Time to Share your Surgery Date

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By Kritter - 7/5/2007 5:13:25 PM
Hey Folks,

Especially those of you that just read and never comment. It's time to share your date of surgery and find a friend. My date with Doc Sawyna and the "Staple Gun" is scheduled for August 28th. What's yours?

How many of us do you think they do in a day?
By jimlogue - 7/6/2007 3:53:33 AM
Unless it's changed from last year, they normally do up to 4 surgeries in a day, at the most.

Mine was July 25, 2006 with Dr. Sawyna.

I get to see him again next Wednesday for gall bladder surgery.


By Shar-Bear - 7/6/2007 10:57:50 AM
I think that's right...no more than 4 a day.

I am July 16th, just a few days away!
I know one person on that day...anyone else?

I wanna go first! Smile

Sharon Smile
By Diana B - 7/6/2007 11:03:35 AM
I loved "I want to go first!"  Ha, Ha 

I am scheduled for July 30.  Anyone else?

By Lisa D - 7/6/2007 1:13:18 PM
Hi Dianna,

I have been reading the forum but not posting.  My name is Lisa and I am also scheduled for July 30th with Dr. Holland. 

By Diana B - 7/6/2007 2:10:59 PM
Hi Lisa,

It was so nice to hear from you.  Since you are scheduled for surgery on the same day as me, you probably will be at the Team Meeting on July 16 (9:00 am)?  I am looking forward to meeting you.  Will you be at the Support Group meeting on July 11?  I will be seeing Dr. Holland in the morning; then go to the meeting at night. 

It is so much fun to check this forum and talk back and forth with everyone.  I think that I have become addicted to the forum.  It's the first thing I check when I turn on the computer in the morning!    Our "big day" will soon be here.  I am so excited about it!


By Lisa D - 7/6/2007 2:21:47 PM

I leave for a vacation tomorrow and won't be back until the 23rd.  I already had my team meeting and my last appt. with Dr. Holland is on the 25th.  I am so glad that I am going away so that the wait doesn't seem so long until the surgery.  Hopefully we will meet at the Aug. or Sept support meeting.

By missmellie - 7/6/2007 5:32:40 PM
Dear Diana: Your big day is coming up and it will be here soon. Remember to think positively, have faith in the doctors, and follow all directions.  I am 4 days post op and my family cannot believe how well I am doing. Additionally, I have lost 15 pounds since the day of surgery!!!!!!


By Diana B - 7/7/2007 2:59:50 AM
Hi Mel:  You are doing great!  It is so inspiring to hear all of the good results.  You are right about being positive, having faith, and following directions.  I feel very positive about the surgery and especially about my doctor.  My husband said that I should start practicing chewing, chewing, chewing.  I kinda eat too fast right now.  How are you making out?  I guess you don't actually start solid foods right away. 

Keep up the good work!  So glad that you are doing so well.  Keep us posted!

By missmellie - 7/7/2007 4:45:14 AM
Diana: I think most of us eat fast because of our fast-paced lives.

I am still on clear liquids, but tomorrow I begin the full liquids. So tomorrow I get a few more

deliciousw00ttreats.  I am doing well except the back pain I have from not moving and lying a certain way in bed. That will pass though.

By clarkatthepark - 7/7/2007 6:53:03 AM

You are doing wonderful!!!  I am so proud of you.  Isn't it something how you worry and fret and then all of a sudden it's all over and you start losing??  It is like a miracle to me.  Monday it will be 2 weeks for me and I feel absolutely great!  I am eating solids and nothing bothers me.  No Dumping!w00t

I lost 19 pounds so far so you will be way ahead of me!!  Keep up the good work!

By Diana B - 7/7/2007 8:21:58 AM
Linda, you are amazing!!!  I remember reading your posts before the surgery and I could tell that you were feeling anxious, just the way I am feeling now.  I can hardly wait to have my turn!  You have had excellent results.  I think your positive attitude has a lot to do with it.  You rolled with the punches and adapted very well.  Getting active as soon as possible is probably one of the most important things to do.  I usually do well after surgery because I also get up and start moving (I don't want to jinx myself!).  Keep us posted.


By stratos - 7/7/2007 12:38:35 PM
I guess I would qualify as one of those who just reads, although I may have posted once. My Date is tuesday July, 10th and I am about as nervous as I can be, but trying to hang in there.I have read all the posts saying this is normal and have been told the same by my wife.

