Online Gastric Bypass Support Groups

Even though gastric bypass surgery can be a life-changing procedure for many patients that will help them live a longer and healthier life, it can be a difficult adjustment as well. Even though most patients that choose this type of surgery to help with severe weight issues have done their homework and have most of their questions answered before having the surgery, they will still need a lot of support. In years past they might turn to their doctor or family to find the answers and support they needed, but today the internet is providing another avenue in the form of online gastric bypass support groups.

These online forums are a great place for gastric bypass patients to interact with others who have gone through the surgery themselves. These online gastric bypass support groups provide these patients with a way to get all the answers they need about the process and the recovery afterward. This interaction can have an amazing impact on the speed of their recovery and success of their weight loss as well. Just knowing that others have gone through the process before you, and have succeeded in their weight loss goals can be all the inspiration many patients need to continue.

Another advantage that these online gastric bypass support groups provide is anonymity. In years past a patient might be hesitant to discuss certain details about their procedure with their doctor or family because of its personal nature. By engaging in these online gastric bypass support groups, a patient can ask any question they may have, no matter how personal, and will probably get just as frank of an answer. There is no need to feel embarrassed since you are interacting with these forums as a screen name and never have to reveal your true identity. This can help some of the more bashful patients open up with their questions.

Quite a few patients even use these online gastric bypass support groups for simply gathering information about the surgery and recovery involved. They may never ask a question, and instead simply read some of the other questions asked and answered in the forums to get the information they are after. Some of these forums also offer a FAQ that details most of the more common questions that patients have, with corresponding answers. These FAQ’s can supply the majority of answers you may be looking for about gastric bypass surgery and can give you peace of mind about the procedure.

Initially many of these online gastric bypass support groups were run by actual patients. They started these forums as a way to better understand their surgery and to trade experiences with others who have had the procedure. Some of these have grown to thousands of members over the years and today provide a very comprehensive overview of the process. Additionally, there have been other online gastric bypass support groups started by medical professionals that monitor them regularly and will routinely answer patient’s questions online and offer advice. Visiting these support groups can give you all the answers and help you are looking for.

Popular Online Gastric Bypass Forums

Weight Loss Surgery Channel
This site offers information, encouragement and support to people who have undergone or are considering bariatric surgery. It is the world’s first television network devoted exclusively to the weight loss surgery community. With a plethora of success stories, discussions, polls and patient education articles, WeightLossSurgeryChannel.com helps people adjust to the physical, emotional and psychological changes that occur after bariatric surgery

Renewed Reflections
RenewedReflections.com is a forum where people bring forward and discuss almost every imaginable question and concern that relates to bariatric surgery.
Topics range from “Preparing For Gastric Bypass Surgery”, to “Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss Surgery” and include all topics in between, such as “Basic Qualifications”, “Weight Loss Surgery Insurance”, “Gastric Bypass Diet” and many more.

Connection WLS
This is another great site that offers gastric bypass support. Melissa deBin-Parish and her husband, Dan, created it. Together they lost a combined 300 pounds as a result of them undergoing weight loss surgery. Having experienced a dramatic improvement in their lives, they started their own informed and popular support group to help other patients find the same success.

Connectionwls.com can help you

  • Decide if surgery is right for you
  • Get insight to what it is really like before an dafter surgery
  • Choose the procedure that is right for you
  • Find the right surgeon
  • Win the battle of emotional eating
  • Keep the weight off for life

Thinner Times Forum
ThinnerTimesForum.com is an educational outreach provided by Charles Callery, M.D. that offers information on all major types of weight loss surgery. It is a supportive online discussion forum for weight loss surgery patients, including those who have undergone gastric bypass. This community can help you get educated, find solutions, emotional support, friendship, and share your experience with others.

Bariatric TV
Toni, a 40-year old mother who had Roux-en-Y bypass in July 2004 and lost 130 lbs, and Lynnda, a happily married 43-year old mother who lost 120 lbs after having surgery, created BariatricTV.com, an online bariatric surgery support site. Except for the informative articles they regularly post in their blog, they moderate a busy forum that can help you get information on general as well as very specific issues that weight loss surgery patients and candidates face.

Before And After Help
BeforeAndAFterHelp.com is a bariatric surgery forum with thousands of members. The forum discussions cover more than 50,000 topics related to weight loss surgery.
 

Speech and swollowing

I've had the scope down the throat and they didn't find anything that was causing problems for my a swallowing so they said I have problem woitnh speech with swallowing any one else have this problem,

help

I had my Gastric Bypass surgery inMarch of 2011. I have lost 160 pounds. But lately, my appetite is picking up like crazy. I can't get enough to eat. There are days I feel full, but other times I am not. I don't know what to do. I don't want to gain my weight back. So far I am maintaining but are there any suggestions out there.

