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  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Hello! I was banded in 2003 and have maintained most weight loss to goal, until last 2-3 years. Recent BA swallow shows probable slip and large hiatal hernia, although I have few symptoms and little trouble - only occasional reflux.. I'd love to hear experiences of those who have had a revision from band to sleeve. One procedure? Did you have hernia repaired too? Did that make it harder? How about reflux? I hear it can be bad after a sleeve. Can they cut the vagal nerve to stop the reflux? How is the hotel? Walking distance to hospital (for my husband, who will come too) What have your experiences been? Hoping to hear from newbies as well as those 3 or more years out. Thank you so much! Sandy
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  7. LoriBecky


    Dear Patient, We know there has been a lot of information on the news about the border crossing between Mexico and California. While there have been several reports about closed borders we have only seen one incident when the San Ysidro border crossing was closed temporarily. Since we rarely use the San Ysidro border to cross back in to the US, this hasn't been an issue for any of our patients. We always allow ample time to prepare for any delays at the border. We would rather get you back to the airport early for your return flight then risk you missing a flight. There have not been any delays coming into Mexico, only a little longer wait time at the border. Since almost all of our patients are taken through the Otay Mesa border crossing through the Pedestrian Ready Lane, the waits have actually been extremely short! Please know that our team is constantly checking on the border situation through the official website for the border wait times, as well as several social media sites that allow for real time views of the borders. If we see that wait times are longer then usual, we would take you across even earlier. Its why we tell you not to plan your return flight until 3pm or later on the date of discharge. This allows us plenty of time to get you back to the airport in time for your flight! If you have any questions or concerns please contact your Patient Coordinator or call our Concierge at 1-866-376-7849 ext. 80 or concierge@obesitycontrolcenter.com
  8. Dolittle

    What is the difference between tummy tuck and liposuction?

    A tummy tuck is where a plastic surgeon will cut and carve with a scalpel to remove excess skin around your waist line. Liposuction is where a special thin hollow rod is inserted under your skin that has the capabilities to cut and suck fat deposits without removing outer skin. My best advise is to go to Youtube and which a few videos on these subjects.
  9. What is the difference between tummy tuck and liposuction?
  10. There's pros and cons to each. The Plication surgery and sleeve are really similar. On the Plication, they fold and sew the stomach to the same size of a sleeved stomach. It can be reversed, or say undone. Sleeve is permanent, you can't undo it. But most have better results with the sleeve than the plication. If you consult your surgeon, they can give you a better perspective and some statistics.
  11. I ended up going with the sleeve, there was just not enough long-time research that supported that procedure. Very happy with my sleeve.
  12. Hi I’m scheduled in late November for plication. I am seeing comments about weight regain after about 8 to 10 months. Have you experienced anything like that? I’m wondering if I should switch to the sleeve.
  13. I have always thought about this for years, but have never really looked into it. 5 months ago I am on a Scuba Trip with a bunch of friends & come to find out the 3 of them have had it done. I was so surprised to see them looking so trim! I see these friends once a year for this dive trip, so I just remember them all being fat like me. I was able to talk to each of them for hours on their experiences on having Gastric Sleave done. They have all told me that their main reason for doing it was that, if they are unable to have the will-power to stop eating so much & overeating, then they needed help with the will-power. They have lost tons of weight with help of the Sleave, and all of them said they wish they would have done it sooner. Better life, better time with their kids & family, better health, etc... I am looking forward to it. Having it done next week!
  14. TSCeder

    October sleevers

    Good Luck guys! My buddy & I coming in on 10/16 & Surgery on the 17th.
  15. MamaMAC

    Sleeve surgery - This is why we lose weight!

    I really like how you mentioned it is air-tight! It shows how well that stapled end is truly sealed.
  16. ShortyB33

    Can start Mushy Stage on Monday... Need Suggestions

    I found out when water makes me gag or feel like throwing up I need electrolytes. I also found I cant drink water in the morning. I drink watered down green tea or watered down 100% juice. I cant handle sweet drinks or popsicles anymore and I loved popsicles...
  17. I was banded by Dr. Ortiz back in 2007, I’m now considering a sleeve. Is the band usually removed During sleeve surgery? I will contact OCC directly to inquire about cost.
  18. redgrover

    October sleevers

    I'm Oct 9. I still have 13 lbs to lose though so I'm hoping I don't get cancelled or re-scheduled.
  19. Hi, I am thinking of having a touch up of my plication. Any advice from anyone who did this as well?
  20. Dolittle

    July 2018 Surgeries

    No need to exchange money to Peso's, everyone takes American and Canadian money, especially if your just using it as tip money. Places like Walmart will do an exchange right at the cash register.
  21. Hi @GoodGirl, @LabMama & @Jennifer23, is there a need to exchange money? I'm having my surgery 9/19. Thanks for your help!
  22. Hi @hannahpalai & @Statso, is there a need to exchange money? I'm having my surgery 9/19. Thanks for your help!
  23. There are lots of great plant based proteins. Beans, nuts, seeds and dark leafy greens, broccoli, avocado, etc. Hemp seed is very versatile and can be included with most meals very easily. My favorite thing to eat right now (pre-op) is spinach mixed with a touch of coconut oil and lightly salted with avocado and some type of nut or seed.
  24. I have scheduled my VSG surgery for 9/19/18. Hope to meet new sleeve friends on this journey
  25. My 19 year old is scheduled for a sleeve procedure this December. I’m looking for vegetarian protein ideas for after surgery-when she can eat regular foods. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. She is a college student but lives off campus, has full access to a kitchen.
  26. Sassy sleever, did you not care for the protein powder? I’m looking into ordering from them for the 1st time, kinda concerned that there are no product reviews on their website.
  27. I avoided this and have tried every diet known to man I set my mind to do this and I am 3days post op and feel great I lost 40 pounds before I had surgery which did help I feel this is the best tool I have found to get to my success cheers any questions I can answer I will
  28. I am scheduled for October 8th and looking for other folks who are scheduled. I am very nervous about not being able to meet the requirements. Hoping to find support.
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