An update on my roller coaster ride of weightloss surgeries

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

It is hard work to lose weight, for me it is a constant struggle for the mind, body and soul. As a few of you may remember I had gastric sleeve surgery four years ago.  I managed to lose 40kg within the first year, which I was very pleased with. Along with the surgery I worked really hard via healthy eating and exercising with a personal trainer 3 times a week, which was super fun.  I was in a really good mindset to reach my goal.  However, as much as I was trying my absolute best 18 months after my surgery the weight started creeping back on.

Two years after the surgery I visited my surgeon to enquire why I had started putting on weight and ideas on what I could do to kickstart the weight loss again.  I was extremely disappointed and upset when he accused me of eating the wrong foods and a few other things I don’t care to repeat.  I was not, I was focused on being the healthiest version of me I could.  He told me that only one of his patients had ever put on weight. I left his surgery in tears, with the receptionist trying to console me. No support and or guidance were given.  I was so disappointed.

I went home feeling like a failure, I stopped focusing on my exercise, I had so much self doubt, shame and embarrassment running through me.  I did some research about how to kickstart my weightloss but to no avail, I continued to gain just over 20kg. My health physically and mentally went downhill, a place I never want to see myself in again.

After this weight gain, I was not a healthy BMI, I didn’t feel comfortable and still could only eat very small meal portions (as you do when you’ve had gastric sleeve surgery). 

A few months ago, a friend told me she was considering getting bypass weightloss surgery and that she had visited a local bariatric surgeon who she found to be very friendly and easy to talk to.  I looked up his website and researched her surgery as this was new compared to the options I had. I was surprised to come across information on this surgeons site about putting on weight after weightloss surgery. I was so intrigued.  From reading the articles I learnt that it’s very common and he gave the option to have revisional surgery…. wWhaaaat… was I reading this right?  For the past 2 years since seeing my surgeon about putting on weight and feeling like I was one of very few people to fail this surgery, that it is common! Right then and there, I booked an appointment to go see this surgeon.

He spent two and a half hours with me to explain why this happened and how he could help.  He has to be one of the most considerate surgeons I have been to.  Firstly he helped me understand that each individual is different. Basically, based on my initial BMI and my family history of obesity (which the other surgeon didn’t ask about), in his opinion Gastric Sleeve surgery was not the right option for me and that it is common for many to put on weight after this surgery.  He explained that there was an option to have revisional surgery if I was interested.  YES, very.

So, 8 weeks ago, I had revisional gastric sleeve surgery and SIPS (a form of mini bypass). Which in an easy way to explain, I have 1/4 the size of a normal stomach and they looped 3m of my small intestine so that food only travels through 3 of the 6 meters of small intestine which reduces calorie absorption. With these two procedures together and healthy eating, I should see positive results.

The choice to have gastric sleeve surgery four years ago was a huge decision and one not made lightly.  To have revisional and additional surgery was an extremely hard choice, but as I mentioned above, I felt like a big contradiction.  I know so many readers in my community who have had gastric sleeve surgery and have asked for my advice. Here I am wanting to share the good, the bad and the ugly.  Weightloss surgery is a tool to help you lose weight, but there is so much more involved in the mindset, eating the right foods and being disciplined to exercise.   

Weightloss surgery is a tool to help you lose weight, but there is so much more involved in the mindset, eating the right foods and being disciplined. Follow my journey here

I have lost 14kg in the past two months, this time the weight loss is slower than the last, but this is expected due to the additional SIPS surgery which is a slower weight loss solution.  I am completely happy with this, I am not after a quick fix, I just want to be and feel healthy.

Now I have been to two surgeons I am comparing the service and feel that I didn’t get the same education from the initial surgeon and can see some of the things I didn’t do right. A few things I am doing differently this time:

  • remember to have my vitamins EVERY SINGLE DAY, to help prevent my hair falling out.
  • eat the right portion of protein with every meal. I didn’t realise how important this was, I always ensured I ate a good amount of vegetables and fitted in whatever meat I could, this was wrong, big time wrong. It’s meant to be to eat a good amount of protein first then the rest in vegetables.
  • not to exercise so hard, walking is ok.
  • remember to eat every two hours, I could easily go through a day forgetting to snack as I didn’t feel hungry. Now I have a fitbit with a silent alarm reminding me to eat.
  • be kind to myself…. I am not a failure.
  • periodically see a dietician to ensure I stay on track.