Gastric Bypass Alternative

Taken once in the morning, the natural Formula creates a gastric bypass effect, leaving only 20% stomach space available for eating. You are practically forced to eat only half and lose weight from day 1. The Anti-Cravings is a scientific miracle in stopping your cravings for sweets and snacks for immediate results. Successful regimen* should result in a loss of 15-25lbs per month and a “shrinking stomach” size over 4-6 months

Methadone

Hi, is it possible to be on methadone and get the gatsric bypass surgery?

Regain 20 pounds back .

I GAINED 20 POUNDS BACK . I HAVE HAD MY GASTRIC BYPASS ON JLUY 27,2010.
IN THE WINTER I HAVE NOT BEEN ACTIVE. LAST TIME I WAS ACTIVE WAS IN NOVEMBER 2012. I NOTICE THE WEIGHT GAIN IN FEBRUARY 2013. I JUST HAVE STARTED BACK BEING ACTIVE IN MARCH 2013. I WANT TO LOSE THE 20 LBS. I SO EASILY PICKED UP. I BEEN WORKING OUT AT LEAST AN HOUR 90 MINUTES 4 DAYS A WEEK. RUNNING WALKING , EVERYTHING , THAT I THINK IT REQUIRES. I SWEAT LIKE A PIG, I ALSO DRINK MY 64 OZ OF WATER EVERYDAY. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS.

I am back to 201 lbs.

It is killing me that I have put back on some weight. I am depressed and don't know who to talk to.

at stand still

i had gastric bypass in june26,2012.ive lost 76lbs already but ive notice my leggs and skin coming flabber since i cut back on walking due to hurt back in august ,scared the skin will continue be like that ,and kidda picking up the old habit of taking bite of this nthat just need some fresh support ,i have some here at home but just feel i need more since my husband dont understand what and how i feel sometime when i get overwhelm with things thanks

2 1/2 yrs out and still a lot

2 1/2 yrs out and still a lot of pain, and other issues. Why?

Online Support Group

Since this article was posted there has been a new Online Support Group that should be or could be added to this list:

AmericanBariatrics.Org.

It's similar to Thinnertimes and Obesity Help, but with a lot less advertising and clutter.

diet after weight loss goal

I was informed not to use a straw, eat no breads, do not drink with food. along with other regulations now that I have acheived my goal and want to maintain a regular life style in moderation of course can I resume any of these items and what can I and cant I eat should I continue drinking 60 to 80 grams of protien a day I am very confused and do not know where to go from here. can someone else help with my concerns please?

I am having gastric bypass

I am having gastric bypass surgery this friday 7-13-2012.. I am so scared. I am at the heaviest weight i've ever been at. I am 29 years old. I just want someone who has gone through it that would be like my sponser and help me along the way.. I am an over worrier and have a million questions!! It would just be great to know that any time im feeling sad, scared, confused I could chat with someone who can answer some things for me!! Please email me at alyssagardner11@yahoo.com Thank u so much :)

been there

hello my name is catchy i had gastric bypass 7 months ago....i had no complications what soever and i was at 360 lbs when i had my surgery if u need to talk you can send me aline or add me to you IM on yahoo..I have now lost 83 lbs.

surgery

I am having surgery 9/16/2013. I am now on the 2 week diet before surgery and am scared I am not going to do something right! I am scared my liver won't shrink like it needs to. Any ideas on what to eat?

surgery

I'm getting ready to have gastric bypass and want some information/comments from those that have had surgery.

Help needed.

I did my gastric bypass surgery about 8yrs now. Before doing my
surgery I actually had 400lbs and a severe case of sleepanea. After the surgery I lost213lbs and kept it off for 6yrs and was doing excillent. Unfortunately I had to under go a open heart surgery Aorta valve transplant) I am doing good up until now. My biggest concern is that I have gained about 60lbs. Please i really need help and advise.

I am now living with the medication coumadin (warfin) and can't seem to put my two diets together. I was good with the first diet but because of some restrictions with the coumadin i am lost. Honstly i really would not want to gain any more weight but go back to 187lbs or less my goal was to reach 150 or 140 but I need help. thanks leticia

Don't get discouraged! You

Don't get discouraged! You can discuss eating some greens with your doctors as long as you try to be consistent with quantity/frequency of servings. Best to avoid "true" greens (spinach, kale, etc). The nutritionist with your bariatric program should be accessed for support.
As for the weight gain, there is some expected gain after a major surgery because of the fluid shifts in the body plus the IV fluids you received. Address exercise with the cardiologist to help you get the excess off. Best of luck.

Alli effects

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc’s gastric bypass stapler may have left many with injuries that include staple line disruption, infection, and other serious complications, even death, following gastric bypass surgery. This particular stapler is likelier than most to misfire versus others on the market, causing significant injury to patients that also include bleeding, dehiscence (separation of areas that are stitched or stapled together), anastomotic leakage, hernia, hemorrhage, leaks from staple lines, sepsis, and re-operation. This site has some good information and options: yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Ethicon-Stapler

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