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  2. Hello, Has anyone else regained a lot back after their sleeve surgery? I did, and I feel terrible about myself for not following the post-op instructions better.
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  5. Yes, there's only one airport. If your going with the OCC, go with what your surgery coordinator recommends. The surgery is easy peasy. No need for extra days.
  6. Hello! I was just curious if those who have gone through or are going through this procedure could help me with what to expect travel wise. Is there only one airport in San Diego to fly into? Did you stay any extra days? This process of scheduling the surgery and then booking the flight is making me concerned that I'm somehow going to mess this all up! Any help is appreciated!
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  8. You would be fine to come alone. Your in good hands if your having your surgery at the OCC. Plus you'll meet several other patients at the OCC the same day as your surgery. You'll travel in a group to the hotel for recovery, meet others who had or will be having surgery. It's kind of like you'll be surrounded by OCC patients.
  9. Do you have to have a companion. Can you get the surgery if you come alone?
  10. How many experienced pain post OP? I'm such a whimp when it comes to pain.
  11. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/obesity-control-center-achieves-global-healthcare-accreditation-300948526.html Press Release - OCC gains yet another Certification - details at link above!
  12. Saw this article,, what does everyone think about this subject? https://www.statnews.com/2019/10/27/weight-loss-surgery-preteens/
  13. I got my port revised. Its been 5 days and i look like i have an orange in there. Hopeing it goes down bcuz i cannot wear my normal clothes
  14. We are proud to be one of the few Certified Hospital and Surgeon bariatric practices in the world. Read more about our Surgeon and Hospital Accreditations on our website: https://bit.ly/2NGTJtr
  15. I got my lapband in 2005 and have never had a bit of problem and lost 150 lbs so have always been happy with my decision. Last Feb. I started having terrible abdominal pains when I ate and also a cough which kept me up all night, every night. The pain got so bad I was afraid to eat as it was so painful and actually lost 25 lbs because I couldn't eat. I had every test from a gastro Dr. and they found no reason for the pain. I didn't have a bariatric Dr. here in Ohio as I had not had a fill in ten years and its not easy to find one who will even talk to you if they didnt do your initial surgery. Finally after months of pain, I found a great bariatric team in Florida where I spend several months during the year. After getting all my info from OCC--they keep great records, I found out what the problem was. I had recent surgery and took a lot of medication during that time. This can cause the band to tighten. I had three cc's of liquid taken out of my band and the next meal I had was pain free. Also, no more nightly cough. So, beware, if you have the symptoms I've told you, maybe an unfill is in order. I had been eating very, very small portions and still do so I think my stomach is pretty small. I am 70 years old and food does not appeal to me so I am not afraid of gaining weight. If I do, I will gradually get more fills, but for now, I am happy to be out of pain. Keep the unfill in mind!!
  16. I was told by my doctor to drink orange juice when I wake up 30 min before breakfast Fresh squeezed doesn’t give you heartburn as much as concentrated thanks annette
  17. Hi people. I had gastric sleeve since 1985 and read about people taking papaya. Do you slice the fruit or drink something thanks
  18. I'd be consulting your lap band doctor. 7 years is about the life span for the lap band. Seems patients start having issues with the band and opt to switch to the sleeve. Get it checked out ASAP.
  19. My lap band port has been hurting for quite a few years I fed it for 7 years. It is very tender to touchThe port
  20. Hi All, Wow it has been a long time since I have posted or even read anything in this forum! But I am back for better or worse. I was banded in 2008 at OCC and had what I considered to be great success with my band and it was life changing. I always knew this day would come and have been preparing for it since the beginning of my banded life. Over the last year I have slowly been gaining weight back and have developed some health issues. In May I visited OCC again, my first time since 2008, and had my band checked. It was unfilled and I hoped it would be enough to fix my issues but it has been determined it is time to remove my band. I AM TERRIFIED! Just unfilled I am so hungry again. I don't completely understand how the sleeve works but I have decided to have the band removed and get a sleeve at the same time, hopefully. This will happen July 17, 2019. I keep telling myself that if i just follow all the rules and directions like i did with my band I will be ok and i will lose the weight I have regained but I cant even follow the pre-op diet! I am so afraid of returning to my old habits and unhealthy weight. Any suggestions would be helpful. I am not even sure where to get help on this forum any more.
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    Stormys Journey

    My journey from fat to thin, with support from my friends
  22. I got my band a long time ago and I haven't been on this site for a long time I've been using my band but the problem is I think I'm due for a full. here's the issue even though I'm holding my weight steady if I get another fill I won't be able to get the phlegm down. I end up throwing up. When I got my band I was 275 I think but I'm still 201 and I'm frustrated. I don't over eat but some times I don't eat at all. That's not good. I think I may have her put just a little bit in but the phelm is very thick. Does anyone take something for phelm to get it down. My goal is 170 I'm so close any advise would help thanks.
  23. 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!!!
  24. 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 

  25. 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.
  26. 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.
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