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  5. HoopDawg77

    January 2019 Surgery (VSG)

    Thank you so much.
  6. NurseMom1073

    January 2019 Surgery (VSG)

    Will be thinking good thoughts for you for tomorrow! HoopDawg77!!
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. Just curious if anyone else is having surgery on Jan 11 2019. Thanks.
  13. this is a long shot im from thurston county wa.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. What is the difference between tummy tuck and liposuction?
  20. 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.
  21. I ended up going with the sleeve, there was just not enough long-time research that supported that procedure. Very happy with my sleeve.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. TSCeder

    October sleevers

    Good Luck guys! My buddy & I coming in on 10/16 & Surgery on the 17th.
  25. 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.
  26. 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...
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Hi, I am thinking of having a touch up of my plication. Any advice from anyone who did this as well?
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