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Tomorrow morning I am checking into the University of Pennsylvania Hospital - Silverstein Pavilion for my bariatric surgery. I am getting the Gastric Bypass procedure.

I am full of anxiety - not about the actual surgery (I had my appendix removed back in '97 and that experience wasn't bad at all!) - but the fact that the next few weeks I will be on a liquid diet only, then moved to pureed foods, then soft foods. I will have to take calcium citrate and protein drinks and multi-vitimins.

Oh well ... here goes!!! :cool:
 

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You keep checking in here and we'll give you a boost every time you get tired of looking at liquids! :D You've given this much thought and have chosen carefully . . . I know you'll begin to see results right away and that will encourage you too. Take care, Buddy . . . we're pulling for you!
 

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I do wish you the very best of luck. We're all pulling for you!
 

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good luck Philly
 

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Good luck and let us know how you are doing!!!
 

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Good Luck!

remember, its just a tool, not a solution
 

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Thanks

A warm "Thanks" from the City Of Brotherly Love!!!! I wanna give you all a hug!:hug:

I'll keep you all posted how things go.

When I saw the surgeon on Friday afternoon in his office I said "You know, Doc, I'm doing this because of my diabetes."

"That's a good reason." He replied.
 

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good luck!

Tomorrow morning I am checking into the University of Pennsylvania Hospital - Silverstein Pavilion for my bariatric surgery. I am getting the Gastric Bypass procedure.

I am full of anxiety - not about the actual surgery (I had my appendix removed back in '97 and that experience wasn't bad at all!) - but the fact that the next few weeks I will be on a liquid diet only, then moved to pureed foods, then soft foods. I will have to take calcium citrate and protein drinks and multi-vitimins.

Oh well ... here goes!!! :cool:
wishing you a full and speedy recovery
 

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I am out of the hospital and back at home in time for Christmas Eve.

For the first 3 days after the procedure I was in pain and in real discomfort. I would advise anyone contemplating this procedure to think long and hard ... it really is very painful and even though my insurance company paid for most of it, still hundreds and hundreds of dollars came out of my pocket.

Now I'll be drinking liquids only the next 3 weeks or so. I'm taking a 6 week medical leave from work.
 

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Good Luck Philly! I hope it is quick and speedy recovery and your pain goes away fast
 

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I hope your recovery is coming along. I have known several people on these forums who have had the surgery and drastically reduced their meds and insulins within a short amount of time. Hope that works for you.
 

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I hope your recovery is coming along. I have known several people on these forums who have had the surgery and drastically reduced their meds and insulins within a short amount of time. Hope that works for you.
My surgery was 1 week ago on 12/20. I was in the hospital for 4 days and now I'm home resting comfortably. The first couple of days in the hospital were in pain and great discomfort. Anyone considering this procedure should think long and hard about it.

I am now off Metformin and Glipizide completely. I take a half a dose of Lantus in the morning and half a dose of Humulin at bedtime.

In the weeks before my surgery my "numbers" were anywhere from 110 to 205, that was with taking Metformin 2x a day, Glipizide 2x a day, 34 units of Lantus, and 20 units of Humulin. In the one week after my numbers have been 75 to 110. So you might say I am already seeing positive effect in just week. :)
 

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That is really good news! I am sorry that you were in pain for several days, but that probably is par for the course. Keep us updated on your progress and let us know the good and bad. This is the kind of information that can help us make a decision as to whether we would have this type of surgery. :)
 

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My surgery was 1 week ago on 12/20. I was in the hospital for 4 days and now I'm home resting comfortably. The first couple of days in the hospital were in pain and great discomfort. Anyone considering this procedure should think long and hard about it.

I am now off Metformin and Glipizide completely. I take a half a dose of Lantus in the morning and half a dose of Humulin at bedtime.

In the weeks before my surgery my "numbers" were anywhere from 110 to 205, that was with taking Metformin 2x a day, Glipizide 2x a day, 34 units of Lantus, and 20 units of Humulin. In the one week after my numbers have been 75 to 110. So you might say I am already seeing positive effect in just week. :)
Question you really think its BC of the surgery or is it because you are not on a regular diet? after you can eat real food again do you think you may have to go back on the meds?
 

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Question you really think its BC of the surgery or is it because you are not on a regular diet? after you can eat real food again do you think you may have to go back on the meds?
Good question, Mary.

I think there is a little bit of both. Lately my sugars have been low to the point of almost worrying me - from about 58 to 90, the last couple of days. It's true I'm on a liquid diet now (but a chocolate flavored protein shake I drink has 30 grams of carbs, so it's not like I'm on a 0 calorie 0 carb diet).

Let me say this: bariatric surgery is nothing more than a tool to help obese people lose weight. It is not a cure for diabetes. However, for the large majority of us, diabetes goes into complete remission. My doctors (primary, endocrinologist, weight-loss dr., sleep dr., etc.) all felt I was an ideal candidate for this procedure because I had diabetes for less than a dozen years, wasn't as morbidly obese as those who weigh 300, 400, or more, and had a history of valiant attempts at losing weight). Not only will - if it hasn't already - my diabetes go into remission, but it just might cure my obstructive sleep apnea as well.

I go to a support group for people who have had this procedure. Several of the individuals were diabetic before, and are now back to normal diets - but still watching carbs!!! - and off all diabetic meds. One single individual says he is still diabetic, but it is improved to the point he is off insulin.
 

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have heard about this side effect before hope you get similar results. enjoy the mummers tomorrow
 

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Good question, Mary.

I think there is a little bit of both. Lately my sugars have been low to the point of almost worrying me - from about 58 to 90, the last couple of days. It's true I'm on a liquid diet now (but a chocolate flavored protein shake I drink has 30 grams of carbs, so it's not like I'm on a 0 calorie 0 carb diet).

Let me say this: bariatric surgery is nothing more than a tool to help obese people lose weight. It is not a cure for diabetes. However, for the large majority of us, diabetes goes into complete remission. My doctors (primary, endocrinologist, weight-loss dr., sleep dr., etc.) all felt I was an ideal candidate for this procedure because I had diabetes for less than a dozen years, wasn't as morbidly obese as those who weigh 300, 400, or more, and had a history of valiant attempts at losing weight). Not only will - if it hasn't already - my diabetes go into remission, but it just might cure my obstructive sleep apnea as well.

I go to a support group for people who have had this procedure. Several of the individuals were diabetic before, and are now back to normal diets - but still watching carbs!!! - and off all diabetic meds. One single individual says he is still diabetic, but it is improved to the point he is off insulin.

I wish you luck I have a few friends who had the Lap Band done and have had good results so I hope it all works out for you.
 
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