Oxycodone that I used to help sleep last night and it worked wonderfully, got some good zzz's. I'm not using it during day unless things get worse or something.

    Anyway - I'll update as things progress, but right now I'm very happy to report that it's going great!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Aydensmomma's Avatar
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    Default Re: 50 YO male - Sleeve tomorrow 2/23/21

    Hi! Glad to hear your surgery went well!! Im glad your pain wasn't bad, mine was but I think vomiting for 48hrs after waking up from surgery had something to do with that ;-)
    Keep moving around and that gas pain will eventually be gone. Follow your docs orders and don't over do anything.
    Its great to keep a detailed account of your journey for you and for others. I am 6 years out, I used to be on this site daily and people on here were so supportive and so helpful. I wish you the best!!
    sleeved 12/30/14 @255lbs Goal 140lbs
    3/3/15- 208lbs 6/14/15- 163lbs
    lost 92lbs in 1st 6mo
    9/10/15- 139 1/5/2016 - 128lbs
    lost 128lbs in 1 year
    4/4/16 - 123lbs 7/4/16 - 129lbs 12/3/16- 130
    still 128lb loss@2 year mark-11lbs below goal
    gained 13lbs by 3 year mark weighing 142lbs
    Gained up to 158 by 3 years 3 months!
    3.5 years back to 142
    hoping to stay between 140lbs-145lbs
    4 years hanging in between 145 and 150
    5 year mark! ugh! Up to 160! Time to get back track!

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    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: 50 YO male - Sleeve tomorrow 2/23/21

    Update - 4 days out. All in all, doing very well. Only real struggle is with built up / continual gas that is hard to rid of. With your abdomen a little sore, and fear of ripping something in there when exerting a lot of pressure, it's difficult to pass the gas.. I haven't enjoyed a good fart this much since I was a pre-teen LOL. Constant sipping hasn't been too big a deal, mainly water / PP protein shakes. Tried some broth / strained soup / protein powder and while it was nice to taste some savory, it didn't sit really well and haven't gone back to it. No real hunger to speak of nagging at me at all yet.

    After first day at home, I have been able to manage the pain with only Tylenol during the day (and really could 24 hours), but since I have it, using the Oxycodone at bedtime. Works perfect, I've actually slept really really well last several days. If you have a lazy boy or your spot on couch with an ottoman, might consider sleeping there for first week. Definitely works better for me. Rolling over / moving in bed is still not a pleasant action.

    Weighed in at 282 this morning, so down 18 lb since started pre-op diet. Weeeeee! OK that's all I can think of at the moment. I'll check in frequently, again - hopefully less for support, but more as a record that someone can utilize in the future as I did with all the folks that came before me on here. Thanks for your words of encouragement though, it's nice to know someone is out there that has been there / done that and relates. Have a great day!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member KiwiGal's Avatar
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    Default Re: 50 YO male - Sleeve tomorrow 2/23/21

    So glad that everything is going so well for you. Sounds like you are doing great.

    Keep up the good work with getting those fluids in - water as much as you can - and walking will definitely help with the gas pain. Walk as far and as often as you feel able to.

    My surgeon aimed for pooping once every 2 days once I started to get more food intake but I needed help with some laxatives (and still do occasionally). Don't be afraid to ask your surgeon for something if things get too bad. It can be really uncomfortable.



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