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I'm new, scared/excited at prospect of surgery

Discussion in 'Pre-Op Diaries' started by voodoo, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. voodoo

    voodoo New Member

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    Lost(%):
    4st8lb(22.54%)
    Surgery Type:
    band
    Funding Type:
    Private
    Consultant:
    Siggurdsson
    Surgery Date::
    7/7/11
    Hi I used to post on the Cambridge section of MinMins and found this page through that. I'm going for a consult at The Hospital Group on 20 June and, hopefully a lapband on 7 July:eek:. I've tried many diets and exercise regimes but it's getting harder as I get older and after thinking about it for years I've 'taken the plunge' to get this surgery. I'm sick of being tired, aching joints and just avoiding mirrors, I need to get healthy before I end up in a wheelchair or with another illness, fortunately I'm healthy (apart from depression). Any tips/advice would be appreciated.
    thanks,
    sharon:)
    ps I will be writing this as a kind of diary so I hope it's not in the wrong place!
     
  2. Deets

    Deets New Member

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    Start Weight:
    17st8lb
    Goal Weight:
    11st0lb
    Surgery Type:
    Sleeve
    Funding Type:
    Private
    Consultant:
    Dr Cierny - Cosmetic Bliss
    Surgery Date::
    8th Feb!
    welcome Voodoo! its scary when you make the decision to have WLS :eek: I wish id done it earlier, its been a pretty smooth ride considering!

    Wish you all the best! x
     
  3. Mazza

    Mazza Administrator Staff Member

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    80kg
    Lost(%):
    33kg(27.95%)
    Surgery Type:
    Band - sleeve revision
    Funding Type:
    NHS
    Consultant:
    Vinod Menon
    Surgery Date::
    2009 (band) Jan 16 (band removal) 15th September 16 (sleeve)
    Hi, welcome and good luck on your journey!

    You are in good company here, lots of us have dabbled with Cambridge before taking the plunge!

    Im 2 years post op band and Im under my goal BMI of 25.

    There is a band section on here and lots of threads to get to know people on. Have a look around and ask any question, chances are one of us had the same ones pre op too x
     
  4. Jrichard

    Jrichard New Member

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    Goal Weight:
    11st0lb
    Lost(%):
    8st7lb(39.14%)
    Surgery Type:
    Gastric bypass
    Funding Type:
    Private
    Consultant:
    Mr Ackroyd
    Surgery Date::
    16/06/2011
    Hi voodoo I'm new too. I have my op booked for this Thursday. I hope everything goes well with you and your journey.
     
  5. bahia

    bahia New Member

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    3st7lb(18.49%)
    Surgery Type:
    gastric band
    Funding Type:
    Private
    Consultant:
    mr super
    Surgery Date::
    31/5/2011
    Hi i'm 2 weeks post op, I had mine done at the hospital group in Bromsgrove and they were fab so good luck
     
  6. Neen

    Neen WLS Moderator

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    9st5lb(37.43%)
    Surgery Type:
    Gastric band
    Funding Type:
    Private
    Consultant:
    Mr Wellbourn
    Surgery Date::
    18th July 2008
  7. Magsy

    Magsy New Member

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    Lost(%):
    8st9lb(39.93%)
    Surgery Type:
    Bypass
    Funding Type:
    NHS
    Consultant:
    Mr Amouri
    Surgery Date::
    31st October 2011
  8. voodoo

    voodoo New Member

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    Lost(%):
    4st8lb(22.54%)
    Surgery Type:
    band
    Funding Type:
    Private
    Consultant:
    Siggurdsson
    Surgery Date::
    7/7/11
    Wow! Thanks for all the welcomes,:) it's great that there are others due to be 'done' soon and others who've been there...hoping for tips, advice...lol!;)
    Bahia, how are you finding it? Did you manage the low carb/milk yoghurt diet or whatever ok? Were you in much pain after the op? I've heard the gas they pump in can be a real problem sometimes as well! Are you feeling 'normal' now...sheesh I have loads of questions!:confused: lol I've seen your consultant on tv, he was quite handsome but had little patience for people who don't do as they're supposed to.xxxx
    Deets you had you op on my birthday! lol How do you eat, is it much different than before or just smaller amounts? xxxx
    Mazza, you've done so well! How was your recovery? Do you still find there are foods you can't eat? Do you exercise much? (sorry if I'm being too personal) xxxxx
    JRichard, are you scared yet? I feel fine but I'm having terrible nightmares (always a sign I'm worried) What are you packing up for your stay? I've heard that a 'dry mouth spray' is essential as it sugar-free cordial. Let me know how you're doing, it will be fun (hopefully) to share notes/tips.xxxx
    xxx sharon
     
  9. Mazza

    Mazza Administrator Staff Member

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    Surgery Type:
    Band - sleeve revision
    Funding Type:
    NHS
    Consultant:
    Vinod Menon
    Surgery Date::
    2009 (band) Jan 16 (band removal) 15th September 16 (sleeve)
    Hiya

    Thank you! my recovery was pretty good. I had my op on a Saturday, home on Sunday back to work the Monday after (not the next day).

    Yes there are foods I cannot eat but also foods I chose not to, those that are notorius for causing problems with bands ie bread, rice and pasta.

    I do exercise a fair bit but I always have so not much has changed there.

