“Pre-Surgery” Posts

This page contains a compilation of Posts in the “Pre-Surgery” category… i.e. all the posts associated with events before Surgery

My Diabetes/Blood Pressure Medication

I was first diagnosed with Type II Diabetes several years ago... and since then have been on a cocktail of different medications (and more recently injections) to get my blood sugar under control. Initially this was a single daily tablets, but over the years has...

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Gastric Bypass – Pre Surgery Hints & Tips

Having a gastric bypass can be a life-changing event. This type of surgery is permanent and irreversible so it is good to be fully prepared for surgery both physically and mentally. Ensuring you are fully prepared and ready for the life changes that are about to occur...

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Bariatric Surgery and Long-term Durability of Weight Loss

A Study initiated by the US Department of Veteran Affairs (JAMA Surg. 2016 Nov 1; 151(11): 1046–1055.) was undertaken to examine the durability of weight loss for various bariatric procedures as compared with nonsurgical techniques. The objective of this study was to ...

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How Weight Loss Surgery Helps Type 2 Diabetes

Weight loss surgery can make a big difference for people with type 2 diabetes. For many people, blood sugar levels get back to normal after surgery (and for Gastric Bypass surgery, this can place before there is even any significant loss in weight). This could mean...

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2 Weeks “Meal Replacement” Starts Today

Okay... so today I start my 2 weeks pre-surgery Meal Replacement Diet... which essentially involves replacing all meals with OptiFAST Shakes/Soups/Bars with a few fruit and veges in-between - and lots of water. I've been out shopping (spent $150 on OptiFAST) and the...

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Food Glorious Food

Today is the last day that I will eat "real" food for probably 2 months.... and will most likely be a turning point for a change in my food habits for the rest of my life. Tomorrow I start 2 weeks a pre-surgery "meal replacement" diet, then after surgery I go on...

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Pre Surgery Optifast Diet

17 days to go before my surgery... so I need to start planing and getting my head around the "meal replacement" diet which I need to start 14 days prior (6th Sep). The purpose of the pre-surgery diet is primarily to shrink down my Liver a bit (so they have more space...

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What My Ex Had to Say

Had a great (but brief) chat today with an ex-girlfriend of mine (from nearly 30 years ago) - lets call her Nelly. Nelly has had a pretty much life long battle with weight (including a 20Kg weight gain within 12 months following the death of her mum), but finally...

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Pre Surgery Consultation – Dietician

This session was effectively a Pre Surgery Consultation to make me aware of what I can and can't eat in the leadup to, and after surgery. 2 weeks before surgery 2 weeks prior to surgery I will need to switch to a meal replacement diet (Optifast).  I need to stop all...

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Hospital Pre-admission & ECG

Today I attended a Hospital Pre-admisson session - to do some tests (ECG, Blood) and clue me up on the admissions process and what to expect on the day of, and days following surgery. It was conducted by a nurse from the surguical ward, and was a very informative and...

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Initial Consultation – Bariatric Surgeon #2

Following an unsatisfactory outcome from my 1st surgeon (I have still not heard from him) I thought I should seek a second opinion... so asked around... and found a surgeon at another Private Hospital who had done Bariatric Surgery for a friend of my sisters (who...

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Follow Up Consultation – Bariatric Surgeon #1

After a month of running around getting a whole series of different tests, I had my follow up with my Bariatric Surgeon. All test were OK... no major dramas... EXCEPT a biopsy from my Endoscopy suggested potential "Barretts Esophagus" - which, if present, could result...

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