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  • #31225
    Mands
    Member

    Hi all

    I have joined this forum after searching up my surgeon Shaw Sumers and seeing all this info about him and about the bypass / band.

    I am currently 10 stone overweight suffering with sleep apnea and the early stages of COPD which is hereditary through my mothers side of the family … i also have asthma and all the aches and pains you get with being overweight … i have been overweight for about 16 years since the birth of my youngest child … at my worst though i have been heavily overweight ie 20 stone for about 5 years.

    It has taken me 4 years to get to this stage re surgery as i am getting it done through NHS due to having sleep apnea … i am not actually overweight enough to get the surgery done and i have gone through a programme called Life Morph for the last year which works in conjunction with the bariatric service that the NHS offer in Hampshire … hope this all makes sense lol.

    Anyways …. today i have started the milk diet and its like OMG what am i to expect over the next 2 weeks … i have read on here that people get constipated etc … could someone please give me more info on how you feel when doing this diet … i worry about feeling sick and weak and stuff like that.

    I am having gastric band surgery on the 5th feb … with Shaw Somers … again i also worry have i made the right choice on surgery … i was originally on the road to having bypass surgery however i changed my mind as i felt that i wouldnt cope with the aftermath of it and i have now opted for the band which i feel i will cope with i will just have to work harder to lose the weight.

    Any comments or information would be very much welcomed guys … thank you for a forum like this being here as i am very nervous at the moment.

    Mands xxx

    #48892
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    Hi Mands

    Welcome to the friendliest place on earth!

    The milk diet (or liver shrinkage diet as we now call it) is nothing to be scared of. I did it and found it really easy as it reduced all the choice for me! It suited my OCD tendencies.

    You are very lucky indeed to be having one of Streamline Surgical’s best surgeons. Shaw Somers did my gastric bypass in 2008. It not only saved my life, it gave me a better one. I’m sure everyone else who had their surgery with Streamline will agree.

    If you have talked through your choice of surgery with Mr Somers, then he must think you are a suitable candidate for it. There are many lovely bandsters on here who will be more than pleased to help you along the way. The QA hospital is excellent as are all the staff there so you have no worries on that score.

    Please feel free to ask us anything ok? We are a team on here: of which I am very honoured to be a part.

    Look forward to hearing all about your journey.

    Doodah x

    #48900
    Whitey
    Member

    Hi there and welcome. As Doodah says this is a very friendly place where you can get lots of support and advice for your weight loss journey. I know in my early days it was my lifeline. You are very lucky to have such an experienced surgeon and I’m sure he would not recommend a band if he thought it wasn’t the best option. Don’t be frightened of the milk diet just think it of it as the first step on your weight loss journey. Good luck Elaine x

    #48906
    Mands
    Member

    Thank you both … i feel extremely lucky to have Shaw Somers as my surgeon as i spent the last couple of years watching him on the telly wishing he would perform surgery on me !! LOL

    Mr Somers did want me to have the bypass but said as long as i can stick to the 8 golden rules of band surgery then im fine so i feel i can do that … the bypass scares me too much .. have spent alot of time today crying !! … i think i am learning that i do have some kind of emotional attachment to food and i feel like i am saying goodbye to an old friend but it has to be done.

    I will more than likely be on this forum daily lol so i look forward to getting to know you all

    Thanks again

    Mands xxx

    #48911
    sminky
    Member

    Hello there, I too am new to all this and will be having a gastric band on February 22nd with Mr Toh!

    #48907
    Mands
    Member

    @sminky 27350 wrote:

    Hello there, I too am new to all this and will be having a gastric band on February 22nd with Mr Toh!

    Good luck Sminky … mine is on the 5th feb xxx

    #48912
    sminky
    Member
    Mands wrote:
    Good luck Sminky … mine is on the 5th feb xxx

    Good luck to you too xx

    #48893
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    @Mands 27347 wrote:

    Thank you both … i feel extremely lucky to have Shaw Somers as my surgeon as i spent the last couple of years watching him on the telly wishing he would perform surgery on me !! LOL

    Mr Somers did want me to have the bypass but said as long as i can stick to the 8 golden rules of band surgery then im fine so i feel i can do that … the bypass scares me too much .. have spent alot of time today crying !! … i think i am learning that i do have some kind of emotional attachment to food and i feel like i am saying goodbye to an old friend but it has to be done.

    I will more than likely be on this forum daily lol so i look forward to getting to know you all

    Thanks again

    Mands xxx

    Hi Mands

    Your post must have struck a chord with everyone on here because having weight loss surgery IS like a bereavement in a sense. In that you will be saying goodbye to your longest companion – rubbish food and bad habits.

    However, food is NEVER our friend if it controls every aspect of our lives, makes us ill and contributes to low self esteem. How can it be your friend if it has done all those bad things to you? Think of it as breaking free: of being in control of what you eat for the first time in your life – for the REST of your life.

    YOU will be in the driving seat. YOU will decide your fate and YOU will bring your body back to how you want it to be. It’s an amazing feeling. It’s ruddy hard work but my LIFE it is worth it. We are all here to help you. We will all cheer you on at every step and celebrate with you at every triumph.

