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  • #30650
    Emski
    Member

    Hi, not posted for a while but I do read all the posts and keep peeking in most days.

    I had my meeting with Chris at the start of August and I already knew that I’d made up my mind to go for a bypass instead of my original idea of the band. The appointment went ok, I found it really great that he wanted to see me following my assessment day. You see, I lost a close friend who had WLS…so I was scared of the bypass due to this experience. Coming to a forum like this really opened my eyes and I’ve researched and researched and I can only make assumptions regarding my friend, but I know this is a tool…it’s not a miracle cure…it’s going to be up to me to make it work. I’m determined I’m going to be healthy and in control.

    One thing which does keep me awake at night is thinking about all the people who had the surgery 10 years plus ago….How are they coping? Are they all ok? What can we continue to learn from those people? Are any members of this forum?

    So right now I’m waiting for the phone call from St Richards with the surgery date….

    ~Ems~

    #43251
    Paul-H
    Participant

    Hi

    Good luck with your surgery, you will be fine, the team at St Richards are probably the best in the country for WLS. I had mine there 6 months ago and have not looked back, and am almost at my goal weight already. yes it is a tool and not a quick fix, you have to understand that and it can fail you work against it as some do. It’s great not to feel hunger anymore so I am no longer ruled by food and have saved a small fortune on my food bill already. Work with your bypass and your bypass will work with you.

    A couple of things that will help you succeed are.

    One of the ways WLS surgery works is through aversion therapy, that is if you eat too much you will be I’ll, if you eat the wrong types of food you will be Ill if you drink the wrong types of drink you will be ill.

    Some people try to eat and drink the things they have been told not to eat and drink, some of those people have found those foods and drink did not make them feel ill those people often started to struggle as they found they are now eating all the things they shouldn’t be eating.

    My advice is to assume you will be ill and don’t try the devils food and drink ever. That way you will not feel ill and you surgery will work.

    If you are tempted to try them and you are not ill you will regret it in the long run, be strong and it will be fine.

    As for people who had WLS 10 years ago, sadly there will not be to many on here that had their surgery that long ago as they surgery they where doing ten years ago was nothing like it is today, ten years ago a lot of WLS Paitents didn’t make it out of hospital, today the surgery is nothing like what they used to do and the vast majority of patients do survive and will live a long healthy life post surgery, which they would not have done without it.

    Go for it, you will be fine.

    All the best

    Paul

    #43247
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    @Paul-H 25475 wrote:

    Hi

    Good luck with your surgery, you will be fine, the team at St Richards are probably the best in the country for WLS. I had mine there 6 months ago and have not looked back, and am almost at my goal weight already. yes it is a tool and not a quick fix, you have to understand that and it can fail you work against it as some do. It’s great not to feel hunger anymore so I am no longer ruled by food and have saved a small fortune on my food bill already. Work with your bypass and your bypass will work with you.

    A couple of things that will help you succeed are.

    One of the ways WLS surgery works is through aversion therapy, that is if you eat too much you will be I’ll, if you eat the wrong types of food you will be Ill if you drink the wrong types of drink you will be ill.

    Some people try to eat and drink the things they have been told not to eat and drink, some of those people have found those foods and drink did not make them feel ill those people often started to struggle as they found they are now eating all the things they shouldn’t be eating.

    My advice is to assume you will be ill and don’t try the devils food and drink ever. That way you will not feel ill and you surgery will work.

    If you are tempted to try them and you are not ill you will regret it in the long run, be strong and it will be fine.

    As for people who had WLS 10 years ago, sadly there will not be to many on here that had their surgery that long ago as they surgery they where doing ten years ago was nothing like it is today, ten years ago a lot of WLS Paitents didn’t make it out of hospital, today the surgery is nothing like what they used to do and the vast majority of patients do survive and will live a long healthy life post surgery, which they would not have done without it.

    Go for it, you will be fine.

    All the best

    Paul

    Brilliant post Paul.

    Wls surgery has moved on exponentially in the past ten years. I had mine done only four years ago and I have a 10cm scar because I had open surgery! I had my gall bladder removed at the same time but was still totally back to normal and pain free within days. Now they are performed laparoscopically and the scars disappear within months!

