My truths about Gastric Sleeve Surgery

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

My Truths About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

In June 2013 I had Gastric Sleeve Surgery, it was a huge decision to make which you can read more about here.   This is absolutely the best choice I made for a healthier me and I have no regrets.  However, I have had a few hurdles after my surgery, it’s certainly not the easy option as some people think.  I still have not reached my goal weight, which I really thought I would have by now.  I still have 10 kg to lose and have been the same weight all year.  Next week I am starting an 8 week challenge with my personal trainer, to help me get over this plateau.  I am stepping up my exercise and will be really focusing on food intake.  I’m excited, as I have been a little down lately worried that I won’t be able to move this last 10kg. 8 weeks will take me to just before Christmas so perfect timing.

I still have a bit to lose around my hips and tummy

KS-18Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach along the greater curvature. The result is a sleeve or tube like structure. ~ wikipedia.

I am contacted frequently by readers thinking of having the surgery and asked a few common questions which I thought I would share.  I am not going to sugar coat it, I will share my truths with you.  Please note, I can’t recommend that this is the right option for you, you do need to discuss this with your GP.

I have shared a few posts previously about my weight loss:

My hair fell out

A few months after my surgery I started to have significant hair loss. This was my body in shock of the sudden weight loss coupled with me forgetting to take my vitamins regularly.  I had bald patches around my ears, lost most of my hair in my fringe, my shoulder length hair was just so thin.  I went to the hairdresser and she chopped my hair short to help take the weight off it, which was a big deal for me as I had always said that I will never ever cut my hair short, I love longer hair.  I started using a special shampoo, conditioner and a leaving in spray that I massaged into my scalp daily from the Kerastase Specifique range (which I purchased from Stefans).  I found about two months after using this and taking my vitamins that my hair started growing back.  It’s now a year since cutting it, it is very very slowly growing back, the top of my head is  now feeling so much fuller, the bottom is an inch below my ears.  I am at the stage where I am getting it trimmed regularly to get the new growth to catch up with the other longer parts of my hair, once it does I will be growing my hair past my shoulders!!   I didn’t colour my hair for about 10 months to protect it as much as I can from any further damage.

Vitamins

As you read above it is important to take your vitamins, to be honest though I still don’t take them as often as I should, but I am still functioning.  I take fish oil, Vitamin B12 and a multivitamin because of the surgery and I also take Vitamin D because I don’t spend enough time in the sun.

Drinking and eating at same time

I can’t drink and eat at the same time.  I can not drink at least 30 minutes prior to eating.  I don’t drink while I eat as this fills me up too quickly.  There have been times that I have forgotten and do drink after I have eaten and when I do this I become quite uncomfortable and this is the occasions I may feel the need to vomit.

Tastebuds

My taste buds have changed.  I really can’t stand nor desire anything too sweet and much prefer savoury food now.  I never ate smoked salmon before my surgery, I thought it was really awful, now I LOVE it and can’t get enough of it!

Chocolate

I used to love eating a bar of chocolate.  Whilst I have had the odd chocolate indulgences I have no desire to eat a full bar of chocolate, it’s now just far too sweet. I think this does have a lot to do with the foods I initially had after the surgery, I didn’t like anything too sweet and just stuck to bland foods.  I feel like I weened my body off the sweet food.

Burping

After I eat most of my meals or have a drink I get a little burppy.  Not sure if it’s because I have eaten my meal too quickly (which I do), but it’s a side effect that hasn’t gone away. In the beginning it was embarrassing, I have now learnt to silently burp.

Dining out

We don’t often go out for dinner but when we do I do find it hard as I would love to just order whatever I felt like eating, but it’s a waste of money as I can’t eat a full plate of food.  Usually I can order an entrée to come out with the main meal, I do this on date nights when it’s just hubby and I, but sometimes the entrée menu is very limited.  There is never room for dessert, instead we pick up some ice-cream and have it at home.  When we go out as a family my youngest and I usually share a main plate of food (usually her choice).  She would never eat a full main dish anyway, so I ask for an extra plate when they bring it to the table and I take about 1/3 of what’s on her plate.

On the occasions that I am not out with my family I do just try to order the cheapest item on the menu and have at times ordered a main meal.  I eat what I can but the plate is always still full of food.  I feel awful as the waiters always ask if there was something wrong with the food, I just reply ‘no, it was delicious, I’m just full’.  But what is harder is they eyes from other people I am eating with not knowing why I am not eating the food.

Eating as a guest

This is really hard, everybody knows I have had the surgery but what they don’t understand is how little I can eat.  I have to remember to ask for a small plate of food and I feel awful when I can’t eat all they gave me.  What is ideal is when it’s a serve yourself setting and I can just take what I know I can eat.

What were your biggest struggles in the beginning?

I hit a dark place about 2 weeks in, as I could only drink soups, watered down gatorade, sorbet etc.  I really struggled with people eating around me being that I couldn’t eat.  I didn’t sit with my hubby and the kids while they eat dinner, it was just too hard, they understood.  It maybe a struggle in the first few weeks, but it’s such a dramatic change to what you are used to, it does get better.

What does sip sip sip mean?

After surgery all you can have is liquids, but you must sip the liquids very slowly, not guzzle it down.  Sip, rest, sip again, rest, sip again.  It was hard to adjust to, but you soon get used to.  Now I can skull half a cup of water and feel OK.

Do you ever worry how only having 1/3 stomach will impact your life when you are old?

I used to, shortly after the surgery I could only eat half a sandwich with no crusts, I was having visions of me as an old lady only eating half a sandwich, but now I can eat a whole sandwich (with not much filling). Over time you will be able to eat a little more, but not full portion sizes.  I think the best impact on my life that it will make is that I will be old.  If I didn’t take control of my health I am sure I wouldn’t have got to that point.

How often do you exercise?

I started exercising 3 months after my surgery.  I hired a personal trainer to help me train and tone properly after such a dramatic weight loss.  I see my personal trainer twice a week and also attend morning boot camp sessions.  Doing these sessions was a great choice, as I have somebody to stay accountable with to make sure I keep up with a regular exercise routine.

Do you have excess skin?

Yes I have tuckshop arms, which only recently have started to bother me like this morning when I saw them wobbling when I was drying my hair.  It also does get me down a little when I lift my arm up and I notice people noticing my arms.  I have an apron fold on my stomach from my pregnancy with the twins.  When I have lost all my weight I would like to get the excess skin on my stomach removed.  I will only do this when I have lost all my weight though.

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Do you ever feel like you’re missing out because you can only eat such a small amount?

Sometimes, more so if we go out for dinner (mentioned above) because I just want to order a nice delicious main meal without feeling like it’s going to be a waste of money.  However, I am satisfied with the amount I eat and rarely feel like I want to eat more.

Did you suffer from bad breath and if so what did you do to overcome this?

No I have never had bad breath, but as mentioned above get a little burpy.

I drink a lot of calories (Coffee Milk) and wonder if it will work for me because from what i understand you can still drink.

I used to be addicted to coke, prior to having the surgery I stopped drinking all soft drink and still haven’t had any with the worry that I would slip back into my old habits, so I am staying away from it.  I find juice from the shops far too sweet, I make my own at home these days.  However, this leaves what to drink very limiting.  I drink water (probably not as much as I should) and have 3 cups of coffee with skim milk each day.

Do you vomit a lot?