    Don’t be scared – be excited ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Doodah x

    #48894
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    ps We will all be here to hold your hand on the bad days too. There will be a few but, nothing worth having in life comes easily xx

    #48908
    Mands
    Member

    @Doodah 27360 wrote:

    ps We will all be here to hold your hand on the bad days too. There will be a few but, nothing worth having in life comes easily xx

    Thank you Doodah, yesterday was really emotional .. today has been different, in to day 2 of this milk diet lol … and yes it is time for me to take control … i feel doing this milk diet is the first major step as it is a big commitment in itself when you are just simply used to eating !!!
    However it has to be done so onwards and upwards ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again

    Mands xxxx

    #48901

    @Mands 27336 wrote:

    Hi all

    I have joined this forum after searching up my surgeon Shaw Sumers and seeing all this info about him and about the bypass / band.

    I am currently 10 stone overweight suffering with sleep apnea and the early stages of COPD which is hereditary through my mothers side of the family … i also have asthma and all the aches and pains you get with being overweight … i have been overweight for about 16 years since the birth of my youngest child … at my worst though i have been heavily overweight ie 20 stone for about 5 years.

    It has taken me 4 years to get to this stage re surgery as i am getting it done through NHS due to having sleep apnea … i am not actually overweight enough to get the surgery done and i have gone through a programme called Life Morph for the last year which works in conjunction with the bariatric service that the NHS offer in Hampshire … hope this all makes sense lol.

    Anyways …. today i have started the milk diet and its like OMG what am i to expect over the next 2 weeks … i have read on here that people get constipated etc … could someone please give me more info on how you feel when doing this diet … i worry about feeling sick and weak and stuff like that.

    I am having gastric band surgery on the 5th feb … with Shaw Somers … again i also worry have i made the right choice on surgery … i was originally on the road to having bypass surgery however i changed my mind as i felt that i wouldnt cope with the aftermath of it and i have now opted for the band which i feel i will cope with i will just have to work harder to lose the weight.

    Any comments or information would be very much welcomed guys … thank you for a forum like this being here as i am very nervous at the moment.

    Mands xxx

    Hi

    Congratulations on securing Mr Somers as your surgeon, he did my bypass three and a half months ago and many people on this forum have underlying health problems its all part and parcel of our condition. I had my surgery at QA and well I have never liked ops or general anesthetises but I got to QA and I have never been so relaxed in hospital before. No high blood pressure off the scale. I too had followed Mr Somers on TV and it all seemed so natural as I had seen him operate so many times before on the television it just gave me so much confidence I couldn’t wait to get down to theatre and have it done and my anaesthetist was an absolute angel she chatted away to me before I went to sleep and she was still chatting to me when I woke up. To sum it up having had surgery six times before I can say this was the most enjoyable experience I have had (sounds strange but it is TRUE). The only difference is originally I wanted a band then decided on a bypass – the band appealed as I wanted less invasive surgery as at the time I was scared of the thought of a bypass, but I have no regrets having had a bypass and have lost over five stone and now I can have both knees replaced as my bmi is now below 29.

    I wish you all the best and do not worry it will be the best thing you will have done there are plenty of others on here who will agree and back me up on this. I just wish I had done this sooner as I could not get nhs funding so had to self fund.

    all the best Claire

    #48895
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    I would say that 99% of wls patients, when asked if they have any regrets, reply: ‘That I didn’t have it done sooner’.

    If you are concerned that you have made the wrong decision about which type of surgery you need, have a word with your team. Nothing is yet written in stone ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Whatever you decide, you are in possibly the most capable hands in the country. All Streamline’s surgeons are of the very highest calibre and skill so it wouldn’t actually make any difference who you choose. However, Mr Somers is the one with the highest profile due to his media appearances and this makes people feel more comfortable – they feel like they already ‘know’ him.

    How’s today going so far?

    Doodah x

    #48902
    aw48
    Member

    Hi Mandy
    I start my milk diet tomorrow but its for 8 weeks, yes im looking forward to it, im a step closer to having my surgery but il also hopefully getting off all my meds, fingers crossed il still be this positive in 8 weeks xx

    #48896
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    @aw48 27398 wrote:

    Hi Mandy
    I start my milk diet tomorrow but its for 8 weeks, yes im looking forward to it, im a step closer to having my surgery but il also hopefully getting off all my meds, fingers crossed il still be this positive in 8 weeks xx

    I think you will be MORE positive. You will lose weight and be certain that you are getting closer and closer to your surgery so what’s to be negative about ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have to say that I really loved the milk diet. I love milk and particularly liked the simplicity of it (slight OCD) but I’m fully aware that some find it dull and boring. However, the way to look at it is that your actual weight loss journey starts with the first day of the pre op diet and that, to me, meant I could start feeling excited.

    let us know how you are getting on ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Doodah x

    #48903
    aw48
    Member

    @Doodah 27404 wrote:

    I think you will be MORE positive. You will lose weight and be certain that you are getting closer and closer to your surgery so what’s to be negative about ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have to say that I really loved the milk diet. I love milk and particularly liked the simplicity of it (slight OCD) but I’m fully aware that some find it dull and boring. However, the way to look at it is that your actual weight loss journey starts with the first day of the pre op diet and that, to me, meant I could start feeling excited.

    let us know how you are getting on ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Doodah x

    Thank you Doodah I will,

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