    I know someone who had their surgery nine years ago and they are still slim, healthy and happy. More importantly, they are still alive – they might not have been if they hadn’t had surgery. I feel the same. If I hadn’t had mine, I doubt very much that I would still be here. It was the best thing I have ever done apart form getting married and having my children.

    Chichester is an amazing hospital and their Bariatric team is equal to any in the world in my opinion. Chris Pring is a superb surgeon as are all the members of the Streamline Surgical team. You could not be in better hands.

    Doodah x

    #43255
    Emski
    Member

    Hi

    Thank you both for tasking the time to respond…I know I’m in good hands…I just think the waiting makes me over think everything.

    I love that this forum is here, even when I’ve been just reading lately.

    I go away next week for my birthday, and I’m hopeful a phone call will come shortly afterwards.

    Thank you again
    ~Ems~

    #43246
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    We are always here for each other – that’s why I love this place so much. Like you say, sometimes, just reading other people’s posts answers our own questions.

    Have a fabulous birthday trip and please let us know the minute you hear anything!

    Happy Birthday!

    Doodah x

    #43252
    lisac2012
    Member

    Good luck for your op. I too am waiting for THE call from st richards to tell me my pre op date and when to start my 2 week milk diet!!! Hoping its very soon! If ya ever want a chat feel free to msg me x x

    Sent from my HTC Wildfire using WLS FORUM

    #43248
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    Hi Lisa. Do you have any concerns about the milk diet? I found it one of the easiest I have ever done! The simplicity of it suited my OCD haha! Also, the fact that I knew I only had to do it for 2 weeks made it infinitely more bearable. For me, it heralded the actual first point of my new life so I really welcomed it. I know that sounds ridiculous but I knew that by following the diet, my liver would shrink and that, in turn, would make Mr Somers’ job easier….which would make me safer. See what I mean about OCD lol!?

    Hope you get THE call very, very soon x

    Doodah x

    #43254
    lisac2012
    Member

    Hiya doodah I’m excited for it as it will mark the start of my new life il know then only 2 weeks to go!! I like to have order to so should suit me nice…only bits I’m worried about is getting constipated sorry if tmi lol and if I have to much of something i really start to dislike it….hoping I can jazz the milk up a bit with crushas or tea etc and I’m still yet to try the chicken bovril 🙂 I’m gonna give it my best shot. Bring it on 🙂 hehe x x

    Sent from my HTC Wildfire using WLS FORUM

    #43250
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    I love your fighting spirit Lisa. That willingness to try everything will keep you in good stead on your journey. I’m going to post the links to the Bariatric Megastore (for sugar free EVERYTHING) and Carol Ball’s books for Bariatric recipe information and ideas. They will help to make things less boring.

    As for constipation, although you will be drinking plenty of milk, remember to keep sipping water all day as this will certainly help. A strong coffee works too!

    Bariatrics megastore

    Return to Slender, the UK’s first bariatric cookery book | Bariatric Cookery

    Doodah x

    #43253
    lisac2012
    Member

    Thankyou hun! Id be lost without these forums and pages! The support and seeing im not alone is incredible! Thanks for the links il check it out. And yeah carols books are on my list to get 🙂 il make sure I drink lots of water I don’t like coffee though lol 🙁 x

    Sent from my HTC Wildfire using WLS FORUM

    #43249
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    Lisa, you will never be alone again. We are all on here to help and support each other.Some of my dearest friends have been made on-line. I’m lucky enough to have also met them in ‘real’ life but some I never have yet they are still as dear to me as the ones I physically meet up with.

    This journey is a difficult one so we need all the help we can get. It’s why I’m on here every day! I work for Streamline Surgical and they know the power of a positive mental attitude in regards to making the surgery work it’s absolute best. They are also hugely in favour of support groups, on-line support and communication. We don’t always have time to drive to meet our friends to sit and chat, but almost anyone can find 10 mins to have a natter on-line and support someone going through the same experiences or ask for help themselves.

    If you need anything at all, just shout ok? If I don’t know the answer, I have lots of fab people I can ask ;-))

    Doodah x

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