I have had my operation!

Well I am huge. 212 lbs and 5 feet 2 inches tall....

Well I am huge. 212 lbs and 5 feet 2 inches tall. I have been battling with food for 34 years. When I was young I was diagnosed with Bulimia. Now my diagnosis is Binge Eating Disorder. I have been overweight for 22 years. Morbidly obese actually. I have been on every diet known to man over the course of my life. Failed each and every one. Ended up larger each time.

I have high blood pressure; type 2 diabetes; sleep apnoea; reflux and insomnia. I don't feel like I am living. Walking up the stairs is a struggle.

I have a supportive and loving husband. Three adult children and supportive parents. At 47 I want to live a healthier and more active life.

I really enjoyed reading other people's reviews. I really helped me make the decision to go ahead with the sleeve gastrectomy.

One of the ladies at work has lost 51kgs that is 112 lbs. She was kind enough to talk to me about it when I asked her how she lost so much weight. And she recommended my specialist.

I am seeing Dr Justin Greenslade through Brisbane Bariatric Clinic at Greenslopes Hospital on 28th June. Very excited and nervous at the same time.

The receptionist has been very helpful so far.

I will let you guys know how it goes.

:)

I have my date!

So excited. Met Dr Justin Greenslade in person today. He is such a nice man. He gave me a very good run down on the differences between sleeve gastrectomy and lap band. I must say that the sleeve came out on top!

My op is booked for 10th July. So excited that I can get it done so soon.

While filling out all the info for the op one client arrived and went in for a consult. When he came out he asked me what I was getting done and I told him. He has lost 25kgs on the lap band and had a sleeve gastrectomy a month ago and feels great. Then another person arrived and the receptionist said "Do I know you? OMG is that you Matt!

We started talking and he was saying he had a gastric bypass and has loss 120kgs so I think that is well over 200lbs! We had such a good talk. He was saying he still thinks he is a big person in his head. And he said stopping the food is relatively easy. It's just the "head stuff" that is hard.

To top it off the receptionist told me she had a gastric sleeve 2.5 years ago and lost 40kg! She showed me a before photo and I couldn't believe it!

So I am very excited and looking forward to the op and the changes it will bring :)

The Anticipation is killing me!

So excited. I will have my op on Wednesday this week! I have bought myself a lovely overnight bag in purple and just about everything is ready. I have read everything from the doctor.

I feel like my entire life is on hold waiting for the moment the sleeve gastrectomy changes my life.

I have been trying to reduce my intake and exercise more. I have lost around 3kgs so that would be about 6.6lbs. So it's been shakes for brekky and much smaller meals. Went for a great 40 minute walk this morning with one of my daughters. It was such a beautiful day for it.

While I was still trying to diet (and failing all the time of course) I did up a motivation board. I have attached a photo of it.

It was my birthday last week and my lovely daughters gave me a gift voucher for Indooroopilly Shopping Town. My husband and I went there today and bought me a great pair of joggers. Asics Kayanos - the shop assistant was so helpful when I said I had weak ankles and needed really supportive shoes.

So I am all set for walking, walking, walking. Hope I can cope with all the changes the operation brings with it, especially psychologically. I think that might be the hardest part. No longer relying of food to soothe me. I am very easygoing, however, I am worried I will become a screaming banshee and upset everyone.

Well I suppose I will cope with whatever happens one day at a time.

Saz xxx

I had my operation on 10th July 2013

Well my op was on Wednesday and today is Friday. I SURVIVED! And now it's time to THRIVE on healthy food and exercise.

I had a couple of complications with the op:

1. My BP went through the roof (hardly surprising considering my weight and how badly I have abused my poor body.
2. My diet controlled type II diabetes went bananas also. So I have been on an insulin infusion but swapped to jabs today.

Apart from that it has been easy peasy! So I used my PCA (patient controlled analgesia) in recovery and a couple of times the first night but not since. I have been on panadol through my drip until today when I swapped to capsules. Some of the people on the "Gastric Sleeve Support" site (an ozzy forum) suggest baby panadol and panadol rapid which are dissolvable.

Honestly, I got up out of bed the next day and have tried to move a little more with time. I think its really important to keep moving because it gets the bowels going (I know too much overshare, but I am a nurse LOL) and that stops a lot of trouble.

Sipped water & apple juice the first day. Onto free fluids today - yes! Pureed soup, low fat icecream, etc.

I found the jelly way to sweet, which is funny really, because I have always had a really sweet tooth.

I am eating a quarter to a half a teaspoonful at a time. Resting between mouthfuls. It's funny when you have had too much water or whatever it just comes straight back into your mouth. No gastric reflux or anything, just the water or tea or whatever LOL.

I don't feel hungry. My tummy is bruised but not bad. ONly a bit sore when I roll over in bed.

The headaches are the worst. So I have kept the panadol up.

But honestly, I have had a dream run. I am so glad I have done it. I have not yet had a moment of hunger.