I can count on one hand the times I have vomited since my surgery and count on two hands the times I have felt the need.  The first time I vomited was when I ate a piece of pizza.  It was far too oily and my body just rejected it.  Another was when I did eat too much and this was the day I learnt what my full felt like.  When I feel full I get a feeling in my chest, not in my stomach, when I start to have this dull feeling I know I have to stop eating.  Sometimes I am content and satisfied and don’t need to eat more, but if it is an overly delicious meal I do start picking at my plate while waiting for others to finish, I have learnt that at home I place my plate on the kitchen bench and return back to the table, or if out for lunch/dinner I get the waiter to take my plate away.

In the beginning did you just drink water?

I was meant to have hydrolite or Berocca, but I couldn’t stand the taste of them, instead I watered down Gatorade, much like it was cordial, I was told it was still OK and I found that so much easier than just plain water too, water felt really heavy. After a few weeks I put lemon in plain water and then slowly started drinking plain water, now I just drink water, I find Gatorade or cordial too sweet.

What do you eat for breakfast?

For the first year all I would have was half a weetbix and skim milk.  Now I have one weekbix and 2 spoonfuls of muesli.  I have this everyday as I find it really satisfying.

How many meals do you consume now?

I eat 6 times a day, breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner and a snack. All very small meals, when I first started it was only half a sandwich now I can eat a full sandwich. Meal size is about 1/3 of what I used to eat. I don’t eat anything sweet now my taste buds really changed after the surgery. I prefer savoury so usually snack on savoury items, fruit, nuts or yoghurt, I love yoghurt.

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photo credits to Melissa Pratt Photography

With all mentioned above, I still wouldn’t change anything and if I was to make the choice again, I will still chose the surgery.  I am feeling so much healthier, fitter and happier.  Most importantly I am confident that this has added many years onto my future.

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149 comments

Elizabeth October 23, 2014 - 6:55 AM

It will be one year next Tuesday since I was sleeved, and I have to say, yes, yes, YES!! Pretty much everything you wrote is absolutely spot on, right down to chocolate, except for me, I can’t eat it because it tastes like hot vomit.

I’ve lost 62 kg so far, with about 20 or so to go. Have had a four month stall (well, sort of, I’d be + or – 4 kg), but since heading off on holidays a couple of weeks ago, I’ve somehow managed to drop 6 kg in that time! I think for me, it was the shakeup in what I was eating, definitely a lot of different things than the usual!

I wouldn’t change my decision for anything. It was the best thing for my family, and the best thing for me.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 8:30 AM

So glad to hear somebody else has stalled too, this has been unexpected, mine has been since January, I am starting an 8 week challenge this week, upping my exercise routine and completely changing my diet. Hopefully with what you mention above this will work! Congratulations on an amazing loss of 62kg!

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michelle May 5, 2015 - 3:06 AM

hi, i had my sleeve done 5 weeks ago now and im still finding eating really hard,i get sick at least 3 times aday[i dont over eat or drink]i know it will get better im really happy i had it done and ive lost alomst 2 stone as well i did lose 8 stone myself before i had the op[i lost the weight in 10 months so i wasnt over big when i had it done]i wouldnt go back and not have it done,

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Lekisha Counts January 14, 2016 - 1:12 AM

Hi, i had the surgery around 3 or so weeks ago.i feel horrible on n off. However, im starting to feel better more than i feel worse. Someimes im aok but i have experienced severe bac pain and it feel like im the only one. I can only eat two to two n a half of bites or spoons of anything.i try to bite every bite 25-30 times n it still is not enough. Sometimes i might forget but im human! The food often gets stuck at the top of my throat. Then i feel like i im having shortness of breath n can hardly breathe so…i then feel as though i must drink to help it go down n i end up feeling sick n nauseated.Please help any suggestions!

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Sam ionat June 24, 2016 - 10:37 PM

Sounds like a stricture go back and see your surgeon.

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NA July 4, 2016 - 4:01 PM

hi,
i was told only puree food till x4 weeks PO then soft food after that

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Thank You!!

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Eileen Foley August 29, 2016 - 7:03 AM

Hi there
Your story is amazing and it makes everything less scary,my boyfriend is getting the sleeve done , how did it affect your relationship? If it did.
I will be there each step of the way with him can you give me advice on what I can do or prepare for…? 🙂 I’m guessing intimacy is off the menu for a little while or any like suggestions on how to help him further

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Tam Flynn October 3, 2016 - 4:53 PM

Hi Eileen,
I (female) had the surgery done earlier this year, and I can tell you that what helped the most was my husband being supportive and responsive to however I was feeling at the time. The period immediately post-surgery was fairly difficult – my tastes changed completely and in very unexpected ways, so things that I thought I’d like and would want to have were unpalatable, resulting in things going bad in the fridge; and it was very difficult to deal with the liquid diet for so long as it felt like I would never eat “normally” again. I struggled with fatigue for at least about 6 weeks. When your nutritional intake is so low, like it is in the liquid/puree phase, it doesn’t take much to exhaust you to the point of needing a nap just to refuel.
My husband rolled with it – never gave me grief about my mood swings (easy to feel depressed/scared about what life will be like post surgery), exhaustion or frequent changes of mind re: foods. He did a lot of the food prep while I was recovering from surgery. Intimacy – varies from person to person, I’d say. It would be too painful early on as the abdominal wounds need to heal and swelling needs to go down, but once that’s happened, he’ll likely have a major boost of confidence seeing the numbers on the scale going down and it will only do good things for his libido 🙂 Keep in mind that he’ll tire very easily and may prefer just to sleep in the beginning. Hope that helps!

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Lisa Limpus October 23, 2014 - 7:20 AM

I was sleeved 0n 24th June 2013. Something that has changed my life and I would do it all again in a heart beat. LOVE LOVE LOVE my sleeve and everything you have written is spot on. I was 130kg’s my go weight was 80 and lucky for me I smashed that and now weigh 62kilo’s ????????????. Best decision I ever made as so happy to be around and be able to run with my kids xoxox

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 8:32 AM

Wow Lisa that is AMAZING to be at 62, what did you do to lose those last few KG, did you have a plateau?

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Lisa Limpus October 23, 2014 - 7:20 AM

I was sleeved 0n 24th June 2013. Something that has changed my life and I would do it all again in a heart beat. LOVE LOVE LOVE my sleeve and everything you have written is spot on. I was 130kg’s my go weight was 80 and lucky for me I smashed that and now weigh 62kilo’s ????????????. Best decision I ever made as so happy to be around and be able to run with my kids xoxox

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Janice October 23, 2014 - 7:37 AM

I am 3 years now since sleeved it has also changed my life You have covered everything to a tea. My journey is eacactly the same and I would not have changed a thing. i drink herbal tea and have found I loved to make a jug of ginger and lemon and leave that on the bench and sip that through the day I have taken to making a nutriblast and drinking that through the day as my snack getting my extra vitamins rather than take tablets It took a year for my hair to grow back
I also am a cheap date and will often leave more than half of the meal but have learned that it is the social rather than the food that is the main enjoyment
Don’t get me started on the snide comments Oh you did it the easy way Grrr
When asked now how i lost my weight I Just say A lot of hard work you now because it was. Congrats on your achievements My daughter The Plumbette was really inspired by your talk at problogger and you are such an inspiration.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 8:36 AM

Hi Janice, ooh Rebecca is so lovely, I wish I had more time to spend chatting with her. I hear you when people say it’s the easy way, it makes me angry, because it’s not easy, it’s very emotional and I didn’t just have the surgery and that was it, I have added in so much exercise and strength training and watched my diet, it assisted yes, but we still work very very hard. I should switch my coffee’s to tea but have never been a tea drinker, can’t really stand the smell. Glad to hear your hair has grown back, I can’t wait till mine is the length that I can put it back in a hair tie.