We went out and bought all the vitamins, etc today and she is a great help to me. I guess the fear is the not knowing how you are going to deal with all the unknowns. But I am going to get through this and am hopeful this is the right choice. More than likely I will probably have more time to post to the forum after tuesday since I am expected to stay home for a few days.

We tried to find Protein chakes that are sugarless but no luck can anyone suggest anything.

thanks for letting me vent.


By Diana B - 7/7/2007 1:51:11 PM
Hi Carmen,

Yes, it is normal to be a bit anxious, but then I think about how much better I will be feeling and how much easier it will be for me to get around.  We are having our surgeries in a Center of Excellence, which is the best.  Also, our surgeons are top-notch.  Think about all of the things you will be able to do that you haven't done for a while.  That's what I think about.  My husband and I have always been very active, outdoorsy people.  For the last several years I had to give up some of my favorite activities; plus I have had limited walking and standing.  All of that will change (over time) after the surgery.  I get so happy everytime I think about losing the excess weight and living again!  You will do fine and we will all be thinking about you!  Please keep us posted!


By clarkatthepark - 7/7/2007 4:51:56 PM

I got my protien shakes at GNC.  It is DELICIOUS!!  It also has 22 gms of protien per scoop.  I make a double scoop milkshake each afternoon and I really enjoy it!! 44 grams of protein.  As I can eat more at a time, I won't need the big shake.

I am only 2 weeks post op and already I have the following positives:

Loss of weight  19 lbs

No more GERD.. all that stuff coming up in my throat

No more Gastro Paresis, the condition that caused me to have this surgery

No more diabetes...no more pills.. Blood Sugars are Normal!!

No more blood pressures..Blood sugars are normal

Sleeping better

Skin more hydrated..no more constant itching

No more sweats... my face would get burning hot and my head would sweat

More Energy

Some of these things, I didn't even notice.  My husband kept noticing and he is thrilled that I had this surgery.  I truly feel that this was the best thing that I ever did for myself.

I wish you the best.  Everything will be fine!!  God Bless

By MegsBlueEyes - 7/8/2007 5:49:50 AM

What kind of shakes do you get a GNC?  I tried the Orange & Choc. of the Whey Delicious that is sold at Support Group, and I really really don't like it Sad  Maybe it's just me.  My Aunt seems to like them alot. I just don't want to keep wasting money.  Actually, the protein powder was given to me by my Mom, who is over a year and a half post op and she no longer uses the shakes.  Anyhow, if I decide to buy some more powder, I want it to be worth my while? LOL! 



By clarkatthepark - 7/8/2007 2:29:06 PM

It is called  Maximum Protein.  It has 22 grams of protein per scoop and it really is delicious.  I bought a shaker cup at GNC.  It has an aluminum steel ball in it that shakes the mixture up and it gets delicious.  I put in 20 ozs of water and I add 2 scoops of protein powder and several ice cubes.  I shake the heck out of it and it is soooo good.  It really makes me full and satisfied.  The container is  a 2 lb container and I bought one and got one free.  It makes me feel a whole lot better to know that I am getting all of my required protein.

By MegsBlueEyes - 7/8/2007 5:31:05 PM

Thanks so much; I'll have to make a trip to GNC before our Support Group meeting on Wednesday and try some of that!!


By Diana B - 7/9/2007 1:16:51 AM
It gives me so much hope when I read about your successful weight losses.
By Mary Lou - 7/9/2007 4:40:05 AM

I had my surgery 11/20 and was told by Karen that there were 5 of us for that day!!!


By missmellie - 7/9/2007 5:54:01 AM
Hi Carmen:

I was soooooooooo nervous. I gave nervousness I knew definition. When they wheeled me into the O.R. holding area, I could not stop sighing, and I also cried a little. Is this the right thing? Am I going to be okay?  What if something goes wrong?  What am I doing?  There was a great nurse in there and she told me if I were not nervous, she would take me down to the Psychiatric Unit and have me evaluated! I laughed. I lost my mom in October, and oh how I wished she could be with me to give me guidance.  Well, while I was going to the OR, one of her favorite songs came on and I knew she was with me.

The anesthesiologist, Dr. Nairon, was so kind. He offered me a Margarita Coctail, definitely get it, and I floated into the OR room.

Next thing I knew, I was waking up and it was over and I was alive!!!!!!!!!!  I was sore, but I was alive!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since last Monday, I have lost 24 pounds; they literally melt off. Everything stays down and the soreness, which is intense in the beginning, at least for me, is dissapating.  Yesterday, 6 days post op, I took my kids to the pool for four hours and I sat with my legs in. I must be the only post op patient in the history of the world with a sunburn.

