WLS Resources
Additional resources: Books and online communities

*****   WLS support groups - click on links to go to group home page to join.

The following groups offer a lot of information on life after WLS:

*** Support group for people who have had problems with WLS or for those who want to learn about what problems can occur
2133 members, hosted by Chrissie, also a member of this community: 

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OSSG-gone_wrong

*** Support groups for gastric bypass and DS patients who are fighting weight re-gain:

----Off track group - 1900 members

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OSSG_Off_track

----Back on track: 640 members, hosted by Rita W, a 11 year post op:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ossg_back_on_track

*** Support and friends community for those who are more than a year out from WLS. Note this group has over 5000 members and generates about 75-100 messages a day but still contains some interesting discussions of calcium deficiencies, osteoporosis and other issues facing longer term patients. It is suggested you get the digest on this group and skip all the off-topic chit-chat. Messages with titles like "lab results" and "help" and "illness" etc typically are enlightening and also the fact that most of the group is on the Atkins diet (sometimes WLS patients are told they will never have to diet again):

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/graduate-ossg

*** Support group for WLS patients with osteoporosis - 290 members:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ossg-osteoporosis

*** Support lists for those who feel their WLS has not worked and who are researching having additional WLS procedures done:

----Ossg Revision: 611 members

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ossg-revision

----DS revision: 334 members

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DS_revision

*** Support group for WLS patients with anemia - 117 members

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BariatricSurgeryandIronDeficiency

*** Support group for DS patients with problems - 1003 members

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DS_PostOp_Problems

*** Support groups for adjustable lap band patients

----Bandsters - 5656 members

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Bandsters

----Smart Bandsters - 3628 members

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SmartBandsters

*** Books

"Weight Loss Surgery a Lighter Look" by Dr Terry Simpson, a WLS surgeon who is highly skilled at all WLS procedures. Very informative!

http://obesitydr.com

"I WANT TO LIVE" by Dani Hart, journal of Fobi gastric bypass patient who had take-down to save her life - also includes letters from other patients, comparison articles etc:

(available on Amazon)

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This information while educational, is not meant to replace the advice
of a health care provider. 

Remember that those who had the surgery and say it was the best thing that ever happened to them, are the ones who are alive to tell you their side of the story. You're getting only part of the picture no matter what you learned from a friend, a TV news magazine, or on the internet.

Kaiser Permanante Release form for Gastric bypass and duodenal switch
http://obesitysurgery-info.com/wls_release_form.htm

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More info:
http://obesitysurgery-info.com
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Yahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
   
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WLS_uncensored/