    Have a look at the banders daily food and exercise thread for some tips x x
     
  10. Deets

    Deets New Member

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    Surgery Type:
    Sleeve
    Funding Type:
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    Consultant:
    Dr Cierny - Cosmetic Bliss
    Surgery Date::
    8th Feb!
    oo we can celebrate togther!! :D I eat much healthier these days and smaller portions. I try and follow the rule of protein 1st, veggies 2nd and carbs last. So far it seems to be working! Im fussier about what i eat too...:p
     
  11. bahia

    bahia New Member

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    Goal Weight:
    12st0lb
    Lost(%):
    3st7lb(18.49%)
    Surgery Type:
    gastric band
    Funding Type:
    Private
    Consultant:
    mr super
    Surgery Date::
    31/5/2011
    Hi Voodoo, Recovery was quick, gas was a bit of a problem esp in my shoulder but 2 weeks in feel ok
     
  12. Ankaas

    Ankaas New Member

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    Surgery Type:
    Gastric band
    Funding Type:
    Private
    Consultant:
    Chris de bruyne
    Surgery Date::
    12july 2011
    :welcome:Hi Sharon, I havent had my surgery yet (12 July) so Im verrrryyyyy excited, scared, emotional, and a plethera of other emotions I didnt know existed. I wish Id made this decision 10 years ago but I wasnt in the right frame of mind at the time - no one I knew had it done and it would have felt very drastic - now I cant believe the amount of people who get it done. Good luck and welcome to the formum. xxx
     
  13. penelope1008

    penelope1008 Active Member

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    Surgery Type:
    Gastric Bypass
    Funding Type:
    NHS
    Consultant:
    Mr N. Davies/ Mr R. Byrom.
    Surgery Date::
    5th July 2011
  14. suepat10

    suepat10 New Member

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    Welcome and good luck x x
     
  15. voodoo

    voodoo New Member

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    4st8lb(22.54%)
    Surgery Type:
    band
    Funding Type:
    Private
    Consultant:
    Siggurdsson
    Surgery Date::
    7/7/11
    Thanks again!:)
    I'm so glad I asked about HRT, she explained about the four weeks medfree, and we worked out the soonest date for the op & I pre-booked (& paid a refundable deposit, if for any reason I couldn't go ahead) my op BEFORE the consult (I am VERY impatient! lol) so I go 20th June & 7th July for op. I wonder why there are such big gaps between consults and ops? I know to expect it on NHS but if you're paying it seems a long wait Ankaas.:confused: Like you I looked into it years ago but the cost & the fact I could always lose when I FOLLOWED THE DIET,;) lol, stopped me. Now at 46, three years after an early menopause, I struggle; I stick to a diet (Slimming World) AND exercise (Rosemary Conley Salsacise or Biggest Loser (UK) dvds) at least 3 times a week for 30-40 mins plus lots of walking & gardening and lose BU**ER all! I truly hope this is a 'cure' for us.:D
    I've been looking at clothes & wondering how I'll look in them,:rolleyes: my sis is a size 12 but has a lovely size 14 leather bike jacket she's saving for me...I'm thinking long-term to stop myself worrying about the op. Recovery isn't bothering me, a rest with pain is quite normal for me (migraines & joint pains) but the thought of being put under & having gas pumped into me (I have enough of my own!:8855:) terrifies me.
    Is anyone thinking the fear of being sick will 'scare' them into staying on the food plan? I hate being sick so I'm hoping it will stop me from cheating & of course the actual COST of the op, failure is not an option unless I want a divorce! lol (hubby is taking a loan out for the cost, he is NOT happy about it)
    xxxx sharon
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2011
  16. Kazzer75

    Kazzer75 New Member

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    Lost(%):
    6st5lb(33.71%)
    Surgery Type:
    Gastric Sleeve
    Funding Type:
    Private
    Consultant:
    Dr Cierny
    Surgery Date::
    February 8th 2011
    I wish I had done it sooner as well. No regrets at all. There is lots of support for you on sites like this. Have you looked at other options other than the band?
     
  17. preetypee

    preetypee New Member

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    Surgery Type:
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    :welcome::scale: good luck with your journey. xx
     
  18. Slim4son

    Slim4son New Member

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    Hi voodoo welcome to the forum my date is aug 7th And I think I more worried about op and being put under also incase any probs with test they and won't be able to do but I am confident i in good hands at r
    The hospital group xxxx
     
  19. Rebirth

    Rebirth New Member

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    5st4lb(24.75%)
    Surgery Type:
    by pass on 5/10/10 by Mr Li
    Funding Type:
    NHS
    Consultant:
    Mr Li
    Surgery Date::
    5/10/2010
    Welcome Voodoo, hope all goes well on your journey. This site is very good and there is lots of support out there as you've found out.
     
  20. voodoo

    voodoo New Member

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    Surgery Type:
    band
    Funding Type:
    Private
    Consultant:
    Siggurdsson
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    7/7/11
    Hi & thanks everyone! xxxx
    Kazzer I looked at other ops but they were all so intrusive, tried all the diets too, I just start 'cheating' after a month or so, no matter how I try not to, if that makes any sense, lol!. Hopefully the fact that I'll be sick if I overeat AND the cost will stop me.xxxx
    It's my consult today, I had a tummy bug over the week-end and I'm all sweaty and feeling 'odd', just waiting for water to hot up so I can shower & feel 'normal' again! I'm eating a pro-biotic yoghurt I bought for the reduction diet, lol, not that I need practise at it! Hoping it will settle my tummy, as I don't want to run out on the consultant or nurse to find a loo! Sorry TMI.
    xxxxx sharon