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JoJo October 23, 2014 - 10:06 AM

I was never a tea drinker – it’s a matter of finding the right one. I suggest you try Lotus Peak White Tea from the supermarket. It’s fruitier and without the tea smell. I drink it black, but my coffee white ( I thought I would drink tea with milk and never liked it, but tried without milk and vola!!) I add like 10 grains of sugar (my coffee is sugar free though – weird). 10 grains of sugar and no more – another weird. Even the peach and mango tea is delicious. A great one to make and put in the fridge for an iced tea later in the day.. I’m a converted tea drinker. Funny.

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Kim December 10, 2016 - 1:00 AM

In really nervous scheduled scheduled for a gastric sleeve surgery December 27th I’m 210 pounds and I have long beautiful hair I’m worried only about losing all my hair I understand and look forward to the benefits of losing the weight please help me I’m concerned about hair loss

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leigh August 31, 2018 - 8:52 AM

Hi Kim, i’m scheduled for next week, same weight as you, how did you go?

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Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy October 23, 2014 - 7:51 AM

Kat, it’s so good of you to put your experience out there for other people and from the times I’ve seen you this year, you’re really looking fabulous. Keep up the great work. Xx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 8:37 AM

Thank you Eva and feeling so good too! I just wanted to share that it’s so much more than having surgery and losing weight, hopefully this will help those thinking about having it or those with loved ones that are going through it. 🙂

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Sophie October 23, 2014 - 7:57 AM

I am three years post gastric sleeve surgery and still not at my goal weight, however I really wasn’t doing much to lose the last 10kg until recently. I too have tuckshop arms and an apron tummy and want surgery to remove it when I reach my goal weight. I’m worried about the massive scars though. I also lost a lot of hair which didn’t grow back until my diet became very high in lean protein, fruit and blveg. I’ve lost 50kg and had a second baby since the surgery. I’ve never regretted it but the first year was tough.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 8:40 AM

Sophie I’ve heard, but not certain that they can do the tuckshop arms now without many scars, interesting!! That’s good to know about the hair and increasing protein. I hope you are able to lose the last 10kg!!

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Elizabeth October 23, 2014 - 12:02 PM

I’ve seen some absolutely amazing results with the tuckshop arms (or in my case, batwings!) The scarring is almost non existent!

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Karen October 23, 2014 - 9:20 AM

I’m having my sleeve on 15 November at Westmead in Sydney. I’ve followed your journey Katrina, along with a couple of friends who have also been sleeved. I can’t wait to begin my weight loss journey. Thanks for sharing!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 12:42 PM

Very exciting for you Karen, wishing you all the best for the surgery, all I can suggest in the lead up is to not over indulge before you start your shakes, you will be able to eat whatever you want after the surgery, just in time.

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Mandy, Barbie Bieber and Beyond October 23, 2014 - 9:31 AM

The older we get the harder it is to shift those stubborn kilos, Once I hit 40, it has just been so hard!!! I think you look great Katrina and well done to you 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 12:43 PM

Thank you Mandy, feeling so much healthier and look forward to more years with my family x

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Michelle fiorillo October 23, 2014 - 9:56 AM

Good on you for sharing, I too have had the surgery and cannot explain how much better for it I feel. I still have a way to go with what I want to lose, but am determined to get there 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 12:44 PM

You will get there, it’s possible, determination is an awesome key to achieving it x

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Nicole - New sleever October 23, 2014 - 10:06 AM

I’m 8 days post op and so far loving my my new lease on life. So great to read this – thank you ????

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 12:44 PM

Hope it helps you Nicole with the journey you have ahead. Do you have something on hand that will help you puree your foods?

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helen cross January 3, 2016 - 4:58 PM

Hey Nicole,
I have loved reading Katrina,s blog and have found jt very infotmative and encouraging. I am having sleeve done on 11th Jan andcam now on pre diet to reduce my liver, i am paranoid that i will not reduce it enough and they wont be able to do op ahhhh.
Have you just had soups and yogurts in the last 8 days? I got a nutri bullit for xmas and am enjoying tge fruit blasts. Good luck with your continued journey
Helen

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helen cross January 3, 2016 - 4:58 PM

Hey Nicole,
I have loved reading Katrina,s blog and have found jt very infotmative and encouraging. I am having sleeve done on 11th Jan andcam now on pre diet to reduce my liver, i am paranoid that i will not reduce it enough and they wont be able to do op ahhhh.
Have you just had soups and yogurts in the last 8 days? I got a nutri bullit for xmas and am enjoying tge fruit blasts. Good luck with your continued journey
Helen

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Theodora October 23, 2014 - 10:17 AM

Thank You for publishing this article. I cant tell you how much this means to me right now. Im booked in to get this procedure done in late November and im very nervous. Your honesty is what i needed
to hear. Upon turning 40 i swore that i was going to make changes and now turning 50 next month im 7 kilos heavier than i was then.
Ive had it. Now after reading this im excited and my future.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 12:48 PM

You should be excited Theodora, don’t be nervous all the wonderful changes and improved health outway everything else. I’ve mentioned above to another, one thing that I forgot to mention in the post is don’t eat like your on death row before the shakes (I did and put on weight). You WILL be able to what you want eventually, but you may not feel like it either, like I don’t feel like chocolate anymore. Wishing you all the best in your journey.

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Lynelle September 6, 2015 - 6:03 PM

Hi Theodora, I too am having surgery on the 24th Nov. I am also getting very excited and a little nervous. But I’m 66 and a bit worried I’ve left it a bit late. But anyhow I am determined to get my weight under control for once in my life. I have struggled for my whole life being the fat one so at last hopefully I’m conquer it. I have a hyateis Hernia and stones in gall bladder so getting them all done at once.

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Wendy Long April 1, 2019 - 11:40 AM

Hi there I am 65 years old and scheduled for surgery Thursday. I am worried about having it done at this late date. How did things turn out for you.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 2, 2019 - 4:13 PM

hi lovely, ooh exciting times for you! i actually shared a recent update on the blog about my surgery, you can read all about it here https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/other/weightloss/my-1-year-update-of-my-last-weightloss-surgery/ hope all goes well xx

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Veggie Mama October 23, 2014 - 11:13 AM

This was a fascinating insight, thank you so much for sharing, Kat. Can’t wait to see you reach your goal!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 12:48 PM

And I will Stace, I’m determined to not sit with this extra 10kg. Went hard at bootcamp yesterday, feeling it today, but it’s a good feeling!

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linda December 15, 2015 - 4:35 AM

I am having a hard time one month post op and realize I have been doing everything wrong and need help and guidance

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 22, 2015 - 3:11 PM

Hi Linda, I am so sorry I am only just seeing this now, how are you feeling now?