The recovery was emotional and a little more painful this time than the last because I had the additional surgery.  But I am now feeling well and can see my energy bouncing back.

Weightloss surgery is a tool to help you lose weight, but there is so much more involved in the mindset, eating the right foods and being disciplined. Follow my journey here

 

Here I am sailing with Sam, from School Mum.

As every individual is different, please speak to your Doctor about your specific circumstances.

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about Weight Loss Surgery.

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97 comments

Lucy September 7, 2017 - 5:45 AM

Kat, thank you for sharing with us what has been a difficult road that you are traveling., i wish you every success with your goal of healthy eating and sustainable weight loss. THANK YOU for continuing to maintain your fabulous blog during what must have been an extremely emotional and physically difficult time for you. As you so oftrm remind your followers/friends, Be kind to yourself! You are such a giving person…..now is a time to give kindness back to yourself. Take opportunity to just “be”! That may look like binge watching a favourite series, having a mani/ pedi …whatever, just commit to such down time regularly. You are a beautiful person, just as you are xx??

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 7, 2017 - 9:10 AM

Thank you Lucy for your kind words, it was a hard time and thankfully I am feeling better and healthier. I am trying to be kind to my mind, body and soul and look after myself in all aspects. LOL, I love a good pedi, especially now it’s spring and back to wearing thongs!

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Rachel September 7, 2017 - 6:39 AM

Thank you Katrina for being so honest, the same thing has happened to me I have put on 7 kgs of my original loss of 32kgs surgery Feb 2013, feeling like a failure, I have learnt so many lessons. I have heard of revisional surgery but haven’t had the guts to have a consult yet, reading this the morning has thank you again I really appreciate your website and blog

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 7, 2017 - 9:17 AM

It’s a rollercoaster Rachel. Have you also heard of the pouch diet, to help reset your stomach back into weight loss mode? You could also have a consult with a dietician or nutritionist to see if you are eating the right balance of food/vitamins and come up with a diet plan. I tried both these options, they didn’t work for me. I would also suggest going back to see your surgeon and discuss your options. Hopefully there maybe something else that can be done before a revisional surgery? Let me know how you go!

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Louise September 7, 2017 - 6:47 AM

Weight loss surgery is only a help, not a cure. To the world, it seems that there could be no reason for your body to be chubby when others are slim. But there will be a psychologically challenging reason behind it. Find and conquer that hidden trigger. You can’t change the past, but you can change the effect the past has on your life. You know you are doing all the right things, so the reason behind your chubbiness is not in what you do now but in what happened long ago to you or around you. It might be as simple as someone saying how much they love to cuddle someone who is soft and not bony. Your mind is excellent; use it to fix the weight issue just as you used it to fix the household problem. Tell yourself every day that your youngest child is going to need you when she is 50 so you have to be there. You must have a long life; you deserve a long and healthy life. Smart beats soft. Brainy beats blushing. Organised beats ordinary. Limitless beats limp. You are more than your kilos. The surgery is only a small part of revealing that Olympic Champion Housewife. Step up to the next level of training, the psychological level.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 7, 2017 - 9:22 AM

Louise thank you! Your right every body is so different. My hubby for example eats exactly the same meals as me, breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner, except I have smaller portions. He is a stick and has a fabulous metabolism. My new surgeon was trying to explain to the both of us that genetics has so much to do with it. My new surgeon recommends regular dietician and psychologist appointments to help ensure positive outcomes for his patients. I had my first appointment with the psychologist before my surgery, it was amazing, she helped me to get to the bottom of my initial weight issues back when I was a child, one that I haven’t thought about for years.

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Sam September 7, 2017 - 7:36 AM

Hello, I’m much in the same position as you were and I’m wondering how much can you eat in the one sitting now?

Wishing you all the best

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 7, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Hi Sam, after the initial surgery I could only eat the very small portion normal sleevers can eat, which would be at most 3/4 cup of food in one sitting. My stomach did expand over the past 2 years and I ended up being able to more, the surgeon did a swollow test which was able to show how much the stomach expanded. When we went out to dinner I was able to eat a little more than half a full sized main meal. Now I have been resleeved and I am past my initial food stages and back to eating regular consistency foods I am eating 3/4 cup.

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Susie May 8, 2022 - 7:34 PM

Hi Katrina, thank you for sharing your story!!

I am looking at going to your surgeon and discussing getting resleeved and the sips procedure- pending his medical recommendation and advice.

