Frequently Asked Questions for New Members FAQ maintained… 

Frequently Asked Questions for New Members

FAQ maintained by sublimate.. suggestions always welcome!

Welcome to the VSG board! The veterans of this board want to share a few links with you that will answer common questions and get you started on the way! We will add and update this list frequently, so if you see this re-posted, please check it again as there may be updates.

These links represent questions we see frequently and tend to have thorough responses to answer those questions in the thread. If you read these messages, you’ll be much more knowledgeable about what you are likely to see during your VSG experience.

Veterans, if you would like to add to this list, please PM me (sublimate). Feel free to copy and paste this message elsewhere or send to others to help answer questions for new members.

VSG Diet Manuals and Pre and Post-Op Instructions

Manuals from various surgeons which include diet plans and other instructions.

FREE Celebrate Bariatric Vitamin Pack!

I’ve tried these and they are very tasty, and cost you nothing but a little time to request online:
Request FREE bariatric vitamin sample pack here< Acronyms

  • NSV = Non-Scale Victory
  • OH = Obesity Help
  • YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary (your experience may be different)
  • PPI = Proton Pump Inhibitor, aka Acid Pill
  • WLS = Weight Loss Surgery

The inevitable 3 week stall

It is very common for people to experience a weight loss stall a 2-4 weeks after surgery. Read these messages for more discussion

Mushy/Puree Recipes

Many people often need ideas and recipes for the mushy stage of their journey. These threads will give you plenty of ideas.

Hair Loss

These threads discuss common questions about hair loss after VSG

How much weight can you lose?

Bougie Size Discussions

VSG versus RNY

Leak Discussions

Alcohol and VSG Discussions Questions


Questions for Surgeon discussions

How much time off from work after surgery

Exercise after VSG

Loose Skin

Discussions on loose skin and what to do about it.


Protein Drinks

If you get your jugs of protein at Vitamin Shoppe or GNC that as long as you have your receipt, they will let you exchange your open jug of nasty for something else! Here are the links to order samples. The nectar drinks are on here somewhere and they are another clear protein drink:

Samples $1.75 each

Sample all 5 flavors for only $6 shipping

Netrition Protein Sampler Pack
Includes samples of 14 different proteins, including a New Whey 42 g protein bullet and Champion Nutrition Pure Whey Stack. 17.99.

Nectar Syntrax
You can get a box of all 11 nectar protein flavors directly from Syntrax for $4.99 plus $5.99 for shipping. Contact Rick Davis Medical Sales Manager nectar@si03.com1-866-333-7403 ext. 803

Tons of samples of lots of different protein products

Smart Forme Early Phase Bariatric Surgery Nutrition Starter Kit
One carton each of Chocolate and Vanilla Ready-to-Drink Shakes, Chicken Bouillon Soup, Cream of Tomato Soup, Wildberry Cold Drink, Peach Mango Cold Drink, Orange Cold Drink, Hot Chocolate, Cappuccino, Chocolate Pudding/Shake, Vanilla Pudding/Shake and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. $19.99.

Even more information, research, etc.

Some of this is outdated, but some of it is great information:

Eglin surgeons use small bougies so this is just for informational purposes: