RNY Gastric Bypass. 170+lbs weight loss - Hamilton, ON.

Started at 350lbs and ended at 178lbs. I lost 100...

Started at 350lbs and ended at 178lbs. I lost 100 pounds the first 100 days. I feel great. I look great. It was the best decision of my life. 

I am now almost 4 years post-op and I constantly...

I am now almost 4 years post-op and I constantly get the same questions from people... Have you kept the weight off? Have you gained any of your old weight back? Are you able to eat again? According to my scale as of this morning I weigh 180 lbs. I have been in the 174-184 range for the last 2.5 years. So, yes, im at the same weight i've been since i've had my surgery in May 2009. As for eating... I do find i eat more now but nowhere near the amounts i was accustomed to eating. My breakfast consists of one slice of whole wheat bread, toasted, with either SF jam or cheese or peanut butter. At lunch, i usually have a small greek salad or a small apple. Now that winter is approaching, I like to make soup. I sometimes make one of those Quaker Oats oatmeal packages. I can eat the whole thing but it really fills me up. At dinner, i'll eat whatever the family is eating but in a smaller portion. Mashed pot, corn, brocolli, chicken... about 1 - 1 1/2 cups worth. Pasta doesnt do well with me. I sometimes dump on it. I've tried every single type... whole wheat, rice, egg, it doesnt matter. Im italian so not having pasta was a bummer at first but i'm ok with it now. Ribs and steak also make me dump, along with ice cream. All things i misses the first 6-8 months post-op but rarely think about now. We actually dont keep those things in the house anymore. Outta sight outta mind. In between meals i will snack on a granola bar... half and apple... even a slice of toasted WW bread does the trick. I was never a drinker. I hate beer and wine. Rarely i'd have a mixed drink at a wedding. So i dont miss not being able to drink. I wasnt a big pop drinker before surgery either so taking it out of circulation wasnt a big issue. Ice cream is reserved for bday party's... the rest is tossed. In the summer i go for jogs, in the winter I do a very very light version of P90X or insanity. It keeps me moving. I get about 20-30 emails a day regarding the YouTube video i posted. Im glad its doing what it was intended to do... inform and give a visual of the results from GBP. Everyone should do their homework. Once you've convinced yourself that a particular surgery is right for you then go for it and dont turn back. Dont let other "uninformed" people try to change your mind or sway you into thinking you're making the wrong decision.
Questions? PM me.
Good luck and best wishes

Santino

I've been asked about any side effects. I produce...

I've been asked about any side effects. I produce kidney stones pretty frequently... sometimes 1x a month. I produced stones prior to surgery too but no where as frequent. My stones are calcium oxalate. There is no medication to cure this. The only way to slow the production is to drink plenty of water (which we should be doing anyway). Gastric Bypass isn't a magic pill, its a tool to help you lose the weight. Its your job to maintain a good healthy lifestyle.

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Dr. M. Anvari

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Santiago, it's been 4 years...almost to the day. How are you feeling?
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Its been almost 5 years. I still weigh the exact same. I feel great. Best decision of my life.
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Wow zers u look good
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Thxx!!
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Thank you for answering my comment last week, I am so more motivated now with your words. Thank you!
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WOW! Look at you! You look FANTASTIC!
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For some reason I can't see the comment I just left.. let's try this again lol. "Fellow RNY'er here and I just wanted to say way to go! You look wonderful! :) "
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Thank you very much
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what is the cost of the Sleeve Bariatric Surgery and how long does it take to get in? Do you have to have a colostomy prior to the surgery?
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Hey Santino, congrats on losing the weight and getting healthy again... just wondering, your photos don't seem to show any excess skin, did you have surgery for this are were you lucky enough not to have a lot of it. I am on the waitlist for bypass and was wondering how to deal with the excess skin. cheers
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Hi. I didnt have any skin removed. I guess i hide it well. I do have extra skin if i pull on it and stretch it out. I looked at getting it removed
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you look absolutely amazing!