I can easily eat almost the same portion size as before I was sleeved, and my BMI is now at 35- unhealthy!! How much were you able to eat before your second surgery? I’m just wondering if I would be a candidate for a realeeve and sips.

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Les Brown September 7, 2017 - 7:52 AM

Kat, I feel so guilty challenging you during that traumatic time you have been through. I feel ashamed of myself for I see myself as a caring person. I too have stacked on unwanted weight but I have found good advice scarce among medicos of different sorts. It’s one size fits all with some of them. I have not and will not have surgery. I am relying on my discipline and okay for much of the time but every so often I splurge on something I know I shouldn’t eat. But, I too now believe heredity plays its part. My father had a terrific body but he only lived to 71. My sister was taut and slim but the Big C claimed her in her 50s. We lost our mother when she was killed in a road accident in her 50s. She had a roley-poley figure. I am thinking perhaps my metabolism is similar to my mother, but I can’t be sure. I’m in my 80th year so I’m concentrating on being happy with what I have and what I am. I know I am not perfect. I know I could be better. I am careful and that’s about it. From what you have said I could begin to eat red meat again and I might do that.
I agree with other’s sentiments about you, Kat. You are very valuable to us and we admire you. Thank you for what you have done for me.
Warm regards,
Les.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 7, 2017 - 10:07 AM

Ooh Les it’s OK, you weren’t to know. It’s funny how our bodies work, I know I have a similar figure to one of my grandmothers, physical attributes of my other grandmother, my Dad’s skin and my angel mum’s voluptuous body shape too. Have a chat with your Dr about your diet. I know for me personally, I am low in iron and zinc so I need to ensure I eat specific foods to increase these levels. Have a chat to your dr, go over your last blood test and see that you are on the right track for a balanced healthy eating plan 🙂

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Carolyn September 7, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Thanks Kat for sharing your story. I am booked in to have gastric sleeve surgery on the 16th October. I am terrified and excited at the same time. Being on my own after losing my partner to cancer and with a diagnosis of severe and complex PTSD, I have been struggling in so many aspects of my life for many years. I don’t see the surgery as a “quick and/or easy fix” and I have surrounded myself with a strong medical support team (gp, dietitian and surgeon). This really is life saving surgery for me and I have added your tips from your experiences to my list of things to remember. Thank you again 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 7, 2017 - 10:14 AM

This is exciting Carolyn, sounds like you have been through so much, I am sorry for your loss. Having that support crew will be very beneficial, do they also have a physiologist that you can talk to as well? My new surgeon requires his patients to attend sessions pre-surgery and post-surgery and I found this so very helpful. I would like to continue the sessions to help ensure I stay on track. Just in the initial appointment, she was able to help me determine how my weight issues started way back in my childhood, we talked about things I haven’t thought about in so long nor acknowledged as a problem but can see how it all was a contribution together. I am happy to help you in any way with your journey, please keep in contact and let me know how you are going. Also…. this time round, I joined a few private facebook groups for Aussie’s having weight loss surgery and found them to be a wonderful support. Especially the group that are having the surgery in the same month, so you can follow the journey together. Email me if you want more details and I can forward links to you 🙂

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Carolyn September 9, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Thank you Kat so much for your kind words. I inadvertently left my psychologist off the list of my supporters. I have been seeing him for some time and am fortunate to have a good one. He even offered to visit me in hospital if needed as I will probably be staying longer than “normal” before going home on my own. Home is a a rural property with the nearest town some 30 kms away. Like you, I was required to see a psychologist and a dietitian before and after the surgery – a good step that should be mandatory. I will email you privately for those links – never thought of somewhere like FB for a special interest group for this journey!

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Tracey September 7, 2017 - 9:23 AM

Hi, just wondering if you are able to advise who your new surgeon is, I had WLS in Feb 2013 and have since regained 15kgs of my initial 41kg loss. Would love to go see a caring understanding surgeon.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 7, 2017 - 10:15 AM

I’ll email you the details Tracey 🙂

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Vikki Hooper January 11, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Hi Katrina

Could you please email me the details as well. As I’m just starting on the search for a surgeon.

Thanks

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Annie D February 3, 2018 - 12:55 AM

May I please have your surgeon’s details, also? I live in Qld and need a revision of my 2008 surgery. Many thanks, Kat.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 5, 2018 - 9:11 AM

Hi Annie, I will send you the info by email

Rosie April 2, 2018 - 10:49 PM

Hi Katrina,
Thanks for sharing your story. It resonates with me a lot. Would you kindly email your surgeon’s details to me also please? Many thanks.