The downfall is the burping. I am sure they can hear me all around the hospital LOL.
Dr Justin Greenslade

Dr Justin Greenslade did a marvellous job. I had the operation on 10th July 2013. Greenslopes Private Hospital is an excellent hospital and I would recommend both the doctor and the hospital to anyone :)

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Hello!! How are u doing now and how much weight have u lost?? :))) had my surgery may 7th only 3weeks out
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Hi all......I have had a Gastric Sleave done in November 2013 with Micheal Hatzifotis....Best doctor ever....for those of you wondering about cost's of the operation, it may not cost you anything.....if you have superannuation you can claim on it through your super fund under medical grounds. There is a little bit of leg work involved with doctors letters etc but it is worth it if you really want this operation. Just make sure you speak with your fund to what they require as doctors letters must state you need this operation to save your life or they will not give you the money. Hope this helps.
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That sounds like the best consultation appointment ever! I enjoyed your review and it struck some chords with me, I am only in the early stages but I'm nervous about I'll handle the after in my mind, food has been a huge part of my life sadly, I don't know how I'll process things when my little traditions stop; a treat on a Saturday evening, munchies in front of the TV, a takeaway when I feel really down, but I know I can do it. I have to, this is the last chance saloon! Also when you mentioned walking to help with gas and other things post op, I am in a wheelchair (not weight related) and I'm scared I'll be in pain because I am so immobile. Thanks again, keep up the great work!
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Hi I was wondering how much did G.Slevee cost you, as I don't private insurance. I am planning a Gastric Slevee overseas which is costing around 5 grand allinclusive.
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Hi Paps, I'm actually not paying for my G.Sleeve - due to my horrific medical bungle in 2010 (the lap band that almost killed me) the Surgeon who saved my life offered me the G.Sleeve after everything i went thru. I'm terrified but i'm going ahead with it as its my only option to loose weight i have tried everything for the past 30 odd years. I have looked it up and here in australia it cost just under $5000 (five grand). We also have the public medical coverage called Medicare and you can go on a waitlist and i think its between 2 to 5 years wait and you get it covered under the public health system. You don't get a choice of doctors or hospital just when your name reaches the list you are called in. Its a great health system we have here in australia.
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Hi Debs So sorry to learn about your medical bungle of the lapband. I did call Greenslopes for a quote and they said anround 20 grand, and 10 grand out of pocket expenses. You mentioned 5 grand..WOW !! can you give me a lead as to where I can find them, I would be really greatful. Cheers
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Hi Paps - my pricing was from the account given to me by my surgeon - i'm not paying by the way - the surgeon told me that due to the bungle back in 2010 (costing me 11 weeks of hospitalization alone without the stress of almost dying) my surgeon has taken it on as to do this procedure without me having to be out of pocket finacially. I live in Perth Western Australia and the medicare is covering the entire expense. I guess you would have to contact medicare and ask them about it.
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HI there, how are you progressing now? thank you for your review as i'm having mine done in 13 sleeps i'm researching and reading everything possible. cheers!
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Hi Did your surgery cost you $4,225.00 in Brisbane ?
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Hello. I had mine in Brisbane to. With Dr Michael Hatzifotis. At Greenslopes Private Hospital on 12th July. I has a Sleeve gastrectomy. How are you going?
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Hi I also had my done with Micheal in November 2013....It was the best thing I have ever done, in total I have lost about 20kg since then......I have never met such a caring and compassionate doctor in all my life......I am just wondering how much are you able to eat now and what sorts of foods......as I am finding that I am unable to fit in all the foods my dietician has said that I should be eating......I eat very little now but I do eat healthy food now when I have a meal.
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How are you feeling? Is the burping any better? lol
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Going well thanks kevans. The burping is getting better. But not good enough for polite company LOL
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Yay. That is FANTASTIC.Well done. You go girl ))
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Good luck for tomorrow, I hope everything goes well for you and you have a smooth recovery! I'll be thinking of you.

Please do let us know how you're doing, once you're able to!

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I just had the sleeve done 7 days ago in Rockhampton. I like you Julz am 52 and weighed 118kilos. I had to do optifast for 4 weeks prior and got to 107kilos. In the past week I have lost another 5kilos. I must admit I am struggling with the 65grams of protein that the dietician has got me on but each day gets a little easier. I have no pain, well little twinges every now and again. The surgeon found a large hernia attached to the top of my stomach when he went in but successfully dealt with it, apparently 40% of his patients have had them. I wish you all the best Sazzles and hopefully none of us will ever regret our decision. Please feel free to ask me any questions.
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Hi Mum the best. I sent you a private message. If you check your inbox it will be there.
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Hi Sazzles, How exciting for you,so soon. It sounds like your doctors practice is a nice place too. So important for you to feel comfortable and valued there. What is the plan now re. Diet etc before surgery? I am so excited for you ,how strange. Maybe because I know what you have been through emotionally to get to this point because I am also walking that path. I would like to private message you but haven't worked out how yet. So look for it ok. It was a great review you did,you are a natural at this.
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Good luck with your upcoming appointment, let us know how it goes!

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It is tomorrow and I am terrified. I'm not scared of the surgery. What I am scared of is he might say I can't have the surgery. Mind you this is probably unlikely. My mum is going with me. I am so blessed to have her support. Thanks for asking how I am going :)
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Just be honest with the doctor. At 212lbs and 5ft2, you have a BMI of 38.8, which is above the BMI required to have surgery. I guess he would only turn you down if her felt there were issues that would put you at risk during surgery, or something like that.

It's good that you have someone going with you for support. Good luck!

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Good luck today Sazzels,i am so excited for you. You will be right I'm sure . In three months time you will be looking at a new women!! Imagine that! Please let me know how it goes o.k.
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U r right kirsty. Thanks for the good advice. Fingers crossed!
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Thanks kirsty. You are right. So I will have my fingers crossed!
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Thanks for the support Jiulz. I am looking forward to it. I will try to post tonight or tomorrow morning!
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