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Will I guess i'm on my way lol. Did my first appt on the 8th and seeing the nurse on the 28th of this month. Now the issue i'm haven is its taking to long. I'm ready now but know I may have anywhere from 2 months to 6 months before the surgery. I hate waiting lol.
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WOW SANTINO IM IN SOUTH AFRICA AND IVE JUST HAD ENOUGH.....IM LOOKING AT THE BEST DOCTORS AND OPTIONS NOW..AND YOU HAVE JUST HELPED ME MADE UP MY MIND..IT IS LIKE TODAY IS THE BEGINNING OF THE REST OF MY LIFE..HUBBY IS ON BOARD..HIS JUST AMAZING,..IM 89KG AND IS INLY 5FT TALL..I LOOK LIKE A GALOOMPIE...HEHEHE NOT REALLY FUNNY.IS.IT BREAKS HEART.MY NIECE WAS THE SAME BUILD AS ME AND ALL THE SISTERS AN COUSINS ARE THE THIN ONE'S AND IM ALWAYS DEPRESSED ABOUT HOW I FEEL.SHE DID THIS A YEAR AGO AND SHE IS OVER THE MOON..JUMPED ONTO COMPUTER TONIGHT AND VOILA ....FOUND YOU...LOVE YOUR STORY.AND AM GOING TO USE YOU AND MY COUSIN AS MY INSPIRATION..IF YOU DONT MIND.I AM ON FB.ZIGI KERSTHOLT.HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE..AND AM GOING TO KEEP YOU UPDATED...OH OH ONE QUESTION ...YOU A MAN..ME AS A LADY..SHOULD I TELL PEOPLE RIGHT AWAY WHAT I AM DOING..OR SHOULD IT BE LIKE..WELL IM A GREAT EATING PLAN.....MMMMM OR IS IT GONNA COME BACK AMD BITE ME ON THE BUT EVENTUALLY..THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY AND YOUR FAMILY!THANX AGAIN.GOD BLESS. WITH US.
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Thank you Thank you. And good luck with everything. Should you tell anyone?? Hmmm. Thats atough question. It depends on what kind of support you have at home. If you have a lot of support than go ahead and tell eveyone how you are going to better your life. If you know you wont have support than dont say anything. They will only drag you down. You are doing this for you and the only thing they should be doing is supporting you and not trying to discourage you. If they have any concerns they need to do their homework before they open their mouth. This surgery is very safe and it has helped 10,000's of people. I wish you all the best and thank you for your comments
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Hi Santino Wrote a post but don't think it went up just in case here goes again. I am also from Canada (Toronto ) About to have the bypass soon. I was so so pumped to have this done. But this morning something happen to change my mind. Now im nervous, scared ect. I have so many questions. Do you think it would be possiable to chat. Email? text? phone? . Don't have family here so its hard not having anyone to talk about this with. ... Thanks
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Sure. Email me. xxxxx@hotmail.com

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Hey SantinoP I had to update your reply as we don't recommend personal email/phone on the public stories. This is a policy for your protection. All private messages (PMs) between you and any other members are automatically send to your personal email. Let me know if you have any questions. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your story, updates and support. Thank you.

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Ok yah, that makes sense. Thanks!
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Congrats. Definitely paid off!
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You look great. I am really worried about hair loss. But looks like you couldnt answer that question lol. Suz
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Take Biotin 5000mg daily
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Santino, Thank you so much for this great post! I just had my Sleeve on 5/20/13. I have been home for 4 days and I'm freaking myself out about how much to eat, what's not enough, not getting enough water etc. etc. What did you do to make sure you where and are falling in the guidelines to continue losing? Again thank you for sharing. You look awesome!!!
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Bless you! You look awesome, and your diet looks very similar to mine. I'm glad to know the weight stays stable eating this way, I can relax. Thank you!
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