Bronwyn April 29, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Hi, would you please be able to email me the surgeons details as well?

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Nikki June 18, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Hi Kat, I’ve just seen this post after thinking how fantastic you are looking. I’m 3 years post sleeve surgery and very interested in your surgeon as well. I’ve regained 7-9kg since my initial loss of 30kg. My email is [email protected]. Thx for sharing your journey. Nikki

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Christine September 7, 2017 - 9:47 AM

Well done on sharing your journey. My you continue your oath to good health. While weight loss is important I feel health and how you feel about yourself is of the upmost importance. Do you have friends who have been on a similar journey? That is so important as well. Good luck as you continue.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 7, 2017 - 10:29 AM

Hi Christine, thank you. No I don’t have close friends that have had the surgery, although they have been a wonderful support. I did join facebook groups this time around that have been a great support of men and women that have gone through the surgery during the same month and we have been able to help each other through the ups and downs.

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Suzanne Weston September 7, 2017 - 10:45 AM

Hi Kat, thank you for sharing your story I understand how hard that must have been for you to admit as I have always struggled with my weight too. I have been referred to a surgeon for weight loss surgery and reading about your struggles I am now a bit cautious of what my specialist might be like. I am wondering if you might share who your surgeon was so icould do some more research before I decide to go and see mine? Thank you again.

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Dana L Hayes September 7, 2017 - 12:20 PM

I love when people talk of how it’s the easy way out. THEY HAVE NO IDEA.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 7, 2017 - 2:22 PM

Not easy in any sense of the word xx

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Susan Beauchamp September 7, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Thanks Kat for sharing your story. You have been through a lot and it sounds like you finally found the right health professionals and support to get your health and happiness back on track. Some doctors have a lot to answer for with their people skills. Your blog is so inspiring and I love hearing about your experiences. None of us is a failure.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 7, 2017 - 2:23 PM

I think it’s a story that needed to be shared and I don’t want to scare anyone away from the thought of the surgery, but to know that these results can happen. 🙂

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Shaz September 7, 2017 - 1:29 PM

Hi Kat. I’m just wondering, did the second dr think you should have had the SIP (?) surgery in the first place or something else?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 7, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Yes although it is a relatively new procedure and in fairness my 1st surgeon only did band or sleeve at the time.

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Deborah September 7, 2017 - 1:43 PM

I has gastric sleeve surgery about 14mths ago. I lost 40kg in the first 9 or so months but have hit a bit of a wall. Having said that I know it’s really my doing. I’ve let unhealthy food slip into my diet and am not doing the exercise I should.

It’s hard though and I’ve continued to be anal about my vitamins and protein servings. I met some other local sleevers about 6mths ago and was surprised none of them were worried about vitamins or protein intake etc…

I actually have no desire to get to my official BMI goal so only want to lose another 10kg. I’ve got a long history of disordered eating (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating) so – in reality – I was a bad candidate for weight loss surgery (given so much of it is about the mind not the body), but I’m seeing a therapist again about my bingeing behaviour and hoping that helps. To me the weight I want to become will allow me a flexible and sustainable lifestyle.

I know a few people who’ve gone from the sleeve to bypass (or lapband from sleeve to bypass). I think it’s great you’re sharing this journey as I’d read about your sleeve before I had mine.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The surgery can be unpredictable and different for each individual. I find that the support of others that have been through the surgery too is really valuable, but I do hope that they realise the importance of vitamins soon.

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Denyse Whelan September 7, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Thank you for your story and it goes to show that not all doctors/surgeons are the same.. just as we all are different! The notion of your first surgeon’s accusation is very unfair & unprofessional. I am so glad you researched and found a MUCH better fit for you this time. The psychological part must play a role for you & others now because we all have ingrained memories and heritable patterns so I hope you keep that part going. The protein first thing is so important for you and I am glad you are making such awesome changes. It was really great seeing all of the pics from the Maldives and how happy you looked too! Best wishes, Denyse xx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:20 PM

yes… and all my life I have always eaten vegetables first then my protein, it’s a hard habit to change now to make sure I eat all my protein first. Hope your feeling well lovely x

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Nic September 7, 2017 - 2:22 PM

Could you email me the details of your new surgeon too please. Thanks

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Rosie September 10, 2017 - 10:21 AM