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Jenni Ferguson October 23, 2014 - 11:53 AM

Wow! You truly are an inspiration Kat! Good on you for first of all, making such a life changing decision for yourself and your family and for also sharing your journey with others.
You always look beautiful whenever I see you and I have the upmost respect for all of the hard work you have had to put in!
I might add that you are absolutely beautiful on the inside too!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 12:49 PM

Shuck Jenni, you are making me blush, thank you so much lovely. I am feeling so much healthier and learning to love myself a little more and really enjoying dressing up more!

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Janelle October 23, 2014 - 12:38 PM

Congratulations to you Katrina. My husband had this surgery in 2010 and lost about 50kg (at best). He has put on some since then but is still much healthier weight. It was the BEST action and outcome for him. He would agree with all your comments, though there would be some minor differences in his case (bound to be some individual variations).
When we eat out, with family/friends they are getting used to him not ordering at all (just asks for an empty plate). He then passes his plate around the table and gets a small taste of everyone’s meal. He loves that he can still eat any food he wants, just in much smaller portions. So he enjoys a taste of several dishes from the menu. We find buffet style restaurants no longer value for money, as he can’t eat as much (and they won’t charge him for a child’s meal!).
He tries to focus on eating protein, which fills him quicker, but I make sure he gets some vegies as well as meat. He avoids pasta & bread as he finds these fill him up too much. He snacks on nuts (protein) and has several small meals like you.
It was definitely the best decision for him.
Keep striving to reach your goal Kat. You can do it!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 12:52 PM

Hi Janelle, I love that idea of passing the plate around and trying everybodies, might try that next time. I hear you about buffets, I tried once asking if I can go in as a child and they laughed at me, was very embarrassing, but they just didn’t understand the little I can eat. I hear you with the pasta, I love fried rice, but can’t eat it, rice fills me up far too quickly, I am best to stay away from it. Thank you for sharing your husbands journey x

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Jess October 23, 2014 - 1:48 PM

It’s great to read others stories on how well their sleeved surgery has gone. I was sleeved on the 25th July 2014 and 14 weeks post op I’m still having trouble keeping foods down. I’m getting quite worried that I only can have 2 t spoon full of egg before I vomite it back up. I have 1/4 of a sandwich no crust and I vomit back up. This is happening quite often. Can’t eat chicken can’t eat meat all comes back up. Is anyone else having this trouble. I’m booked in next Monday for an endoscopy to see if there’s any reason why this is happening.my surgeon was great but feel like there’s no after care and he keeps telling me to eat slowly. He foesnt understand that I am eating slowly and I’m vomiting after 2 small mouthfuls
It would be great to hear from anyone with the same issues
Thanks Jess

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Kellie October 23, 2014 - 2:36 PM

Hi Jess – i’m in the same boat as you. I’m over six month post op and still struggle with most foods and vomit regularly when my body rejects food. Chicken, eggs and red meat seem to be the worst for me, it took me about 5 months to eat chicken and keep it down… I have no idea why it happens! Like you, i’m eating slowly, not drinking with meals, but it doesnt seem to help. I find that if I eat while doing other things and dont focus on the food, I do better… if I sit down and try to eat, that’s when I get sick. Maybe because i’ve been vomiting so much, its now becoming a mental issue (ie fear of food) and my body is stressing out? Who knows!
Good luck!

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Suzy October 27, 2014 - 8:31 PM

Vomitting isn’t normal and needs to be discussed with your surgeon, could be a simple stricture that’s fixable through endo.

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michelle July 20, 2015 - 7:08 AM

Hi,i had my sleeve done on the 31st madch 2015 and im still being sick after eating some meals[very small meals as well and once i start getting sick i find it hard to stop as well]im just hoping it will get better i dont always get sick but most of the time its the evening meal

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Kellie October 23, 2014 - 2:32 PM

I had a sleeve in March this year and have lost about 30kg with 5kg to go. I’m still struggling alot with food – i can only eat very small amounts (about 3 mouthfuls per meal) and only moist/stew/casserole type foods… anything dry, forget it!
Like you, my tastebuds have totally changed and sweet foods dont have the same appeal. My hair is also falling out (who can remember vitamins every day?!?) but its slowly getting better.
Overall, i’m happy with the sleeve but would hesitate before recommending it to people, especially if they think its going to be a quick, easy weightloss option. From the experience I have had, there has been nothing easy about it!

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jim October 23, 2014 - 4:03 PM

how much did it cost i need to loose 50kg so i can have heart sugery

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bess August 25, 2015 - 8:59 PM

It can cost up to $8k but you can access your superannuation to pay for it.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 26, 2015 - 10:24 AM

My surgeon is no longer taking on patients using their super to pay for it, only private health fund. Not entirely sure why, but they told me about this policy only just recently when I was enquiring for a friend.

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kellstar September 16, 2015 - 11:26 PM

There is a dr at gold coast who does it for no gap just have to be insured .pay excess and $500 for anaethiesists and scans.thats it. I’m getting mine done in 3weeks. He’s highly recommend!

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Kathy taylor January 30, 2018 - 9:51 PM

Hi. Can I ask who the doctor is please. I am on a pension.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 31, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Hi Kathy, I will send you the details via email

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Kylie April 10, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Hi Katrina. How did you go with your sleeving? And can you send me their details too? Tks, Kylie

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 17, 2018 - 3:26 PM

I’ve just emailed you Kylie 🙂

Sharlene Mcintyre June 20, 2018 - 11:13 AM

hi Katrina, I’m in the same boat. could you please email me details also.
And how do you go with salad leaves? I’m a vegetarian, and failed gastric banding from a slip. but I couldn’t eat salad at all. or nuts. and I love both.

Lea November 14, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Hello.
Is it possible you could give me the details of this no gap Dr? Im on the Gold coast.
Many thanks
Lea
kellstar September 16, 2015 – 11:26 PM

There is a dr at gold coast who does it for no gap just have to be insured .pay excess and $500 for anaethiesists and scans.thats it. I’m getting mine done in 3weeks. He’s highly recommend!

Emjay July 20, 2020 - 12:27 PM

Hi. Would you mind also sending me the details?
Thank you!

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Courtney October 23, 2014 - 5:07 PM

I had my sleeve done is feb of 2013 and have lost 65Kg I have just booked to have my Tummy tucked next April to finish off my weight loss process it truly was the best thing I have ever done. Just need to take my vitamins more often haha

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Cheryl October 23, 2014 - 6:55 PM

Hi Katrina
I read this simply because I read your blog and I was curious, not because I’ve been through it.

I just wanted to congratulate you on how well you’ve done so far, and what a truly lovely photo that last photo is of you with your girls.

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Cathy October 23, 2014 - 6:56 PM

If I may ask… How much was it? I have been thinking about it and wondered if part of it be covered by health insurance … You look awesome btw x

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Shannon October 23, 2014 - 7:10 PM

I will be having the surgery in January. I have about 62kg to lose. Thank you for sharing your journey.

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Samantha October 23, 2014 - 8:40 PM

I had the surgery last year December it was the hardest thing my family and i went through.I had major complications which left me in coma for two weeks and in hospital for three months. I am very lucky to be sitting here right now.At 24 years old i was 130kg and have lost 38kg. Although i have lost the weight it was a very tough time in my life. All the best for everyone doing the procedure 🙂

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beth March 10, 2015 - 9:50 PM

Hi Samantha,

My goodness 2 weeks in a coma! 3 months in hospital! Do u mind if I ask what the complications were? Im 26 and will be having the surgery the end of this year.