Carmen, you will be just fine. Your surgeons have seen and done it all with this surgery. They are pros.

Take care and let us know how you make out.


Doctor Holland 7/2/07-24 pounds gone.

By Carol - 7/9/2007 6:34:40 PM
Melanie - YOU GO GIRL!!!!  Congratulations on your new life!  24 lbs. already???  Whew!!!  Can't wait to read your posts on your progress!  Take care...
By Mishel97 - 7/10/2007 5:47:49 PM
Congrats to all of you on your successes!!!!!!!!!
By Mary Lou - 7/11/2007 1:18:37 AM
Hi Carmen

Now you should be one day post op and I hope all went well for you. I am sure it did. Remember each day gets better and the more you move around the better you are. The pain and discomfort you may have now will be all worth it in the long run and do not forget what Karen always says "Baby Steps"


By karenk - 7/13/2007 9:59:01 AM

My name is Karen and my surgery date is Aug. 18th. I'm not sure about insurance approval yet. Guess I need to wait until my appt. prior.


By Morgan - 7/15/2007 3:46:19 PM
My name is Dana and I am not having surgery until October. Is anyone scheduled for October? Best of luck to everyone who is having their surgery soon!

By his4life - 7/16/2007 8:29:15 AM
Hi I just got back for my team meeting.  wow lots of info.  I am scheduled for surgery 7/23 can't wait.  I have a list of about 101 things I want to do after my surgery.  This is my first time on this site and already it looks like it will be a valuable tool. 
By diver989 - 7/16/2007 9:12:03 AM

You will find this site very valuable. The experiences and suggestions are priceless!


By MegsBlueEyes - 7/16/2007 10:05:00 AM
As Bill said, welcome!!!  If ever you have a question, please post.  we're here for you. Even if you think it's a "stupid question" please post it.  We all had stuff we thought was "stupid" and it turns out, more people experienced it or thought about it, etc.  Nothing is stupid, especially with this surgery.  I hope you will find this site as valuable as the rest of us have.  we have become family on here!!!!
By Diana B - 7/16/2007 12:28:47 PM
Hi Dawn,

It's nice to see you post on the forum.  We had a great Team Meeting with lots of info.  It was nice meeting you.  When I saw the note about the 101 things you want to do, I knew it was you!!!  Welcome to the forum!  Good Luck with your surgery.  Your day is almost here!


By mr outstanding - 7/16/2007 1:00:44 PM
Hi All     I know at the june meeting we introduced ourselves to put a face with our screen names.It was great to see who is posting. I did miss the last meeting the first one since i started in January. anyway I got my call from patty and I was aproved for surgery!!! on Aug 14 . I must say that my list of things to do is short but the list that my wife has will keep me busy w00t
By emotional health - 7/16/2007 1:17:25 PM
Hi Scott,

Congratulations on your surgery date.  If you have not had your team meeting yet, try to encourage your wife to come with you.  We get pretty good feed back from the patients and their spouses.  Make sure you come with any questions and concerns. 

Looking forward to meeting you,

Kristyn, MSW

By his4life - 7/17/2007 8:27:41 AM
Hi Diana B,  It was a great meeting.  I am so excited about my surgery I have trouble not telling everyone I see. BigGrin I went to Sams club today and met a women who had the surgery 3 years ago, she lost 200 lbs so far.  It is exciting to talk to others who have gone thru this. I will hopefully make it to the next support meeting on august 8 as long as all is well. which I am sure it will be.  It was nice meeting you also.  good luck on your surgery and I am sure I will be posting after my date to update.  take care  Dawn C
By karenk - 8/4/2007 1:21:44 PM
ok, the first time I replied to this, I had the wrong date... my surgery is August 13th... working on the 2 week before diet and gearing up for the liquid diet... After surgery, were you hungry since you hadn't had solids at all for two days prior, was it difficult not to eat after surgery?
By his4life - 8/4/2007 2:09:05 PM
Karen,  I was not hungry after surgery,  I just got tired of all the sweet stuff--jello, popsickles and crystal light.  I am almost 2 weeks post op and I still do not get hungry, I have to remind myself to eat. Most of the time I drink my protein shakes.  The only thing that has upset my stomach is the water,I get so thirsty and sometimes forget to sip.  Good luck  it will be here before you know it. 
By clarkatthepark - 8/4/2007 5:16:41 PM

NO...you are NOT hungry after the surgery.  I am going on 6 weeks post and I still have not been hungry...not once!!  Sometimes I think of things that I used to like but I don't really get hungry for them.  I am 100% satisfied with this surgery.  It has worked like a miracle for me.  I have lost so many inches and I have gone down several sizes in clothing and underwear.  Even my shoes are loose....