Hi Kat,
I was very upset for you hearing what happened with your initial surgeon. I wonder why people want to deliberately hurt others. It is hurtful when someone treats you this way and they know that what they are saying is going to be hurtful so it is very deliberate. Luckily, after 2 years of the damage that person caused, you have found a new solution. I think that is brilliant. Always inside us there is still a little glimmer of a voice saying ” It isn’t true what they said. You know you are worth it”. I try and keep finding that voice for myself. I cannot afford this surgery or health insurance so I just have to keep plugging away the old fashioned way but often “fail”. I can’t afford my psychologist visits anymore so every year I try and get the 10 allotted visits allowed. I also try and remember not to use those negative terms about myself too – like ” failure”. Keep going Kat. You have heaps if energy and strength which inspires me every day. Thank you. One question I had though was “why would your hair fall out”? Can you explain that please? Also, how much protein should we be eating at every meal? Good luck Kat.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:26 PM

thank you Rosie, it is a pity as it took all this time of feeling this way when I didn’t need to. My hair fell out as I didn’t realise that I had to make sure I had my required protien intake each day and I also didn’t take my vitamins every day like I should. My dietician hasn’t given me exact grams of required protein as she doesn’t want me to worry about think too much about calculations, but she has educated me to have high protein foods at every meal and to eat my protein first and then fruit and veg 2nd. Or…. it could have just been my bodies reaction to surgery. My hair is falling out quite a bit at the moment, so I am a little fearful, but no balding patches yet 🙂

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@kanga_rue September 7, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Hi Kat,

My friend Deborah (who commented before) mentioned your blog post. My parter has struggled for years after lapband surgery. He regularly gets occlusions of anything resembling healthy food, particularly leafy greens and meat. He was told the only way to manage it was to have it loosened. He would like to enjoy food again, and feel satisfied when he eats. He did also like to limit the number of operations he needs to undergo. Would you please email me the details of your surgeon, so he could make enquiries?

Cheers and thanks! Ruth ??

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:28 PM

Just emailed you lovely 🙂

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Julie September 7, 2017 - 5:48 PM

Thank you for sharing your story. Would you consider doing a bariatric meal prep or some sort of meal diary as part of your blogs?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:29 PM

If there is interest absolutely. I am actually spending some time this weekend prepping snacks for myself and also my daughter who is on a low fodmap, gluten free, lactose free diet (not fun).

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Johanna September 7, 2017 - 9:27 PM

Well done!!!… you are courageous for sharing and should be proud. It’s not easy. After years of yo-yo dieting I myself am looking into WLS and am hoping you can share the name of your new doctor.
Thank you and nurture yourself, you deserve it.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:32 PM

Hi lovely, just emailing you now 🙂

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Tracy September 7, 2017 - 9:44 PM

Katrina, you are a strong, courageous woman! Thank you for sharing your story with us, and allowing yourself to be vulnerable with us. I hope this second post-surgery experience is much more positive and successful than the first. What a blessing it is when we find medical personnel who are worth their weight in gold!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:33 PM

Thank you lovely for your kind words, I think it’s important to share the good and the bad particularly with the experience as I know many considering it read my blog posts I have shared and they need to know everything there is to know.

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Haley September 7, 2017 - 10:26 PM

Knowing what you know now, would you have still gone thru the surgery you had originally or opted for another? I am considering options and have a high BMI and obesity is also hereditary.

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Haley September 7, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Oh and what vitamins do you take?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:36 PM

That’s hard to answer. Probably, I don’t regret the surgery and I am glad I decided to have it as I had tried every diet there was with no results, alot of hard work and not getting anywhere. I am currently 31kg less than my heaviest and feel so much better despite having quite a few more kg to lose. I can move easier and feel more comfortable physically and within myself. I take a multi-vitamin, Vitamin D, Reflux tablet (to prevent reflux, this is required 3 months after the op) and Sileca to help promote healthy hair and nail growth.

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Margaret Willison September 8, 2017 - 10:48 AM

Hi Katrina,
Thank you for sharing your story. I had a gastric band put in 10 years ago but eventually put all the weight back on then end of November 2016 i had a sleeve operation. A few cays later i had to have a hernia repair and the next day i vomited and ended up with aspiration pneumonia necessitating a rush back into ICU where i immediately had a heart attack, i was put in an induced coma for 3 days. 9 months on i had to retire because i have ongoing heart and lung problems. Now i had a very slow start with the weight loss due to being on steroids for 4 months and all my other medication. Yesterday i hit the goal weight that the surgeon and i decided on – 70kg but two more to go to hit my dietitians weight goal. Now people must be wondering if i regret the surgery given the experience at the time and my ongoing health issues. NOT FOR ONE MINUTE DO I REGRET IT, i am fitter and best of all i can wear size 12 clothes down from 22. What happened to me was out of my control and the surgeons, dear love him he never stopped visiting me in ICU and is happy with my progress. Glad you have had the revision and are losing again. I was always a skinny minny until i had a car accident then over the intervening years stacked on the weight. Good luck for the future Kat. MARGARET.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:41 PM