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Sandy July 25, 2015 - 9:04 AM

Hi Samantha
Who was your surgeon please ???
I’m looking at having it soon but tossing between 3 surgeons
Mr Justin Greenslade mr Gregory Nolan or Dr Abid
All based on the Gold Coast or Brisbane
But so had to decide as well as is it worth it or get a personal trainer that works you hard ????

It’s so hard to know what’s the best for you …

I hate the thought of hairless and so many people say how wonderful it is but I love a long lunch drinking of course with mates but worry if I can’t drink with them
By problem isn’t the long lunches its the size of my meals now and no exersie
I would love some feed back

Thanks in advance

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Nicole October 23, 2014 - 8:44 PM

Hi just read your article as it’s something my GP has mentioned to me to consider. My question is around pain, uncomfortableness, what could you physically not do for awhile after the surgery?
I am a single mum with a 2 year old and little support so I’m a bit worried about how I’ll be after the surgery. I could get some help for a few days but it wouldn’t be all day or for long
Thanks so much

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Lou October 23, 2014 - 9:12 PM

i had a lapband with placating in June this year. The picaro on part is basically a reversible sleeve, the stomach is folded and stitched rather than cut and removed. I have lost 23kg in 4 months and I am so happy I made the choice to do this. I still have 20kg to go but it’s only a matter of time until that comes off. I feel like a million dollars. I have had more vomitting episodes than a sleever but still not that many. I hit my green zone 4 weeks ago, I know exactly how much I can eat, how much I need to chew, drink and bite size and it’s really just second nature now.

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Lou October 23, 2014 - 9:14 PM

plication, not placating. Got to love auto correct:)

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Amanda October 23, 2014 - 9:23 PM

Hello….I have 40 kg to loose….and at age 42 have found this very hard to do. How did you all start the process of surgery?

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Rocco November 16, 2014 - 3:16 AM

Hi Amanda. I had my Gastric Sleeve surgery on 24 October 2014. It was the best decision I’ve made. I wrote down in my blog: gastricsleevemiracle.blogspot.com. You can check it out and hopefully it will help. Good luck.

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Leah October 24, 2014 - 7:01 AM

I was wondering if spending the similar amount of money on a trainer, psychologist and nutritionist might have achieved the weight loss in a more holistic manner. Cutting 2/3 of your stomach away might not be dealing with the reason why overeating was occurring in the first place.

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Regretful skeever September 14, 2021 - 9:49 PM

You are so right, I wish I had have done that. I regret getting the surgery very much

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Anne October 24, 2014 - 8:41 AM

Hi there, I was sleeved 3 weeks ago, lost 9kgs in that short time now I’ve plateaued, is that right? Im assuming my body is in shock, I’m doing everything right as far little meals 5 times a day, but just isn’t budging??? Can someone tell me how to get moving again?

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Liz October 24, 2014 - 10:32 AM

Hi, I had my sleeve done in March 2013. I plateaued so many times for months on end. I have lost 30kg. I haven’t exercised. I have about 10kg to go to get to the doctors weight goal. I would love to get another 5-10kg off after that goal. I’m going to start exercising. Tuckshop arms/bingo wings are all part of the package. I get embarrassed when I wave to people because my whole arm waves at them, but at the same time I’m proud that I’ve lost enough weight to have bingo wings 🙂 I went off chocolate after my surgery too, but sadly I love it again. I just don’t and can’t eat a whole block like I used too. A few squares here & there are enough to satisfy the craving. I am starting a daily exercise plan to do along with my kids to get them up & moving too. I want to feel fit in my new body, and also be a good example to my children. Thanks for sharing your story Katrina. I have had friends who have had this surgery and have hidden it from people because they are embarrassed about it. I told everyone. What’s the point of keeping it a secret. I don’t care if anyone thinks I’ve taken the easy way out. It’s nowhere near being an easy way out. My surgery was a bad experience. I ended up needing a second surgery that same night because my abdomen was full of blood. I ended up staying in hospital for 7 days instead of 3. My blood pressure dropped dangerously low & the oxygen levels in my blood were always too low as well. But after all the lows, it’s the best decision I’ve made for myself.

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Anon October 24, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Wow, reading all these comments makes me think my surgeon seriously stuffed up.

I am 3 years out and only 8kg down from surgery day. I can eat atleast 2 full sandwiches in a sitting, am hungry all the time, no difference in taste at all. I am still 93.5kg 🙁
Its taking a huge toll on my mental health now

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OMG July 11, 2015 - 2:12 PM

ANON – I am so sorry for you – my heart bleeds for you – I have just been reading everybodys stories and felt inclined to reply to some of them until I came to yours. WOW. There is no way you should have ever been able to be eating that amount of food at any time. Even 3 years after surgery. I am almost 2 years after surgery and can only eat half a sandwich. 60 kilo loss. I don’t know how old this posting is so I hope you have seen your surgeon and insisted on some sort of ultra sound or scan to see how big your stomach actually is. This would then prove that he or she stuffed up and did not take enough. If you haven’t seen your surgeon – do so – get scans or whatever you need to do and find out what happened. Good luck

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kate October 24, 2014 - 11:18 AM

Thank you for your story. I am considering this. I just had not read a personal story before, mainly off the websites advertising this. Reading this has reaffirmed how I want this. I have to remember that we eat to live, not live to eat. Thank you again for your honesty.

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Roslyn Woodhouse October 24, 2014 - 1:08 PM

gee, isn’t it great how people think they can have an opinion on your weightloss- in reference to the people telling you you did it the ‘easy way’

i’m having the exact opposite problem, with friends and family telling me i should have the surgery and when i say ‘i don’t think it’s the right answer for me’ they say ‘why, don’t you want to lose weight’

each of us have our own journey to go through. good on you for being brave enough to not only go on yours, but to share it with us. i am attending oa meetings- a 12 step program to help me deal with food addiction, and have cut sugar out of my diet because it was my main trigger food,along with a calorie controlled diet. i wish you all the best.

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Margaret Wyatt October 24, 2014 - 6:37 PM

i had the surgry 4yrs ago my doctor told me if I have a optifast meal replacement once a day I will never need a vitamin, so for breakfast every day I have a shake and a piece of fruit and I have never had an issue, I do no that it is hard to get the last bit off and you can still put weight on if you do not do the right thing but I also have no regrets

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Suzy October 27, 2014 - 8:34 PM

Just thought I’d post a message here too to show there is another side to the surgery. It’s great when it goes well but the risks are huge, tho admittedly rare. I’ve had complication after complication and more than two years down the track I’m still back in hospital facing yet another surgery with a tube up my nose. I recommend the surgery as have seen so many successes, but it isn’t easy and if you pull the short straw like me, it’s a living hell that’s impossible to describe. Hope your story continues to go well, and all those who follow in your footsteps.

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Sandy July 25, 2015 - 9:25 AM

My heart goes out to you Suzy
What happened ??
And hope you will be fixed soon and look back at it as just another experience in life

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Mary October 28, 2014 - 2:23 AM

Suzy. My husband is having surgery next week in Mexico and I’m very nervous about it. What were the complications that I should be aware of?

