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    Cool Diana's time to get it done journey

    I have picked my surgeon (Dr. Almanza in Tijuana) and have chosen my date. Next week, I will pay my deposit and start saving hard for my surgery. I'm a bit frustrated because all the before/after pics and testimonials are on the gastric sleeve, not the lap band. Does anyone know where I can find that kind of info? I'm also not real certain what I should expect in terms of weight loss monthly. Any ideas?

    I am 48, recently graduated from nursing school and received my RN in June, 2013. One of my personal goals is to complete a 5K by the time I'm 50, so there is no more time for fooling around.

    I live in a very small town, so have no one in my immediate area to "buddy up" with. I guess I'm kind of hoping to find someone out there who could use an email buddy through this process.

    Thanks to anyone who cares to respond.


    Diana



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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    Hello Diana and welcome to the forum. It is great to hear you are all set with a plan, and saving for the surgery will be easier with such motivation. If you have a look on YouTube you'll find some really inspirational photo diaries which outline the journey.

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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    Good for you, Diana! You must be so excited! I think your goal of running a 5k is a great one and I sincerely wish you a successful journey.

    I wish I could help with your questions, but I haven't had the surgery yet. I'm still researching and weighing options at this point.

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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    Hello Diana!! So excited for you to start this journey. Finding before/after pictures of the lap band is probably a little harder since the weightloss can be more slow than with the gastric sleeve, or the bypass. I wish people felt more comfortable with sharing. I know it can still be incredibly uncomfortable to open up like that on the internet. I wish you all the best in your journey!!

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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    Quote Originally Posted by Diana View Post
    I have picked my surgeon (Dr. Almanza in Tijuana) and have chosen my date. Next week, I will pay my deposit and start saving hard for my surgery. I'm a bit frustrated because all the before/after pics and testimonials are on the gastric sleeve, not the lap band. Does anyone know where I can find that kind of info? I'm also not real certain what I should expect in terms of weight loss monthly. Any ideas?

    I am 48, recently graduated from nursing school and received my RN in June, 2013. One of my personal goals is to complete a 5K by the time I'm 50, so there is no more time for fooling around.

    I live in a very small town, so have no one in my immediate area to "buddy up" with. I guess I'm kind of hoping to find someone out there who could use an email buddy through this process.

    Thanks to anyone who cares to respond.


    Diana
    Oh wow!I have always thought that lap band and gastric sleeve were the same. What's the difference???

    And oh, congratulations on your milestone! I see that it is just around 4 months away, but I do hope you get a stress free surgery

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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    Hi J.L.N.10B,

    Lap band is very different from gastric sleeve. With lap band, you are only inserting an access port that is connected to an inflatable balloon that is placed near your stomach. You can fill it with saline solution, so it pushed down on your stomach. The effect is that you will feel full even when you eat small portions of food.

    Gastric sleeve, to put it bluntly, involves taking a part of your stomach and stapling what remains shut, leaving you with a smaller stomach.

    The effects are the same. You feel fuller on smaller amounts of food.

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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    So basically, a lap band is safer than a gastric sleeve because it is very reversible, right?

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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    You forgot to add that some people might not be eligibe for a gastric sleeve. You can get a lap band when you have a BMI of 30, but you need to have a BMI of 40 to get a gastric sleeve.

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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    Apparently gastric sleeve is more like having your stomach stapled. Not my way, so I am sticking with the lap band. Thank you for the positive input!



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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    How are things Diana? It's been a while since you posted and I'm curious how the process is going for you? Are you closer to your surgery date? Are you still thinking that this is the best type of weight-loss surgery for you?

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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    I am confirmed for January 16th. I am still convinced the LapBand is my best option. I considered gastric sleeve, but frankly don't like how invasive and how permanent it is. I can leave the lap band in, if I choose or not, if I choose. I can add or subtract saline as it is needed, etc. I just feel the LapBand is a more flexible choice. I am so freakin' excited that I just about can't stand it. I keep focusing on "next year when I'm not so fat..." and so on. Even cleaned off my treadmille and have been walking regularly. Still not sure where I'll put all the stuff that used to live on the treadmill!!!!

    How about you? Where are you on your path? Love to hear how someone else's journey is unfolding.



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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    Hi Diana and everyone.
    Had my LapBand procedure her in Bangkok on Saturday night. Awake after 2 1/2 hours, remember the clock! No real pain except 6 hours later , the urinary catheter was very painful and I asked the nurse to remove it. She gave me an injection of morphine...they monitored my blood pressure hourly in ICU. On Sunday morning the cardiologist came in at 9 am and said everything was fine. I was given a glass of water to sip on. Again only minor discomfort when I moved. Noon the endocrinologist came in and told me they also did check my thyroid function...normal. Then I was given some clear chicken bouillon . Only drank 1/2 cup. More water to sip, and some apple juice. 3 pm Dr Suthep came in and told me everything was fine and I could go home if I wanted too, even if the package included 2 nights in hospital. I chose to leave. My partner picked me up at 8 pm. We drove home. Had then a meal replacement shake....and went to bed. Woke up this morning with a bit of a sore throat from the endotracheal tube. Had another milk shake: using LC from Unicity, then some vanilla yogurt. Full, slight nausea .....should have skipped the yogurt. Now off to work. I haven't taken any pain killer. Start up weight before surgery was 106 kg. 1.60 m . Will keep you posted!



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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    OMG!!! I just booked my flight reservations to avoid an upcoming airfare hike I heard about. Seeing that purchase just made my stomach flip. Somehow it seems so much more real now that I have them. How dumb that must sound, but I keep thinking about this decision and how it will impact my life. To have something in black and white just reinforces the reality. $393.60 for 2 round-trip tickets from Phoenix to San Diego. Guess that's reasonable enough. If I weren't concerned about how I will feel, I would just drive it....however 8-10 hours in a car the day after surgery may be a bit much and I would hate to leave myself without options. I'm not Jane Wayne, so I guess I'll be a candy-butt and fly. YAY ME!!!



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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    Hi Diana, you should be right after your surgery. Tired but not in pain. The flight is a better option in my view. Last night I was tired of the shakes and tried some grapes. Chewed each one until puréed but was able to eat 5 then waited 1 hour and repeated the process. No problem. Will see the surgeon this afternoon for recheck. Then I fly to canada on Monday morning.



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    Junior Member Diana's Avatar
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    Re: Diana's time to get it done journey

    Is your Canada trip business or personal? Sounds like you get to have a lot of fun flying all over the world. I'm nauseated thinking about the hour flight to San Diego (LOL). Really HATE to fly!

    Did the 5 grapes satisfy you or did you want more? My post-op diet is all liquids until 3 weeks post op. I wonder why all the diets are so different? I have clear liquids until 3 days post op, then can add in darker liquids, but nothing solid for 3 weeks or so.



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