Wow Margaret, you have been through so much and I thank you for sharing your story as I have heard quite a few of these within the groups I am in. Sadly this can happen and people should be aware of the complications involved in the surgery too. But you have come out strong in the end which is brilliant to hear. Well done lovely x

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Margaret September 8, 2017 - 12:04 PM

Hi Katrina,
You are truly brave and honest sharing your story. I have been putting my head in the sand about my weight. My GP suggested Gastric Band Surgery years ago. Which city does your second surgeon practice? Could I please have his name?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Hi Margaret, I’ll email you his details now, but have a look at the various options and consider something beyond the band, talk to your surgeon about the best option for you.

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Lea-Anne Hall September 8, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Hi Katrina,

This is the first time I have read your blog and it must be fate, as I had Gastric Sleeve surgery one week ago today! I saw two surgeons for opinions and I’m glad I did (my husband pushed me to). While they both ensure that you see a Psyhchologist and Dietician, the first surgeon spent an hour with me going over everything including my personal history. The second surgeon (who has a good reputation) only saw me for about 15mins and didn’t ask anything about my personal history at all! I also would not see him after surgery, only his nurses. So I went with the first surgeon who is so genuine and caring and I saw him every day in hospital (sometimes twice). Apparently the dietician (I see again next week) will tell me which type of multivitamins to get based on my blood test results.

Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is hard to find good information out there! It’s interesting what you say about the Protein as I don’t think I have been getting enough either! I look forward to following your journey! Good luck this time around!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Hi Lea-Anne, how are you feeling lovely? The first few weeks can be hard after the surgery with the limited amount of food you can eat and also the consistency can drive you a little stir crazy, but just know it is only for a short period and soon you will be able to eat normal foods again. I am so glad you went and saw various surgeons before making your decision and that you felt comfortable with your choice. I use protein powder and put it in just about everything I can. I put it in my milk I have for breakfast, milkshakes, bliss balls. Thinking of you on your journey x

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Judith Kallady September 8, 2017 - 5:38 PM

All the responders have said it all. I wish you all the success on your journey. I particularly like the fact that you are looking after the whole person. Bless you for your sharing.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:47 PM

Thank you Judith xx

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Denise September 8, 2017 - 6:23 PM

Hello from Norway. Thank you for sharing your experience and I’m very sorry to hear that the person who was meant to help you caused you to suffer. I’m glad you have found a respectable, kind doctor to support you in your life. I love your website and your work, and find it very motivating. It never ceases to amaze me that people who inspire others are often facing their own battles. Keep up your good work ? Lots of love and hugs, Denise ?????

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:48 PM

Thank you Denise, your right, I think it’s important to not only share the good parts of my life as so many people are following along, I need to keep it real 🙂

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Helen September 8, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Can I just say Katrina, you are a beautiful lady and your face radiates joy. That’s what I thought the first time I joined your blog.
Love yourself now, as you are. Your family is blessed to have a wife and mum with qualities like you do.

You have been through a rough time.
My sister-in-law is a dietition with a bariatric surgeon. There have been multiple times she has needed to undo words he has said. So sad.
I wish you and your health the very best.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:49 PM

Ooh Helen, you have made my heart sing, thank you. I wonder if these surgeon think they are being helpful and don’t realise how hurful they really are being. I understand that things need to be said and not sugar coated, but in this instance he was wrong and didn’t need to assume.