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Michelle October 31, 2014 - 2:05 PM

Hi there, thank you so much for sharing your story. After many attempts and over many years at losing weight and succeeding then piling it all back on ‘with interest’, my GP has recommended I consider having the gastrectomy. I have watched numerous Youtube clips and read through and watched volumes of videos and testimonies and find the general consensus to have gastrectomy is ‘highly recommended’. I have spoken with three colleagues at work who also have had the sleeve done and they all look absolutely amazing. I am still a little nervous, however feel I have enough information to support my decision. It is far more helpful when you read testimonies of other Australians (especially when they too are on the Gold Coast) having the sleeve rather than Americans all the time so thanks again.

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Rocco November 16, 2014 - 3:12 AM

Thank you for sharing this post. I accidentally found your blog and I totally loved it. I had my sleeve on 24 October 2014 and I am now in my 4th week. Reading your blog was inspiring. And I mentioned about you in my blog, hope you don’t mind. My blog about Gastric Sleeve is gastricsleevemiracle.blogspot.com. Again, thank you 🙂

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Kate - Kat's Assistant June 26, 2015 - 8:54 AM

Ooh thank you Melinda! Wow you are doing so well! I will be sure to have a ead of your website x

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Karinka July 8, 2015 - 2:29 AM

Hi I’m booked for my sleeve aug 31 2015. Ive had 2 failed gastric bands ( just never worked well) I’m 52 yrs 4 children, 111kg and a yoyo dieter. I’ve not exercised for years. I used to run. I have 2 nursing jobs and my own business- I’m always busy. I’m a shocking eater- don’t eat big meals but I’m a smackers esp in the pm as I don’t sleep well ( it’s 2am now and I’m up at 7) I’m so sick of the yo yo- ing and the weight worry consumes me constantly. This might sound silly but I’m so frightened I won’t be able to eat enough and get too thin yet I want to lose weight permanently. My children keep saying I’ve done it before myself so I can do it again . I feel so anxious and tired of it all.

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Kristy August 25, 2015 - 7:03 AM

Thank you for sharing your story it sounds like it has been a roller coaster ride for you. I was wondering if you’ve been checked for food intolerances? I know that wheat and corn have had an effect on me and it might just be something to consider if the last few kilos are getting hard to shift. A good nutritionist or kinesiologist would be able to help. Good luck 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 25, 2015 - 11:00 AM

I have spoken to my dietician about my food intake, thankfully my hair has grown back and is now looking really healthy. I am going to book into a naturopath, which should be really interesting 🙂

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Christine Day August 25, 2015 - 8:36 AM

Hi Katrina,
Thanks for this very timely post. I am 63, use a wheeled walker so exercise is very restricted also due to various medical problems. I am booked in to have gastric sleeve surgery on 17th September. I am quite excited at the prospect but the thought of of it all is also a bit scary. Such a huge lifestyle change is ahead. We go out for dinner as entertainment so am realising that I won’t be able to enjoy the large portions I have been ordering and eating with gusto! I think I have been overcompensating the last few weeks as I seem to have put on more weight because I have been indulging more than usual, probably knowing it’s all coming to an end soon. Also alcohol is a big downfall for me, I really do enjoy my wine!! My doctor and his related professionals helping with the surgery have been excellent, however no one has yet mentioned hair loss. However after a particularly traumatic operations many years age I did lose some hair so now I will really make sure to eat protein and take the vitamins as ordered. Thanks again Katrina.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 25, 2015 - 10:59 AM

Hi Christine, wishing you all the best for your surgery. I did exactly the same, eating too much before the surgery and put on some weight, but… whilst you won’t be eating as much you will be eating a different type of normally soon enough. It’s all in the mindset 🙂

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Susan August 25, 2015 - 1:10 PM

I had this done at the end of June last year. Without a doubt the best thing i have ever done (with the exception of having my son)
Before surgery I was 108.5 kg, today I am 71.3. I have energy which I never had before. I have clothes choices which i never had before! (Was size 20 now size 12/14 – still have big boobs!!). I did not have any hair loss, but i did have the bad breath for a while when ketosis kicked in, which is normal with major calorie restriction, and it was easily managed and eventually went away. Unfortunately my sweet tooth only vanished temporarily but due to the fact my tummy is so small i can’t overdo things anymore so as long as i balance my diet it’s okay. I am saving to have abdominoplasty for my excess tummy skin but in the meantime spanx is my friend! If yoy have a family history of obesity, and have tried for years unsuccessfully to lose weight, yo-yo ing on diets, losing and regaining, or find yourself, like i did, slowly but surely eating myself to death, i would highly recommend you consider this procedure. You can’t do it till you are mentally ready so take your time, do your research, see multiple weight loss surgeons till you find the right one for you, and if you are sure it’s for you, go for it!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 25, 2015 - 4:02 PM

thank you for sharing your story susan, you have done so well!!

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Lou October 16, 2015 - 9:31 PM

Hi Susan,
I’m a band girl, who has so much trouble with texture.
I chew meat a spit it out.
I’m seriously thinking about a sleeve but want to find out if texture of food is an issue.
Would love to hear your thought.
Cheers

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Bess August 25, 2015 - 9:10 PM

Hi katrina,

I had my sleeve op done last September. I’ve began plateauing at about 30kg lost. That was 10kg ago and it’s taken me months to lose it. The first 30kg just seem to drop off. I’m 5 kg from goal weight but 10-15 from where I’d ideally like to be. Is it normal that during winter, I’ve been more peckish? Will I find it easier to get back on track once the warmer weather starts? I’m so so scared of putting on the weight again. Everyone says how amazing I look and I do feel great but am beating myself up about chocolate and being peckish. Look forward to your comments/advice.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 26, 2015 - 10:23 AM

Hi Bess, I have put on a little bit of weight and have not lost anything for over 18 months, I will post about it soon. I too am not close to goal weight but my surgeon is happy where I am at. Yes over time you will find that you are grazing and eating more, try to stick to the right portion sizes as you don’t want your stomach to stretch.

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pam Tanner September 7, 2015 - 1:29 AM

Hi
Have you suffered with low iron and muscle soreness. I am 15 months post op. I am currently dragging myself around.

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Maria Millano September 18, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Thanks for this very timely post.

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John Dean October 2, 2015 - 10:24 PM

hi guys, what do u think about gastric sleeve in Mexico?
any advice?

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Mark S February 4, 2016 - 8:35 AM

Why, do you need a holiday? Should a complication occur (heaven forbid) could you afford an extended stay remembering that most travel insurers won’t cover for planned medical or post-op events. We have some of the best medicos in the world so have the holiday then the Op here, or the other way around but you will have a different view to eating.

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Joe October 2, 2015 - 11:21 PM

can anyone qualify for a sleeve?

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Liz January 12, 2016 - 6:38 PM

January 2016 – I have my appointment with the surgeon on the 20th! I am so excited to get started! Thank you all the information

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Liz January 12, 2016 - 6:39 PM

January 2016 – I have my appointment with the surgeon on the 20th! I am so excited to get started! Thank you all the information.