Your day will be here very soon.  We will all (your forum friends)  be thinking of you and praying for you and waiting to hear that you are home and doing well.....

By biggie01261958 - 8/5/2007 2:30:20 AM
mishel you are looking great keep  the good work, I am busy at work this is the first time i can post in a long time, well as for me im at a stand still I am hoping by going on th eforum more i can get motivated to lose moreits been a no go latelywell enough abou me how are you doing see yo soon at the meetings your pal biggie
By missmellie - 8/5/2007 2:53:41 AM
You are not hungry after the surgery.  I get head hunger sometimes, but not actual physical hunger.Smile
By Joyce - 8/5/2007 12:27:30 PM
Hi!  I'm scheduled for Aug. 7th with Dr. Sawyna; anyone else out there for the same day?  Today has been the first day of clear liquids.  It wasn't too bad until I went to Wegman's and saw a million things I would like to eat!  Whoever's reading this, don't go food shopping on a clear liquid day!  I'm happy to be back home where I can think about something else.  Does anyone have any pearls of wisdom for surgery day...I'm a little nervous.  Can't wait for my cocktail to relax me!            Joyce
By Diana B - 8/5/2007 3:47:02 PM
Tomorrow will be a week since my surgery.  I also do not have hunger.  There was one evening when my husband was eating dinner and I thought "yum - that smells good!"  And to think it was a TV dinner!!!  Tomorrow I will start the full liquids.  I look forward to eating some yogurt.  Any suggestions for my 3 meals that day?
By mx3 - 8/5/2007 4:24:45 PM

I am so glad that you added this topic.. I was thinking the same topic today...Since i haven't seen anyone on here with the same surgery date as mine or any even same week...I saw one or two people the week b4 mine.... not much til about 2 weeks after mine....

My date was 29 may 07


By Lisa D - 8/6/2007 8:01:27 AM
Diana B,

I was feeling lousy on the clear liquid diet.  I started full liquids a few days ago and I feel great!  A few things that have worked well for me are:  small curd cottage cheese with a small amount of s/f cool whip and a little s/f orange jello powder for flavor.  Goes down nicely and fills you up, plus you get protein.  I also pureed a some chicken and that worked well too. Scrambled eggs were good as was pureed ham spread.  I do get hungry, however, a small amount of food satisfies me and I have no desire for cookies, cakes or candies.  I have been measuring my protein in a 1/4 cup measuring cup and eating with a baby spoon so I don't overdue the amount of intake.  I have also been timing my meals for 20 minutes so that I take my time and relax when I eat.  I hope you feel as well as I do. 


By Lisa D - 8/6/2007 8:09:02 AM

I had the surgery last Monday with Dr. Holland.  Just remember that within 2 days you will be feeling 1000X better.  I took no pain meds once I came home from the hospital and have been only a bit uncomfortable, never any bad pain.  I had a hard time with the clear liquids.  I was nauseated on them.  Now that I am on full liquids and pureed and soft food I feel great.  The worst part for me was the anesthesia and the pain meds at the hospital.  Once those were out of my system I felt great.  Good luck to you.


By farmermom - 7/22/2013 5:02:58 PM
mine is scheduled for august 5th with Dr. Holland
By coalcracker - 8/9/2013 9:51:33 AM
just got my date..August 28 with Dr.Russo
By Nadia - 8/9/2013 1:20:12 PM
I had my RNY with Dr. Clarence Holland on June 30, 2009.  That was the best decision I ever made concerning my health.
By gretchenhill - 10/8/2013 6:33:20 PM
3 weeks from now I had undergo gastric sleeve surgery and I'm so excited and little bit nervous. I will you posted after my surgery and hoping for the success of the surgery.

By the way, I got in a website where I had an appointment of one of their doctors. You can also check for their lists of best hospitals. Here: Obesity/Bariatric Surgery Medical Centers
By kennedyronna - 12/24/2013 11:49:56 PM
15 Jan knee surgery..Pissed off by this knee pain thing