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Kerry Quin September 9, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Hi Kat, I’m pleased you are on the right path now. I’ve got 2 friends who have shared you blog with me, and this is the first one I’ve had a chance to read. My BMI is 44, and I’m about to embark on this scary journey. I was supposed to see the surgeon for the first visit in August, however was too sick with the flu, so re-scheduled for December. The extra weight leaves you feeling depressed, worthless and very much lacking in energy.
My husband and I are looking at buying a caravan and travelling around Australia, working as we go for an income. I am simply not able to do that whilst I am this size and really need help to lose the extra kilos.
Wishing you all the best with your adventure (hoping mine will be just as successful),
Kerry

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:51 PM

That is an exciting adventure Kerry, I hope that it all happens for you. I understand what you mean about energy, the weight does put a hindrance on that. I hope that your surgeon can help you and give you some good advice. I am happy to answer any questions you have, email me anytime xx

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Ruth in OZ September 10, 2017 - 4:37 PM

GO KAT! this is not an easy journey. I would appreciate a few of your facebook group support links – that is what I need.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:54 PM

Just emailed you Ruth x

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Rachel Keyte September 10, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Kat, I’m so glad you found a surgeon who understood what you needed. I’m so sorry you went through what you did with your first surgeon. Sometimes I think health professionals feel like they are admitting failure if they have to admit that something they did hasn’t worked for you, so they are dismissive and try to tell you it’s your fault 🙁
Thank you for sharing your experiences to help others. You are such an inspiration.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 4:55 PM

Yes I think he hasn’t had many people go back to him to know that they have put on weight because his bedside manner is terrible.

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Barbara September 11, 2017 - 8:46 AM

Wow. Your amazing. What a journey you’ve been through. Your doing this for the right reasons aswell… to be the healthiest version of you. I recently gained 7 kilos and went from 73 to nearly 80 kilos due to illness that made me lose weight (and then when I was eating again rapidly gain) and having to have to give up a physical job. I have started to do lots of walking and cut out sugar laden food like cake, biscuits, chocolate, even museli bars and yoghurt (who knew they had so much sugar).
Anyhow… I just wanted to say one thing about you… big or small you are truly beautiful. Have you looked in the mirror recently? You have such a beautiful face. And if your blog shows us anything your beautiful inside too. Much love xxx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2017 - 5:03 PM

OMG Barbara, thank you all the feels right now, from the bottom of my heart thank you for your kindness. Yes it’s crazy the amount of sugar that are in some foods that we consider can be good for us. I’m going to make some bliss balls on the weekend stock up in the freezer to have on hand as a healthy snack, love them!!

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Cathy B October 5, 2017 - 9:16 PM

Hi Kat, Thank you for sharing your story. My husband has had the band done and is thinking of going down the next track. Could you email me the details of your new surgeon too please.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 9, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Hi Cathy, Yes of course. I will send you details through email

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Donna October 7, 2017 - 1:06 PM

Hi Kat, Could I also ask you for your new surgeons details please. And agree… you are beautiful!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 9, 2017 - 12:12 PM

Oh Thank you Donna.. I will send details to you through email also .

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Rosy October 19, 2017 - 6:22 AM

Hi Katrina
Your honesty shines through in your blogs, making them a pleasure to read. So glad you’re on a resolved pathway. Could you please send me your second surgeon’s contact details?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 19, 2017 - 9:19 AM

Thank you Rosy. I value your feedback xx
I will send the details to you through email

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Mich October 27, 2017 - 9:32 PM

Hi Katrina, I am in exactly the same boat and would love to know the name of your surgeon.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2017 - 10:23 AM

Thanks Mich. I will email you the details

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Charmaine November 3, 2017 - 11:21 AM

Hi Katrina, Thank you for your honesty .. I also have been advised to look at surgery so I would love to know the name of your surgeon please. Thank you 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 7, 2017 - 9:33 AM

Thank you Charmaine. I will send the details to you by email

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Lisa December 6, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Great share! I too have battled weight for most of my adult life. While I have tried all the marketed diets I didn’t get to the surgery stage. I started seeing results slowly and permenantly after seeing a dietician. I love that you mentioned this because I believe without a shadow of a doubt that having the right advice and guidance Weightloss can be permanent and healthy living can be normal living. I want to say (insert unsolicited comment here) that I would never recommend fad diets or meal replacements again. Even if you meet a bad dietician (or like you, surgeon), go elsewhere and try someone else. Good help is certainly out there. I am 25kg down and have kept it off for over 10 months. Broke my ankle, kept it off. ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 7, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Oh no… sorry to hear you have broken you ankle. Thank you for your feedback and for sharing what has worked for you

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Karen December 6, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Hi Katrina, I am in the process of looking into weight loss surgery and would appreciate the details of your surgeon and Facebook groups please – a bit disheartened after seeing one surgeon who acted like I was disturbing his day! Thank you for you honest account, it is greatly appreciated.

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Louise December 6, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Hi I’m glad you followed through with the new surgeon. Are you able to email his details to me so I can do some research thanks.