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naomi r February 3, 2016 - 9:19 PM

i visited the surgean today. have been waiting since april 2015 for private health to kick in. am booked for gastric sleeve 6 april 16 in Canberra. thankyou for your blog and everyones comments. i am 44 in may and weigh 136 kg…9 weeks and counting

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 6:25 AM

that’s great to hear Naomi, wishing you all the best with your journey, happy to answer any questions you have x

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Mark S February 4, 2016 - 8:09 AM

Long story condensed, Banded in 2011 and lost 50kg and then the band slipped(2013). New Years eve Air Ambulance to Newcastle for re-adjustment. Lost 10kg more then Wife and I when on world site seeing/sporting trip. (Proud to say 2013 World No1 & 2 respectfully). Many problems and bouts of weight gains over the last 2 yrs (+15kg) with little exercise due to injury and 60yrs of age. Seriously looking at Sleeve, but firstly band has to be removed then 3 months recovery followed by the sleeve surgery. Then it all starts again with the dieting. Seems as though I only eat salads now but a FULL block of Cadburys (other health food group) is not out of the question. I need option for very limited exercise. And this seems to next best option. Wonderful to read the success stories but seriously you all need to outline to other readers just how much HARD work it is too maintain that constant watch on the intact of types and quantities of food. Lifestyle change is a polite PC way of saying, your in for a major overhaul to your psyche and it will definitely affect those around you. Would be most happy to hear from anyone who has done the transition from band to sleeve. Anyone thinking of Banding, remember the constant band adjustments/consults. I live on a remote farm and travel is a pain. 2 days for a turn around appointment @ $200+ in fuel. It is reversible but the sleeve seems vastly more convenient. Any comments

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 9:04 PM

I hope somebody maybe able to help you with their experience Mark, I know my surgeon will not do the band, when he did mine he only recommended the sleeve, now he recommends bypass rather than the sleeve.

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KennethHawkins February 17, 2016 - 9:44 PM

Very Motivational story, I personally love the way you have presented it.

My gastric sleeve surgery is scheduled in coming march and with every passing day I am feeling more nervous. But after reading your post, I am looking forward to it.

Thanks for motivating many of us…
🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 7:39 AM

Good lunch Kenneth, my biggest tip would be to keep up with your vitamins, they are an important element in this process.

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Shane February 24, 2016 - 10:04 AM

Thanks Katrina for this blog. It is reassuring to read such positive comments from you and your readers. My surgery is 2 months away. Just got the ball rolling with this. Like many others feel nervous about the surgery. We all wish we could just lose the weight through our will power and dietary control. But as we know this a yo-yo story of continuous weight up and down. It is hard to tone down the desire to eat food. I have lost 20 kilos on two previous occasions but soon put the weight back on a few months to a year later. Arrrgh!

My surgeon (Dr Khaleal, Penrith NSW) said the removal of stomach tissue removes many of the cells that produce the hormone Ghrelin. Ghrelin is responsible for telling the brain you are hunger. So when there is less Ghrelin available to send to your brain you feel less hungry. A smaller stomach volume combined with less hunger desire are the main drivers to weight loss. The surgery will account for 90% of the weight loss the other 10% comes from you.
I have a BMI of 38 but have other health factors which contribute to my eligibility for the surgery (182 cm. 127 kilo). My doctor said I am 44 kilo overweight. People who have the surgery generally tend to lose 70-80% of their excess weight. Therefore I should lose about 34 kilos which would take my weight to 93 kilo. I have not weighed 93 kilo since I was 30 years old. I am 59 years old now. This weight would be a game changer for me.

My main reason for having the surgery is to live longer. I have blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar issues (whilst marginally on the high side of normal they are cumulative in their effect upon health) and a sedentary life style due to a previous hip injury when I was a teenager. I do not exercise due to my hip injury and a general lack of stamina and vigor. (Maybe when I lose the weight I can start to do some exercise as I will feel more energised and wont have to contend with the joint issues from carrying around so much excess weight.) These all add up to a stroke or some other cardiac incident within the next 5-10 years.
Looking forward to my mew life as a slimmer and healthier 60 year old man.

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Bee February 29, 2016 - 8:19 PM

I went to the doctor to talk about the gastric balloon, as I wanted to lose about 15Kg, but the doctor has talked me into the sleeve and charged me about $1,000 already. I feel like I have been bullied into this. I don’t care about being thin, I just wanted to be comfortable. I don’t want to give up food, or friends, or social life, or wine tasting, or coffee, or any of it. I think I have made a stupid decision, for no reason at all. Being thin does nothing for me – I’ve been thin, and I was never happy. I have the right to take up space in this world. I suspect I’m going to cancel, and just put the $1,000 down as the price of letting someone bully me into a foolish decision.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 2, 2016 - 7:25 AM

Bee I don’t regret my sleeve, but I wanted to lose beyond 40kg. If your only wanting to lose 15kg I do suggest that you look into an alternative way to lose this, have you seen a dietician, or considered programs like Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers? I have put on some weight after having my sleeve surgery and I am now doing Jenny Craig, I am only a week in and I have really enjoyed it. Having the sleeve doesn’t take away food, friends or your social life. It does certainly limit what you can eat, less than half than what you would normally eat, but you make it how you want it to be, I still go out with friends, I’ll have a coffee when they will have coffee and snack. When we go to dinner, I’ll buy an entree size meal they have a main and a dessert. I still have just as much fun with them. Also your consultation fee should be so much less than $1000 if you decide to cancel the sleeve, I would ask for money back, it’s your money your entitled to it. Wishing ou all the best xx

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Keoster March 2, 2016 - 12:32 PM

Hey I am getting Gastric sleeve surgery in the next few months no date set yet but i enjoyed your story but i was just wondering how much have you lost and in how long ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 3, 2016 - 9:02 AM

I Koester, I lost 40kg and I have since gained 15kg, you can read more about that here: https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/other/weightloss/about-my-weight-gain-despite-having-weight-loss-surgery/ all the best for your surgery 🙂

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KEOSTER March 3, 2016 - 12:26 PM

Thanks for the reply Katrina your great 😉 , yours is an amazing insightful story for sure and makes me extra careful with my journey but i am looking forward to getting this and seeing big progress hopefully

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catherine felix March 31, 2016 - 4:01 AM

Amazing! Congrats to you and your journey! I recently had to under go a pretty intense bariatric surgery. The whole process leading up to the surgery was traumatic for obvious reasons. I don’t want to go into too much detail but during my surgery, my team used a FAW blanket called the Bair Hugger and it helped so much with my post surgical recovery. I credit my super quick recovery to the blanket. I was able to get back to exercising in no time. I have been able to lose the weight faster because I was able to start my exercise routine quickly after surgery. Here are some facts about the system http://www.bairhuggerfacts.com

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Laureen March 9, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Hello, I am now five weeks out of surgery and feeling much better. Have a question, did you experience headaches in the first few weeks and general not feeling good feeling. Everything else is just how I felt so far, I am going to be blog a journal soon. I am in the US and have lost about 30 pounds so far, not sure what that translates to!
Laureen

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Ashley Michelle April 20, 2017 - 5:48 PM

Lost 165 pounds “1 year ago today I had RNY with Dr. Alejandro López, I started 325lbs. I have lost 165lbs. and about 20lbs. away from my personal goal. I haven’t had any complications I only regret I didn’t do it sooner. If you are considering any type of weight loss surgery I highly recommend Dr. Lopéz and his staff.”

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Layne May 10, 2017 - 11:02 AM

I love this blog. I’m starting my whole process tomorrow. I’m 32, 5’7 and 268 pounds. Miserable. I hate how I look and don’t want to go out because I’m embarrassed. This site has really helped me. I like reading real people’s stories! I have pcos and my doctor thinks getting the sleeve will increase my fertility. I have one beautiful miracle son but I’m so big I can’t play with him the way he wants. I’m looking forward to the end result.

