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  4. ImmaBeASkinnyMe

    Smart Scale

    Hey ya'll l! Fairly new here. Got approved for surgery but haven't set a date yet. Trying to get things in order first. However, I came across info about using a Smart Scale and syncing OCC to it so they can receive the info automatically. Does anyone do this? What scale is recommended? I'm so anxious to start this journey!!!
  5. Had a gastric plication April 2011 had a replication June 2018 due to some weight regain really haven’t lost any more weight getting discouraged 

  6. MyJourneyMyDecision

    Gastric sleeve thoughts?

    Smem826, I had to understand that it wasn't the diets that failed it was me, my decision. However, the many diets shows your determination to want to change, but that's not enough. Your mind has to be ready. Because this surgery can be added to your list has another failed attempt to another solution to weight loss. It's like going cold turkey. You have to give up something you love, make you feel good, comfort you etc. I believe you can do it, but make sure your mind is ready and stay connected.
  7. MyJourneyMyDecision

    Gastric sleeve thoughts?

    Hi Smem826, I am just starting my pre-op diet. I am not on complete liquid until my 2-weeks prior to surgery. I'm 5"10 I my weight is 330.00, however because of my height I don't look as heavy as I am.
  8. MyJourneyMyDecision

    Gastric sleeve thoughts?

    Hi my name is Rhonda and with serious consideration, I start my gastric sleeve journey on April 10th. I am very excited about so many things to come. I feel at ease knowing that Dr. A. Ortiz is my doctor for the start of my journey. I am looking forward to meeting and having a life long relationship of encouragement for everyone.
  9. Dolittle

    JCI certification

    Congrats go to the OCC for recently receiving their re-certification. JCI certification confirmation 2019.pdf
  10. ImmaBeASkinnyMe

    The OCC App

    Hey there! I have been researching for months on the sleeve. I have decided to go with OCC and came across The OCC App. I am looking for some reviews on it. How does it help with your weight loss? Do you feel you have lost more/maintained better and or easier because of the app? Tell me everything! I am so excited to get surgery and can't wait to show before and after pics! Thanks guys!
  11. I have met all of my insurance criteria of yesterday. This took me seven months to do and I'm happy this is behind me. Next I will get a surgical consult and I hope scedule my procedure to be done. Crossing fingers in April of 2019.
  12. I hate to tell you this, but 99.99% of the patients that need plastics to remove their excess skin will be denied by their insurance providers. Cosmetic surgery is considered an elective surgery. It really depends on your insurer and your doctor. If you and your doctor can build a case to show that the excess skin is causing you all kinds of health issues, you might get it done. Good luck.
  13. I have really good insurance railroaders but my guess is that insurance wont cover my skin removal? Did your's cover any of your skin removal?
  14. Burke

    One Year later

    I'm almost done with my credentialing for my bariatric sleeve. I'm lookng at March or April for my surgery. May I ask if you had any skin removal done? I do think about my skin after the procedure often. Any tips or thoughts on that? Thank you. Vicky Congrats
  15. Burke

    new me

    What did you pick for your first meal. And great job!
  16. BlueOcean

    Failed sleeve

    I'm afraid All bariatric procedures require a lot of work on OUR part. The procedure itself does not do all the work. It would be best if you would see your surgeon and talk openly and honestly about what has been going on since your 2014 surgery. You did very well at first, but then something changed. Don't give up - you do have options. Your surgeon is the only one who can evaluate all this and suggest the path to take. Jimmie
  17. HoopDawg77

    January 2019 Surgery (VSG)

    Thank you so much.
  18. NurseMom1073

    January 2019 Surgery (VSG)

    Will be thinking good thoughts for you for tomorrow! HoopDawg77!!
  19. Sorry, but 99.99% of the gastric sleeve patients on this forum are self pay. You are in what we call "insurance hell" for weight loss surgery patients. If you're an insurance patient in the USA, you're not going to find much information here concerning the insurance hoops and requirements that may pertain to you. Here's some food for thought, there have been numerous patients that had insurance but still chose the OCC for their surgery and were self pay. Many found out that with all the insurance hoops and other requirements, plus their portion of the deductible and co-pay, the OCC and its award winning bariatric program was a better choice. www.obesitycontrolcenter.com
  20. Do I have hoops to jump after I have met all of my requirements for my insurance for the gastric sleeve? I hear all of these people saying that they had to take off much more weight then my insurance required. Many took classes? Does St. Mark's program start after my insurance requirements are met? This has been a six month time frame to reach this point? I could use a buddy locally that can talk to me about their experience with the sleeve.
  21. Sleeved

    Failed sleeve

    Ok so I have a question I have had the sleeve surgery in 2014 I lost 70 an has since gained it all back. I dont believe my sleeve was done the wright way. I am now 360. An I am wondering if a bypass would give better results. Please answer this.
  22. HoopDawg77

    January 2019 Surgery (VSG)

    Thanks, NurseMom. I hope your surgery goes well! I will go get on that FB group. I had forgotten about that! Happy New Year!
  23. NurseMom1073

    January 2019 Surgery (VSG)

    Hi! I am aiming for February 1st. Have you posted on the OCC FB group? All the best for your upcoming surgery!
  24. Just curious if anyone else is having surgery on Jan 11 2019. Thanks.
  25. this is a long shot im from thurston county wa.
  26. Thanks, I know I'm quite lucky - (but I also remember Dr Ortiz telling all of us that "when they dig up graves, they will find bands" - meaning he expected the band to last forever and we'd be buried with it still in place.) Allergan said the band's life was expected to be around 10 years. I also was pretty good about following the guidelines and also never accepted an over-fill.
  27. If you were banded in 2003, my opinion is that your way past the average life of the band. Most patients of that era only got 6 to 10 years out of the band before having issues. The OCC uses the Marriott in TJ for the patients and companions to stay post surgery. For info pertaining to reflux, hernias, etc, contact the OCC and talk to one of the surgery coordinators at 866-376-7849
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