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Anyone had weight loss surgery?
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
Click link to read an article about weight loss surgery fighting diabetes. If you have had the surgery, how did you benefit - or not?

Anyone considering a weight loss surgery?

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laura2gemini2 responded:
I've had weight loss will be 1 year ago in september. I am a type 1 diabetic, so it wasnt to reverse diabetes but it did make it easier to manage. I went from 150 units of humalog a day to around 70.
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to laura2gemini2's response:
Laura - How is your new bike?? If you don't mind me asking, which one did you have? And how much weight did you lose? I have a friend looking at options...(She needs to lose 100 )

laura2gemini2 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
I am slowly still trying to learn...I got a huffy cruiser. Its an old 70's style bike with higher set handle bars (that way I dont have to lean over so much).

I've lost about 90ish pounds since I started, and about 70 since 2 weeks before surgery (I had to be on a 500 calorie/day diet 2 weeks prior to help shrink my liver, and I ended up losing about 15 lb in those 2 weeks). I chose the sleeve procedure because it has slower weight loss than the full bypass, plus less absorption issues which I already had some struggles with.

The best advice I can give is going to semminars given by the surgeons. They go over all the procedures, their own success rates, and also usually have their own patients come in and share their stories. The surgeon I chose was very arrogant, but also had the best success rate .
betaquartz replied to laura2gemini2's response:
Surgeons seem to be very arrogant, and have little in the way of "bedside manner", but necessary evil.

Keep up with the bike, a little at a time, you will have fun, and get the exercise you need without really working!
DavidHueben replied to laura2gemini2's response:

I have had five eye surgeries in the last 7 months. Both my regular ophthalmologist (who did the two cataract surgeries) and the retinal surgeon who has done the rest of the work could have not been more cordial. They both are soft-spoken, have a subtle, but good sense of humor, and took all the time necessary to answer my questions.

I can't honestly say I have enjoyed having surgery, but I appreciate them greatly.

"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." - Winston S. Churchill
laura2gemini2 replied to DavidHueben's response:
I wouldnt say I chose my surgeon because he was arrogant. More like it was a side effect of his awsome success rate, and he let it get to his head. Thats why as soon as I'm out of being "post-op" I'll probably never see him again. His staff, however, bent over backwards to make sure I had everything I needed.

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