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Ashu Rai August 11, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Amazing Post!!! Thanks for sharing a such kind of information with us. It’s too helpful for who are suffering from heavy weight. Gastric sleeve surgery is good for losing weight and achieve to your goal.

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José Luis September 25, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Hey! I really loved this blog Kat! Thanks for sharing your journey with others.

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Jane February 27, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Great blog, Im due for sleeve surgery in april (naturally worried & excited) this blog has answered most of my questions except I wanted to know about alcohol…are you able to have a glass or 2 of wine (beer or whatever your poison is) ever again?????????? Thanks

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 1, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Thanks Jane. So happy for you. It’s a big decision and I’m glad that sharing my story can help others on their journey. I don’t normally drink so I’m probably not the right person to ask 🙂 but I believe you can. I would suggest asking your surgeon that one
All the best xx

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Katrina August 1, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Its reccomended to never drink again, one because of your reduced stomach size alcohol is metabolized more rapidly leading to an increase in the effects of alcohol two because all alcohol is unnecessary calories, is usually carbonated, high in sugar and carbohydrates its a completely empty consumption of calories. Avoid it completely to achieve your goals and be healthier.

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Sophie May 5, 2018 - 12:01 PM

I had my surgery December 7th 2016 when I was 16 years old. I had almost an entire year off school prior to that because I was too heavy and too depressed to get out of bed. I turn 18 in ten days and ever since my surgery my school attendance and performance has increased immensely and I’m living my best life. However I’m stuck with those last ten to fifteen kilos as well as excess skin on my stomach, arms and inner thighs. I was 128kg and the best I got to was 72kg. That was 55kg in 55 weeks. I’ve hit a wall though and haven’t lost any weight in months. In fact I’ve gained weight since I started going to the gym thanks to putting on muscle. I got really into the gym at junkie level but tired myself out too fast and haven’t been going as much. The muscle’s started to turn back in to fat and this morning I weighed in at 79kg. If I hit 80 again I’ll go into a panic. My goal is 65kg but I don’t know how I’m gonna get there. I can’t get much protein down and I get dumping syndrome which makes a lot of foods have negative effects. Sugar makes me need to lie down, dairy makes me sick and I can’t physically eat more than a tiny bit of protein. My bad diet makes me tired and I snack all the time on chips. I’m a lightweight with alcohol at least so I don’t drink a lot, but I drink regularly enough that the calories are doing me in. I’m so close but sabotaging myself a bit. Any advice on the last few kilos?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 10, 2018 - 9:41 AM

Hi Sophie, congratulations that is an amazing achievement, firstly that you knew something had to change and for making such a positive change for your health. I would suggest to book into your surgeon, get them to check your bloods and check your vitamin levels. I did this just recently and mine are quite low which has been why I have felt heavily fatigued lately. Do they have a dietician there for you to talk to for some advice or to help work out a pouch reset with you. There are also some great facebook groups where you might get some ideas and advise on people that have gone through the same thing. Here is one I visit frequently: https://www.facebook.com/groups/101307856872704/

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linda van Rensburg May 6, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Hi, Sophie, are you having good quality vitamins?

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CityMouse July 4, 2018 - 9:28 PM

I am 44 and 40kg overweight, which has been influenced (though obviously not caused by) an under active thyroid and early onset menopause. I take HRT and thyroxine to help alleviate the symptoms. Do you know if these mean I am not a suitable candidate for a gastric sleeve? I’ve done a lot of research on the surgery and what to expect, but I haven’t found anything about any issues with thyroid/hormones.

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Sharon E. July 25, 2018 - 10:59 PM

Hi, I’m so happy to see this, as I am getting approved for sleeve operation sometime the end of this year. (2018)
I have 2 questions.
My first question is about energy, which I sort of had answered by another lady’s comment. I have fibromyalgia, which requires me to go to the gym just to be able to do things around the house. I am also low in iron, but I hope that’s improving. I dont have problems taking vitamins now, but will I be able to then! My energy is already low! I’m scared of the strictures in my esophagus being a problem for that. However, I am getting that stretched by my stomach Dr this November, so I should be ok, he thinks I’ll be ok. I guess I need to trust him.
So question number 2 is about my gassiness. Lower and upper. If you burp more now, I’m scared I’ll just be puking all the time, since I burp all the time now, and I’m afraid i won’t be able to take my powder that keeps explosions from happening, down under. Lol.
So, lots of fears.
I did already have the lap band. It failed! Drastically. But I think I did not eat correctly. I’m trying to change some of those habits now. I’m worried because this will be with me the rest of my life, and I cant reverse it. But also because with fibro I’m concerned I’ll just die from no energy. Lol.
Thank you for putting your story on here. I really appreciate it.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 26, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Hi Sharon, the only issue I had with vitamins is taking too many after I ate was a struggle, taking vitamins with liquid was like a meal in itself (as we can eat very little). I hope your surgeon maybe able to help direct you with your fibromyalgia and how this will go with your surgery. As you’ll lose weight you’ll find that your energy will improve and if you need to go to the gym that is fabulous as you’ll see great results with your weight loss. Question number 2, no I don’t vomit along with my burbs, although for ‘down under’ I did have issues and just recently resolved them by increasing fibre in my diet, especially for breakfast which has helped immensely. I hope your surgery goes well, please talk to your surgeon about your fears so he can help give you the answers and calm the nerves before the surgery. xx

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Katrina August 1, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Gastric sleeve resections are actually supposed to remove 80% of the stomach not 25%. If its not 80% you risk loosing minimal weight still being able to eat large amounts, and not removing the hormone which fuels the desire to eat…..25% would be an almost pointless operation. If your surgeon says they are only removing 25%, get a second opinion or go to a different surgeon. If you only lost 33kg in 6 months thats a failed surgery it should be closer to 50kg minimum. I only weighted 99.5kg before my surgery (special conditions allowed me to have the surgery, i was not morbidly obese nor did i have any comorbidities) and I’ve lost 30kg in 4.5 months….and i have had 80% of my stomach removed. Question the surgeon if they dont do an 80% reduction, you will be very disappointed and will most likely put all the weight back on.

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Amal January 14, 2019 - 12:41 AM

Thank you for sharing your story Katrina. I’m currently considering surgery and you’ve answered a lot of my questions. One question I’d like to ask you is in regards to the multivitamins you take – are they surgeon prescribed/recommended or can you take your multivitamins of choice?
Thanks!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Hi Amal, you can take multivitimin of choice, however there are some that are more beneficial for sleevers than others 🙂

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Amal January 14, 2019 - 9:06 PM

I currently take LLV and DDR Prime – are they sufficient/beneficial for sleevers?

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sandra Jackson January 28, 2019 - 8:24 PM

HI, well I have appreciated reading years of comments, its great to read so many comments from various people with many different experiences. I am a Nurse and have many fears but really need to hand them over to fate and take a leap to lose weight and gain some life back. After a long day at work I come home too tired to move, I feel if I lose some significant weight I will be able to at least walk and look at life again being a Nurse can be very thankless and I would after so many years 42 actually of helping others I really need to help myself. All the effort of your blog over the years has helped me, many many thanks Sandra

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 31, 2019 - 12:54 PM

thanks Sandra so glad to be able to help. Yes losing weight certainly gives you more energy to move around and get things done!

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CherylDulac July 16, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Thanks for sharing valuable information with us.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 17, 2019 - 9:37 AM

My pleasure Cheryl, I hope that it helps. Kat x

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