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Kelly December 6, 2017 - 11:09 PM

Hi Katrina, could you please email me the name of your surgeon too please. Well done on taking such a brave step.

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Jo December 7, 2017 - 7:03 AM

Katrina you are amazing. I am so proud of you to have the courage to share your journey. My journey is similar and I am considering revision. In the last year I have had my husband leave me. My work has gone downhill. I am insulin resistance. I eat healthy, go to gym 3*x a week and lose nothing but continue to put on weight. Could you please email me your surgeon, the cost and the cost of you coming and helping with organisation.

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Bec December 7, 2017 - 7:28 AM

HI Kat,
I am currently on the waiting list for weight loss surgery but haven’t picked a surgeon yet and would love to research your one if possible.

Good luck with the rest of your journey can’t wait to watch it unfold

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 7, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Thank you all. I will email you details (Bec, Jo, Kelly, Louise and Karen)

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Chantelle December 8, 2017 - 4:08 PM

I am so sorry you went through that with the first surgeon. I had a similar experience with a GP who would not listen to me about a medical problem and was told for eight months I had servere anxiety I actually had POTS and ended up in hospital for about 4-6 weeks. Second opinions are well worth it. The emotional damage is awful and no doctor should make you feel this way. Their job is to do no harm. Sending you lots of love and encouragement on your weight loss journey. I am just starting mine too using the vegan whole foods lifestyle slowly but surely I will get it off Xxx

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 11, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Thank you lovely. All the best for your journey xx

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Lisa January 17, 2018 - 9:05 AM

So many comments on this post! I am pleased that this latest surgery is providing you with the results that you should have seen continuing after the first surgery, just wanted to let you know you are brave for doing all this, and coming clean about the ‘failures’. When I realized you had gone thru the sleeve surgery I was “no, too extreme for me”, and dismissed it as an option and focused on finding a new way for me. I, like you, have tried so many diets that I can’t stick to. I am now trying the keto diet (similar to Atkins and Southbeach) basically a no/low carb diet which is working for me AND helping me with my other medical problems I was having trouble reversing. So far, so good, 6 wks, 7kgs ? While what you have gone through is a lot harder than just diet/exercise, if it is working for you then it was exactly the journey you needed to take. We all need to find that thing that works for us, and we are all so different, what works for some absolutely does not work for all! So hats off to you, and here’s to many more kilos lost, and a healthier us! (I’ll be looking for your posts when you’re considering the skin reduction, I’m in for that one eventually too).

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 5, 2018 - 9:09 AM

Thank you Lisa for your kind words and encouragement. You are absolutely right, each person is different and certain things will attract some but not others and that’s completely fine and a very healthy way to look at things. Congratulations on your weight loss journey also. All the very best xx

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Lisa March 1, 2018 - 8:47 AM

Hi Katrina, I am considering WLS and just wondering if you had your time over would you choose a mini gastric bypass or still the sleeve?

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Susan August 6, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Thanks Katrina for sharing. I too had gastric sleeve surgery in 2011 and lost 40kg. I have now put 23 of those kgs back on and completely identify with your story as I feel very much like a failure. Please can you send me details of your surgeon? I hadn’t heard of revision surgery so would be keen to find out more.

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Gaylee May 17, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Hi Katrina,

I’m new to your blog. I love your honesty. Could you send me your surgeon’s details please? I am considering WLS.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 23, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Hi Gaylee, my surgeon was Dr Jacobus ‘Jorrie’ Jordaan. He was a very lovely and caring man who answered all my questions. This is his website: https://surgicalweightlosscentre.com.au/ – best of luck! Kat x

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EdaDC February 10, 2021 - 9:19 PM

I had had a gastric bypass 9 years ago. After a series of medical issues I put on 15 of the 32kg I had lost, becoming depressed and also looked at revision surgery, which is much more difficult after a bypass. Upon seeing a bariatric surgeon, I also met with their dietician. With Covid last year, not alot could be done, but with the dieticians advice, which was vert different to original dietican’s advice years ago, and extra walking I was able to drop 10kg over a 41/2 month period whilst in hard lockdown in Victoria. Although has been slow have been very pleased that this has worked for me, as by the looks revision would not have been an option. It is definitely hard to change your mindset, but I am sticking to this new eating plan, and know I will get there slowly as my pouch resizes back down again! Your honesty and open approach has been a inspiration to many, thankyou!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 11, 2021 - 9:02 AM

Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you the best with your journey with this. Kat x

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