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ShinyNewUsernameToday · 29/06/2017 21:04

Posting here for traffic.
Saw my GP last year who said I'm a candidate for WLS and would refer me (October). Heard nothing since, had a letter for appt with "msk dietics" is this the first step or something different?

Have tried awful lots of things. Just looking for advice re the surgery.

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ShinyNewUsernameToday · 29/06/2017 21:05

If you have and don't want to post here feel free to message me.
I've changed my username due to worrying about being judged.

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StillDrivingMeBonkers · 29/06/2017 21:13

DH had a sleeve but had to show commitment before surgery and lose a couple of stone. He also had to go onto a clear liquids diet for 14 days before surgery to shrink his liver.

snotato · 29/06/2017 21:15

I haven't had this surgery before (dont know what it is) but I have had other surgeries if you just wanted general surgery advice?
I'm guessing they want to talk to you to see if you would be a good and willing candidate for the surgery and perhaps run through pros/cons.

StillDrivingMeBonkers · 29/06/2017 21:15

You will also have to have a fair amount of counselling, individually and in a group. It's not something they do lightly.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners · 29/06/2017 21:16

I had the sleeve. It took 5 years to get to the point of surgery, I had it 5 years ago. It has changed my life and I have lost 10st.

ShinyNewUsernameToday · 29/06/2017 21:24

Wow 10st is amazing!
Bariatric surgery is weight loss surgery.
Not allowed orlistat due to stomach problems, been dieting for years but getting nowhere.

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ShinyNewUsernameToday · 29/06/2017 21:56

@StillDrivingMeBonkers how much did he lose on the LRD? And how is he now?

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ShinyNewUsernameToday · 30/06/2017 11:31

Anyone else?

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vitaminC · 30/06/2017 11:40

I've not had the surgery, but I'm a junior doctor currently working in an obesity unit in a large hospital.
I'm happy to answer any general questions you may have about the surgery itself or the pre-op and post-op care.

ShinyNewUsernameToday · 30/06/2017 12:04

Thank you @vitaminC . My questions are more about the process, I'm a bit confused with it all.
I was referred by my GP last October and have an appt for "msk dietetics" and wondered is this anything to do with this?

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BubbleFrog · 30/06/2017 12:47

I had a sleeve done two weeks ago today, but privately so cant comment on the NHS process

ShinyNewUsernameToday · 30/06/2017 13:05

@BubbleFrog how is the recovery? Want to save up but will take years :(

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SaS2014 · 30/06/2017 13:16

I had sleeve gastrectomy in Dec 15.
Yes first people you see are psychology then dietician. They then decide if you are a candidate. Then if yes you see surgeon. Then it's a long process of pre OP weightloss, diets, councilling etc before being approved for the op.
Good luck

johnthepong · 30/06/2017 13:17

Hi I had a sleeve done a few years ago, lost 11 stone, gained 6 back, then had a duodenal switch 2 years ago. Best decision ever. I literally cannot imagine how awful my life would be without having had it. I now live what is a pretty normal and boring life, but its fantastic. I can fit in chairs, I can go places and nobody stares, I can do any activity I want without sweating profusely.

Germgirl · 30/06/2017 13:29

I had a sleeve 2 years ago. I lost over 8 stone but since having a Mirena coil fitted I've gained nearly 2 back. I'm now on a 'diet' rather than just eating small amounts.
I'm also hoping for a mini-bypass or duodenal switch op later this year to 'complete' my weight loss.
I saw a community dietitian and one at the hospital, I still see both every few months. I never saw a psychologist or anything similar. Different trusts have different regimes.
I'd do it again in a heartbeat, it wasn't easy, I had a few post op problems and still struggle hugely with constipation but it's changed my life. I hope the next op will change it even more as I'm still overweight but nowhere near as large as I was before (25 stone plus)

Pleasegodgotosleep · 30/06/2017 15:23

Hi had sleeve 6 years ago, completed privately not nhs. Lost 6 stone in first year then further 2 gradually. Now eat "normal" diet just smaller amounts as I get full quickly so prob 3/4 of restaurant's main course and I'm full. Need to eat more frequently now little and often. Since surgery I started dating (after 10 years not) met and married the love of my life and became a mummy to an almost 2 year old! All my dreams came true!Grin

londonmummy1966 · 30/06/2017 15:54

Can I ask how much it costs to have it done privately? There's no way they'll ever give it to me on the NHS but I have been dieting and exercising (running 25 -30k a week) for years and the weight is still going on - I think I messed my metabolism up with anorexia when I was younger. It has got to the point where I never socialise these days and I haven't had a photo taken of me for 10 years as I hate how I look.

Pleasegodgotosleep · 30/06/2017 16:07

£10k in Scotland for private surgery

londonmummy1966 · 30/06/2017 16:24

Thank you

StillDrivingMeBonkers · 30/06/2017 17:37

Hi, DH lost 13.5 stone. That was 4 years ago. He's put 6lbs back on since Christmas but that's because he's ruptured his Achilles heel - now he's back playing sport that will drop back off. So it's nothing we worry about! He's also able to eat normally again, albeit smaller portions, but an acquaintance also had it done and cant even digest chicken.

StillDrivingMeBonkers · 30/06/2017 17:38

I'd also say, he has a small bit of 'bingo wing' but he's been very lucky and had no other excess skin. But he has always played a great deal of sport and is very active.

ShinyNewUsernameToday · 30/06/2017 23:45

Thank you all for the replies. I've lots of saving to do!

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kittensinmydinner1 · 16/07/2017 22:47

Look at KCM Clinic in Poland. They have a first class reputation and loads of Brits go there for Sleeve/Bypass because it's top quality and half the price. They have a closed FB page you can ask to join.
Bariatric surgery is incredibly taboo on MN. It's seen as somehow the 'easy option' (mostly by people who know nothing about it but are very quick to judge) . When it is widely acknowledged across the medical profession that it is the ONLY long term method of sustainable weight loss once people have become Obese. (BMI over 35) and backed up by authenticated research.

Google Professor Rachel Batterham at UCL Obesity Unit. and fill your head with facts rather than listening to hysterical people with an agenda.

Good luck.

ShinyNewUsernameToday · 17/07/2017 22:56

Ooh I will look into that - thank you :)

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Vanillamanilla1 · 17/07/2017 23:01

I'm currently on the lrd due to have the sleeve in a little over 2 weeks

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